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The Afrikaner Journal, News Digest – 13 January, 2013
Compiled by: Jacques Maré
Highlights of stories focusing on the plight of Boere-Afrikaners in South Africa.
- Cosatu’s communist insurgents continues “striking”.
- ANC body, threatens action against Afrikaans university.
- Vicious ANC sponsored murders of Afrikaner-elderly, continues unabated.
- Four Afrikaner men charged with conspiracy to set off explosives at the ANC’s Manguang conference, denied bail.
- Hate Speech demonizing Afrikaners, increase.
- Letter to Amnesty International
- Jacob Zuma threatens “unfair” expropriation and warns that inequality is bad for reconciliation.
- Destitute at the receiving end of ANC discrimination – NO food aid if you’re not an ANC member!
- Afrikaners defending themselves against murderous attacks, arrested for assault
- Twist in Boeremag trial – case postponed to 24 January 2013
Cosatu’s communist insurgents continues “striking”.
The year started ominously and violently in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Communist insurgents, belonging to the African Nationalist governments labour alliance, COSATU, continued destabilizing the province. This comes in the wake of promises by the union that they will make this province “ungovernable”.
The Western Cape province is the only province, not run by the African Nationalist government. The Democratic Alliance (DA) governs this province and it has been a thorn in the side for the ANC ever since the DA took power, several years ago. Embarrassingly, the DA is making a huge success of delivering services, in contrast to the ANC who is home to at least two failed provinces under its administration, that of the Limpopo province and the other, the Eastern Cape – where service to the public has all but disintegrated.
Union secretary general Tony Ehrenreich and Western Cape ANC party leader, Marius Fransman has taken it upon themselves to amass hordes of “fake” farm workers to protest a wage dispute, and at the same time, high-jack the real concerns of farm workers for their own political agenda. It is clearly a blatant attempt at disrupting a fully functional province in the way the ANC is handling the issue.
Wage negotiation in South Africa is based on the principle of supply and demand – just like in other countries. Agreements between employer and employee is furthermore governed by legislation – promulgated and enforced by the state through its Labour department. The department is tasked with setting minimum wages for the different industries. They do this through consultation, by convening meetings between stakeholders to ascertain the needs of both employers and employees – before publishing minimum wages that employers must follow.
It is crystal clear from the above that COSATU’s actions in the Western Cape, amounts to much more than striking for wages. It is also very disturbing that the government is allowing the situation to continue and the violence to spread when it is IN THEIR POWER TO STOP THE ANARCHY AND CALL A HALT TO THE DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY AND THE AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY OF THAT PROVINCE – which leads us in turn to the only reasonable conclusion for the governments ambivalence – that it is in fact, part of the ANC government’s plan to violently disown Afrikaner farmers, by means of communist anarchy and thuggery.
The ANC government has issued a call (in the meantime) to suspend the strike, but it has allowed its lackeys to run amok on a very long leash, to do serious damage to the industry and the local economy.
Farm workers may now be faced with a very unsure future and many may lose their jobs. The ANC hasn’t called any of the perpetrators to book about the violence, intimidation and damage to property and we don’t expect that it will ever happen.
In related news, the Cape secessionist party (Cape Independence) has called upon the citizens of the Western Cape Province, to rally together behind the idea of independence, reject the failed administration of the ANC and secede from the republic to form their own independent nation. It is a call that seem to have found a lot of willing ears on social networks such as facebook and Twitter.
These are the links to the stories describing the clashes between police and insurgents,most of whom hails from the failed neighboring province of the Eastern Cape.
Also notice how the South African media plays along with the notion that these anarchist are “farm workers” when they are actually Xhosa “seasonal invaders” following orders of their ANC masters.
ANC body, threatens action against Afrikaans university.
The Afrikaner Journal copied an article published by Times Live, describing the bizarre attack on the newly established Afrikaans language University, Akademia by the Higher Education Transformation Network.
According to the Network the university “potentially discriminates against students who wish to study in other languages and is therefore “unconstitutional”.
The Solidarity Movement’s Dirk Hermann said in response:
“Even though Akademia teaches in Afrikaans, it does not mean that only Afrikaans students are allowed to attend.”
The Solidarity Movement and many other pro Boere-Afrikaner organizations, view this as a direct assault against the Boere-Afrikaner nation, their language, their culture and their people.
It is inconceivable that an association related to government, should be so concerned about NOT allowing a minority to exercise their constitutional rights, that they would actively seek to stop these rights, because it “MAY POTENTIALLY HARM THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF THE BLACK MAJORITY” – however bizarre that may be.
You can read that story here:
Vicious ANC sponsored murders of Afrikaner-elderly, continues unabated.
Four Afrikaner men charged with conspiracy to set off explosives at the ANC’s Manguang conference, denied bail.
Lani Fouché reports for OFM:
Bloemfontein – Closing arguments and verdict of the bail application of the four alleged right-wingers, accused of plotting to kill top ANC officials during the Mangaung Conference in December last year, has been postponed in the Bloemfontein Regional court.
The state alleges that they planned “The Battle of Mangaung” which involved eliminating the country’s top leadership. The men have denied the claims as well as alleged meetings that took place during which the plot was conceived.
The investigating officer claims to have a strong case against the four.
OFM’s Lani Fouché reports that the families of the accused are frustrated at the postponement and that it was once again an emotional day in court. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=412915618782925&id=100001934720901&refid=48
Hate Speech demonizing Afrikaners, increase.
Letter to Amnesty International
Censorbugbear posted this letter to the international human rights watch group, Amnesty International, written by Adriaan Parker.
The letter is a very well written argument explaining the reasons why Afrikaners feel that they are at the receiving end of genocidal policies.
This is not the first letter of its kind sent to Amnesty International and will in all likelihood, not be the last. Most responses from the organization have been dismissive, thus far.
AI basically denies that the ANC is acting with deliberate intent to destroy Afrikaners and refuse to link evidence presented to them, as possible proof of such events taking place.
Judge for yourself:
Jacob Zuma threatens “unfair”expropriation and warns that inequality is bad for reconciliation.
The ANC president made a lot of controversial statements last week.
At the ANC policy conference he proposed that the “willing buyer, willing seller” approach be dropped as it was too costly and slow, according to the Independent Online.
It (the ANC) also agreed that expropriation of land with “just and equitable” compensation was the preferred alternative.
The ruling party would “not have to” change the constitution, as it makes provision for “expropriation with compensation in the public interest”, according to IOL.
The nature of the compensation offered, will show whether the government is expropriating fairly. If the compensation is not based on current market value, it will be unfair and cause for legal challenge. Unfortunately the regime will be the judge of what is fair, and we can expect expropriations of property for ‘way below’ the real value as a unilateral decision by the Africanist regime, with no recourse or possibility for appeal except maybe, via the courts.
