PRESS RELEASE
ON BEHALF OF FARHAD AHMED DOCKRAT
EFFORT TO UNDERMINE AUTONOMY OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN
GOVERNMENT
OVERVIEW

1. The article by Potgieter in the Daily Maverick entitled “Al-Qaeda: Alive and
well in South Africa” is a regrettable sacrifice of journalistic integrity for an
ulterior purpose. Potgieter has, in a misleading and dishonest article, sought
to undermine the integrity, credibility and independence of the South African
government, expressing the view that they are unable to take steps to
maintain law and order in this country. On Radio 702 at about 10 pm on 13
May he expressly stated that improper “influence” was directed to scupper
investigations against Farhad Dockrat. The allegation is that the
government acted in an unfair manner, by prosecuting Boeremag terrorists
who had a hidden agenda to destabilise the country whilst not prosecuting
so-called Al-Qaeda operatives in the country.

2. Potgieter’s pro-rightwing Afrikaans bias is evident by his failure to distinguish
that there was credible and overwhelming evidence of the Boeremag
terrorist plot (with possession of explosives etc) but not an iota of evidence
of any illegal activity by any South African Muslim on South African soil,
which has/had the potential of threatening either the South African state, or
any other foreign state for that matter.

3. Potgieter’s sympathy with a pro-rightwing Afrikaans group that wants to
maintain dominance in the particular Cape enclave of Langkloof, which is
notorious for its hard line rightwing Afrikaans communities, is self-evident.
Potgieter has throughout aligned himself with the rightwing Afrikaner group
who have resisted Blacks, such as Farhad Dockrat moving onto the
Greylock farm on racial grounds. He has assisted them with a media
campaign against Blacks by any means possible, including dishonest
publications.

4. Now Potgieter is aligning himself to Pearson, who represents a white
minority trying to prevent black families from occupying the Tsitsikamma
Golf Estate.

5. Potgieter is recorded on 702 to have said that he took one year to write the
article. Potgieter’s approach (which took probably more than a year to craft)
is on the face of it an ingenious one: To get rid of the Black Muslims
(especially the Malawians whom he rants about) from the white enclave on
behalf of his white principals through a tsunami media campaign by
wrapping them up in the Al-Qaeda flag. You see under ordinary
circumstances, the ANC led South African government will never allow
racially motivated victimisation and eviction of the sort plotted by Potgieter
and his broederbond principals to go unheeded. Potgieter calculated that
the Al-Qaeda flavour will dissuade the South African government from doing
the right thing because his press frenzy will force the US and British
intelligence agencies to put pressure on the South African government not to
aid “terrorists”. He foresaw that the racially motivated evictions would take
place as if the Group Areas Act was in force. Brilliant, wouldn’t you say?

6. What Potgieter miscalculated in the year long plot is that the South African
government was born from the pains of freedom fighters that all too well
understands neo-colonial and rightwing thinking and cannot be easily duped.

7. It is most curious that Potgieter’s article surfaces on a front page creating a
media frenzy and hype all over South Africa on news which is 11 years old.
Why now?

8. Pearson is now using this write-up to justify that his community does not
want the Black Dockrat family in the Tsitsikamma area because it will result
in the US listing of the area as a terrorist hotspot. Surely he cannot be
insulting the intelligence of the US and UN to that extent? Truthfully, he
wants the Tsitsikamma area to be reserved to the white minority who has for
decades enjoyed it to the exclusion of the majority in this country.

THE PRINCIPAL ALLEGATION AGAINST FARHAD DOCKRAT

9. The CIA has, as is apparent from De Wet’s article, made the allegation that
in 2001 Farhad Dockrat handed an amount of some R400 000.00 to the Al-
Akhtar Trust. This is not a new allegation. This “news” has been recycled at
least a hundred times. Equally this allegation has been repeatedly denied
by Farhad and none of the American authorities or CIA have been able to
prove the allegation or give any evidence, let alone credible evidence, in
support of the allegation. If the allegation was true, surely there could have
been some evidence that could be brought forward. Why has it not been
brought forward?

