South Africa: A Human Rights Disaster

Whites in South Africa are routinely left out of discussions about human rights, even though the Afrikaners (descendants of Dutch settlers) are subject to violence, discrimination, and targeted murder. Genocide Watch lists South Africa as having Stage 6 genocide status with the targets being whites, Boers, and immigrants. It’s the same ranking as the Republic of the Congo, Kenya, and Uganda.

The Founding of South Africa

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In the middle of the 17th century, the Dutch East India Company created a colony in South Africa to serve as a point on its Asian trade route, what’s now Cape Town. There were no native blacks in the area, as they’d previously been killed and driven out by a different African tribe. In fact, it was some time before the Dutch settlers ran into any blacks other than their imported slaves, so it was quite a different situation—uninhabited land for the taking—than it was for the settlers of the American colonies and Native Americans. Contrary to popular opinion, the blacks in South Africa are not indigenous to that area.

The British captured the Dutch colony in South Africa a few decades later, and in 1814 the colony was turned over to the British in the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1814. There was a series of wars between the settlers and neighboring African tribes, and between the Boers (the Dutch settlers) and the British, before South Africa gained some semblance of independence. 

Not much happened in the fledgling country until the communist threat spread to South Africa. As noted by Stefan Molyneux, the National Party in South Africa had seen the mass murder committed by communists in Russia, where they had stirred up class tensions. Now the communists were in South Africa trying to stir up racial tensions to create a black revolutionary force to overthrow the government. Nelson Mandela was a member of the South African Communist Party, co-founded the militant wing of the African National Congress, and was imprisoned for trying to overthrow the government. 

In 1950, the Suppression of Communism Act banned the ideology from the country. The broad definition of communism included schemes aimed at achieving change “by the promotion of disturbance or disorder” or any act encouraging “feelings of hostility between the European and the non-European races…calculated to further [disorder].” The same year, the Population Registration Act required that South Africans be registered according to their race. Around the same time laws were passed prohibiting marriage or sex between whites and non-whites. 

Thus was apartheid born, not to rule over blacks, but to be isolated from them so whites could protect themselves from the increasingly violent revolutionary blacks and to try to avoid a race war. The races were simply left to their own devices. Considering that whites carried with them a thousand-plus years of advancements in communication, building, transportation, and medical technology, it’s not surprising that they continued to enjoy much higher standards of living than natives who had been living in primitive huts a few generations prior. 

The Truth About Life During and After Apartheid

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A Boycott Apartheid bus in London in 1989

We’re all familiar with the unfairness that existed under apartheid. The “positive” aspects, however, are rarely discussed. First of all, it should be noted that apartheid was steadily being repealed, albeit more slowly than activists wanted. In the 1980s, public facilities had been desegregated and the racial laws were repealed. Blacks were allowed into the white universities, and there were non-whites in the South African Parliament. 

Back when apartheid started no one would have claimed blacks were doing well. But under apartheid, from 1979 to 1983, the average black income doubled. From the mid-1970s through 1995, the black share of total personal income increased from 20 percent to 37 percent, while that of whites declined from 71 percent to 49 percent. Twelve years into apartheid, South Africa had the highest literacy rate for blacks in all of Africa. The life expectancy for blacks increased from 38 years to 61 years. Meanwhile, blacks from other parts of Africa immigrated to South Africa in droves. If it was so racist, why did so many blacks prefer to live there? It’s a similar situation to “racist” America, where nearly every non-white in the world wants to live. 

After apartheid ended, things started getting worse. Blacks were in the process of getting the skills needed to do good-paying jobs. But after apartheid, laws were put in place that dictated blacks must be given certain jobs. It was a couple decades too soon. Blacks were thus put into jobs they couldn’t perform, while competent whites were fired. The Cato Institute reports that the number of people living in absolute poverty has doubled since the African National Congress came to power in 1994. The country is now ranked number 140 out of 144 in terms of education, and in maths and sciences is second-to-last. The life expectancy for blacks has declined by nine years, and the value of the South African rand has plummeted. It’s become the biggest welfare state in the world, with five people on welfare for every taxpayer (6 percent contribute 99 percent of all tax revenue). Opinion polls now show that South Africans think like was better under apartheid. 

