Terreblanche murder highlights South Africa race killings

Welcome to visitors from BBC Word Service’s ‘World Have Your Say’.

Following on from my previous posting…  The murder of Eugene Terreblanche by two of his farm hands yesterday has become global news.  Few will mourn the death of such a man.  After all, Terreblanche was a hateful figure who fought for racial separation and white supremacy in South Africa.  He engaged in racially motivated violence and unspeakable cruelty and led the racist Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging party (AWB).  But he was still a human being.

The media saw Terreblanche as a curiosity, an extremist oddity, and treated him as such.  Accordingly many people will feel that he has now got his comeuppance.  But the murder of Terreblanche lifts the veil on a much bigger story that, until now, has been the preserve of South African bloggers and small publications, as it has failed to attract the attention of the mainstream media.  That story is the carefully planned systematic murder of white South Africans  since the end of apartheid – such as the man above.

To put the extent of this campaign of murder into context, around the same number of white South African farmers have been murdered in the last 15 years as the total number of people who died in nearly 40 years of violence in Northern Ireland – over 3,000.  Despite the horrific death toll continuing to rise, the media has painted South Africa as a tolerant post-apartheid society and bought into the ANC government’s spin of the country being a Rainbow nation.  Many in the media have turned a blind eye to this slaughter of white South Africans because of the history of apartheid.  Journalists from around the world rightly kept the brutality of apartheid, and plight of the black South African majority living under white rule, in the public consciousness.

But having spent decades presenting the black majority as oppressed people stripped of basic rights, many journalists are refusing to bring to the public consciousness the brutality being waged against the white minority they spent years demonising for wrongs of apartheid.  The BBC’s almost imperceptible nod towards the reality of life in South Africa for its white citizens tells us just how craven the media has become, as this line by Martin Plaut reveals:

It is a tragic fact that more than 3,000 white farmers have been murdered since the end of apartheid in 1994.

Tragic fact?  In any other theatre of conflict the BBC would be describing this as a genocide and producing documentaries and investigative programmes to shout the fact to the world.  But Plaut, like so many journalists, laments the exposure of the fraud of South Africa’s claim of being a racially tolerant post-apartheid society far more than the systematic murder of 3,000 human beings on the basis of their race.

Unsurprisingly the South African President, Jacob Zuma, has issued a call for calm, saying that South Africans must not allow anyone to take advantage of the “terrible deed” by inciting racial hatred.  But where was Zuma’s call for an end to the mass murder of people whose families have been South African for generations and who have tried to get on with their lives, producing food for the population on land bought centuries ago?

Why is it that the life of one South African is worth more than another?  Why is it that the media treats the murder of people from one racial group differently to that of another?  Why is it the international community, usually so swift to pontificate on human rights issues, stays quiet as a slow burn ethnic cleansing of southern Africa takes place?  When acts such as these were being perpetrated in Zimbabwe there was an international outcry.  So why is South Africa being treated any differently?  It is as if a large part of the international community is comfortable allowing this ethnic cleansing to be carried out because some of these people and their forebears are considered responsible for apartheid.

It is almost as if there is a tacit, unspoken sanctioning of retribution and collective punishment.  Small wonder Canada granted asylum to a white South African last year.  There was sufficient evidence to show his life would be at risk if he returned to South Africa, because of his race.  Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and now Jacob Zuma have failed to deal with this low level genocide and the result is white South Africans being forced out of the only home they have ever known.

I have never liked the idea that something good could come from the murder of a human being, however nasty they may have been.  But perhaps the murder of Eugene Terreblanche may result in a long overdue scrutiny of South Africa and the treatment of its white (and for that matter Asian) citizens, upon whom open season has been declared to drive them out of the country or wipe them out.  Regardless of the fine oratory of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela, South African is anything but a rainbow nation at peace with itself and the world.

Update: More here on the callousness displayed by members of the South African government.