10. In any event the Karachi-based Al-Akhtar Trust was only listed on 14
October 2003 by the US Treasury Department as a Specially Designated
Global Terrorist entity under Executive Order 13224 for its alleged
involvement in financing and supporting a network of so called “international
Islamist terrorist groups, including the Al Qaeda”. Prior to that it ostensibly
operated as a charitable organisation and orphanage. it was permissible to
donate funds to it.

11. The United States, in a historic retrospective application of sanction, decided
to propose a listing of Farhad and Junaid Dockrat as international terrorists
on the United Nation’s listing for an alleged donation two years before Al
Akhtar was listed.

12. Can it surprise anyone that our government did not support the listing purely
on a rule of law basis – even if it was proved that the money was handed
over?

13. The proposed listings were thwarted because it was based on fanciful
allegations without any proof. There are two Reuter articles on the 21st and
29th January 2007 which provide good insight on the issue.

14. The first article dated 21 January 2007, is entitled “Terror Accusations
Meritless”. The second article dated 29 January 2007 is entitled “Rare
Defeat for US in South African Al-Qaeda case by Mark Trevelyan, Security
Correspondent”. An examination of the first article will clearly illustrate that
both Junaid and Farhad Dockrat denied any allegations against them as
“being patently false and devoid of merit”. The first article also stated that
Prof Adam Habib, who himself was denied entry into the United States and
deported back to South Africa while on a business trip in 2006, explained
how the US had misled the United National Security Council in the past. He
was quoted to have said:
“On a number of occasions they have identified people who are not
terrorists, how do we know this is not one of those times … if the
security council is to recognise America’s position … they (the US)
must provide proof for the UN and the South African government to
interrogate.”

15. Habib was further recorded to have stated that:
“If terror links are proven action should be taken.”

16. The first article records that the then Minster of Foreign Affairs and the
South African Intelligence Agencies had been in contact with the United
States State Department regarding the two men for almost a year,
requesting evidence. No evidence was ever adduced.

17. Following the failure to give evidence, the South African government quite
correctly and in accordance with its constitutional obligation refused to
support the listing of Farhad and Junaid Dockrat at the United National
Security Council of Terrorists. The listing endeavour failed.

18. One would have thought that if there was any evidence at that stage, i.e.
2006 when the United States wanted to list both Junaid and Farhad Dockrat
at the United Nation Security Council as terrorists, that it could, even on a
classified basis, and between states, have furnished the South African
government and intelligence agencies with at least some proof of the alleged
terrorist activities, which, in turn, would have resulted in the two being listed.
The listing did not go ahead because there was no evidence. There was no
evidence because there is no wrongdoing.

19. It is to be remembered that when the allegations were made at the time,
against both Farhad and Junaid Dockrat, they immediately went on record,
through their legal representatives and tendered full and proper interviews, ,
and were prepared to answer all questions at any interview from any
authority. At the time the tenders were not accepted because there was no
evidence.

20. The matter then slipped into silence from a media perspective. The
sensationalism dissipated.

21. Since the evidence was not forthcoming from abroad, Farhad has been
under constant surveillance by the government. His privacy has been
breached on South African soil in the most unjustifiable manner and unheard
of in our constitutional democracy. The manner of invasion of privacy has
been a source of misery in Farhad’s life.

22. As is confirmed by Porgieter’s article, Farhad’s telephones were bugged. In
fact Farhad often had people following him. Hidden surveillance cameras
were placed outside his work place, home and business. There was no
privacy in his telephone conversations, and to date there is no privacy for
him. It is a fundamental breach of the right to privacy at any level and most
offensive to our constitutional democracy.

23. Yet, in spite of these human rights infringements and the extent to which
alien intelligence agencies have broken South African law, they have not
been able to find any unlawful activity on the part of Farhad. Is that not
enough?

