25 arrested in De Doorns after attacks on Zimbabweans
Moonstruck teens say hunky Pattinson and Lautner are ‘really hot’
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.
IN NEED: Zimbabweans wait for food at the De Doorns camp.