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Farm murders in South Africa continue

The Free State community of Vredefort, South Africa, has been left devastated after a farm murder claimed the life of 71-year-old Dirk Steenkamp (pictured).

As reported by OFM, Steenkamp was attacked at 07:00 on Sunday morning (4.03.2018) when he was inspecting a water pump near his property. A gang attacked him after driving to the farm and proceeded to shoot him.

Steenkamp’s wife raised the alarm shortly after hearing the gunshots, as the attackers fled. She was left unharmed in the incident.

The brutal crime has raised again the issue of farm murders in South Africa.

“The political parties in South Africa have demonstrated their incompetence and absenteeism over the past decades. Of course, the ANC was the dominant factor, but the so-called moderate Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) of Malema are no better and bear co-responsibility for the failure of the ‘Rainbow nation” – said  Gerolf Annemans, the president of a Movement for Nations and Freedom (MENF).

“Some, including myself, dare to call it a silent genocide” – Annemans continued, while commenting on the situation with farm murders in South Africa. On day 66 of 2018 there have been more than 84 and 11 murders.

 

Dr.Mulder: “They will not wipe us out!”

Dr.Corné MULDER shares his views on challenges  South Africa faces today and in future. The signals, coming for the country leadership are contradictory, while promising his own people nationalisation of land and central bank in a Marxist-Leninist way, Cyril Ramaphosa, a new leader of African National Congress party,  calls for investments in South Africa from the platform of Davos World Economic Forum. The rampant crimes, incuding horrific murders of farmers, and rapes, happening in pace of a woman per 56 seconds, are creating a environment incomatabile with image of “Rainbow Nation” once proclaimed by Nelson Mandela. How far the situation will degrade?..

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South Africa’ “silent genocide”

After Mugabe’s removal from office in Zimbabwe, the new president seems aware of the economic sense of urgency to save its population from famine, thus allowing the return of white farmers. This is in stark contrast with neighbouring South Africa, where the situation is getting from bad to worse.

Nelson Mandela, after his release, as president in the early 1990s, deserves credit for his attempts to foster reconciliation between the various groups in his country. As the end of his life approached, notwithstanding his moral authority, he no longer held political sway. While Nelson Mandela was still alive, however, the appearance of reconciliation could be held up.

In spite of massive international support, the balance after a few decades of black governance is downright negative, not only for the white South Africans, but also for the black population. The average life expectancy for the black South African population is in fact lower than at the time of apartheid.

In 2016, I organized a conference in the European Parliament with South African artist and activist Steve Hofmeyr about the gruesome farm attacks and ‘plaasmoorde’, aimed – mainly, but not exclusively – at the Afrikaner farming community. These violent crimes against segments of the population exceed the already high crime figures in the country.

The group targeted, however, is not interesting to political rulers from an electoral perspective, despite numerous promises made. At the beginning of the twentieth century 25% of South Africa´s inhabitants were of European descent, falling to only 10% currently. In 2016, hope was still in the air as the national police chief announced a plan to tackle crime in rural areas. Yet, 2017 was a terrible year for the Afrikaner community, which led to demonstrations in April and a protest convoy on ‘Black Monday‘ 30 October 2017. Some, including myself, dare to call it a silent genocide.

The above is a part of the South African ‘reality’ that can undoubtedly be discussed on 30 January at the MENL conference ##SA2018EU. South African ‘reality’ confirms both economic and social demise in a country that has in fact so much potential.

The political parties in South Africa have demonstrated their incompetence and absenteeism over the past decades. Of course, the ANC was the dominant factor, but the so-called moderate Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) of Malema are no better and bear co-responsibility for the failure of the ‘Rainbow nation’.

It is to be feared that the two last mentioned parties and their satellites, which have announced a deeper cooperation against the ANC, cannot constitute a credible alternative. It is like having to make a choice between two evils.

The revival of the Vryheidsfront Plus is the only credible hope for the rehabilitation of the white and Afrikaner community in South Africa. I am therefore looking forward to an in-depth discussion with Corné Mulder.

Gerolf ANNEMANS, MEP, incumbent president of Movement for Europe of Nations and Freedom, political theorist, author.

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Terwijl in Zimbabwe eindelijk het oude spook Mugabe is verdwenen, de nieuwe president de indruk geeft zich bewust te zijn van de economische ‘sense of urgency’ in zijn land en de eerste blanke boeren opnieuw terugkeren om het land te bewerken en de bevolking letterlijk van de honger te redden, gaat het in buurland Zuid-Afrika van kwaad naar erger.

Nelson Mandela heeft na zijn vrijlating en als president begin jaren ’90 verdienstelijke pogingen gedaan tot verzoening tussen de verschillende bevolkingsgroepen in zijn land. Toen zijn levenseinde naderde, kon hij buiten moreel gezag echter nog maar weinig politiek gewicht in de schaal leggen. Zolang Nelson Mandela nog in leven was, kon de schijn van een verzoening echter opgehouden worden.

Niettegenstaande de massale internationale steun is de balans na enkele decennia zwart bestuur ronduit negatief, niet in het minst voor de blanken, maar ook voor de zwarten. De levensverwachting voor de zwarten ligt lager dan ten tijde van de apartheid.

In 2016 organiseerde ik een conferentie in het Europees Parlement met de Zuid-Afrikaanse artiest en activist Steve Hofmeyr over de gruwelijke ‘plaasaanvalle’ en ‘plaasmoorde’, gericht tegen de – hoofdzakelijk, maar niet uitsluitend – Afrikaner-boerengemeenschap. Deze geweldsmisdaden tegen een bepaald deel van de bevolking pieken boven alle reeds torenhoge misdaadcijfers in het land uit.

