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    BY CHANTAL DA SILVA ON 3/1/18 AT 12:22 PM

    More than 10,500 people have signed a petition asking President Donald Trump to let white people in South Africa emigrate to the U.S. amid a vote by the country's parliament in favour of land expropriation, which would strip white farmers of land without compensation.

    The petition calls on the U.S. leader to "take the steps necessary to initiate an emergency immigration plan allowing white Boers to come to the United States." Boer is the term used to describe South Africans of Dutch, German or Huguenot descent, who are also commonly referred to as Afrikaners.

    The petition suggests that Trump should stop admitting refugees from Somalia and the Middle East, claiming they "cannot be properly vetted," and allow white South Africans into the country instead. They "can be easily vetted and also possess skills that make them compatible with our culture and civilization," the petition says.

    In October last year, thousands of predominantly white protesters took to the streets throughout South Africa to protest a string of deadly attacks in rural areas of the country.DAVID HARRISON/AFP/GETTY

    A similar petition, calling on European Union President Jean-Claude Juncker, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May to allow white South Africans into EU countries, has gained nearly 17,000 signatures.

    South Africa's parliament voted to remove white South African farmers from their land without paying them compensation in a landmark vote on Tuesday, reported.
    The motion was supported, but amended by the ruling African National Congress (ANC), with the party promising reforms that will address racial disparities in land ownership.
    Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favor of the move, with the motion passing 241-83.

    It was a key part of recently elected President Cyril Ramaphosa's platform. Ramaphosa, who has long supported Nelson Mandela's vision for South Africa, took office last month, replacing former President Jacob Zuma.

    More than two decades after white-minority rule came to an end in South Africa, most of the country's profitable farming land is owned by white residents. A recent land audit conducted by Agri SA, a South African agricultural industry association, found that white farmers still control 73 percent of the country's profitable farming land.

    Agri SA expressed concerns over the parliament vote, saying that while it "fully understands the need for land reform and the frustration with the apparent slow process and is committed to orderly and sustainable land reform...politics and emotion dominated the debate."

    Dan Kriek, Agri SA’s president, warned that the rights of all property owners in South Africa were at stake. He said that amending the country's constitution property clause would be a step backward into a past where the protection of property rights was not applied across the board.

    Ramaphosa urged people in South Africa not to panic over the results of the vote.

    South Africa's Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department echoed that sentiment in a series of tweets. "This is a serious matter. It'll be handled through dialogue and in a stable manner. No need for beating war drums and creating unnecessary panic! South Africa belongs to all who live in it!" the CGTA wrote.

    "As we address the land issue, we'll ensure that equitable land is distributed to our poor people in a way that will ensure continued stability," the CGTA added.

    Earlier, the department had tweeted, "Land is our heritage, our identity and essentially our dignity. We owe it to our children to dispel the myth that Africans are not interested in commercial farming."


    NHTLdebate @CyrilRamaphosa Land is our heritage, our identity and essentially our dignity. We owe it to our children to dispel the myth that Africans are not interested in commercial farming
    5:16 AM - Mar 1, 2018

    "We'll continue to help improve the lives of South Africans through making tough decisions. This is a moment where we all need to rise and tackle this issue and emerge victorious," the CGTA added, including the hashtag "#LandExpropriation."

    Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters opposition party, which introduced the motion told parliament, told lawmakers "we must stop being cowards. We must stop working around the white minorities who are governed by the fear of the unknown when it comes to the question of land expropriation without compensation."

    He said land expropriation would end disparity caused by "criminals who stole our land."

    Malema also said "the time for reconciliation in South Africa "is over," reported. "Now is the time for justice," he said, adding, "We must sensure that we restore the dignity of our people without compensating the criminals who stole our land."

    Malema has been a strong supporter of confiscating land from white farmers, saying in 2016 he was "not calling for the slaughter of white people–at least for now."

    The creators of the petition demanding that Trump admit white South Africans into the U.S. as refugees claim that the "increasing murder rate, along with the campaign to dispossess whites of their history, culture, farms, property and jobs, will inevitably lead to a complete genocide of South Africa's white population" if the U.S. does not "intercede."

    In October last year, thousands of predominantly white protesters took to the streets throughout South Africa to protest a string of deadly attacks in rural areas of the country. Protesters claimed that farmers were more likely to be murdered than the average South African, with some claiming that the attacks were racially motivated.

    An investigation by the BBC last November determined that the claim that farmers are more likely to be murdered than the average South African "is not supported by reliable data."

