We have all heard tale of the racially-inspired troubles in South Africa. In situations like this, it is always best to allow those living through it to speak in their own words. With this in mind, I recently had the opportunity to speak with a white, Boer farmer in South Africa about the unrest there. Below are a few questions I posed and what he had to say:
Can you explain to an audience outside of your country the current socio-political climate of South Africa?
“Since 1994 the South African Government has done all in its power to strip away any Constitutional right the whites have. Whites, being a minority in South Africa have been slaughtered and mindlessly murdered. Hate speech is openly made from the black communities towards whites. The SABC (government owned broadcasting) has ordered that no more farm murders shall be reported. Also the judicial system is openly biased in favoring the blacks. The police services also treat the white minority far worse than the blacks. When a suspect is caught for murder of a white, the case files “disappear”. In cases where the roles are reversed, the suspects is held for years while the case gets postponed. Still, the government openly denies that there is a genocide on whites in South Africa. Economically, the whites in South Africa are openly discriminated against, by enforcing regulations that excludes any white person from obtaining a high-salary post in the workplace. A program from the government called Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment gives preference to companies that are wholly or more than 50% black management with regard to tenders, contracts. This forces the smaller white owned companies to go bankrupt and close down.”
What has been your personal experience (and that of your family) regarding the treatment of white farmers?
“To put the treatment of farmers in South Africa in perspective – it is less likely for a police officer to be killed in active duty than a farmer. All farm murders are notorious for the wanton violence and torture inflicted upon farmers and their families. The attackers have total disregard for age or gender. Farmers and their families are subjected to torture. Burned with irons, boiling water poured down their throats, raped, infants drowned in boiling water and genitals removed while the farmer’s family is still alive. The government insists in calling it “robbery that went wrong”, but in all cases nothing was stolen. This indicates that theft or robbery was not a motive.”
If our audience wants to help, what can we do?
“Should anyone wish to aid the Whites in South Africa, please spread the word and bring this to the attention of your governments. Australia already indicated that they are willing to help South African farmers who qualify for visas. The question remains – what about the rest of the White population in South Africa? Throughout history the White Boers of South Africa have proved themselves as builders of economies, and a nation that is loyal and law abiding.” He had also previously asked that Americans write to their congressmen and any and every local and federal leader they can to implore the acceptance of white South African refugees.
If our foolish hearts can bleed for the whole of the brown world, why not shed some for our own?