Under the silent gaze of the international community, South Africa’s latest governmental actions endanger the white farmers and sow the seeds for a civil war.
“On Thursday, South Africans through the publicly elected representatives, in Parliament,voted overwhelmingly in support of of the motion to accelerate equitable land redistribution through expropriation of land without compensation.”
Only a handful of months ago, on March 1st. That’s when this announcement, made by Cyril Ramaphosa, current President of South Africa and leader of the African National Congress (ANC), made it to the news. The motion is intended to amend Section 25 of the Constitution and make possible, for the government, to go through with the promises of forceful land expropriation against the white farmers. The motion passed with minimal opposition. An overwhelming 241 votes in favour, 83 against, supported by both the ANC and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)- the same ANC that labels the farmer as murderers openly on social media, and the same EFF known to dance and sing anti-Boer songs to their rallies.
In post-Apartheid South Africa, the hostility behind government actions and behind their words has been in the air for a long time, but until now, it only realised itself through neglect – the plight of the white farmers, for years targets of gruesome murders with distinction between women, children or the elderly, hasn’t captured neither the acknowledgement of the South African government nor the international community’s.
While the South African government kept a tight lid on the attack statistics, the Blood Sisters Organization, between 2012 and 2016, registered an increase of the attacks on farms by 72.9%. The attacks are often classified as simple robberies by law enforcement. Culprits aren’t often caught, and even when apprehended, justice is lacking due to the crumbling civil services.
Until now, the hate towards the Boers in South Africa realised itself mostly through neglect. This Parliament decision could precipitate things. In an increasingly worsening environment of dysfunctional services, unreliable infrastructure, bankruptcy and droughts, the anti-white sentiment the major Parties feed speaks of civil war- in South Africa the daily average for murders is 54, violent protests are the normality, and with a white minority is already under attack, it’s not difficult to see how the grab for land points to a bloodbath.