    The BBC found that farm murders in South Africa are at their highest level since 2010-11. The country's police service says 74 people were murdered on farms between April 2016 and March 2017, compared with 58 in the previous year. Those numbers, however, reflect the number of murdered farmers, farmworkers and visitors to farms regardless of race, the BBC notes.
    It is unclear where people who are signing the petitions on are based. Signatories cite fears of a "white genocide" as their reason for signing, while others appeared to express sentiments aligned with white supremacy.

    A spokesperson for told Newsweek it would look into whether the petitions violate any company policies and whether the website plans to take any action.
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    'Shooting Back' author Charl van Wyk: Christians fighting politicians' 'racial hatred'

    Published: 03/19/2017 at 5:59 PM

    There’s a crisis in South Africa.

    White South Africans, especially the Afrikaners, face perhaps the greatest threat to their existence in centuries on the continent after South African president Jacob Zuma recently came out in support of confiscating white-owned property without compensation.

    There are well-founded fears of “genocide” against white South Africans amid reports of surging crime, especially against farmers. And white South Africans face even more race-based laws and regulations than existed under apartheid, driving minority white South Africans out of the economy and forcing many into squalid squatter camps.

    Christian missionary Charl van Wyk saw the hate directed against the Christian Afrikaners with his own eyes in 1993 when terrorists burst into St. James Church and killed 11 people. Van Wyk opened fire with his own sidearm, startling the terrorists who expected nothing but unarmed victims, and causing them to flee.

    He recounted his experiences in “Shooting Back: The Right and Duty of Self-Defense.”

    Now, he is calling for a spiritual awakening among his people, the Afrikaners.

    “It was not language or country of origin which primarily dominated Afrikaner identity – for there were Dutch, German and French speakers,” van Wyk said of the Afrikaners. “Nor was it his geographical position, as they were living across the Cape, Orange Free State, the Transvaal Republic and the Republic of Natalia. The Christian faith is what distinguished the Boer. The further the Afrikaner has moved away from his love and relationship with his God of the Bible and focused on land, language and skin color, the more his Christian identity has been eroded. The most important historical attribute of the Boer (Afrikaner) was the fact that he was Christian!”

    One of the most important milestones in the history of the Afrikaner people was the Battle of Blood River, a struggle between a few hundred “Voortrekkers,” or pioneers, and between 15,000 to 21,000 Zulus in 1838. Before the battle, the Afrikaners took a vow to God to build a church if He would give them victory. The Voortrekkers won the day and the “Day of the Vow” became a central element of Afrikaner nationalism.

    Van Wyk believes it is Christianity that defines his people and holds out the prospect of uniting the varying ethnic groups in South Africa.

    “The fight in South Africa is mostly now a war of worldviews,” he said. “Christian Boers and their Christian tribal brothers and sisters have more in common, and are doing much to put an end to the racial hatred and animosity used by politicians to further their race-based political agenda.”

    However, he acknowledges South Africa is moving in the wrong direction, with increasingly socialist policies and a government that seems unable or unwilling to confront violent crime.
    “Economically, South Africa can end up like Zimbabwe as long as its leaders pursue their communist economic philosophy, which is crippling us,” he told WND. “Bloomberg’s Misery Index, which combines countries’ 2017 inflation and unemployment outlooks, has South Africa at No. 2.

    “There is hope politically as we’ve seen in the last elections when voters ousted the communist-inspired ruling party from several metropolitan cities. Yet, on the other end of the scale recent statistics show that one farm attack happens every day in South Africa. Farmers say they’re under siege, yet the government ignores their plight. Crime is out of control and a threat to South Africans of all ethnic groups.”

    The security crisis is exacerbated by the strict gun control imposed by the country by the African National Congress’ government and the breakup of the collective self-defense organizations, the commandos, which once guarded farmers.

    “Many South Africans are still armed, although the government has worked hard, and is relentless, in trying to disarm law-abiding citizens,” said van Wyk. “It is difficult for a wicked government to wipe out tens of thousands of citizens opposing them, when those citizens are armed and prepared to defend themselves.”

    Van Wyk points to the nightmare scenario in Zimbabwe, where whites were ethnically cleansed and famine gripped the entire country, as the possible consequence of a successful disarmament policy by the South African government. However, he does not believe the South African government is capable of such an action.

    “Zimbabweans were disarmed by the Mugabe regime,” van Wyk observed. “A Zimbabwe-like operation like the Gukurahundi killings carried out by Mugabe’s Fifth Brigade between 1983 and 1987 and which killed tens of thousands of people, is unlikely with an armed populace in South Africa.”