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16 Responses to “Terreblanche murder highlights South Africa race killings”

  1. 1 Pieter Celliers 04/04/2010 at 2:34 pm

    This is the way of Africa and it’s people. It’s beautifull, wealthy and yet at the same time brutal and wild. TerreBlanche knew this, like every South African knows this. He is not the first one to pay the price and surely he won’t be the last. The Afrikaners were sent to tame Africa in order for our European anchestors to reap the wealth in gold, diamonds and minirals. That they did and when they did, the ancestors fed them to Africa.

    Co-incidental, maybe prophetic that he was murderd on Easter weekend when we celebrate the death of another Man who gave His life for us to reap the bennefit. Called a White Supremissist, a Racist and a Neo-Nazi, all he ever called for was that the Afrikaner govern themselves. Never did he state that Afrikaners should murder, kill or even assualt other races.

    Yes, few would mourn such a man. Yet, for those few he gave hope where there were none. For those few he gave an identity, where they had none. Through his words people who were raped, killed, threatend and insulted found a reason to live and courage to never let go of the country they love. May God have mercy on his soul.

  2. 2 Autonomous Mind 04/04/2010 at 3:08 pm

    Thanks for your thought provoking insight Pieter.

  3. 3 Sarah jane 05/04/2010 at 12:07 am

    South Africa was a land crippled by colonisation. The white person targeted in this instance was a known supremecist known for his brutality against black people. White south africans are renowned the world over for their hatred of black people. Just because you now have a black government in place it doesnt mean that all the white racists have suddenly disappeared.

    South Africa is and was always a black country. The only person mourning the death of such a vile and hateful man are the supremecists or those who think S.Africa would be better off under white rule. Well it was white rule was it not that crippled and plundered the wealth of that continent and turned physical slavery into economic slavery. The same people who to this day sends militias and organises military coups across Africa and the Carribbean so that despots get into power.

    Now you expect people to believe that the white minority are being persecuted?? The same minority who continue to show their disdain toward blacks not just in this country but in white countries towards their black minorities? The same white minority who continue to hold the near monopoly of wealth in S Africa?

    For me to say that all whites do this and that there is no corruption in black governments would be insane. But to deny the continued existence of racism or the role that whites play in the rising racial tensions on the continent of Africa and the economic downfall of the continent is equally insane.

  4. 4 Autonomous Mind 05/04/2010 at 10:15 am

    What you are showing Sarah Jane is a clear example of moral equivalence. You speak of mourning one man, what about the 3,000 other white farmers whose lives have been extinguished over the last 15 years? Do you not think that is wrong?

    How was South Africa always a black country? How was Russia always a white country? Countries are defined by political borders, not the race of people that live there. There is no such thing as a black or white country and there should be no form of supremacy based on race.

    “Now you expect people to believe that the white minority are being persecuted??”

    Yes Sarah, I do. Over 3,000 dead human beings demonstrates it to be fact. No one has denied the existance of racism is South Africa. But that was not the point of my post. It was to highlight the systematic mass murder of a racial grouping in a country that portrays itself as colour blind and tolerant.

  5. 5 Heidi Pretorius 05/04/2010 at 3:46 pm

    I’ve not ever read an international blog or heard an international news story that so accurately reflects the nuanced reality of the new South Africa. I’m surprised and encouraged. There are many good people in South Africa from all races who are shocked and discouraged by the mounting dishonesty, brutality and fascism of the ANC. The world does not know how damning the communist military and leadership training of ANC leaders is proving to be. Nelson Mandela did not undergo this training but his two successors Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma, along with many in our government, became masters after Moscow. While communism has been largely defeated elsewhere its practices are flourishing in South Africa.

    History has taught us that revolutionary personalities often make for deplorable government officials/bureaucrats and nowhere is that more true than in South Africa. The ANC’s active measures campaigns, ambidexterity, day-to-day deception, deployment strategies and fierce centralisation are piling up in a rotten heap and have gridlocked them into a path of no return. To understand how fragile this democracy is read a great academic and civil rights activist Ramphela Mamphela – http://www.timeslive.co.za/sundaytimes/article164689.ece

    While 3000 farmers have been murdered since 1994, 15 000 people on average, from all race groups are murdered in South Africa each year. Conviction rates are negligible, the former Police Commissioner on trail for corruption and the current Commissioner anointed himself a general.