I foresee that Afrikaner-farmers will face many exhaustive legal battles for many years to come. Battles that will ultimately result in the loss of their ancestral land and in many cases – their only means survival.
Should the constitutional court however find in favour of farmers – it will signal the end of the honeymoon period (of equality for all in the New South Africa), as the ANC will be “forced” to adopt many “qualifying amendments”, to give effect to their land policy.
This will eventually change the constitution from “free” to “totalitarian” – making way for a communist ANC dictatorship.
In addition the head of the ANC said that “inequality is bad for reconciliation”, a statement that seems agreeable to most people who agrees that the gap between rich and poor are indeed a huge problem in South Africa.
The problem with this statement lies in the way the ANC has attempted to narrow the divide over the years. These attempts not only failed, but in retrospect, clearly amounts to acts of genocide against the vulnerable minority Afrikaner population.
They have literally done everything in their power to marginalize Afrikaners (and whites in general) by:
- barring them from the certain jobs,
- restricted access to the labour market,
- trying to restrict access to services like charity,
- complained about Afrikaner attempts to start a Afrikaans university,
- barring Afrikaans students from certain study areas at state universities,
- complained about Afrikaans as a medium of education in schools,
- refusing to investigate incidents of hate speech against its own members,
- making themselves guilty of hate speech,
- refusing to investigate charges of genocide against Afrikaner-farmers,
- initiating expropriating policies to turn Afrikaners into internal refugees,
- denying Afrikaners the status as a minority group,
- refusing to declare farm murders a priority crime
- and a host of other, overt measures pointing to African Nationalism as a racist genocidal instrument.
It is in the light of the above that Zuma’s statement of, “inequality is bad for reconciliation”, should be read. It is not as benign as one would have hoped.
This statement is a threat – a declaration of intent to intensify the murderous policies of dehumanization of Afrikaners that will lead to their ultimate demise.
Destitute, at the receiving end of ANC discrimination – NO food aid if your not an ANC member!
Afrikaners defending themselves against murderous attacks, arrested for assault.
Intimidation has taken on a new form in South Africa.
The south African police are locking up both the victims, as well as perpetrators of violent crimes together. The practice has been going on for a while and it is suggested that it may have come about, because most perpetrators of crime realize that they can influence the outcome of the judicial process, if they lay counter-charges against their victims, and – also because the SAPS must give effect to the constitutional rights of detainees as well, by complying with their wish to lay counter charges, should they wish to do so.
This action then forces the police officers to act against both parties, sometimes locking both up together in the same cell, where the victims trauma is extended for days and months, afterward.
These innocent citizens then have to endure physical abuse at the hands of their aggressors, while the guards sometimes, may turn a blind eye.
In desperation, and as a way to escape physical harm, victims would then drop the criminal charges against the perpetrators hoping that it will secure their release.
In some cases this blackmail, accompanied by a fat bribe will do the trick.
It is unacceptable that the legal system in South Africa will allow a victim to be victimized twice – first, by the perpetrator, and a second time by the legal apparatus and the perpetrator, together.
Victims of violent crimes now know that “defending yourself”, has become a sure way of ending up being treated like a criminal and landing up with a conviction, yourself.
Take the following incidents as disgraceful examples of this travesty of justice taking place:
In the first story, Gert Seegers (75) en Willie van Zyl (56) managed to apprehend a burglar, who then alleged that the two elderly Afrikaner men, “assaulted” him.
Needless to say, the police then arrested the two men as well, on a charge of assault.
They were given bail of R500 each, but must still appear in court to face charges of assault.
A perpetrator – who knows very well that the unlawfulness of his actions may result in harm to himself – takes revenge on his victims by laying a bogus assault charge, to get back at his victims and defeat the ends of justice in the process….
Let me spell it out for you….. a 75-year-old man, defending his home from a violent 25-year-old invader…..is charged with assault …??????
Has defending yourself become illegal in South Africa????
In the second story an Afrikaner woman Chrystal Grobler, who owns a gas station in Johannesburg, was attacked by a black man when she inquired about his strange behaviour.
Apparently, he was copying information on products stocked inside the shop – without Groblers consent.
In the argument that followed, Grobler sustained a broken nose when the aggressor kicked her in the face.
Again, the police arrested both parties on charges of assault.
Both will have to appear in court.
Even if you take race out of the picture, a man….. kicked a woman… in the face and broke her nose ….. and SHE IS ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT ????
Now put race and cultural identity BACK into the equation, and ask yourself whether the South African Police would have acted the same if the actors in the stories above, had been of the same race or cultural identity…….
We will leave you to decide what is universally accepted norms, values and practices and, whether the above amounts to gross violation of minority rights in South Africa, instead.
Twist in Boeremag trial – case postponed to 24 January 2013
Pretoria – Boeremag members found guilty of high treason could apply for their convictions to be overturned, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Monday.
They claimed new evidence of a police conspiracy against them had surfaced. Judge Eben Jordaan postponed the action by 20 Boeremag members to January 24 to give them time to seek the advice of a senior advocate.
Paul Kruger, who represents some of the accused, said a former policeman, Captain Deon Loots, had made statements about the alleged conspiracy which were published in a Sunday newspaper in October last year.
The Rapport published two articles which quoted Loots claiming police spies had planted evidence and enticed Boeremag members to commit crimes. He said crime intelligence eavesdropped on conversations between the accused and their lawyers while they were in custody.
Initial indications were that they might bring an application in terms of Section 38 of the Constitution, which deals with the right to approach a court concerning the violation of fundamental rights. He said he was only allowed to consult with Loots in the middle of December because he had to work through Loots’ lawyer, who initially did not want to let him talk to Loots. “I could not put a gun against the man’s head. I was in his hands,” he said.
Senior prosecutor Paul Fick objected to the trial being postponed. “The court has already made a finding and cannot review itself. The application will have to be made before another court.”
Defence advocate Bernard Bantjes said if there was substantial evidence, the men’s conviction would have to be set aside by another court. Jordaan started giving judgment in the nine-year trial in July last year. He convicted the last of the 20 accused – master bomb maker Kobus Pretorius – in August last year.
All 20 were convicted of high treason resulting from a far-right wing plot to overthrow the African National Congress-led government. The Boeremag’s bomb squad – Kobus Pretorius, his brothers Johan and Wilhelm, and Herman van Rooyen and Rudi Gouws Ä were also found guilty of attempting to murder former president Nelson Mandela.
In addition, they were convicted of murdering Claudia Mokone, who was killed when a piece of steel dislodged by a Boeremag bomb planted on a railway line was flung into her shack in Soweto in October 2002.