    Still, the high crime and racial hatred directed against the Afrikaners raise the question of whether they still have a place in the country they largely created. Some have suggested a separate homeland for the Afrikaners. An all-Afrikaner town known as Orania, which has just over 1,000 people, exists in the Northern Cape. And Josh Gelernter at National Review suggested white South Africans could set up a “Singapore-style city-state” to ensure their physical safety.

    Van Wyk is skeptical of such plans on practical grounds.

    “Europe’s post-colonial borders left many Africans gathered into countries that don’t represent their cultural heritage, and this still troubles us today,” he said. “It is a challenge if our Afrikaners, Asians, Coloureds, Zulus, Xhosas, Basothos, Bapedis, Vendas, Tswanas, Tsongas, Swazis and Ndebeles all desire their own homelands. If it is functionally possible for each ethnic group to acquire their own homeland, the actual practice of division would be difficult. This is not just a South African challenge – the continent of Africa’s ethnic groups are many, and they don’t tend to fall along the cleanest possible geographic lines.”

    However, van Wyk believes the Afrikaners do have a right to preserve their own identity and culture, especially as times grow worse for this Christian people.

    “There is nothing wrong with South Africans loving their nation, their ethnic group,” he told WND. “There is nothing wrong with defending their particular culture, identifying those who are trying to destroy it, and building their ethnic identity.”

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    So South Africa goes from one Apartheid to another. SAD!
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    What I want to know is why white people from South Africa are not being allowed to legally immigrate to the US right now? Perhaps they should come to central America and run across our border at night like everyone else?
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    Why don't they go to some other white country?

    Are we the only "white" country in the World?

    We are not so "white"...we are full up with people.

    Send them to Norway, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Poland...

    We have enough problems.

    No more people!
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    They should go to the Netherlands. Most of them are of Dutch heritage.
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    I don't care if they are purple, blue or green.

    I don't care where they go...we are not the worlds dumping ground!


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    It seems that as South Africa descends into Communism, the white South Africans, who are predominately Christian, face more intense discrimination. The U.S. does not legally tolerate racial or religious discrimination yet sends USAID to S. Africa and this should stop since S Africa has now passed laws that endorse racial discrimination.

    From March 2017.

    Author calls on Trump to help as 'Rainbow Nation' disintegrates

    Published: 03/11/2017 at 5:42 PM

    South Africa was supposed to be a powerful example to the world of how a country could move past racial divisions and become a “rainbow nation.”

    But with Nelson Mandela long dead and a worsening economy, it looks more likely South Africa is on the way to becoming another Zimbabwe.

    One author says it’s time for the United States to start admitting white South Africans as refugees to the United States – before things escalate to genocide.

    International journalist Alex Newman, a onetime resident of South Africa and the author of “Crimes of the Educators,” says South Africa has reached a critical turning point in recent weeks.
    “The situation has deteriorated significantly,” he told WND. “The lunatic president has announced a scheme to steal land owned by whites without compensation, for instance. This will be terrible not just for the owners of the farms, but for the entire country. We don’t even have to speculate about what will happen, we can just look north to Zimbabwe. This will be a disaster for all South Africans, not just the direct victims of the state-backed thievery.”

    Under pressure from anti-white radical Julius Malema’s “Economic Freedom Fighters,” scandal-plagued South African president Jacob Zuma recently called for the unity of black parties to allow the expropriation, literally theft, of white-owned land without compensation.

    Such a policy has led to famine and economic ruin in neighboring Zimbabwe, the former Rhodesia.

    South Africa is already facing an economic crisis, with slower-than-expected economic growth, drastic declines in critical economic sectors such as mining and a jobless rate of over 25 percent.
    Racial tensions are increasing, with black students recently rioting over paintings and statues of white people at South African universities, and persistent rates of high crime, especially against white farmers.

    Tensions within the black community are also high, as South Africa has been plagued by xenophobic attacks by South African blacks against other black Africans attempting to immigrate into the country from nations where conditions are even worse.

    Malema, Zuma and other South African political leaders are comfortable openly engaging in hate speech against white South Africans, especially renditions of the African National Congress song “Shoot The Boer.”

    White South Africans also suffer from dozens of race-based laws restricting their economic activity and are prohibited from legally and effectively defending themselves because of stringent gun control and the government’s abolition of the self-defense organizations.