    The $6 billion corrupt arms deal has never been investigated by the ANC government as it seems such an investigation will implicate many up to the highest level of government and reveal the tip of the rotten heap. It seems likely that Jacob Zuma blackmailed the National Prosecuting Authority in February 2009 into withdrawing corruption charges implicating him in this arms deal. Shortly thereafter he was inaugurated as president. It is most certain that in years to come the horror of it all will be understood by the world but in the meantime law abiding hard working people live in fear, endure in an atmosphere of engineered hate, violence and many, black and white, barely survive in abject poverty. The ANC brass and their vile business counterparts, who often are white, have for years frolicked in their corrupt high-life bought by their ill-gotten gains.

    Sarah Jane can be forgiven her ignorance. I can only hope she develops a more critical mind before regurgitating ANC propaganda in future. You’re right, the world’s media does not want to acknowledge the inconvenient truth about South Africa. I’m grateful for your insight.

  6. 7 Autonomous Mind 05/04/2010 at 9:18 pm

    Thanks Sean. The problem with your post is that you set aside the fact white South Africans – particularly farmers – are being killed in disproportionate numbers. Over 3,000 people from one profession being killed in 15 years suggests a pattern that goes beyond ‘crime’. Also, it is important to note think tanks frequently have an agenda and are rarely impartial.

    Corruption in the redistribution of wealth and positions to the black majority does not support your argument. It will take longer than 16 years for black South Africans to be equipped with the skills and experience needed to take the top jobs after being denied good educational opportunities under apartheid.

    The number of white South Africans leaving the country because of fears for their safety tells its own story. There’s no getting away from it.

  7. 8 Summermir 07/04/2010 at 3:38 am

    Sarah jane 05/04/2010 at 12:07 am

    The ignorance and doublethink of this post shocks me. For the sake of uneducated ‘beliefs’ you condone murder??!!

    You say – “South Africa is and was always a black country.” So I presume you support the BNP when they say Britain is and was always a white country? If not, why not?

    You say – “The white person targeted in this instance was a known supremecist known for his brutality against black people.” I presume you know about and roundly condem the brutality against ‘black people’ of a black ‘supremecist’ lady called Winnie Mandela!! Do you think that would be a good enough reason for somone to murder her?

    You say – “Well it was white rule was it not that crippled and plundered the wealth of that continent and turned physical slavery into economic slavery. ” Ummm no in short. By entering into trade agreements with European countries, desolate areas of Africa like Southern Rhodesia where turned into the ‘bread baskets’ of Africa – able to feed their people. Social infrastructures were put in place for economic development of whole countries eg railways, schools and a civil service. The ‘salvery’ of its fellow man that the African contient ran its economy on pre-colonisation, was wiped out. I presume you have not travelled much in places like Kenya today, and have not heard local people hark back to ‘better times’?

    You say – “Now you expect people to believe that the white minority are being persecuted??” In short yes. Because it is true. What else do you call the murder of 3000 farmers? I presume you have not been to South Africa, and do not know you cannot even go shopping as a foreign, white person, without a body guard. If you do go alone you can almost guarantee you will be mugged – now what would you call that? What would you say if a black person could not walk the streets of Bedford, without being mugged, what would you say if 3,000 West Indians had been murdered in London by ‘locals’?

    You say – “But to deny the continued existence of racism”. But you are denying the existance of racism, the racism of blacks to whites – or do you not see that as racism, is that just revenge, and revenge is allowed on your fellow citizens – even if it is something they did not do? I’m not sure Nelson Mandela would agree with you. And maybe you will also think it is OK when white minorities in Bradford take their ‘revenge’ on Islamic buldings and people in that city, for their (British)’economic downfall’.