During his judgment, Jordaan rejected claims the State had taken part in planning a coup. Although the accused claimed they were involved in a legitimate war against a “racist regime”, Jordaan said they could not have believed that civilian structures, such as a mosque, were legitimate targets. – Sapa
If you are interested to read more about the story of the Boeremag trialists, you can get access to more information here:
Better still – why not befriend them on facebook, and learn why these young men (incarcerated for ten years and now waiting to be sentenced for high treason against the African Nationalist state) – would commit actions (similar to the ones Nelson Mandela had been convicted for) – in the name of freedom?
Let it be known that where there is injustice – there will be resistance
Pro-Boere Afrikaner news stories, related to the above, can be accessed at the following websites in Afrikaans:
For additional news sources in English:
The Afrikaner Journal, News Digest – 09 December, 2012
Compiled by: Jacques Maré
Highlights of stories focusing on the plight of Boere-Afrikaners in South Africa: This week:
- New petition site for Boere-Afrikaner friends and supporters in the USA – 02/12/2012
- Afrikaner civil rights movement, Afriforum announces successful conference on Afrikaans and minority rights hosted by AfriForum in The Netherlands – 04/12/2012
- Censorbugbear-reports: Dutch parliament hears Afrikaner plight – 05/12/2012
- Farm unrest in the Western Cape province continues – reports by BKA (Boer Crisis Action) – 04/12/12/2012
- SA farm murders grow more sadistic, Space van Adriana – 02/12/2012
- Special procedural assembly in the second chamber of the Dutch parliament, hosted prominent Afrikaners, discussing the plight of the Afrikaans language under African Nationalist rule.
- Prominent Afrikaners present report on the Afrikaans language to the Dutch Language Union – 07/12/2012
New petition site for Boere-Afrikaner friends and supporters in the USA – 02/12/2012
The petition site http://www.petitions.whitehouse.gov has registered a new pro-Boere-Afrikaner petition. The site is host to many petitions soliciting support from the United States government.
Most petitions besiege the White House to get involved in all sorts of issues that range from the mundane, such as requesting funds for public projects to the more serious such as, requesting stays of executions and clemency for convicted prisoners and, to intervene in mass atrocities and genocide, internationally.
These petitions work, because the US government (in most cases) does not have a legally obligation to act and it is up to the American public to put pressure on the state apparatus to realize its moral obligation to intervene in contentious issues of national and international concern. The public pressure ultimately results in the promulgation and enactment of legislation to give voice to the publics demand for intervention.
The new pro-Boere-Afrikaner petition, aims to do exactly that.
“Sanction South Africa for its Genocide of White Farmers!” – petitions the White house to intervene in the slaughter of South Africa’s white Afrikaner farmer population, by imposing sanctions against the African Nationalist government.
The petitioners demand the following:
“We petition the government of the United States, to impose sanctions on the present government of South Africa for allowing the torture, murder, and eradication of the White farming class of South Africa.
Since our U.S. media does not report this genocide against Whites, we petition our government to make a public announcement to inform United States citizens about what is being done to the White population of South Africa.”
The Afrikaner Journal requests all United States citizens, friendly to the Boere-Afrikaner cause, to aid us by signing the petition and spreading the link to the petition site.
This will help tremendously as the US president will automatically be informed of the petition as soon as the number of petitioners reach 25 000.
We thank you in advance for your help in this regard. SOURCE: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/sanction-south-africa-its-genocide-white-farmers/kjN0NSN0
Afrikaner civil rights movement, Afriforum announces successful conference on Afrikaans and minority rights hosted by AfriForum in The Netherlands
AfriForum hosted a most successful conference on minority rights in The Hague, Netherlands. Several internationally renowned opinion makers and minority rights experts attended the conference.
The speakers included, among others, Derk-Jan Eppink (Member of the EU Parliament), Jan Diedrichsen (Director of the Federal Union of European Nations / FUEN), Prof Karen Magrethe Pedersen (University of South Denmark) and Prof Reinier Salverda (University College of London and Director of the Fryske Akademy).
The theme of the conference was:
“The position of cultural minority groups with special reference to the Afrikaans minority in South Africa”.
According to Alana Bailey, Deputy CEO of AfriForum, the purpose of the conference was to create international awareness for the challenges faced by the Afrikaans-speaking minority in South Africa, as well as to create an opportunity for European and South African experts in the fields of minority and language rights to share their knowledge.
The contributions of the speakers and the open discussion afterwards proved that both Europe and South Africa still has much to do to understand the needs of minority groups adequately, and to ensure that their constitutional rights are realised.
Minorities do not want preferential treatment, but neither can they be treated as second-class citizens.
“It is encouraging to see that European experts are more than prepared to make their expertise available to the Afrikaans-speaking minority and are looking forward to closer cooperation with us in future,” Bailey said. “AfriForum today established a platform that can be used with great success in future.”
Additional News from Afriforum: 2012 12 05 – AfriForum lightens children’s hearts
Censorbugbear-reports: Dutch parliament hears Afrikaner plight – 05/12/2012
Adriana Stuijt reports on Censotbugbear-reports that the Dutch parliament are to examine plight of Afrikaners:
“Dec 5 2012 – For the first time since the Anglo-Boer war of 1899-1902, the plight of the Afrikaner people under the current regime will be discussed in Dutch parliament. On December 5, the Lower House of the Dutch parliament’s permanent foreign affairs commission will be examining the problems faced by this small ethnic-minority in South Africa.
The hearing was arranged on the initiative of Dutch MP Raymond de Roon of the PVV ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) Invited to address the commission hearing: – Professor Koos Malan of the Law Faculty at the University of Pretoria. – Kallie Kriel, chairman of the civil rights movement Afriforum.
Several days earlier Mr Kriel also delivered a detailed report about the suppression of minority-rights in South Africa to the United Nationsl human rights council regarding minorities.
Tabled for discussion on Dec 5 in the Dutch commission hearing are:
– Farm murders: ‘plaasmoorde'; details of the great many sadistic murder-attacks carried out against Afrikaners and their families countrywide;
– Structural discrimination against minorities like the Afrikaners under the ruling SA government’s ‘black economic empowerment’ laws;
– Land confiscations specifically targetting Afrikaner farmers;
– Hatespeech campaigns specifically against Afrikaners: with leading ruling-coalition members singing “Shoot the Boer’ etc
– The severe limitations placed on even the best-performing Afrikaner youths and other ethnic-European minority-members to access higher education only because of their ‘race’.
– Ethnic cleansing in the form of the destruction of ‘Afrikaner’ names on the SA map such as ‘Pretoria’.
– Destruction of the Afrikaans language in education – (the home-language of nearly 7million South Africans as per 2011 Census).
Details of hearing venue 5 december – can be heard via internet: 10h30 Klompé hall; Lower House of Dutch Parliament building (‘Tweede Kamer’).
Farm unrest in the Western Cape province continues – reports by BKA (Boer Crisis Action) – 04/12/12/2012
Boer Crisis Action: Update on ‘FarmStrike:
“Presently in most West Cape rural areas there are reports of ‘very few to none’ violent protests. The majority of workers were informed well about the negotiations of the past two weeks.