Anti-White Discrimination in Post-Apartheid South Africa

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Employment for whites is becoming more difficult in South Africa, due to several race-based government policies. The Employment Equity Act was enacted in 1999, which forces companies with more than 50 employees to submit annual reports to the government on their efforts to have “demographically representative” employees across all levels (i.e., 79 percent of executives should be black and 8 percent white; 79 percent of factory workers should be black and 8 percent white). Companies that don’t comply face steep fines. There are now more than 100 race-based laws—more than existed under apartheid.

Thus, whites are routinely turned away for less-qualified blacks. Consequently, an estimated one million white South Africans have already fled the country, and the loss of skilled workers isn’t helping. 

To fulfill quotas, there is much competition for skilled blacks, who are often paid more than whites. At Barlow, a large industrial firm, black accountants are paid about 20 percent more than whites, plus given an “entry-level BMW,” pension, health benefits, in-house training, and prospects for promotion. Even still, blacks are “mercilessly head-hunted” since demand is so high. This ends up hurting both poor, unskilled blacks, as well as skilled whites. 

According to The Economist, black-owned firms can charge more than white-owned firms and still be awarded government contracts, leading to the government providing fewer services and infrastructure.

Just one example of anti-white discrimination is the utility company Eskom, which for years has been ordered to hire only non-whites as new employees. In 2015, it was ordered to get rid of 3,389 white employees as part of the Black Empowerment program (1,081 white engineers and 2,179 white skilled laborers). But Eskom says it’s having trouble finding enough qualified non-white applicants. Situations like this are why white unemployment nearly doubled from 1995 to 2005. 

The discrimination is having dire effects for the country. Eskom is South Africa’s sole provider of electricity, and since 2008 the country has experienced frequent power outages. In 2015, there were scheduled blackouts every third day to prevent the power grid from collapsing. 

Statistics show the anti-white discrimination isn’t helping blacks either. In 1994, 15 percent of black South Africans occupied skilled jobs. Two decades later, it’s only risen to 18 percent even though the make up 80 percent of the population. By many metrics, the situation for blacks was improving more quickly under apartheid. 

It’s difficult to find details of what life is like for working whites in South Africa; it’s certainly not covered by the mainstream press. But message boards provide first-hand accounts. One South African said white males don’t need to bother applying for permanent positions in large organizations or the government, since due to BEE they won’t be called for an interview. Another said that blacks are paid three to ten times more than whites in the same position. Another said that job postings with state jobs are open to blacks only, so whites don’t bother to apply. 

Land Confiscation

In 2017, South African President Jacob Zuma called for the confiscation of land owned by whites, without any payment. 

“We need to accept the reality that those who are in parliament where laws are made, particularly the black parties, should unite because we need a two-thirds majority to effect changes in the constitution,” Zuma said. In addition to changing the constitution, the move would entail a “pre-colonial land audit of land use and occupation patterns” to determine which land would be confiscated. 

Back in January 2015, speaking at a dinner banquet in Capetown, Zuma said, “All of the problems of South Africa can be traced back to the arrival of whites on the 6th of April, 1652.”

Zuma’s party, the African National Congress (ANC), has been declining in support, and the land confiscation proposal seems to be an attempt to increase popularity. Another rising party threatening to take support away from the ANC is the Economic Freedom Fighters, and leader Julius Malema has long expressed support for seizing land without compensation from “Dutch thugs.”

Malema has said, “We are not calling for the slaughter of white people‚ at least for now.” He has been welcomed as a political leader in London. 

