ANC sang ‘Kill the Boer’ and Terreblanche is murdered

In South Africa there was controversy recently after the Youth League leader of the African National Congress (ANC), Julius Malema, sang a song that included the lyrics ‘kill the boer’ or ‘shoot the boer’ depending on which news report you read.  In any language such wording is incitement to violence or even murder, yet the ANC has fought tooth and nail to stop the courts banning such racially motivated hate speech.

Malema’s imploring has become a reality today, as the leader and figurehead of the white supremacist Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (Afrikaner Resistance Movement) AWB party, Eugene Terreblanche, has been found murdered on his farm near Ventersdorp. Police have stated that:

A 21-year-old man and 15-year-old boy were arrested and charged for his murder. The two told the police that the argument ensued because they were not paid for the work they did on the farm.

The media is being selective in its reporting at this time.  If the perpetrators were white, you would expect the police to be making that point loud and clear in an effort to head off any possible reaction from Terreblanche’s supporters.  All the more curious then that there has been a public call for calm in the North West area.  Given the racial overtones in South African politics the media has become complicit in controlling the story rather than simply reporting the facts.

I have no time for the politics of race or the violent white supremacist movement that Eugene Terreblanche led.  Make no mistake, this man and his friends have been guilty of unspeakable criminal acts.  But nevertheless, this murder is a disturbing development in the so called Rainbow nation.  Terreblanche and his supporters have made repeated claims that the ANC government in South Africa has been turning a blind eye to the murder of white farmers despite reports going back more than a decade.  There have also been claims that after the World Cup this year, the government plans to seize land owned by white farmers for redistribution, in the same manner as that in Zimbabwe.  But still the attacks continue.

South Africa’s claim to be the Rainbow nation that embraces all creeds and colours will ring hollow if the white minority South Africans suffer the kind of oppression and violence that was visited on white farmers in Zimbabwe.  The Terreblanche murder will, rightly or wrongly, add to the siege mentality among whites in South Africa.

It was utterly wrong, repugnant, for a minority white government to treat black South Africans as second class citizens and allow the terrible abuses that took place.  But it is also utterly wrong for a majority black government to turn a blind eye to the treatment of white South Africans today, who are themselves now treated as second class citizens and are suffering terrible abuses without adequate protection.  The moral relativism has to stop and the hypocrisy must end.

The problem will not be resolved all the while liberals in the west refuse to condemn the appalling actions of people they campaigned for, who once freed from apartheid have sought to exact revenge by attacking people on the basis of their race.  Nor will the media trying to play down the reality of what is happening help the situation.  It will not simply go away.

People who stood up against the terrible wrong of apartheid need to do the right thing again.  Although they might still see in their mind’s eye all black South Africans as victims beyond reproach, some are now the perpetrators committing appalling acts of their own.  South Africa has the capacity to explode like Zimbabwe, only on a much larger and more damaging scale, if it does not end.

Update: The suggestion is that the culprits were black South Africans, although not one major news organisation reporting the story has reported this.  It is as if the media is trying to sanitise the story.

Update II: A follow up to this posting can be found here.

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10 Responses to “ANC sang ‘Kill the Boer’ and Terreblanche is murdered”

  1. 1 jameshigham 04/04/2010 at 11:46 am

    Only chance is to get out of Africa.

  2. 2 Autonomous Mind 04/04/2010 at 12:41 pm

    But James, why should they? In this country we treat people whose ancestors settled here as British, regardless of their race.

    Why should we accept a different standard for those people in South Africa who were born and brought up in that country and are just trying to live their lives free from molestation?

    If 3,000 Asians in Britain had been murdered in this way, would your advice to Asians be their only chance is to get out of Britain? For that matter, would the international community remain mute, as it is on the racially motivated mass murder in South Africa?

    Human beings of every race are of equal importance and their lives are equally precious. Yet because of the apartheid era the world is closing its eyes to the brutality meted out to white South Africans. It is shameful.

  3. 3 Erns Kleynhans 06/04/2010 at 5:43 pm

    Just a point here: Over 3000 farmers were murdered since 1994 and brutally so. I am busy arranging photos of heavy mutilated farmers (average age 60, both male and female) to be posted on the web soon. This is why farmers are upset.

    Another point: Julius Malema visits Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe, again singing the song banned by courts in SA and if that is not enough, he publicly mentioned that he intends to follow the pattern of Zimbabwe farm invasions in SA.

    Yet the ANC protects Malema at all costs, to the point of saying that he will be the next president. Lets me think who is really pulling the strings in post Polokwane ANC rulership.

    Why would two youngsters kill a 69 year old man (who recently underwent surgery), leave the murder weapon on his chest, pulled his pants down and then turn themselves over to the police, saying that they did it because of a wage dispute? Strange…

    I did not follow ET’s ideology, but this is plain incitement. And if this is how it is going to go, I will also vow for a ‘volkstaat’.

  4. 4 Mo 06/04/2010 at 9:34 pm

    When apartheid was in place, i never heard a single white voice against it. Dont complain now. Go to hell

  5. 5 Autonomous Mind 07/04/2010 at 10:11 am

    We cannot be blamed for your ignorance. The anti apartheid movement in the UK was extremely vocal. The general disgust with apartheid and opposition to it among white Britons, including me, was clearly evident through the years.

    Those of us who value the dignity of all human life and reject all forms of racism have a moral obligation to stand up and oppose murderous violence and racial intolerance wherever it happens and whoever is committing it.

  6. 6 Nell Holland 08/04/2010 at 7:20 pm

    Was Terreblanche born with that name or was it deliberately changed to the ‘inflamatory’ White Earth? He was a bigotted racist living in a country that belonged to Black Africans,I am by the way White, Nell

  7. 7 Autonomous Mind 08/04/2010 at 9:30 pm

    Where does that justify murder? By your warped logic the UK belongs to white Britons. Are you comfortable with that? Or is the penny starting to drop that you just spouted racist sentiment, making you no different to Terreblanche?

  8. 8 ricky 21/04/2010 at 3:48 pm


    The murdering of any innocent people is wrong.

    “Get out of Africa” may simply reflect the reality that the place is unjust and unsafe.

    The victim in your crime that you mentioned was however a “white supremist”? If he was fighting blacks in some way, that would be rather different than an innocent farmer in SA by the accident of birth being “randomly” murdered. Too bad, SA doesn’t clamp down on the ANC. It seems like a corrupt organization.

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