Interview – Genocide Threat: South Africa Moves on White Farmers

The podcast of my interview about the threat of genocide against whites in South Africa is available.  This morning, I discussed the Australian government’s plan to fast track visas for persecuted white farmers with 2GB’s Michael McLaren. The interview is available here:

In my column for The Australian this week, I wrote:

The South African government’s vote to expropriate land without compensating farmers has grave human rights implications. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton is considering how Australia can offer targeted farmers shelter from persecution by tailoring our humanitarian program. The South African government has rebuked Dutton by denying it is endangering farmers. The denial is unconvincing.

A regrettable fact of history is that genocide is written in retrospective terms. In 2010, the African National Congress was accused of racial hatred. ANC youth league leader Julius Malema performed Ayesaba Amagwala, which features the lyrics “shoot the boer”. In the South African context, boer is generally held to refer to Afrikaners or farmers … ANC lawyers defended Malema, arguing that kill the boer didn’t really mean kill the boer at all. Genocide Watch took a more credible position. It clarified that while the chant was used by the anti-apartheid movement, in the post-apartheid era it has become a vehicle for anti-white race hate. The genocide watchdog said: “Not only did revival of the song strike fear into the hearts of Boer farmers, but it has actually been sung during attacks on white farmers. It is an incitement to murder white Afrikaner farmers.”

Those who suggest Dutton erred in identifying South Africa’s white farmers as a persecuted group should consider the extreme nature of racial hatred they endure. AfriForum reported that the South African government decided to “deprioritise farm murders” in 2007, despite its own commission of inquiry finding there were 1254 farm murders and 6122 farm attacks between 1991 and 2001 … There are many survivor testimonies that detail the horrific torture inflicted on victims. An old woman tortured with a drill. A father broken bone-by-bone in front of his family. People burned, raped, tortured and murdered slowly.

Denial and rationalisation accompany the emergence of terrorist regimes and genocide. When possible, terrorists use physical characteristics to divide people and isolate a group for persecution. Skin colour is a blunt and effective tool for sowing social discord and fomenting revolution against dissidents. In South Africa, the horror of white-on-black racism is being reversed. The new racism is as foul as the old but human rights activists are slow to denounce it.

There were high hopes new President Cyril Ramaphosa would steer South African politics to the centre. But the centre will not hold. In February, Rama­phosa framed taking farmers’ land without compensation as a cure for colonialism. He vowed to return land to “those from whom it was taken under colonialism and apartheid”. In a 2015 speech to the South African Communist Party, Ramaphosa celebrated “Comrade Joe Slovo” as a standard bearer for political leaders. Slovo advocated the transformation of South Africa from a national democratic to a socialist state. Land redistribution was a fundamental pillar of Slovo’s theory: “This will take a variety of forms, including state ownership of large-scale farms.” The “realisation” of land reform was the “basic task of … revolution.”

… The ANC is embarking on a course of radical economic transformation. Seizure of private property is a common policy of totalitarian states. In 1951, Foreign Affairs observed that land reform was the principal feature of the Chinese Communist Party line since Mao Zedong rose to power. As in South Africa, the state framed the seizure of private land as a policy of redistribution for the sake of the oppressed masses.

… The hostility against white people in South Africa is becoming more pronounced. This month Malema targeted a dissenter from his parliamentary motion on farm expropriation, Democratic Alliance member Athol Trollip. Africa’s news24 reported that Malema declared to a packed arena his plans to remove Trollip because he “is a white man”. Malema said: “Go after a white man … we are starting with this whiteness. We are cutting the throat of whiteness.” That is the language of genocide.

Dutton recognises South Africa’s white farmers as persecuted. He believes they need help from a civilised nation. On both counts, the evidence supports his case.


Oriel, Jennifer. “Help for Famers against Hate.” The Australian. Monday, 19 March 2018.



3 thoughts on “Interview – Genocide Threat: South Africa Moves on White Farmers

  1. The country was heading for anarchy when I visited three years ago. The night before our arrival in Cape Town, Nobel Prize Winner F.W. De Klerk delivered a wonderful lecture to a crammed theatre aboard Queen Mary 2. He gave a us a retrospective on his dealings with Mandela and the transition of power. Then he warned of the corruption that was besetting the country under Zuma. If no one could touch him, then no one was going to get to sundry senior police, prosecutors and judges either. Then there were front page photographs of blacks murdering blacks in the instant case of a businessman from Mozambique about to have an attenuated dagger plunged into his heart because he was well, a businessman from Mozambique.
    Now for the Zimbabwe road and look out men, women and children once the “veterans” arrive at the gates of your farm, to plunder, murder, pillage and rape the evil whites.
    And in Australia we have a person called Nick McKim, a Greens Senator, who is happy to smear Peter Dutton as racist, leave those farmers and their families to a certain fate … in favour of opening up the gates of Australia to a wave of immigration from the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa.

  2. Genocide must be stopped wherever it is happening in the world including South Africa, Myanmar and other trouble spots. Australia has an obligation to defend the human rights of all citizens and communities that need it. As member of the UN Human Rights Council we have a unique opportunity to stand up against abuse and genocide in all its forms without fear.

  3. As you so often are, Jennifer, you are entirely right.
    Having come from Zimbabwe, I am all too familiar with the darkness that emerges from Africa.
    The wave of self-deprecating socialism that came out of the 1950s and 60s, that saw Britain, Portugal, France and Belgium (to name a few) abandon their colonies to ideologies that would rip the heart out of any civilising efforts of previous decades, is only now becoming fully apparent. The Left is nevertheless still in denial.
    The irony is that we have seen muted versions of this, when social workers, speaking dissension, got in amongst our Aboriginal communities; and instead of aid, have used welfare as a means to cripple the Aboriginals’ ability to stand up for themselves and develop any sense of self respect.

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