Some white Afrikaners have vowed to fight back if confiscation attempts occur, calling it a “declaration of war.” The chairman of the Boer Afrikaner Volksraad said it would turn into a racial war if enacted, a scenario they hope to avoid.

Anti-White Violence and Farm Murders in Post-Apartheid South Africa

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The high crime rate is the main reason cited for emigration: South Africa is called the most dangerous place in the world, outside of war zones. Much of the crime in South Africa is against white farmers, so much so that farming in South Africa is world’s most dangerous occupation, based on murders-per-capita. It’s more dangerous than being a South African police officer, and white farmers are more likely to be killed than U.S. troops serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. 

Looking at murder rates per 100,000 people, the rate is 1.6 in Canada, 4.6 in the U.S., and 21.5 in Mexico. South Africa as a whole is high, at 31.1. For primarily white farmers in South Africa, it’s 133 per 100,000, according to Pieter Groenewald, leader of the Freedom Front Plus party. That’s more than four times the average murder rate in South Africa, nearly 30 times the rate in America, and 83 times the murder rate in Canada. More than 70,000 South African whites have been murdered since apartheid ended. To look at it another way: In the first 18 years, 2 percent of the white population was murdered. Under apartheid, 0.02 percent of the black population was killed, a number that includes militant combatants. 

The situation has gotten worse after black government leaders flamed the fire by singing a “Kill the Boers” song. (In Afrikaans, “boer” means “farmer,” so the song is essentially saying “kill the white farmer.”) In 2010, Julius Malema, head of the Economic Freedom Fighters party, revived the anti-apartheid song with the lyrics, “Shoot the Boer, shoot, shoot.” A few months later, President Jacob Zuma sang the same song while the military danced. A recording of the Zuma’s “performance” went viral on YouTube: “We are going to shoot them with machine guns, they are going to run . . . The cabinet will shoot them, with the machine gun . . . Shoot the Boer, we are going to hit them, they are going to run.”

In February 2017 alone, there were 16 murders in 46 farm attacks, according to official statistics that many claim underestimate the true number of murders, classifying them instead as “robberies.” According to Mike Bolhuis, of Project Farm Murders, the numbers are as many as two to three farm murders per day. Reports for 2017 put the number of farm attacks at once per day.

Besides the frequency of the attacks, the torturous nature of the murders is nightmarish. One couple in their 60s was tied up and tortured for hours with a blowtorch. An elderly woman was tortured with a drill, having holes drilled in her body while she was still alive. In another attack, the farmer’s testicles were cut off, then cooked and eaten. A nine-year-old farmer’s daughter was beaten in the head until dead. Another family, including their two-year-old son, was tortured to death. Women are often raped, with husbands kept alive and forced to watch. Other reports include infants that have been drown in boiling water, raping children, disemboweling entire families, and dragging victims behind a vehicle for miles.

In one case, a woman was raped then thrown out the window; her husband was shot. When the police arrived, their son-in-law Ben Van Dyk told WND, they turned around and left when they learned it was whites, not blacks, who had been murdered. They’ve since heard nothing from the South African Police Service. It’s not surprising that Van Dyk believes the European-descended Afrikaner people are being targeted for extermination. A security video showed the attackers carrying highly technical equipment, such as cell-phone signal jammers, apparently to ensure that the victims couldn’t call for help. 

No one knows who might be providing weapons and advanced technology to the attackers. But one prisoner said Malema was the one providing the guns, balaclavas, and cash. 

The Black First Land First (BLF) movement also is encouraging violence. National spokesperson Lindsay Maasdorp, said, in discussing how land was “stolen historically,” that “If black people are responding to that violence with violence, then they are well in their rights to take back land by any means necessary.” The leader of the BLF, Andile Mngxitama, said, “The death of these farmers is minuscule compared to the horrors that black people face.”

Gun control in South Africa is severe, and the government has abolished self-defense organizations, so the farmers’ options for home defense are minimal.

