South Africa in the Spotlight
It was only last week that President Donald J. Trump tweeted out a message which sympathized with the plight that has plagued the South African farmers of the Boer-Afrikaner population, who are currently faced with the threat of violence and oppression. After viewing a report by Tucker Carlson on the matter, Trump tweeted out the following message:
This was met by a substantial degree of backlash on the part of the South African Government, the African National Congress (the largest political party), and the Economic Freedom Fighters (the second largest political party).
The Government tweeted out the following:
It was during this time that President Ramaphosa responded by claiming that “land reform is key to economic stability” while Deputy President Mabuza assured the Boer farmers to “trust [him]” while inversely adding that black South Africans must not be afraid to use their legal sovereignty to expropriate the land.
The Economic Freedom Fighters commander-in-chief Julius Malema took a more aggressive response to Trump’s tweet in an EFF media briefing last week, making the threat that:
“Only death will stop us, not Trump, not sanction, not all of them. We know the consequences that are coming.”
The situation in South Africa largely parallels the situation in Rhodesia, or what is now Zimbabwe, only a few decades earlier. Former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who has recently resigned upon being faced with impeachment proceedings, was known for inciting violence against white farmers while also forcibly confiscating their land. This ended up driving the whites out of Zimbabwe. With this being said, it was only a few years ago that Mugabe’s government started to ask white farmers to return, as the agricultural export industry had collapsed upon their departure. It is ironic to note that the white Rhodesians were better at tending the land than the black Africans who had lived their throughout their existence as a peoples.
It was only last year that many South African citizens, both black and white alike, protested against the actions of the South African government against the white farmers. In response, Malema of the EFF claimed that “We are going to liberate our highways and freeways from racist whites.” Meanwhile, Thabo Mokwen of the ANC provincial executive committee had the following to say:
“There’s nothing that the government can do that is illegal to the farmers, neither is there anything the farmers can refuse which is law. So they don’t have much option … Once it’s law, no farmer, no person can come and say that I am going to disobey these laws. Do it at your own peril.”
But what is the situation for Whites in South Africa?
- From 1948-1989, the years of apartheid, there were 170 murders every year in South Africa. Since 1994, or when apartheid ended, it has reached the tens of thousands.
- South Africa now has one of the highest rates of rape in the World, with the rape of children and the elderly being a media worthy problem.
- According to Statistics South Africa, the white South African population has fallen by 23,000 this year. Whites now only comprise 8.9% of the population.
- According to Genocidewatch.org, from 1991-2002, over 1000 Boer farmers had been murdered with the murder rate among South African white farmers is four times higher than among South Africans en masse.
- In a 2001 analysis done by the Crime Information Analysis Centre, it was found that of the 1,398 people attacked on farms that year, 61.6% were white, 33.3% were black, 4.4% were Asian and 0.7% were listed as “other”. Because the South African Police do not classify crime stats according to race, more recent data is harder to find.
- In the ”Report of the Committee of Inquiry into Farm Attacks” from July 31, 2003, it was found that some victims [had] been burned with smoothing irons or had boiling water poured down their throats in addition to other horrendous atrocities.
According to the “Blood Sisters”, a government contracted NGO, non-profit organization, and nationwide leader in crime scene cleanup: “18 years ago, we would get one call a week to assist with a farm attack or murder, now it’s daily, it’s increased unbelievably … Between 2012 and 2016 the attacks on farms and areas deemed as non-residential has increased by an average of 72.9 percent.” The organization also notes that the government figures are lower than their own.
According to Gareth Newham, head of the crime and justice programme at the Institute for Security Studies, “It may be problematic to use an estimate of all people living on farms depending on what data is used for murders and attacks… It is likely that many of the figures for farm attacks and murders on farms collected by organised agriculture or the SAPS for that matter, would not contain all the attacks or murders of non-farmers.” Despite this, even the South African Police Services have noted that there have been hundreds of thousands of farm attacks occurring each year over the past two decades.
With this being said, what solutions have been put forward?
The targeting of farmers has gotten so bad that Peter Dutton and Tony Abbott of Australian government had considered granting white farmers fast-track visas, although this has not been followed through on.
Russian Politician Vladimir Poluboyarenko of the Stavropol region is in the process of potentially taking in 15,000 – 20,000 Boer farmers.
And now President Donald J. Trump has appointed Mike Pompeo to investigate the potential genocide of white farmers in South Africa.
And where is all of this headed?
Only a few weeks ago, here at The Red Ensign, we began to cover the South Africa situation before it made headlines in the MSM. In Borders Open to Embassy Invaders?, it was noted that:
“Whether we look to Haiti, where the blacks gained power through revolution, or Liberia, where blacks were granted a whole country as a reparation for slavery, we see a relatively similar result which parallels some of the last countries that experienced decolonization, such as Angola, Rhodesia, and South Africa.”
This is elaborated on further in the article A Reflection of What is to Come, which outlines the trajectory of these events in the following question:
“In light of all of this, what we should be asking ourselves here in Canada, where the white population is now around 65%, and has declined rapidly over the past 3-4 decades, what will become of Euro-Canadians if we are a minority?”
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