When South African President Cyril Ramaphosa formally announced that he would attempt to atone for the ‘original sin’ of apartheid in the nation, he made clear that he meant confiscating farmland from white owners and giving it to black ones. Now, believe it or not, the rhetoric out of South Africa has gotten even more hostile, to the point where Australia has stepped in, offering asylum to white farmers who are being threatened by none other than the nation’s president, though he is far from the only one adopting increasingly bellicose rhetoric.
Though Ramaphosa’s land shuffling proposal is impossible to walk back, he’s at least shown some indications that he is aware of Africa’s ugly historic when it comes to misguided attempts at retribution for the apartheid era.
“We cannot have a situation where we allow land grabs, because that is anarchy,” Mr. Ramaphosa told Parliament. “We cannot have a situation of anarchy when we have proper constitutional means through which we can work to give land to our people.”
By current South Africa standards, such a statement is considered encouraging. Progress, at least, from the tone struck just post Ramaphosa’s election. But whatever ‘progress’ one may strain to extract from the president’s promises, statistic show that life for white farmers in South Africa is nothing short of harrowing right now. It’s a picture of near-constant threat of forceful confiscation and even death, with no police protection to be heard of in a nation where private security is often one’s only chance of remaining safe from crime.
‘Activists say South African authorities are tacitly approving attacks on the country’s white farmers, with one being murdered every five days, and the police turning a blind eye to the violence.’ (Newsweek)
It’s this reality that prompted Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to consider fast-tracking emergencies for farmers in the African nation.
“If you look at the footage and read the stories, you hear the accounts, it’s a horrific circumstance they face,” Dutton said. “The people we’re talking about want to work hard, they want to contribute to a country like Australia,” Dutton said. (The Guardian)
Dutton added that South African farmers facing persecution from their own countrymen and afforded no protection from their government deserve the protection of a “civilized country” with the obvious implication that while Australia is stepping up to serve as that “civilized” nation, South Africa has proven not to be.
Officials representing the South African government have taken a completely unbelievable, statistic-defying stance toward claims that white farmers face any danger. It’s a credibility-shredding lack of plausibility that shows how much danger white farmers in South Africa truly are in. If the government won’t even acknowledge that 109 attacks and 15 murders of primarily white farmers have been recorded in 2018 alone, any hope for protection or prosperity is lost.
“There is no reason for any government anywhere in the world to suspect that any South African is in danger from their own democratically elected government,” Ndivhuwo Mabaya, a spokesman for South Africa’s Foreign Ministry, said in a statement. “That threat simply does not exist.” (NYT)
Who is leading the charge against these farmers, you might ask?
South Africa’s Marxist-leaning opposition party leadership is doing the country’s global image no favors, as he continues to stoke a flame of racial division in the nation that would make Robert Mugabe blush.
Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters – one of those ironic monikers for what can be loosely considered a political party – has made a habit of calling for extreme measures against white land owners. His end-game is quite simple:
“We want Africa back. Africa belongs to our people,” Malema said, referring to dark-skinned Africans. For Malema, the issue is truly one of black and white, with no room for nuance or shared understanding as fellow Africans.
“We are saying that which our people were killed for ... has not been achieved, and therefore we will continue with that struggle. When we say so, they say we are racist, they say we want to kill white people. Why would we kill white people?” (news.com.au)
Malema, ‘who recently declared his party was “cutting the throat of whiteness”’, advocate the killing of white people? Malema, who’s been known to chant the apartheid-era song ‘Shoot the Boer, Kill the Farmer’, wouldn’t resort to such measures.
Not yet, at least.
‘in 2016 (Malema) told supporters he was “not calling for the slaughter of white people‚ at least for now”, saying farmers should “leave quietly”.’
It would be wise for South African farmers to leave, as Malema suggests. It’s not fair, but it is wise. We’ve seen this story play out in Africa before, and we’ve witnessed its beginning in the South African countryside already. Australia is willing to take them in, and it would be stubborn, perhaps foolish, to give up their life for their land.
Malema’s confident that, eventually, the white farmers will come bag to South Africa, realizing the only tools of their prosperity were the black faces and bodies who they were so wont to exploit. They should only be so lucky that the likes of Malema would do them the favor of granting them employment.
“They will come back here with their tail between their legs. We will hire them because we will be the owners of their farms when they come back to South Africa. As to what we are going to do with the land, it’s our business, it’s none of your business,” Malema said.
In Malema’s mind, the existence of property-owning Caucasians is incompatible with Africa’s rightful state of being. Were it not for black Africans to exploit, the white farmers would never have prospered. So, in response to the offer from Australia to provide emergency asylum, Malena says flippantly: ‘let them go’.
‘(Malena) said (white farmers) would be “poor in Australia”. “They are rich here because they are exploiting black people. There is no black person to be exploited in Australia, they are going to be poor.”
But, one more thing. Before you go, Malema kindly requestes you leave the keys in the tractors and the front doors? They’re going to need those…
“They must leave the keys to their tractors because we want to work the land, they must leave the keys to their houses because we want to stay in those houses. They must leave everything they did not come here with in South Africa and go to Australia,” Malema proclaimed.
Sincerely, Julius Malema and the South African government.
Safe travels, Afrikaners!