25 ar­rested in De Doorns af­ter at­tacks on Zim­bab­weans

Moonstruck teens say hunky Pat­tin­son and Laut­ner are ‘re­ally hot’

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - LEILA SAMODIEN

MORE than two dozen peo­ple have been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the at­tacks on Zim­bab­wean farm­work­ers in De Doorns.

Breede River mu­nic­i­pal­ity spokesman Man­fred van Rooyen said 25 peo­ple had been ar­rested on a num­ber of charges re­lated to the at­tacks. The sus­pects were be­ing held at De Doorns po­lice sta­tion.

Twenty-two were ar­rested for pub­lic vi­o­lence, two for theft and one for ar­son and house­break­ing. They are ex­pected to ap­pear in court on Mon­day.

Mean­while, the De Doorns refugees’ camp, where dis­placed Zim­bab­weans have sought shel­ter, now home to 862 peo­ple, was opened to the me­dia for the first time yes­ter­day.

The camp is set up on a field in Voortrekker Road, with three large mar­quees for shel­ter. Shower and toi­let fa­cil­i­ties have also been set up at the back of the camp.

A group of Breede River mu­nic­i­pal­ity rep­re­sen­ta­tives, in­clud­ing mayor Charles Nt­somi and Speaker Joseph Jan­uarie, took the me­dia on a tour of the camp.

Also present were rep­re­senta- tives from the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment and re­lief or­gan­i­sa­tions, such as the Red Cross and the Cape Town Refugee Cen­tre.

But the del­e­ga­tion was met by hos­tile res­i­dents, with peo­ple de­mand­ing that the “politi­cians must leave”.

Braam Hanekom, the founder of Pas­sop, the refugees’ or­gan­i­sa­tion, said the mu­nic­i­pal­ity had not in­formed the com­mu­nity it would be bring­ing the me­dia to visit.

“For the time be­ing, this is their home. A del­e­ga­tion can­not sim­ply come in here without ask­ing per­mis­sion,” he said. “If the me­dia comes here, they shouldn’t be ac­com­pa­nied by politi­cians. How are they (peo­ple) sup­posed to speak out if they have politi­cians breath­ing down their necks?”

Af­ter a short war of words be­tween mu­nic­i­pal rep­re­sen­ta­tives and Hanekom, Jan­uarie and Nt­somi left.

Mazvita Chi­monyo said she would rather be back in Zim­babwe than “suf­fer” here. “I don’t want to be rein­te­grated. The way they treat Zim­bab­weans in this coun­try, it’s hor­ri­ble.”

Speak­ing af­ter a mu­nic­i­pal press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day, Jan­uarie said that their plan was to rein­te­grate the af­fected peo­ple as soon as pos­si­ble. “We don’t want peo­ple stay­ing in camps. We can’t force any­one to rein­te­grate, but we want the process to hap­pen as quickly as pos­si­ble.”

He added that the mu­nic­i­pal­ity was in­ves­ti­gat­ing labour broking, and whether farm­ers were favour­ing Zim­bab­wean work­ers. This was what had prompted the at­tacks, not xeno­pho­bia, he said.

How­ever the com­mu­nity dis­agreed, say­ing the at­tacks had been sparked by ha­tred for Zim­bab­weans.

LOS AN­GE­LES: Fif­teen-year-old Chloe Bates is in love.

A stu­dent at an all-girl Catholic school, she lights up when she talks about her hand­some 17-year-old honey. Chloe doesn’t know too many boys, so she still gets a ner­vous, buzzy feel­ing when­ever she thinks about him. Her friends know all about this guy – he’s a reg­u­lar SMS and cell­phone topic be­tween school, home­work and dance prac­tice.

Chloe keeps a few pic­tures of him on her bed­room wall, scat­tered among snap­shots of her and her friends. She also writes about him in her jour­nal. But she can’t re­ally get close to him. It’s like he doesn’t know she ex­ists.

Chloe is in love with Tay­lor Laut­ner, one of the hunky stars of the Twi­light films. And she’s not alone.