It seems that the Boers have informed the permanent workers that they would lose their jobs if they stayed away from work (the strike is illegal and unprotected). Most permanent workers are at work. (AJS: This was also confirmed by WC premier @HelenZille). One mostly sees the seasonal (temporary) worker at the meetings and there are also indications that from tomorrow people [will] be driven in by buses from other regions.
This COSATU ‘rent-a-crowd’ has been causing most of the problems thus far. They can be mobilised at short notice.
The BKA then issued this warning and advice:
“We ask our members in the area to be calm and aware. Don’t let their threats cause fear. None of the roads have been closed thus and as far as we are aware, only two incidents of stone-throwing [have been] reported. Four whites have been questioned after they were stopped at a road-blockage and weapons were found in their possession.
BKA then asked its members to make sure that all the weapons in its members’ possession are legally registered, and that transportation of the said weapons occur in the prescribed legal manner. Members were also advised, that no police officer can arrest anybody or detain people for ‘questioning’ if all weapons are properly registered.
The quote from the facebook page update of the Boer Crisis Action gives us an idea of how much the tension in that region of South Africa has escalated.
The government affiliated COSATU workers union started a wage strike, demanding R 150-00 wage for farm workers per day. Most Afrikaner farmers can not afford the demand and it seems as though the government is very skillfully playing workers and employers off against one another to further the cause of the (NDR) National Democratic Revolution (a communist based trash-ideology document, which demands that all farmland should be redistributed and the current owners, stripped of their property rights).
The government hopes to fast track changes in the agricultural sector in line with their communist policies by inflaming the tension between the workers and the farmers, abusing the emotional vulnerability of the workers and using them as the tool, for the government’s agenda for communist change.
SA farm murders grow more sadistic, Space van Adriana – 02/12/2012
‘Space van Adriana’, published this very disturbing report on farm murders. It claims that SA farm murders, are indeed growing more sadistic every year. The website quotes an interview with the now famous ‘blood-sisters’, Eileen de Jager en Roelien Schutte, so named, for their gruesome occupation of cleaning up crime scenes.
“The Rapport newspaper ‘s Llewellyn Prince interviewed the two Afrikaner sisters, who last year alone cleaned up 117 farm-crime scenes countrywide through their company Crime Scene Cleanup. They have been doing this for 13 years. The sisters say they can ‘read a murder-scene very quickly and accurately’.
“The things which happen during these farm murders are very cruel. I don’t believe people realise the cruelty used when the farmers and their family members are murdered in their homes’.
People also are erroneous in their assumption that the younger farmers fight back more during an armed attack: actually the older victims fight back more because they have collected more valuables during the years and want to protect them.’
Often everyone inside the homestead is killed: even the pets…
‘However every farm dweller is targetted – there’s no age-discrimination.’ De Jager also added that over the years the farm murders have become ‘increasingly sadistic’. “Often everyone inside the homestead are killed – even the pets. And people often are tortured in their homes for DAYS before the attackers finally leave.
“The public must know how cruelly these people are being murdered. We were at scenes were people’s skins were peeled off their bodies; where children are drowned in boiling water. It’s horrific’.
Lately De Jager said many farmers are also installing ‘very solid doors’ into their homesteads which make it more difficult for attackers to break into the homes.”Many farmers have also started patrolling their own farm-borders in attempts to protect themselves and their families’. http://www.rapport.co.za/Suid-Afrika/Nuus/Plaasmoorde-is-uiters-wreed-20121201″
The rest of this very insightful article, featuring the latest in the massacre of Afrikaner farmers can be read here:
Additional: The Solidarity Movement has, for the first time published a report on farm attacks available in PDF format here:
The website, “Farmitracker” has been keeping exact details of these vicious attacks for a several years now. Their database can be accessed here:
Special procedural assembly in the second chamber of the Dutch parliament, hosted prominent Afrikaners, discussing the plight of Afrikaners and the Afrikaans language under African Nationalist rule.
On December 5, 2012, Kalie Kriel (Afriforum) addressed the Dutch parliaments Second Chamber, in the Netherlands. He explained the precarious position of Afrikaans and the discrimination and violence inflicted on its speakers (Afrikaners), under African Nationalist rule.
Kriel appeared as a guest speaker at the conference, according to the PRAAG (Pro Afrikaans Action Group) website.
According to Kriel, subtle diplomatic pressure [by the Netherlands] on the ANC regime may result in a positive contribution, for a better future for all South Africans.
Professor Koos Malan (University of Pretoria) added that foreign countries (like the Netherlands) should set strict conditions for investment in South Africa, implying that countries like the Netherlands should examine and call the South African government to account about corruption and human rights abuses brought to its attention. He also expressed the hope for stronger ties between the Netherlands and South Africa, first established in 1652 with the arrival of the first Dutch settlers.
The descendants of those brave pioneers, the Boere-Afrikaners are appealing to the Netherlands (as their ancestral “motherland”) for help to stave off the relentless attack by the Africanists on their nationhood, their identity, their language and security.
Kalie Kriel furthermore appealed for a student exchange program between South Africa and the Netherlands.
Malan said that it seems as though the ANC is following a totalitarian marxist ideology, replacing qualified persons by unqualified loyal party members, resulting in the disastrous decline service quality to the public.
Kriel said that the Afrikaner minority are at the receiving end of systematic discrimination, weakened and painted as enemies of the regime. The Afrikaans language are supplanted by English [in Schools and public life]. Many [Afrikaner] farmers are robbed and murdered in the most gruesome fashion (the so-called “farm murders”). White farmer are murdered at a rate that is 6 times higher than the average.
Dutch member of parliament Van der Staaij (SGP) said that the house had had a lot to say about South Africa in the past, but lately, no-one seems bothered.
De Roon (PVV) said he will address the issue of the plight of Afrikaners “our blood-brothers”, during the debate on the budget of the Foreign Affairs Office.
Prominent Afrikaners present report on the Afrikaans language to the Dutch Language Union – 07/12/2012
According to Leopoldt Scholtz of Die Burger newspaper, it was an historical occasion when Afrikaans was heard for the first time (according to him) in the Dutch parliament on two different occasions this week.
The first of these happened on Monday when Henry Jeffreys (Ex Editor of the Burger Newspaper), Flip Buys (CEO of Solidarity), Dr. Michael le Cordeur (Afrikaans Language Council) and Prof Koos Malan (University of Pretoria) addressed the Dutch senate on invitation by the Dutch Language Union.
Scholtz says that it was an extremely emotional experience to hear Dutch and Flemish parliamentarians ask questions in their own languages about the plight of Afrikaans in South Africa and hear the melodic sound of Afrikaans in response to the questions.
