South Africa is rapidly representing a nation in decline, its economy has stalled, its government institutions have been engaged in rampant corruption and one of its major cities is almost completely out of water. But now the government of South Africa has officially unleashed an economic and human rights catastrophe.
The parliament recently voted on a motion to amend South Africa’s constitution to allow for white farmers’ land to be confiscated without any compensation. It passed with a vote of 241-83. The motion will now go before the South African Parliament’s Constitutional Review Committee for consideration before an official amendment to the constitution can be drafted.
The motion had the backing of the recently installed President Cyril Ramaphosa who reaffirmed his commitment to land reform in keeping with the policy of his ruling party the African National Congress. He however claimed it would not be a “smash and grab” and that “We will handle it with responsibility”.
Ramaphosa’s vision of a peaceful transition of land was not shared by the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters Julius Malema, a Marxist revolutionary party. He told the parliament “The time for reconciliation is over. Now is the time for justice,” adding “We must ensure that we restore the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole our land”. Malema who has previously been convicted of hate speech previously stated that whites would not be slaughtered “for now”.
White farmers in South Africa even before this vote have been subjected to what can only be described as a genocide with South African gangs perpetrating violent assaults, robbery, torture, rape and murder of white farmers on their own property.
Data on the extent of farm attacks is scarce, but according to Afrikaner civil rights group AfriForum a white farmer is 4.5 times more likely to be murdered than the average South African (in a nation that has one of the highest crime rates in the world). The death toll for white farmers in 2017 stood at 72 with 340 farm attacks.
The persecution of white farmers has began to receive international media attention. Right-wing media personalities Lauren Southern and Katie Hopkins have both done on the ground reports on the violence in South Africa. Spokespeople for AfriForum and another white civil rights group Suidlanders have made appearances on western media to spread the word about what is happening in South Africa.
As the persecution of whites in South African has increased with the implicit backing of its government many in the west have been demanding their governments accept white South Africans as refugees. The Unshackled started a petition to the Australian Government last year which at present has obtained almost 15,000 signatures. However we are still seeking a politician brave enough to present the petition to the federal parliament.
A petition to the European Commission demanding that white South Africans be given the right of return to their Indigenous lands gained 62,000 signatures before it was closed. Similar petitions have popped up addressed to European Union President Jean-Claude Juncker, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May.
Now a petition to United States President Donald Trump calling on him initiate an emergency immigration plan to allow white Boers to come to the United States is gaining traction. It highlights that white South Africans can be more easily vetted than those coming from the Middle East. Change.org has flagged the petition as containing disputed facts, and Newsweek’s story suggested that the petition could be a violation of change.org’s terms of service.
In the aftermath of the parliamentary vote social media discussion about the pending dispossession of South African white farmers has increased. Many have highlighted that South African is following the doomed path of Zimbabwe whose government engaged in the same land reform program with disastrous results for its economy and agricultural output. New Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has embarked on a compensation scheme for dispossessed white farmers under the previous administration of Robert Mugabe.
What has unfolded in South Africa and which will now be accelerated following this parliamentary vote should be a reminder to all people that racism against whites is real and anti-white racism has deadly consequences. It is certainly a proposition worth considering that we accept white South Africans who are similar culturally to us as refugees in Australia.