    “Violence is absolutely intensifying against Afrikaners,” said Newman. “It seems clear at this point that February set a new record for farm murders and farm attacks, and the situation was already desperately terrible. With President Zuma and racist Marxist nut job Julius Malema of the absurdly named Economic Freedom Fighters party running around whipping up hate and genocidal sentiments, I don’t see this improving anytime soon.”

    For that reason, Newman says it is time for President Trump and the U.S. to allow white South Africans, especially the 3 million Afrikaners descended from Dutch Calvinists, French Huguenots and German and Scandinavian Lutherans, to be allowed into the U.S. as refugees fleeing violence and state persecution.

    “I believe the United States should have opened its borders to Afrikaners years ago, once it became clear that the regime was run by racist communists sympathetic to genocide,” said Newman. “If President Zuma going on national TV singing genocide songs coupled with
    regime was run by racist communists sympathetic to genocide,” said Newman. “If President Zuma going on national TV singing genocide songs coupled with thousands of horrific farm murders wasn’t enough to make clear how bad the situation was, I don’t know what would b

    “With that said, though, I think many Afrikaners are determined to stay. But I do think Trump and other Western leaders should at least allow those Afrikaners who wish to come to do so peacefully. These people would generally make wonderful Americans – they’re hard-working, God-fearing Christian people with valuable skills who are facing an intolerable situation in their homeland.”

    Afrikaners seem to be a specific target for violence, especially farmers who often suffer nightmarish torture meted out against entire families in murderous home invasions.
    “It’s true that all South Africans face incredible crime rates, and soaring levels of violence, but Afrikaners and [black] illegal immigrants from other African nations appear to be bearing most of the brunt right now,” Newman said.

    “The attacks on the farmers are just absolutely unprecedented, and the most barbaric acts are taking place, with farmers having cow dung shoved down their throat until they suffocate to death, people being disemboweled, and all these terrible things that are happening,” Van Wyk said in an interview with WND.
    “And sometimes after that attack, very little is actually stolen from the home on the farm. In other words, this seems to be a real political attack that’s taking place. If people just wanted to just get firearms or money or cell phones, then they would have taken what they wanted and maybe shot the farmer dead. But to torture them before death, that really seems to be a politically motivated crime.”

    Given such circumstances, why haven’t white South Africans already fled? The ties of white South Africans to their native land and a stubborn refusal to give up are important factors, says Newman, but the largest may simply be an inability to do so.

    “Many of those who were able to leave – financially, and in terms of acquiring visas – have already done so,’ Newman observed. “But for hundreds of thousands of Afrikaners in squatter camps due to racist laws and discrimination, they don’t even know where their next meal is going to come from, much less how they might afford a plane ticket and what country might be willing to take them in.”

    Allowing white South Africans to be designated “refugees” would obviously remove a major obstacle for those seeking to flee the country. However, America may not be the only option. There have been some suggestions white South Africans should have the “right of return” to the European nation of their ancestors, in most cases, the Netherlands.

    In 2015, a Brazilian man submitted a petition on calling on European governments to extend the “right of return” to white South Africans, sparking international media coverage. Over 59,000 people have since signed the petition.

    And political changes in the Netherlands suggest it may not be far-fetched. Martin Bosma, an influential member of the Dutch House of Representatives from Geert Wilders’ Party for Freedom (PVV), authored a book titled “Minority In Their Own Land.” The book is a critical examination of modern South Africa and uses the Afrikaners’ current state of oppression as an example for the native Dutch to avoid in their own country. If the PVV is able to win next week’s elections, Newman suggests Afrikaners may have a new reason for hope in their ancestral homeland.

    “So far Holland seems reluctant to take the Afrikaners in, which is incredibly sad, especially considering how they are willing to import Muslims from Africa and the Middle East by the busload,” Newman told WND. “But the political climate in the Netherlands seems to be changing, so I don’t think it’s out of the question that Holland may someday be willing to take persecuted Afrikaners in.”
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    ‘Bury them alive!’: White South Africans fear for their future as horrific farm attacks escalate

    NEARLY every day, horrific acts of rape, torture and murder are carried out on a community under siege. WARNING: Graphic.

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    Robert Lynn and Susan Howarth were tortured at their farm in South Africa.Source:Supplied


    LAST month, British woman Sue Howarth and her husband Robert Lynn were woken at 2am by three men breaking into a window of their remote farm in Dullstroom, a small town in the northeast of South Africa, about 240km from the nearest capital city.

    The couple, who had lived in the area for 20 years, were tied up, stabbed, and tortured with a blowtorch for several hours. The masked men stuffed a plastic bag down Mrs Howarth’s throat, and attempted to strangle her husband with a bag around his neck.