Stage 6 Genocide Status 

The situation has led to many calling the situation a deliberate genocide of white South Africans. According to Dr. Gregory H. Stanton of Genocide Watch, a former anti-apartheid activist, “there is direct evidence of government incitement to genocide.” Stanton has called for President Zuma to be impeached for the crime of inciting genocide.

South Africa is categorized at Stage 6 by Genocide Watch. The rating, Stanton said at the time, was based on “evidence that the murders of Afrikaner farmers and other whites is organized by racist communists determined to drive whites out of South Africa, nationalize farms and mines, and bring on all the horrors of a communist state.” That’s the exact fear—racially incited communism—that led to the establishment of apartheid in the first place. 

F.W. De Klerk, the former South African president who, along with Nelson Mandela, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for helping to end apartheid, has spoken out against the treatment of whites. Current policies, he said, are aimed at “taking away the legitimate economic and cultural interests of [white] citizens, based purely on their race.” If current trends continue it will “lead to the disappearance of the white minority in South Africa within the next 50 to 60 years.” (De Klerk’s wife, the former First Lady, was murdered by a black man in her apartment in Cape Town. The bones in her neck were broken and she was stabbed in the back with a steak knife.)

Because it’s so dangerous, private security is used by those who can afford it. There are about 400,000 registered active private security guards in the country—more than the police and army combined. Some work as bodyguards, accompanying women (or even men) while they walk. Other times, they’re hired by groups of neighbors to patrol suburban streets in large jeeps, armed with semi-automatic weapons and handguns, and are prepared to stop anyone who looks suspicious. People have high walls around their houses, alarm systems, and keep dogs for added protection.

Life for Whites in Squatter Camps

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In part due to discrimination against whites in the workforce, nearly 10 percent of South African whites now live in squatter camps without running water or electricity.

Dan Roodt of the Pro-Afrikaans Action Group (PRAAG) said that even skilled whites have “ended up on skid row” due to the government policies of anti-white racism. “Almost all whites are educated, literate and generally hard-working, so they should not be poor,” he continued. “The system makes them poor by denying them opportunities and expecting whites to be superhuman and to make money out of thin air.”

As of 2016, The Guardian reported that about 400,000 white South Africans live in poverty. In the white squatter camps, people live in makeshift shacks with dirt floors. There is little running water and no electricity. Food is scare, as they often live on £28.99 a month. People living there are frequently denied medical treatment at hospitals, and turned away from interviews for employment. The squatter camp in Munsieville was built on the site of a dumping ground; when it rains, the topsoil is washed away to reveal decades-old waste.

One mom in the Klein Akker squatter camp walks eight kilometers to take her son to school. Residents who walk into town are often too embarrassed to give their address. 

At the Coronation Park squatter camp, Ann le Roux told Reuters about her former middle class life. After taking time off work after the death of her husband, she couldn’t return to work. “Our color here is not the right color now in South Africa,” said le Roux. She now lives in a caravan and tent in the shanty town with her daughter and four grandchildren, among others. Food is cooked and water heated on open campfires because the local council cut electricity to the camp.

Hugo Van Niekerk, who manages the camp, said he doesn’t expect help from the government for housing. “If we were black maybe yes, but we are white.”

Orania: A Whites-Only Town Thrives

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Other white Afrikaners have formed a remote farming town called Orania that gives hope to whites who remain in the county. In 2016, about 1,300 residents lived in the town comprised of 8,000 hectares, or 30 square miles. It was conceived in 1990, just before the end of apartheid, when a number of families purchased an abandoned workers’ village on the edge of a desert. The Orania Company owns the land and shares are held by homeowners, allowing them to dictate who joins. There are more than 100 businesses and unemployment is at 2 percent. Those who live there are described as primarily conservative and Christian. Roughly 20 men patrol the town at all times for additional safety.

