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Why Americans Should Know and Care About South Africa - Frontpage Magazine

Why Americans Should Know and Care About South Africa

Front Page Magazine recently published a particularly important article, Arnold Ahlert’s, “The Gruesome Reality of Racist South Africa.”  In painstaking detail, Ahlert goes where angels fear to tread in exposing the murderous, borderline genocidal, conditions under which white South Africans are systematically forced to labor.

The very same Western media that campaigned tirelessly against the apartheid of the old South Africa now refuse to utter a syllable about the cruelty and injustices that plague the new.  In light of the ubiquity of this cowardice, Ahlert’s courage is that much more salient—and that much more commendable.

Yet while they are few, there are other voices in the wilderness.  One such voice belongs to that of former South African resident Ilana Mercer.

If you find Ahlert’s analysis engaging, then you are guaranteed to be riveted by Mercer’s, Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa.  The latter supplies readers with an intimate account of daily existence in South Africa that at once confirms and deepens Ahlert’s analysis.  Upon reading Mercer’s work, what one discovers is that life in South Africa isn’t as bad as Ahlert says. It is dramatically worse.

The author is blunt: “If the sanctity of life is the highest value in a civilized society, then the New South Africa has little to recommend it…Democratic South Africa is now preponderantly overrun by elements, both within and without government, which make a safe and thriving civil society impossible to sustain.”

Mercer meticulously documents crime data.  Yet she is also well aware—painfully aware—that statistical abstractions threaten to conceal and depersonalize the flesh and blood human beings who have been victimized by the predators who have taken over “the Rainbow Nation.”

In chapter one, “Crime, the Beloved Country,” we are introduced to twelve-year-old Emily Williams.  At 7:00 one school day morning, Emily and her mother went to Emily’s friend’s home to pick her up for school.  But they didn’t expect to stumble into the middle of an armed robbery in progress.  As a result, little Emily was murdered.  Not unlike many others, her family subsequently fled the country.

Then there is twenty year-old Rene Burger, a medical student who was abducted from the parking lot of the hospital where she was attending classes. The three men who kidnapped her would soon take turns raping her at the point of a knife.

We are also told about Noah Cohen, a boy whose father, Sheldon, had been waiting in his car for his son to finish soccer practice.  The younger Cohen left practice just in time to witness the elder get shot to death in cold blood by three thugs.

Perhaps the most disturbing of victims with whom Mercer acquaints us is “Baby Tshepang.”  “Tshepang,” she explains, “means ‘have hope.’” In 2001, when she was just nine months old, Tshepang was raped and sodomized by a twenty-three year old man.   Whether it is the elderly or infants, children or adults, Jews or Christians, professionals or students or farmers, attacks against whites defy age and class in post-apartheid South Africa.

Mercer concedes that while “case studies do not a rule make,” she is quick to note that “you’d be hard pressed to find a family in democratic South Africa whose members have not been brutalized.”  This includesher family.

The author reveals that her sister’s partner now finds herself “suffering permanent neurological damage after being brutally assaulted by five Africans.”  Her brother was “burglarized and beaten in his suburban fortress at two in the morning by an African gang.” Her father’s neighbor was gunned down at “point-blank” range in front of his little daughters as he opened his own garage gates.  Her spouse’s colleagues had been murdered, a former professor of his beaten to death with an umbrella by a disgruntled African student, and his aunt raped and pummeled to “within an inch of her life.”

Yet in addition to having lived—and loved—in South Africa for much of her life, Mercer’s reflections have the added advantage of being shaped by the concern to prevent her adopted homeland—America—from making the same catastrophic mistakes that placed her native homeland in such dire straights.

Namely, Mercer identifies “politically dictated egalitarianism” and “affirmative action” as the culprits that have ruined South Africa and that could very well spell the same fate for America. She writes that the former is “a microcosm” of what the latter could one day become if it continues to “subordinate” the traditional reason for its “institutions” to “politically dictated egalitarianism [.]”  Unless it does this, “reclaiming them from the deforming clutches of affirmative action will become harder and harder.”  Affirmative action “flouts justice in every respect,” for it is “preferential treatment, enforced by legal fiat and rooted in the characteristics of a group (race) rather than the value of the individual[.]”

Mercer thinks that her old homeland has probably already reached the point of no return.  As for America, however, it “must once again embrace merit and individualism” if it is to head off the plight of South Africa.

Decent people everywhere should be aware of the suffering and death that are part of everyday life in South Africa. But as Ilana Mercer’s Into the Cannibal’s Pot makes clear, those of us in the United States have another reason to pay attention to events there: from post-apartheid South Africa, there are lessons for America to be gotten.

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South Africa’s Hell on Earth

When a 23-year-old woman was raped and tortured to death in Delhi, the case captured the attention of the world. Two months later, a 17-year-old girl was raped and tortured to death near Cape Town in an eerily similar case, but hardly anyone noticed. In both cases, the women were gang raped, mutilated and cut open. But the rape and murder of women has become horrifyingly common in South Africa.

Nelson Mandela is still officially venerated as a saint, his smiling face appearing on countless posters, while the man himself, having solved all the problems of his native country, tours the world with a group of elders, including Kofi Annan and Jimmy Carter, to solve the problems of other countries; but while Mandela tours, his own country has descended into its own kind of hell.

For women, South Africa may be the worst place on earth. South Africa is one of the few countries on earth where women die before men.