    The couple were bundled into their own truck, still in their pyjamas, and driven to a roadside where they were shot. Mrs Howarth, 64, a former pharmaceutical company executive, was shot twice in the head. Mr Lynn, 66, was shot in the neck.

    Miraculously he survived, and managed to flag down a passer-by early on Sunday morning. Mrs Howarth, who police said was “unrecognisable” from her injuries, had multiple skull fractures, gunshot wounds and “horrific” burns to her breasts.

    “Sue was discovered amongst some trees, lying in a ditch,” writes Jana Boshoff, reporter for the local Middelburg Observer newspaper. “Her rescuers managed to find her by following her groans of pain and then noticing drag marks from the road into the field.

    “Her head was covered with a towel. Her eyes were swollen shut. She was partially clothed with just scraps of her shirt remaining. Her breasts and upper body was bloody. The plastic bag, shoved down her throat, took some effort to remove because her jaw was clamped down tightly.

    “How she managed to breathe with the bag in her throat remains a mystery. One of her rescuers later recalled how Sue was unresponsive except for the constant groaning. Whilst the man ran back to the road to see if an ambulance has not arrived yet, she managed to curl one of her arms around her breasts in a last attempt to protect herself.”

    She was rushed to hospital and placed on life support, but died two days later. Due to her British nationality, her murder attracted an unusual amount of overseas media attention.

    Robert Lynn managed to survive the attack.Source:Supplied

    Mr Lynn shows how he was tortured with a blowtorch. Picture: ITV NewsSource:Supplied

    In any other country, such a crime would be almost unthinkable. But in South Africa, these kinds of farm attacks are happening nearly every day. This year so far, there have been more than 70 attacks and around 25 murders in similar attacks on white farmers.

    Earlier this month, for example, 64-year-old Nicci Simpson was tortured with a power drill during an attack involving three men at her home on a farm in the Vaal area, about two hours drive from Johannesburg.

    When paramedics arrived, they found three dead dogs, and the woman lying in a pool of blood, spokesman Russel Meiring told News24. “They used a drill to torture her,” police spokesman Lungelo Dlamini said.

    Official statistics on farm attacks are non-existent, due to what human rights groups have described as a “cover-up” by the notoriously corrupt — and potentially complicit — South African government.

    A group of armed men captured walking onto a property in South Africa

    The most reliable numbers are released by the Transvaal Agricultural Union, which represents commercial farmers, and civil rights group AfriForum.

    According to the TAU, last year there were 345 attacks resulting in 70 deaths — the highest death toll since 2008. In 2015 there were 318 attacks resulting in 64 deaths, and the year before there were 277 attacks resulting in 67 deaths.

    In total, between 1998 and the end of 2016, 1848 people have been murdered in farm attacks — 1187 farmers, 490 family members, 147 farm employees, and 24 people who happened to be visiting the farm at the time.

    While South Africa has one of the highest rates of violent crime anywhere in the world, the attacks on white farmers are no ordinary crimes.

    In a 2014 report, “The Reality of Farm Tortures in South Africa”, AfriForum wrote that “the horror experienced during farm tortures is almost incomprehensible”.

    “The well-known ‘blood sisters’ from the South African company Crimescene-cleanup have rightly indicated that, in their experience, farm tortures are by far the most horrific acts of violence in South Africa,” the report said.

    “They are of the opinion that the term ‘farm murders’ is misleading and that the terms ‘farm terror’ and ‘farm tortures’ are more suitable.”

    An image of an elderly farm attack victim uploaded to Facebook.Source:Facebook

    Human rights groups say the number of attacks is increasing.Source:Facebook

    While sometimes farmers and their families are tortured to obtain information, such as the whereabouts of keys to the safe, human rights groups say the excessive brutality may be intended to send a message to the general farming community — get out of our country.

    Victims are often restrained, harmed with weapons such as machetes and pitchforks, burned with boiling water or hot irons, dragged behind vehicles and shot. Female victims are often raped during attacks.
    AfriForum warns that the attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated, military-style raids, but says community farm watch groups and sharing of information on WhatsApp and Facebook were thwarting a “significant” number.

    The three men responsible for killing Mrs Howarth — Themba William Yika, Nkosinathi Yika and Lucas Makua — were arrested soon after, and more than 150 farmers turned up to demonstrate outside court.
    But any form of justice is incredibly rare, and white farmers are increasingly questioning their future. The number of white farmers in South Africa has halved in a little over two decades to just 30,000. Thousands more farms are up for sale.