Dit deel van de bevolking is echter electoraal niet interessant voor de politieke machthebbers, ondanks talloze beloften. Aan het begin van de twintigste eeuw bestond de bevolking nog uit 25% inwoners van Europese afkomst, nu telt het blanke bevolkingsdeel nog slechts zo’n 10%. In 2016 deed hoop nog leven, het nationale politiehoofd kondigde een plan aan tegen de misdaad in landelijke gebieden. Maar 2017 was echter opnieuw een zwart jaar voor de Afrikaner gemeenschap, wat leidde tot manifestaties in april en een protestkonvooi op ‘Zwarte Maandag’ 30 oktober 2017. Sommigen, waaronder ik zelf, durven het een stille genocide te noemen.

Het is een aspect van de Zuid-Afrikaanse ‘realiteit’ dat ongetwijfeld kan behandeld worden op de ENV-conferentie #SA2018ENF van 30 januari e.k. De Zuid-Afrikaanse ‘realiteit’ toont voorts een economisch en sociaal kerkhof in een land dat zoveel potentieel heeft.

De politieke partijen en tenoren in Zuid-Afrika hebben de afgelopen decennia hun onbekwaamheid en hun verzuim ruim aangetoond. Het ANC was uiteraard de dominante factor, maar de zogenaamd gematigde Democratische Alliantie (DA) en de Economische Vrijheidsstrijders (EFF) van Malema, zijn geen haar beter en dragen medeverantwoordelijkheid voor het mislukken van de ‘Regenboognatie’.

Te vrezen valt dat de twee laatst genoemde partijen en hun satellieten, die een verdiepte samenwerking tegen het ANC hebben aangekondigd, geen geloofwaardig alternatief kunnen vormen. Het is het verhaal van de pest en de cholera.

De heropleving van het Vryheidsfront Plus is de enige geloofwaardige hoop voor de rehabilitatie van de blanke Рen Afrikanergemeenschap in Zuid-Afrika. Ik kijk er dan ook naar uit om een diepgaand gesprek aan te gaan met Corn̩ Mulder.

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Atkinson: South Africa future depends on respect of human rights

Janice ATKINSON MEP OPINION

I am holding the debate on Tuesday, 30th January at 5pm on human rights and the political situation in South Africa after visiting that wonderful country a number of times and being disturbed about the political situation that could see that country descend into chaos after their general elections in 2019.

I witnessed ‘Black Monday’ on my last visit where farmers came together to protest against the brutal murder and torture on farmers, their families and their workers, both black and white. These brutal killings, some encouraged by Marxist political leaders who want to nationalise the banks and mines and forcibly take control of the winelands and farms, are truly horrific. Yet no real statistics are kept by the government, numbers are disputed by the state against the victims. Rapes are off the scale – 41,000 in 2015/16.  What South Africa and the EU’s Sweden have in common is they are at the top of the league table as the rape capitals of the world.

I toured the townships, the winelands, went on safari in two regions, toured the Cape and spoke to many people, black and white. All are very afraid (and optimistic) about their future.  From the woman that lives in a one room shack without running water or a toilet, who lives with her three grown sons, who still votes for the ANC because it is the party of Nelson Mandela. Her faith is interesting.  I am not sure the dream of the Rainbow Nation living together in peace as really reached her or the murdered farmers.

I saw wonderful projects where vineyard businesses were housing, educating and employing whole families from the townships.  Many of my drivers were young, ambitious family men who were grateful for the opportunities afforded to them. This is black and white working together.

But that could all change in eighteen months time.

At the last election the ANC secured 60% of the vote (249 seats in parliament), although their constitution only allows for parties to hold 50% of power (but how can you go against the votes of the people?). The official opposition is the Democratic Alliance with 89 seats in parliament and chillingly, third is the violent Marxist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) who advocate wholesale nationalisation, black empowerment by seizure of land and assets and violence against the whites and other minorities.  

As the ANC loses support, many of their supporters are turning to the EFF. On a more positive note some of them are also turning to the Freedom Front Plus (FF+) party (4 seats) because this party seeks to protect the rights of minorities (amongst other policies). Black minority tribes want to preserve their heritage, culture and language and they see the FF+ as the party to secure those rights.  As in Europe, we on the centre right fight to preserve our culture, heritage, language and identity through securing our borders and having the right to determine who can live in our countries.

If this country descends into chaos in 2019 the winelands will be lost, tourism will dry up, the ecosystems of the coast, sea and the conservation projects in the safari lands will be destroyed.  Everything that the EU says it holds dear will descend into another Zimbabwe, but worse.

Last November, when I returned from my last trip to South Africa, I called on the European Parliament to debate the human rights atrocities and political situation in South Africa. It was declined. I turned to my colleagues and said, this place tries to pride itself on upholding human rights and the rule of law. Unfortunately, the Parliament only recognises certain countries’ humans’ rights when it is safe to condemn individual countries or persons for political reasons. But for a country like South Africa where they are desperate to believe in the Rainbow Nation, to think that those now in power, the unfortunate legacy of Nelson Mandela, it is too difficult and ideologically impossible to question its future, its human rights abuses and the lack of rule of law.

Image: courtesy Janice Atkinson in South Africa,  Franschhoek Wine Valley.

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