24. Is it so surprising then that at that point the spying activities from the South
African National Intelligence Agencies ceased. If the investigations ceased
prior to the 2010 world cup as contended for by Potgieter, either the
investigators must have been very confident that Farhad was not a threat to
the world cup or they must have been engagingly naive about an Al Qaeda
threat. Hindsight proves the former. No bombs went off. So much for the
South African Government’s alleged incompetence.

25. To the extent that Potgieter’s article suggests that “all spying activities in
connection with operation Kanu were abruptly halted at the beginning of
2010 under yet unexplained circumstance”, he was required to simply apply
his mind analytically to the facts and deduce that the witch hunt was futile.
26. Farhad believes that Potgieter must have applied his mind at least once to
the issue in the year long period. He must have realised that there is no Al
Qaeda threat. His article is therefore a wilful misleading for an agenda he is
pushing for.

MILITARY STYLE OBSTACLE COURSE

27. There was no “military style” obstacle course. Farhad put into place obstacle
courses, including rope climbing, tree climbing, crawling through drums and
other fitness obstacle courses. These were installed openly and not
covertly. The Zoo Lake in Johannesburg has a jungle gym with similar
obstacle courses. . How does that become illegal and how is that linked to
Al-Qaeda? Surely, if a person has a farm, he is free to build a jungle gym
with a tree house and an obstacle for fitness purposes. It is private property
and there is no legal impediment to such obstacle courses.

SURVEILLANCE AND INTELLIGENCE ON GREYLOCK FARM

28. It is noted that Potgieter alleges that a series of sophisticated surveillance
cameras were mounted on the neighbours’ farms to monitor every vehicle
that enters and leaves the farm as well as activity on the farm. Is it not
surprising that since 2007, despite being under 24-hour surveillance, there
has not been a single incident of any illegal activity recorded on Greylock
farm? There has not been a single reported event of any Al-Qaeda related
activity caught by the camera.

29. It is also noted that undercover agents successfully planted homing devices
on Farhad’s vehicles in order to monitor his movements. This too yielded in
nothing.

30. That must surely mean, at a very elementary level – even to Potgieter- or
even to somebody with a compromised IQ for that matter, that no illegal
activities are being conducted. Potgieter is reputed to be possessed of a
very well endowed IQ which reinforces that notion he knowingly crafted the
article with its core of lies.

31. Moreover, he is seasoned in the art of politics beyond many of his
colleagues. He gained much of his crafty training by twisted reporting in the
old apartheid era for the brutal security forces at whose hands many Black
freedom fighters were tortured and killed. He was a master of illusion whose
silky pen aided the apartheid Government in its most awkward moments.
Yes, he knows well of “vlakplaas” and the innocent youth that were ravaged
in its precinct. His biased and untruthful but remarkable reporting skills can
have devastating effect as we have seen in the past. Farhad invites
Pretorius to offer an unedited resume and collection of his works and
articles.

RELOCATION FROM GREYLOCK AND THE WATER SAGA

32. The suggestion by Potgieter that Farhad Dockrat wants to relocate to the
Tsitsikamma Golf Estate is mistaken. Farhad has no intention to relocate.
He is settled in Greylock. There is no desire to create a “Muslim haven” in
Tsitsikamma or Greylock. Solly Dockrat appointed Farhad Dockrat to attend
to maintenance work on the farm.

33. Potgieter’s reporting of the water case on Greylock is incorrect. When
Farhad Dockrat acquired Greylock, he purchased a farm with a stream in it.
The next door neighbour, Mr Loocke, has three such streams independently
from the mountain. However, when Dockrat purchased Greylock, Loocke, a
staunch and racist Afrikaner, conspired with the other surrounding Afrikaner
farmers. They hatched a plot, putting up a false agreement between all the
Afrikaner neighbours, contending that they all had rights to the stream
running through Greylock and that Greylock only had a right to draw from its
own stream for two days out of fifteen days.