According to Scholtz it seems as though a renewed eagerness can be detected among Dutch organizations to aid the Afrikaans language. At the moment the Dutch Language Union represents three dialects, Dutch, Flemish and the dialect spoken in the Dutch colony of Suriname.
Scholtz says that the DLU is limited in its capacity to influence government, but that both the Dutch and the Flemish governments seem willing to promote increased cooperation between language and civil organizations of all three countries.
The message that Afrikaans (spoken by 7 million people in South Africa) is sidelined by the ANC regime and actively supplanted by English came across clearly in the presentation by some delegates. The threat to its survival due to ANC policies and the failure to protect traditional Afrikaans schools and Universities, were proffered as sufficient reasons for the perceived threat.
The Afrikaner Journal, News Digest – 02 December, 2012
PRETORIA – South Africa, the following stories are the most important stories which directly affected the Afrikaner community this week:
- Solidarity’s, ‘Stop Rob’ campaign brilliant success
- Boere-Afrikaner National Council delivers Liberty Claim to foreign embassies
- Stop the Boer Genocide protest march held in The Hague, Netherlands
- Civil rights movement Afriforum’s, ‘Stop the Murders’ march in Pretoria (protesting the massacre of Afrikaner- farmers of South Africa) declared a huge success.
- Afriforum presents report to UN on minority rights issues in Geneva, 27 /11/2012
Solidarity’s ‘Stop Rob’ campaign crowned with brilliant success.
Solidarity announced the ‘Stop Rob’ campaign earlier this week. This happened as a result of the governments proposed amendments to the B-BBEE, Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment legislation aimed at uplifting the previously marginalized black community of South Africa.
Unfortunately the proposed changes would have resulted in severe discrimination and an effective cessation of most, if not all welfare contributions to the white destitute community. The adverse consequences would have meant that up to 1 000 000 Afrikaner poor would have been left out of the loop and into the cold in reference to welfare.
According to the proposal, big companies intent on doing business with government,would have been forced to choose recipient charities and other NGO’s based on their lack of needy whites if they expected to continue doing business with the African nationalist government.
In addition, charities would have had to make the heart-renting choice of turning white destitute Afrikaners, desperately in need of those generous contributions away, if they wanted to continue receiving food and other donations from big business.
The government has since announced that it will withdraw the proposals.
Solidarity in a message to its members declared it a huge success. It claims that it received 11 000 messages condemning the proposed amendments from its members and the public. This means that 1000 people protested electronically, every day through-out the 11 day run of the campaign, to stop the ANC in its racist tracks.
Unfortunately, it seems as though the aim of the legislation was to give effect to government policy to make B-BBEE all-pervasive and applicable across all spheres of government and public life. The fight against black racism is therefore not over, yet. We should get ready and expect the racist monster to raise its ugly head soon, in some other form and place – it’s intent, crystal clear: total annihilation of the white minority of South Africa, at any cost.
Luckily Solidarity and it affiliates will be there to fight the good fight.
Boere-Afrikaner National Council delivers Liberty Claim to foreign embassies.
The Afrikaner council (Boere-Afrikaner National Council) elected by the people in a nationwide election on September 24, 2011 delivered a freedom manifesto to various embassies in Pretoria on November 30, 2012 as well as the regional office of the United Nations in the CBD.
According to the council, the German and French embassies refused receipt there-of, but the Dutch and United States embassies responded kindly and signed for the document.
This mission forms part of the process the council believes will lead to self-determination. They’ve previously delivered letters informing the South African government of their intent to seek self-rule. The ANC government did not consider it important enough to respond to the councils writ.
The council will now continue with its plan the seek freedom for Afrikaners from ANC oppression as mandated by the electorate in September 2011.
Stop the Boer Genocide protest march held in The Hague, Netherlands.
December 1, 2012 civil rights group Afriforum embarked on a massive protest march in the central CBD of Pretoria, South Africa protesting the vicious murders of Afrikaner-farmers throughout South Africa.
The march started at the Kruger statue, Church Square and proceeded tot the office of the ANC’s Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa. Some protesters, (family members of slaughtered farmers) held placards bearing the faces of their deceased loved-ones. Ernst Roets organizer of the ‘Stop the Murders’ campaign read the memorandum to the crowd outside the office of the absent minister. The memorandum demanded that government take steps to prioritize farm murders.
Prioritizing a crime means that government commit to the undertaking to take special steps to counter, prevent and prosecute offenders of the particular priority crime. It also means an increase in manpower and other resources to combat the problem. The South African government has already done so with several crimes such as, ‘Rhino poaching’ and ironically ‘Police Murders’. It is therefore not a foreign concept, or impossible to put in effect seeing that they’re already prioritizing several crimes.
Roets, in his speech informed the commissioner that Afrikaner-farmers are more likely to die a violent and brutal death at the hands of roaming black criminals, than even policemen in the line of duty.
The government’s response thus far, has been to state that it can not prioritize farm murders as a special crime, because that would be like saying ‘certain members of the South African community are more special than others and deserve special treatment…. Afrikaners cannot expect to be treated differently to other ordinary citizens.
Afrikaner-farmers are 6 times more likely to be murdered, than policemen on duty, making it the most dangerous occupation in the world.
Stop the Boer Genocide protest march held in The Hague, Netherlands
In solidarity with the Boere-Afrikaner cause, the Dutch-based Vrije Nationalisten held a protest against the Boer Genocide outside the ICC (International Criminal Court), The Hague, Netherlands a few hours later on December 1, 2012.
Scores of people braved the icy northern winter to take part, some having driven hours to reach the manifestation.
The Afrikaner Journal received many messages of gratitude from the Boere-Afrikaner nation on its facebook page for this selfless act of kindness. We thank the organizers – we will never forget.
Afriforum presents report to UN on minority rights issues in Geneva, 27 /11/2012
Report to the UN Forum on Minority Issues
Genève, 27-28 November 2012
Kallie Kriel, CEO of AfriForum
Introduction and Background:
“In stark contrast to the praiseworthy efforts by the Forum on Minority Issues to implement the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities in UN member countries, the South African government is increasingly stripping its minorities of the limited minority rights they still have.
The motive for doing so is set out in the policy documents of the South African governing party, namely the African National Congress (ANC), as to what it calls ‘the National Democratic Revolution’ (NDR).
In terms of the ANC’s NDR policy documents South African minorities such as Afrikaners and whites in general are not regarded as fellow Africans, but as ‘colonialists of a special type’ (CSTs). By labelling South African minority communities as CSTs, depicting them as the antithesis of the so-called ‘motive forces’ of the continued struggle, the government is portraying the CSTs as opponents, or even enemies of the revolution. In terms of this logic of the ANC, the NDR is in effect engaged in a struggle against the CST. The CSTs are not part of the ANC’s ‘we’, namely Africans, South Africans and ‘motive forces’, but rather the ‘they’ against whom the struggle should be fought.”