  8. 9 Illona Govender 09/04/2010 at 3:57 pm

    I have been reading all the posts and feel quite disturbed even though valid points are being made. Regardless of the type of man Mr Terreblanche was or of the acts he has committed in the past, no one has the right to take another’s life.

    JESUS died for our all our sins so who are we to dish out punishment for a sin another has commited? We do not have that authority, only GOD does.

    We should all take a step back and stop trying in our own “calm” way to justify what has happened. It is indeed a sad day when someone has to die in this fashion.

    Think about this……….if in Mr Terreblanche’s last moment he asked GOD to forgive him of his sin’s , he has most definately been forgiven.

    I pray his soul let’s in peace regardless of who he was and what he’s done. LORD forgive him.

  9. 10 Stephanie 07/05/2010 at 11:57 am

    I identify with Mr. Terre’Blanche as a human being – no one deserves to die in such a violent and cruel manner. But at the same time I did not think much of his beliefs.And at the same time you must identify with the humanity of a fifteen year old who commited murder and now is happy in prison because it is the first time he has ever had a proper bed to sleep in and three meals a day.
    I am disgusted by the ideals of white supremacy, I think since the new South Africa is based on the ideals of acceptance and tolerance, this is how we should all be living. White farmers are dying in inordinate numbers, but we need to look at the reasons WHY. It definately is a racial issue, but people don’t examine the racial attitudes of the farmers prior to their deaths. For anyone reading this I recommend the book “Midlands” by Jonny Steinberg (he is an Oxford-educated investigative journalist). This book is brilliant and sad and terrifying, and well worth the read!
    Incidentally there was once a AWB rally in the park near where I live and it scares me to remember that these rascist extremists, parading with swastikas on their arms, had a TANK!

  10. 11 will 27/06/2010 at 10:32 am

    There is a fascistic side to black consciousness which warrants alalysis. It presumes that colonialism is a uniquely white crime for which all whites in perpetuity are collectively guilty. It insists that the murder of whites must be seen in this context.
    It nods in the direction that not only is a man innocent until proven guilty but that the notion of a guilty race is sheer nonsense. However, in reality whites are thought to somehow deserve what’s coming to them. You can read in in the banter on YouTube and other chat rooms online. There is a hardcore belief that white people are uniquely racist and genocidal beyond anyone that has gone before in history.
    The mass killings of the islamic invasions, the mongol invasions, the mogul invasions, the Japanese empire and the Manchu take over of China are forgotten. Not to mention the Aztec and Inca bloodletting on a massive scale. The Rwandan, Darfur, Congolese genocides and massacres in Kenya and Nigeria and Chad by blacks are ignored. The mutilations and amputations in Liberia are forgotten.
    The ethnic cleansing of the Bushmen by other African tribes is a mere detail of history. The Slavic peoples whose very name is derived from their status as slaves is not an issue. And now, of course the whites in Africa getting ‘what they deserve’ is justice to the minds of these perverts.
    It is a travesty of natural justice that innocent people should be condemned for crimes merely because someone of the same race committed them….extend that model to blacks living in Europe and America and we could all have a killing fest with the same twisted logic.
    Now I appeal to people who put forward such twisted arguements to think carefully before doing so…it is you and people like you who justify racial vengeance in the minds of would be killers. You may very well have blood on your hands. You cannot claim to be innocent when your words condone or perhaps even incite a response which was a staple of Nazi rule: racial hatred and collective punishment.

  11. 12 Don 11/07/2010 at 5:54 pm

    South Africa never belonged to the Bantu. they came down to work for the whites in the mines. The Zulu yes, who are far greater, and the bushmen of whom few remain. It makes me sick when I hear white fools talking about the rainbow nation. Blood red, yes. Get it right you willowy white liberals. They won’t differentiate between you and those innocent murdered farmers. Go and live there and you could be next. Hopefully.

  12. 13 Rooster Has Came Home To Roost 13/10/2011 at 9:33 pm

    What about the MILLIONS of Africans that have died due to the white man and the racist ways and now that they are fighting back its a issue. I do not feel sorry for the 3000 that have died.

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