Whites in South Africa are under attack in the troubled nation. This onslaught includes property destruction, assault, terrorism, and murder, found primarily in the farming community.
One recent example is the horrific torture of an elderly South African couple, Sue Howarth and her husband, Robert Lynn, in February 2017, reported by Frank Chung on March 25.
The wife died from a gruesome array of injuries. Police said, “she was ‘unrecognizable’ from her injuries.” Her husband miraculously survived being shot in the neck.
Violence Against White Farmers on The Rise
These attacks are on the rise in South Africa. Chung notes that just in the first 84 days of 2017, “there have been more than 70 attacks and 25 murders…on white farmers.”
In the last three years, these terroristic-type attacks have increased each year. In South Africa, during 2014 there were 277 attacks, 318 in 2015, and 345 in 2016, according to the “Transvaal Agricultural Union (TAU), which represents commercial farmers…” in the nation.
This phenomenon of South African whites under attack has catapulted farming to number one on the list of the most dangerous professions in the world. The murder rate is about nine of every 100,000 people, worldwide. In South Africa, it is 54 per 100,000, “but for the farming community, it is 138, which is the highest for any occupation in the world.”
South African Government in Denial
Do not turn to the South African government to find statistics for these terrible acts. Whites in South Africa are not under attack, at all, as far as the government is concerned. Mum is the word from officials. In his piece, Chung writes:
Since 2007, at the direction of the government, South African police stopped releasing statistics about the race of the victims.
The government is headed by the ruling African National Congress (ANC). It is the same political group the late Nelson Mandela was a member of throughout his imprisonment and his career as president of South Africa.
However, since the death of Mandela, the ANC has become increasingly hostile to whites in South Africa. Is this latent racial hatred coming to the forefront since Mandela has passed?
Racially Motivated Revenge
There is speculation that this rise in violence against white farmers represents acts of vengeance against whites in general for the history of apartheid in South Africa.
The human rights group AfriForum notes in its 2014 report, “The Reality of Farm Tortures in South Africa” that:
Portions of minority communities believe that farm tortures carry with them an element of revenge on the white population as a result of South Africa’s history of racial segregation.
The government denies any racial motives in these cases. They say that these are just poor blacks attacking white farmers because they are rich, thus, greed is the motive. Yet, as Chung points out, very few valuables are ever taken. The perpetrators often invade the homes when the occupants are away, and wait for their return to attack and torture them.
The search for motives behind the increase in violence also leads to the president of South Africa. In early in March, President Jacob Zuma “called for the confiscation of white-owned land without compensation.”
White farmers are not the only victims of terroristic actions and threats. On university campuses in South Africa, there has been a marked increase in anti-white graffiti and clothing emblazoned with statements such as “F… whites” and “Kill all whites.”
Genocide Watch writer, RW Johnson notes:
The situation has now become so ridiculous that when Helen Zille says how pleased she is by the heavy usage of Cape Town’s municipal libraries, she is accused of racism for having implied surprise that blacks read books. On many university campuses there is a frankly anti-white frenzy. We have seen delighted declarations that “whiteness is burning” when valuable pictures are torched.
Violence Is Not The Way Forward
Mahatma Gandhi first began his great work of peaceful civil resistance in South Africa. In the film “Gandhi,” when asked why he did not advocate violence toward the British oppressors after decades of racist rule, he replies, “I want to change their minds, not kill them for weaknesses we all possess.”
It appears that in today’s South Africa, changing minds on racism is not the goal. Bloodshed and revenge against the former oppressors are the coveted objects. It is a sad and counter-productive method, which will achieve no justice.
By D.T. Osborn
Edited by Cathy Milne
AfriForum: The Reality of Farm Tortures in South Africa
Genocide Watch: Middelburg Observer: (Update): “Don’t be afraid my darling…” – The horror of a farm attack
news.com.au: ‘Bury them alive!’: White South Africans fear for their future as horrific farm attacks escalate Bloody trail of murder in South Africa
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