The rest of the report can be read here:
Other news stories relevant to the Boere-Afrikaner cause:
The cosatu-led violent farm workers wage strike:
Human Rights issues that made the news this week:
- 2012 11 29 – AfriForum goes ahead with farm murder protest
- AfriForum in the news on 30 November 2012
- 2012 11 30 – Protest against farm murders: AfriForum will present letters of protest to hundreds of police stations, holds a march in Bloemfontein
- 2012 12 01 – AfriForum, celebrities and families of victims of farm murders march to Minister’s Office
- 2012 12 02 – March over murders – Sunday Argus
- 2012 11 30 – March against farm murders – The Star
- 2012 11 30 – AfriForum to march against farm murders – Citizen
- 2012 11 30 – Minister slams march against farm murders – Pretoria News
- 2012 11 30 – Stop using political card for farm murders – New Age
Solidarity Movement announces findings of special report on farm murders
Report: Farm murders should be classified as a priority crime
By Nico Strydom on 27 November 2012
‘Farm murders and attacks should be recognised for the national crisis that it is and therefore deserving of priority status and focused attention’. This is one of the recommendations in a report on farm murders and attacks that was released today by the Solidarity Research Institute (SRI). The report forms part of a national campaign against farm murders by the Solidarity Movement which includes the SRI, the trade union Solidarity, AfriForum and Kraal Uitgewers.
The report deals with subjects such as the: nature and extent of farm attacks, levels of violence during farm attacks as well as psychological effects on victims. According to Dirk Hermann, Deputy General Secretary of Solidarity, farm attacks and farm murders should be declared priority crimes. ‘Government refuses to declare farm murders, in particular, a priority crime, because as far as government is concerned it simply forms part of the broader murder category. This is unacceptable and irresponsible,’ Hermann said.
Hermann’s concerns were echoed by various experts who were involved in compiling the report. ‘It is obvious that the government no longer considers the ongoing attacks on farms and the murder of persons involved in the farming community as a priority,’ said Dr Johan Burger, senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies, in the report’s introduction. ‘The strategic and operational response to the threat of farm attacks and murders is clearly not based on the acknowledgement that the farming community is disproportionally targeted when compared to the victimisation risk of other citizens or groups in South Africa.’
According to Prof Christiaan Bezuidenhout, a professor of criminology at the University of Pretoria, it is evident that South Africa is struggling to cope with violent crime in general and farm attacks in particular. ‘I am under the impression that the current government is not taking the disastrous enigma of farmers under siege seriously enough and they are making the farmer the outcast instead of the provider of the nation.’ Lorraine Claasen, a criminologist, says it is disconcerting that farm attacks are still not given the attention they deserve despite the harrowing details that become apparent after only reading the details of a few farm attacks; thousands of attacks have been documented. ‘In conclusion, no human being deserves being killed and in such an inhumane, unjustified and brutal manner. Why is this allowed?’
AfriForum, the movement’s civil rights organisation, distributed memorandums about farm murders to 110 embassies and international institutions in October to create international awareness about the crisis. According to Nantes Kelder, head of AfriForum’s investigating unit, the establishment of community safety networks is the most practical step a community can take to drastically reduce crime in its area. It is a legal way in which communities can take the initiative to enhance their own safety.
Media statement, Solidarity, 27 November 2012.
8 November 2012
Pretoria, South Africa
By; Jacques Mare
The two main pillars of Afrikaner Genocide
American based Friends4Humanity released a youtube video earlier today to help spread the message about the conditions the European Minority of South Africa face. The video is a six minute photo gallery, very effectively portraying the realities of life for Afrikaners in South Africa.
What becomes very clear from these disturbing images is not only the hardships faced by those who have lost everything and have no means of making a living, but the viciousness of the tortures and murders of those Afrikaners that have managed to set up and run successful businesses (despite severe restrictions, aimed at excluding them)
It is our belief that the basis of the current genocide rests on two pillars:
‘Economic Strangulation’ and, ‘Vicious Farm Murders’ (rural areas) and ‘Violent Home Invasions( urban areas)’
The realization of what is happening comes as a shock to the viewer:
‘Economic strangulation’ as a pillar of Genocide
According to the latest census figures released by StatsSA the unemployment figure for the European minority stands at 10 percent. If one adds to this, the elderly living on a tiny pension, the disabled and the children of those unemployed then it is not unreasonable to conclude that nearly a quarter of this population (1 000 000) is now destitute. Compare this to the situation 18 years ago when only 2% of Afrikaners could be classified as poor.
The reason for this is not difficult to see. The ANC policy of “Redistribution of Wealth” has resulted in legislation effectively cutting the European minority off from economic participation. Laws that bar them from entering the job market and thug-laws forcing existing companies to give away shares or directorships, are but a few of a whole range of extensive measures, aimed at getting rid of whites as the dominant race in business.
Poverty in die Afrikaner community has become more visible than ever before. It is shocking to witness the relentless march towards complete dispossession. Although more than half of the European minority is classified as middle class, the reality of a steady rise in unemployment in this race group, can not be ignored anymore. It shows no sign of abating, or of having reached a plateau that could spell temporary relief for those living close to the dividing line between middle class and extreme poverty. It effectively means that those Afrikaners employed today as artisans, shopkeepers, shop managers mechanics, electricians etc stand a real chance of finding themselves in the near future, on the other side of the divide – unemployed and destitute.
This, is what the ANC had wanted all along. It has proven in its 18 years of dictatorship that it does not believe in a ‘non-racist’, ‘all-inclusive’ South Africa where everybody could be free to pursue life and happiness, without having ever to fear discrimination and hate at the hands of a racist government. The ANC has proven that it is the ‘flip-side’ of the old racist Nationalist government of the Apartheid era. They’ve proven, through their actions, that racist ‘African Nationalism’, is the policy they’ve planned to implement – all along.
They are even using variations of the same or similar laws, to reach the same racist goals.
To what end you ask me?
Well, dispossession, marginalization and demonization all lead to one ultimate goal – annihilation; strangling the victim to death, is just as effective as bludgeoning, or hacking the hapless soul to pieces.
It is my contention that economic strangulation is sign and a pillar of , an active genocide.
‘Farm Murders’ and ‘Home Invasions': a unique adaptation of genocidal strategy.
Despite all these draconian measures by this thug-regime, the European minority has managed to survive – but has done so, at a cost.
Roaming ANC militias target the European community, to speed up the process of redistribution, and those who are seen as wealthy are mercilessly tortured, robbed and killed. They’re not even safe in their own homes. ‘Home invasions’ have become the new dread-word, feared by those in the suburbs, and despite setting up elaborate security systems, Afrikaners are increasingly becoming victims of violent home-invasions.
The message is clear: If you don’t want to relinquish your wealth, we will take it by force.