They have a collective pecan orchard of more than 15,000 trees and exported 90 tons of pecan nuts to China in 2010. Some raise sheep, cattle, or emus. Besides agriculture, tourism is a big industry: Orania has a four-star hotel and thousands of tourists visit each year.

Irrigation systems have turned the desert into productive farmland, where they grow lucerne (alfalfa), maize, almonds, and olives. Fruits, vegetables, and flowers grow in greenhouses.

Despite paying taxes to South Africa, the town receives all of its water, sewerage and electricity from its own industrial center.

The town also takes in “people who struggle with drug abuse, alcohol abuse, former felons, or just the unemployed and uneducated,” said Swedish journalist Kajsa Norman, who wrote a book about the Afrikaners. They are given jobs building or farming, and no substance abuse is tolerated in the community. After they’re stable, some stay while others move on.

Orania’s whites-only segregation is legal, since the constitution of the post-apartheid government allows for an Afrikaner state that has freedom of self-determination on cultural and linguistic grounds. Residents say it is so safe that they can leave their doors unlocked, or walk alone at 3 a.m. with no fear.

Orania is growing at about 10 percent annually. According to its website, eight contractors are working on new houses due to a housing shortage.

The environment is a concern of residents, and installation of solar water heating is mandatory for all new buildings. All residents are required to sort garbage into five different containers for recycling.

The continuation of Afrikaner culture is a high priority, and along with Christian holidays, they celebrate historical Afrikaner holidays that were abolished under the new government, like Founders Day, which celebrates the arrival of the Dutch in South Africa.

Only Afrikaans is spoken in the town, at a time when South Africa is eliminating the language from the rest of the country. A statue of a former prime minister of South Africa stands near the town entrance, at a time when statues of whites from the apartheid era are being removed from the rest of the country.

The town also boasts a radio station, museum, magazine, city council newspaper, two schools, and churches. Schools have a 100 percent matriculation rate. The town also has a library, post office, hair salons, and shops. Other residents work as plumbers, brick-layers, or in waste collection. Many houses are built in the Cape-Dutch style. It also has its own currency, the Ora, which “encourages people to support local businesses.”

The website states: “While Afrikaners today experience crime, affirmative action, black economic empowerment, Anglicisation of universities, deterioration of standards, poor service and a total alienation from their environment, Orania offers a solution where people can still be themselves and thrive in a supporting environment.”

“We do not fit in easily in the new South Africa. [Orania] was an answer to not dominating others and not being dominated by others,” said Carel Boshoff Jr. 

Preparing for a Future Civil War

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Other South African whites have joined the Suidlanders, a group of Afrikaner Protestant Christians who’ve developed an emergency plan initiative. In American terms, they’re “preppers,” and what they’re prepping for is an eventual race-based civil war.  

Local groups are situated throughout the country, so that when needed, people can meet at rendezvous points to evacuate the area together. Convoy management for evacuation is also an issue, as roads may be blocked by hostile revolutionaries. (Their website quotes a participant in the Rwandan Genocide of 1994, who said, “They told us the plan: Organize patrols. Block the enemy. Block all intersections, so that anyone trying to escape will be stopped and killed. So that is what happened.”)

Safe places, such as rural farms, have already been determined, as well as means of communication via HF or UHF radio. Members meet regularly to practice setting up field stations for managing and directing the white refugees.

South Africa provides an example for what America, Europe, and other Western countries might look like if non-white immigration continues, combined with the current anti-white rhetoric. When whites express fear about their displacement, it’s not due to racism or being fearful about losing their “privilege,” it’s because they’ve seen what’s happened in South Africa (and before that, Zimbabwe). Ideally, we’ll live in countries were everyone can get along. But if the Left continues to objectify whites as “evil,” like the Nazis did to the Jews, whites should begin to plan for a South Africa type of situation in other countries when they become the minority. 

Top Image: Thomas Baines, painting of a Zulu attack on a Boer camp in February 1838 (the Weenen Massacre)