Girls have been fall­ing in love with movie stars since the dawn of cin­ema. When teenagers be­came Tin­sel­town’s prime mar­ket­ing tar­get, Hol­ly­wood de­liv­ered hand­some heart­throbs any girl could love.

James Dean. Frankie Avalon. David Cassidy. Rick Spring­field. Johnny Depp. There are teen icons for ev­ery gen­er­a­tion. For Chloe and mil­lions of girls around the world, it’s Laut­ner and Robert Pat­tin­son of New Moon, the lat­est in­stal­ment in the Twi­light se­ries.

Th­ese girls aren’t just ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a movie-star crush, they’re par­tic­i­pat­ing in a uniquely fe­male rite of pas­sage: the birth of ro­man­tic fan­tasy. And to­day’s tech­nol­ogy – on­line fan fo­rums, Twit­ter, an end­less in­ter­net stream of pho­tos and videos – lets them get closer than ever.

Be­fore real boyfriends and first kisses, girls’ imag­i­nary re­la­tion­ships with their heart­throbs pro­vide a pre­cur­sor to adult ro­mance – a love be­fore they know what love might be.

“They’re prac­tis­ing feel­ings of love and at­tach­ment and at­trac­tion and ro­mance,” says Los An­ge­les psy­chol­o­gist Wendy Walsh, whose own 11-year-old daugh­ter also loves Laut­ner. “Th­ese are all new feel­ings, and what a safe way to play them out – in the pri­vacy of their own room with a poster of Tay­lor Laut­ner.”

The Twi­light se­ries is about first love. New Moon cen­tres on Bella Swan, an or­di­nary teenager in love with the mys­te­ri­ous Ed­ward Cullen (Pat­tin­son), who comes from a fam­ily of vam­pires.

“It would be so fun to be Bella,” Chloe says wist­fully. “I just think that would be in­cred­i­ble.”

Chloe hasn’t had a real boyfriend yet, but she thinks Laut­ner would be per­fect be­cause he’s “that fun, hang out, let’s-play-videogames kind of guy that I think would be re­ally fun right now”.

Like prac­ti­cally every­one at school, Chloe has read all four nov­els in the Twi­light se­ries. She spot­ted Laut­ner when she saw the film last year. “He’s re­ally hot,” she says.

Pat­tin­son is re­ally hot, too, but Chloe finds his char­ac­ter’s de­vo­tion to Bella “kind of un­re­al­is­tic”.

Fans of the se­ries fall on two sides: Team Ed­ward and Team Ja­cob. Chloe aligns firmly with the lat­ter, but “it’s pretty much half and half at my school”, she says.

Each has his charms. On screen, Pat­tin­son plays a dash­ing vam­pire. Off-screen, the Bri­tish ac­tor is shy and soft-spo­ken, hum­bled by all the Twi­light at­ten­tion. He’s 23, lanky and pale, with thick, tou­sled hair.

Laut­ner is buff and bronzed, with a gre­gar­i­ous per­son­al­ity, dark eyes and an easy smile.

Chloe says if she ever met Laut­ner in per­son, she’d be “freak­ing out on the in­side but try­ing to act cool on the out­side”. As if ado­les­cent emo­tions weren’t enough, to­day’s heart­throb crushes are sup­ported by all man­ner of mer­chan­dis­ing and gad­getry.

For ex­am­ple, there’s the life­sized card­board cutout of Laut­ner Chloe’s par­ents bought for her.

One day the door­bell rang at Chloe’s San Fer­nando Val­ley home and card­board Laut­ner was stand­ing there, wear­ing a T-shirt and jeans and his trade­mark sweet smile.

He now stands in her bed­room, near the win­dow and the lit­tle ta­ble where she writes in her di­ary – her first vi­sion ev­ery morn­ing and the last thing she sees each night. – Sapa-AP

New Moon is in SA cin­e­mas from Mon­day.

PIC­TURE: JORDI MATAS

IN NEED: Zim­bab­weans wait for food at the De Doorns camp.

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