Life for rural Afrikaners are even worse. Completely cut off from help or escape, they are at the mercy of roaming gangs – looting, stealing and murdering the food-producers of this country.
The government is turning a blind eye because its land reform program has failed to correct the ‘unfair’ land-ownership problem, despite these farmers feeding all of Southern Africa and providing employment to thousands who would have no income otherwise.
Seen in this light the violence and hate experienced by the Afrikaner farmer defines what we believe to be the active phase of this genocide, but – let the pictures speak for themselves.
The fallacy of the rich, racist, white capitalist – is brought sharply into focus.
Every person watching this will find future ANC communist propaganda – difficult to swallow.
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This story was written in conjunction with US-based, Friends4Humanity (Human Rights Organization):
Farm Murders: Is the ANC complicit
By Ernst Roets (Afriforum)
19 October 2012
Pretoria, South Africa – One of the most gruesome farm murders had taken place on the evening of December 1st, 2010. That evening, Wilna Potgieter (36) was executed in military fashion, after she had first had to witness the application of 151 stab and hack wounds, to the body of her husband Attie (40) with a garden fork and a panga (machete), and before her daughter Willemien (3) was shot and left in a card board box in a storage room. Even though words can never do justice to describe the brutality of the murders, the country had, never the less, been horrified by the news. Source: Three year old AFRIKANER child shot DEAD, execution style!
What most people don’t know is that a spokesperson for the ANCYL (ANC Youth League) had told me earlier that same evening during a debate in Randburg, that whites in South Africa shouldn’t complain about farm murders and land reform. According to her the real question should be, what were they (the farmers) doing on that land in the first place.
This answer is typical of the slack attitude of the ruling party and the government towards farm murders. About a month ago the secretary-general of the ANC, Gwede Mantashe reacted aggressively to questions by the media about farm murders. “Do you expect the ANC to be on every farm?” and ” What do they expect us to do?” he asked, “It’s a waste of time!” he concluded. Mantashe then added that the ANC has already expressed itself about farm murders and they have meetings to discuss the topic (Beeld: September 12, 2012) Plaasmoorde: ‘Wat verwag hul van ANC?’ | Beeld
The problem with farm murder statistics
The past month was marked by heavy debates about the accuracy of farm murder statistics. There are, however, many stumbling blocks to overcome in the quest to show accurate estimates of farm murder statistics. The biggest stumbling block is of course, the government’s refusal to publish statistics. The reason is open to speculation. The best estimates are probably those of Dr. Johan Burger of the Institute of Security Studies who calculated, after taking into consideration the deficiencies in the data, the number of commercial farm murders for 2007 at 98.8 per 100 000 of the population. The reference article can be found here: Farm murders remain a concern. The South African Institute for Race Relations has also (since then) conceded that the farming community of South Africa is indeed more vulnerable than the average population. Other sources:1) SAIRR amends view on farm attacks, 2) Censorbugbear reports…: War of Farm-attack stats hots up
Dr. Burger refers furthermore to the fact that police fatalities represents 51 out of a 100 000 of the population for 2011/2012 period. In reaction to this the government immediately convened a national summit to formulate counter strategies. The same urgency lacks when it concerns farm murders, which had already been double of that in 2007, according to estimates.
Uniqueness even more important than extent
In the heat of the argument it is easily forgotten that the debate about farm murders shouldn’t be about numbers only. It is a simple fact that farmers are in danger, that they live in unique circumstances in remote areas where neither the reaction time of the police nor that of the community come close to that in the urban areas. That on its own justifies the prioritizing of the crime and a unique strategy to curb it. This motive was the reason copper cable theft had been prioritized and isn’t seen as ‘common theft’ anymore. There are other examples too. Even so, we haven’t even touched on the uniqueness of the brutality toward the victims, the frequency thereof, or the important role of farming for the community.
And this brings us back to the ANC….
Climate of romanticizing of violence
In the mean time, even though Mantashe declares that his party is against farm murders, he is preparing to defend his party’s’ right to sing that ‘Afrikaners and Boers are dogs that should be shot’, in the highest court of appeals. At the same time the party is defending their acting youth leader, Ronald Lamola, who earlier this year declared at a news conference that they ‘cannot guarantee the safety of the Van Tonders and the Van der Merwe’s’ (both common surnames in the farming community). It is also the very same party who did absolutely nothing when their former Youth Leader declared in the presence of their president that ‘whites are criminals and should be treated as such’.
Even after all this has been said, one must admit that all these facts are not enough to conclude that the ANC is responsible for committing these murders or that they are planning to eradicate farmers. The counter-argument however, is that no reasonable person can raise the argument against the back drop of these circumstances that the government does not concern themselves with the problem.
It is obvious that the government is creating a climate of romanticized violence, towards farmers. Seen against this, it is not far-fetched to conclude that the governing party in its negligence, is complicit with the farm murder crisis.
More News on the Afrikaner Journal for Afriforum:
- Afriforum addresses the UN in Geneva about farm murders in SA
- Afriforum to take Malema battle to UN
- Malema Allegedly Threatens Afriforum Leaders With IFP Fate
- Stop the Murders! – The international campaign commences
- ANC blamed for farm murders
- Afrikaans students barred from South African Universities
More News about Afrikaner Genocide on the Afrikaner Journal:
- ‘Genocide Watch’ upgrades Afrikaner Genocide to Stage 6
- Genocide level raised again for Afrikaner-farmers
- Petition lodged at the ICC in the Hague – Afrikaner Claims of Genocide, to be investigated
- The Nazi extermination-strategy of the ANC
- Elderly ‘Afrikaner’ couple slaughtered ‘like sheep
- South African Tells of Genocide in Communist-dominated South Africa
- No human or civil rights for the white minority or Afrikaner in South Africa
International articles featuring the growing awareness of genocide in South Africa:
SAIRR amends view on farm attacks
(Archive copy of original source material)
Research and Policy Brief: Farm attacks in South Africa – a new analysis
This Research and Policy Brief paper seeks to determine the extent to which farmers are uniquely vulnerable to armed attack in South Africa. It draws comparisons between the rate of attack on farmers and their families to that of other citizens in South Africa.
On 5 October 2012 the South African Institute of Race Relations released a statement on farm attacks in South Africa. The statement was based on farm attack data by the Transvaal Agricultural Union (TAU). It has since been drawn to our attention by James Myburgh of www.politicsweb.co.za that the TAU data is compromised by a significant undercount of as much as 7:1 in terms of the actual number of farm attacks. Our initial analysis has therefore been revised accordingly. The revised analysis follows below.