    “The farmers live in fear, because being a farmer in South Africa is the most dangerous occupation in the world,” Henk van de Graaf, spokesman for the TAU, told Swedish newspaper Nya Tider last year.
    “The average murder ratio per 100,000 or the population in the world is nine, I believe. In South Africa, it is 54. But for the farming community it is 138, which is the highest for any occupation in the world.”
    Since 2007, at the direction of the government, South African police have stopped releasing statistics about the race of the victims. Monitoring group Genocide Watch says the cover-up has been exacerbated by American and European governments, which have “remained silent about the problem, reinforcing the campaign of denial”.

    The rise in farm attacks has been blamed on increasingly anti-white hate speech, particularly from the ruling African National Congress.

    The home of Robert Lynn and Susan Howarth. Picture: ITV NewsSource:Supplied

    Security footage uploaded to Facebook by Intelligence Bureau SA.Source:Facebook

    In 2010, high-profile ANC member Julius Malema sang “Shoot the Farmer, Kill the Boer”, which Genocide Watch describes as “once a revolutionary song, but now an incitement to commit genocide”.

    Malema was convicted for hate speech and the singing of the song was banned, but just seven months later president Jacob Zuma sang the song himself at an ANC event, in direct contempt of the judge’s ruling.
    Malema was later kicked out the ANC, forming his own Marxist party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, which is now the third-largest party in parliament. Recently, Malema has been travelling the country urging black South Africans to take back land from “Dutch thugs”.

    “People of South Africa, where you see a beautiful land, take it, it belongs to you,” Malema was quoted in The Telegraph as telling parliament.

    Perhaps in response to populist pressure from Malema, Zuma earlier this month called for the confiscation of white-owned land without compensation. Zuma urged the “black parties” in the parliament to unite to form the two-thirds majority that would be needed to make the necessary change to the country’s constitution.

    Last week, during a debate in parliament about the farm attacks, an ANC MP shouted “Bury them alive!” while MP Pieter Groenewald was speaking about the plight of white farmers.

    “This is proof that the utterances of political leaders could lead to violence and murders and that the issue of farm murders is of little importance to the ANC,” AfriForum’s head of community safety, Ian Cameron, said in a statement afterwards. “Certain members of the ANC were chatting during the debate and not listening nor partaking at all.”

    While right-wing groups have claimed South Africa is experiencing “white genocide”, Genocide Watch disputes that characterisation. According to the group’s founding president, Dr Gregory Stanton, “early warnings of genocide are still deep in South African society, though genocide has not begun”.

    South Africa president Jacob Zuma. Picture: Mujahid Safodien/AFPSource:AFP

    Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema.Source:AFP

    “The fact that farm murders do not comply with the legal definition of genocide in no way renders the crisis that white farmers in particular face in South Africa as less imminent,” AfriForum deputy CEO Ernst Roets wrote in a report this month.

    “It is important to note that not all who are murdered on farms are white people. On the other hand, it is equally important to note that black farmers are not subjected to the same levels of torture as their white counterparts.”

    Australian rice farmer Graeme Kruger, who emigrated from South Africa to New Zealand in 1997 before coming to Australia in 2012, said an increasing number of white farmers were getting out.
    “I would like to say, I certainly have never been and was never a supporter of the apartheid regime, and I certainly didn’t immigrate because I wanted to get away from South Africa,” said Kruger, now executive director of the Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia.

    “We supported and openly celebrated the changes. But equally what is happening now is not right. To me it’s about humanity. Whether it’s the old apartheid regime or black-on-black violence or xenophobia, leaders need to be very careful with their positions and inciting violence towards anyone.”

    Kruger’s family, like many, has been touched by violence. “My wife’s aunt — it wasn’t a farm situation — they broke in through the roof, stole her TV, tied her up with cords and she was killed,” he said.
    Asked whether he feared South Africa would become another Zimbabwe, where white farmers have all but been driven out, Kruger was uncertain.

    “My family back in South Africa have chosen not to [get out], and they love living there,” he said. “They have a very hopeful, pragmatic view, but they are also concerned.

    “South Africans have got this undying ability to believe in the bigger picture, and I’m talking about many blacks. There are lots of wonderful people of all colours that believe all of this stuff is wrong.

    “The question I would ask, given the rhetoric, is there a future for farming in South Africa? It’s not just about, is there a future for white farmers. It’s three times more dangerous to be a farmer than it is to be a policeman. It’s sad — it’s not what we want.”
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