34. In a bid to negatively impact on the case for Farhad when the matter first
came up in court, Potgieter strategically published the same recycled “news”
which was repeated in the Rapport on 7 September 2008 under the title “ Al
Qaida en leiwater ‘terreur’.” There was also an article “Talibaan in Suid-
Kaap”.

35. As a result of the two day water cycle which was unlawfully imposed by the
Afrikaner farmers, 12 378 of Greylock’s pristine peach and other trees died.
At a cost of R 139.75 per tree this resulted in a loss of R 1 729 825. 50 to
Farhad for trees alone, excluding loss of income.

36. A preliminary point in the water case was argued on 25 October 2011 before
the Cape High Court in which it was pointed out that the existence of the
agreement was inherently improbable for various reasons and that the
agreement was a plot hatched to starve Greylock of water on racial grounds.

37. A decisive judgment was granted in favour of Greylock by the honourable
Justice Saba against the neighbours. Their racially motivated plot failed.
The Afrikaner consortium then sought leave to appeal the judgment of the
High Court and have ever since not pursued such a leave to appeal
obviously because it has no merit. The matter has not come up in court
since then.

38. It is thus a deliberate misrepresentation that “the Dockrats eventually lost the
case in 2012”. In fact, Farhad won the application with costs. A court order
proves that. A copy of the order is obtainable from the Cape High Court
under case number 25325/2010

39. The claim instituted by Farhad Dockrat against the Loocke family for
unlawfully diverting water from Greylock farm which caused a substantial
loss in the form of death of the fruit trees is under case number 21794/2011.
The Loockes have requested a settlement and have asked the Dockrats not
to pursue the case against them in the interest of “good neighbourliness” –
whilst planting surveillance equipment against Farhad.

ALLEGATIONS ABOUT TSITSIKAMMA GOLF CLUB HOSTILE TAKE-OVER

40. There was no hostile takeover through false pretences as alleged; there
were no AK-47 rifles; there was no incident about threatening an elderly
woman. This is outrageous and untruthful.

41. Why have charges for intimidation and threats not been laid by the “elderly
woman”. This is a master piece of deceptive journalism by the ex Vlakplaas
reporter.

CONCLUSION

42. In conclusion, it is respectfully submitted that the article by Potgieter is self
evidently mischievous. On its own it smacks of inherently improbable and
farfetched assertions.

43. It is aimed at achieving a political objective of keeping the Western Cape as
white as possible, excluding the possibility of it becoming a rainbow nation. It
is aimed at neutralising the South African government from taking steps in
preventing racial segregation in this country. It is aimed at unjustifiably
embarrassing the South African government as being an incompetent state.
It is aimed at garnering US support to further a racist objective. It is truly a
masterpiece in deception.

44. The State has no doubt done its homework and is no doubt fully aware of
the facts to hand. It can hardly be said to be uninterested in its own politics if
it hears of a threat on its doorstep. There is no a threat. The only threat
being the Boeremag terrorist organisation was swiftly and competently
neutralised. Obviously a sore spot for Pogieter.

45. There are comments from the DA who have jumped onto the bandwagon
criticizing the ANC led Government on failing to curb an alleged Al Qaida
threat.

46. Farhad commends the South African government for upholding its promise
of the constitutional democracy that it promised to bring to this country and
its citizens. It is a shining example from which so-called advanced states
such as the United States and Britain should take lesson.

47. Farhad Dockrat has always made himself available to the South African
government and will continue to do so to satisfy them that there is nothing
untoward or illegal of his conduct in South Africa.

48. Farhad does not wish to get embroiled in a media war and will not resort to a
tit for tat on every ill-founded accusation.

MRN

Author: MRN Network

The aspiration of the Media Review Network is to dispel the myths and stereotypes about Islam and Muslims and to foster bridges of understanding among the diverse people of our country. The Media Review Network believes that Muslim perspectives on issues impacting on South Africans are a prerequisite to a better appreciation of Islam.