The table below compares the farm attack rate for farmers and their families to the house robbery rate, aggravated robbery rate, and combined aggravated robbery and murder and attempted murder rates for the broader population. It is based on three assumptions. The first is that there are 47 000 commercial farmers in South Africa. This is based on StatsSA’s Census of Commercial Agriculture 2007. The second is that the average household size for farmers is 3. This is the average household size for white South Africans. The third is that, following from James Myburgh’s analysis, TAU undercounts farm attacks by an average of 7 to 1. The fourth is that attacks on smallholdings should be included as attacks on farms.
|47 000 farmers + 2 dependants each = 141 000 people||National population = 50.6 million people||Ratio of farm attacks to attacks on general population|
|Rate per 100 000 people|
|Farm attacks vs house robberies||422||33||12.8 to 1|
|Farm attacks vs aggravated robbery||422||200||2.1 to 1|
|Farm attacks vs aggravated robbery + murder + attempted murder||422||260||1.6 to 1|
Table 1: Attacks on farmers and their families compared to other citizens (smallholdings included)
The table shows that based on those four assumptions the number of attacks on farmers and their dependants is 422/100 000. The number of house robberies in the broader population is 33/100 000. In this comparison farming families are 13 times more likely to be attacked than other families. However, farm attacks also include all forms of robbery and not just house robbery.
For that reason the table also compares the farm attack rate to the broader armed robbery rate in the country. Here the farm attack rate, which remains at 422/100 000, must be compared to the national armed robbery rate of 200/100 000. In terms of this comparison farmers and their families are twice as likely to be attacked as other citizens. Farm attacks also involve murder and attempted murder.
For this reason the table also compares the farm attack rate to the joint aggravated robbery/murder/attempted murder rate for the broader population. Here the farm attack rate, which remains at 422/100 000, can be compared to the national murder and aggravated robbery rate of 260/100 000. Even on this analysis farmers remain more vulnerable to attack by a ratio of 1.6 to 1.
However, the argument can be made that smallholdings are basically large urban plots and not really farms. For that reason we have published the table below which compares farm attacks, excluding attacks on smallholdings, to criminal attacks in the broader population. The other three assumptions made about the data (above) are unchanged.
|47 000 farmers + 2 dependants each = 141 000 people||National population = 50.6 million people||Ratio of farm attacks to attacks on general population|
|Rate per 100 000 people|
|Farm attacks vs house robberies||262||33||7.9 to 1|
|Farm attacks vs aggravated robbery||262||200||1.3 to 1|
|Farm attacks vs aggravated robbery + murder + attempted murder||262||260||1 to 1|
Table 2: Attacks on farmers and their families compared to other citizens (smallholdings excluded)
This table shows that when smallholdings are taken out of the equation the farm attack rate declines to 262/100 000 farmers and their families. Compared to the national house robbery rate of 33/100 000 farmers are on this measure eight times more likely to be attacked than other citizens.
However, the table shows that when this new farm attack rate is compared to the broader aggravated robbery rate of 200/100 000 this ratio comes down to 1.3 to 1. Furthermore, when the farm attack rate is compared to the broader aggravated robbery/murder/attempted murder rate of 260/100 000 that ratio reaches a level of parity of 1 to 1. In other words, on this measure farming families are no more likely to be attacked than other citizens.
We have also conducted an analysis of the murder of farmers, based on TAU’s more complete murder figures. In order to produce a figure for the highest possible murder rate the table below assumes that only the 47 000 farmers, and not their families, are targeted in farm murders.
|47 000 farmers||National population = 50.6 million||Ratio of farmer murders attacks to murders in the general population|
|Rate per 100 000 people|
|Farm murders vs all murders||68||31||2.2 to 1|
Table 3: The murder of farmers
On this measure the table shows that in 2011 some 68/100 000 farmers in the country were murdered. This compares to a national murder rate of 31/100 000. On this analysis farmers are twice as likely to be murdered as ordinary citizens. However, while farmers are particularly likely to be murdered, it is true that family members may also be murdered in attacks. It is for this reason that we have prepared the final table below, which compares the murder rate for farmers and their families to that of other citizens.
|47 000 farmers + 2 dependants each = 141 000||National population = 50.6 million||Ratio of farmer/family murders to murders in the general population|
|Rate per 100 000 people|
|Farm murders vs all murders||33||31||1.1 to 1|
Table 4: The murder of farmers and their families
This table shows that in 2011 the murder rate for farmers and their families was 33/100 000. The murder rate for the broader population was 31/100 000. On this comparison farmers and their families are not more likely to be murdered than other citizens.
Keep in mind that our analysis has excluded the 220 000 emerging commercial farmers, some of whom are large producers, who may also be attacked. We have also excluded from this analysis farm managers and extended families that may live on farms and become victims of attack. Our figures therefore suggest worst-case scenarios for farming families.
What conclusions can be drawn? The first is that the past week has seen a sharp increase in the quality and level of analysis of farm attacks in South Africa. It has also focused considerable media attention on the problem. Both of these are good things.
The second is that it is possible to argue that farmers are uniquely vulnerable to attack contrary to our initial conclusions drawn from the incomplete TAU data. This is especially so where a straight comparison is drawn between the house robbery rate and the farm attack rate. The same is true for the murder rate of farmers (excluding family members).
The third is that by changing some assumptions it is possible to reach somewhat different conclusions. For example, it is reasonable to compare farm attacks, which is a term inclusive of robbery and murder, to the broader robbery and murder rates of the society. When this is done farmers remain more at risk, although by a smaller measure. However, it is when the assumptions shift to exclude smallholdings that the picture changes significantly. Then the comparisons suggest that farmers are not uniquely vulnerable to violent attack.
However, even this result should not be taken to suggest that farmers are safe. Analysts of our data must consider that South Africa’s crime rates are uniquely high. Our murder rate, for example, is 500% higher than that of the United States and 3000% higher than parts of Western Europe such as the United Kingdom and Germany. This brings us to our fourth conclusion that all South Africans face an extraordinary criminal onslaught. People who have previously regarded farm attacks as a somewhat distant problem, nothing to do with them, must realise that they arguably live in as much peril as farmers do. It is clear therefore, regardless of how they rank compared to other citizens, that as a best-case scenario, farmers live a perilous existence in a largely lawless society.
The fifth conclusion is that, unlike urban middle class residents, farmers do not have the benefit of armed response companies or nearby police stations. Rather they depend on their own defences to secure themselves and their families. In addition, no analysis of the security position of farmers would be complete without noting the role of the State in exacerbating their vulnerability. The closure of the commandos and the Government and the African National Congress’s ambivalence at best toward the incitement by some of their own members to kill farmers creates an environment in which South Africa’s farmers are likely to be killed.
The final conclusion is that there can ultimately be no solution to farm attacks without a broader solution to the general problem of criminal violence in our society. In other words, farmers will not be safe until other citizens are safe and vice-versa. This is a point that advocacy groups can use to great effect in their important campaigns to alert policy makers and the international community to the murder of farmers in South Africa.
Issued by Frans Cronje, Lucy Holborn, Boitumelo Sethlatswe, South African Institute of Race Relations, October 10 2012