The vulnerability felt by South Africa’s 40,000 remaining white farmers intensified earlier this month when Julius Malema, head of the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) youth league, opened a public rally by singing Dubula Ibhunu, or Shoot the Boer, an apartheid-era anthem, that was banned by the high court last week.
Malema’s timing could hardly have been worse. Last weekend in the remote farming community of Colenso, in KwaZulu-Natal, Nigel Ralfe, 71, a dairy farmer, and his wife Lynette, 64, were gunned down as they milked their cows. He was critically injured; she died.
That same day a 46-year-old Afrikaner was shot through his bedroom window as he slept at his farm near Potchefstroom. A few days later a 61-year-old was stabbed to death in his bed at a farm in Limpopo. (Link)
Farmers are the easiest targets for anyone wanting to "shoot the boer". They live isolated in the country-side, far from any help. (The word "boer" actually means farmer by some roundabout etymological pathway.)
It looks like the ANC government, under President Jacob Zuma, actually wants the white farmers driven out. The killings are rarely condemned by ANC politicians of national stature, and the more junior ones actively endorse it. (At the bottom of this post is a link to a video of Nelson Mandela, after his release, singing "Kill the Whites." Bizarrely, he is accompanied by someone who appears to be white.)
There have been moves in the South African parliament to declare productive agricultural land a "national asset". This would presumably be a precursor to removing white farmers. So far there has been no forcible disenfranchisement, but the will is clearly there.
It's quite predictable that if the white farmers are driven off their land South Africa will go the same route as Zimbabwe and people will starve. In Zimbabwe, Mugabe prefers food to be donated via international aid rather than being grown locally because this means he controls the food supply and thus the country. South Africa is much bigger than Zimbabwe - the international community could not even begin to feed the country if they destroyed their own food production capability.
There is a further contradiction in the South African economy. The tax base comprises, almost exclusively, the 4 million white inhabitants but the spending is all targeted on the blacks. This is not a state of affairs white South Africans can be expected to tolerate forever. Several million have already voted with their feet and left the country. Meanwhile whites who have good jobs in South Africa are hanging on to them grimly. Preference for blacks with the Black Economic Empowerment (EE) and Affirmative Action (AA) programmes means a white has little chance of getting a well-paid job from scratch these days, regardless of qualifications.
Here's that video of Nelson Mandela that I mentioned...