South Africa has the most rapes per capita of anywhere in the world. 3,600 rapes happen in South Africa every day. 40% percent of South African women will be raped. In one survey, 1 in 4 men admitted to being rapists. 1 in 10 of those admitted to raping little girls. Children are believed to be the victims of 41% of the rapes in the country.

But the best picture of how nightmarish South Africa has become for women may be that the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma of the African National Congress, had been on trial for rape. Since the trial, Zuma’s accuser has fled abroad, after being threatened, while Zuma rules South Africa.

Both the 17-year-old girl and Zuma’s accuser were black.

Tellingly, Zuma’s accuser was HIV positive and a victim of child rape. Neither of these biographical notes was unusual in a country where 28% of the schoolgirls in one area were HIV positive and where 1 in 3 girls have been sexually assaulted before their 18th birthday. A third of pregnant women have been found to be HIV positive making it a curse that is being passed on to the next generation.

AIDS has saturated South Africa, helped along by its rape culture and the continent’s superstitions about the disease. HIV positive men believe that they can be cured through sexual contact with a virgin. Such superstitions are not the province of rural backwaters. Several post-Apartheid presidents, including Zuma, have entertained unscientific theories about the spread of AIDS making it even more difficult to fight the disease.

5.6 million South Africans have the virus making it the country with the largest number of infected people. While the impact of AIDS among the white population is slight, 13.6% of the African population is HIV positive reflecting the spread of the post-Apartheid epidemic.

While it is possible to claim that South Africa’s horrifying death toll is not connected to the end of Apartheid, the heavy increase in mortality rates paints a different picture. Maternal mortality has quadrupled since the end of Apartheid and mortality rates in general have undergone a terrifying increase.

Between 1997 and 2008, South Africa’s population only increased by a quarter, but its mortality rate nearly doubled. It might be easy to attribute this increase to AIDS, but AIDS played only a limited role compared to a constellation of more common diseases and even more common violence.

South Africa has one of the highest murder rates in the world either per capita or in the sheer number of people killed. If the full numbers are assessed based on fatalities, rather than underreported offenses, South Africa might have the highest murder rate in the world. The vast majority of those killed under this state of lawlessness are black.

Numbers like these can’t come as much of a surprise. Under the official statistics, 25 percent of South Africans are unemployed. In the unofficial statistics, these numbers climb into the 40s. Only 41 percent of working age adults actually holds a job. And the statistics are worse for blacks than they are for whites. Half of South Africans and more than half of South African children live below the poverty line. The black personal income level is drifting back to apartheid era numbers.

As in Rhodesia, the problem was not so much the end of Apartheid, as the insistence of the international community in seeing power handed over to the most radical and violent elements of the opposition.

In Rhodesia, the international community rejected Bishop Abel Muzorewa and insisted on handing over power to Mugabe. The horror that followed from putting a vicious terrorist group in charge of the country was inevitable. Similarly handing over power to the African National Congress had entirely predictable results. While Mandela tours the world enjoying the benefits of his sainthood, South Africa burns.

White people have been the most obvious targets in South Africa and Zimbabwe, but the black population has suffered the most from the collapse of law and order and the implementation of a tyrannical state run at the whims of monsters like Mugabe and Zuma, not to mention Malema.

Both Mugabe and the ANC have tried to cover up their disastrous misrule by turning the white population into scapegoats with land seizures and racial hiring practices, but what they have really done is played favorites, handing out plum positions and farms to their cronies while destroying business and agriculture. And the Marikana mine massacre dispelled any illusions that the ANC would be any less brutal toward black workers than the old regime.

Post-Apartheid South Africa is a good deal like Apartheid South Africa with a hierarchy based on African National Congress connections at the top and the same old hierarchy in most other places. Rather than ending Apartheid, the old system has been post-racialized and utterly corrupted under the guise of racial liberation.

For most of South Africa’s black population, the economic facts of life have not improved and the social facts of life have worsened.

Like Mugabe, Mandela did not usher in a new beginning for South African whites and blacks, but the beginning of the end for the future of all races in the country.

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Its not a new problem. This video is 5 years old. And horrific! so if you watch it beware. I remember us having a discussion on 4F about this back in 2009, just can't find it yet. When i do i'll post the link.

I could only read a part of these comments and discussion.  It confirms what a teacher friend told me.  Many of my friend’s co-workers are from South Africa.  When my friend asked them why they left South Africa they say because of the violence and crime.  Is this merely a transitional phase from apartheid?  A legacy from the violence of apartheid? 

I doubt it.  And why the silence of the Aid agencies and former Anti-Apartheid workers?  Good questions Alan. 

I remember Winnie Mandela saying (slight paraphrase): ‘with a few more neck-ties the revolution will arrive and apartheid destroyed.’  It seems that the violence of the opposition to apartheid lives on and was always there.  [Neck-tie is the name given to a cruel form of execution used by the ANC whereby the victim was encased in rubber tires which were then set alight.]

It seems that the violence of the opposition to apartheid lives on

Not true, or very badly stated.

What you had was Black hatred, which couldn't vent against Whites while they were in power.  Once the Whites were forced to relinquish power by the liberal fantasists, the genocide of the Whites began.

Its all a totally stupid and unnecessary mess, in my opinion.  The apartheid government should have set up a staged process to egalitarian democracy, with checks and balances, which are tested at the end of every stage, for which success is required for progression to the next stage.  

The checks and balances are not just figments in the head of the crafters of Constitutional Law, they are required to become enculturated into the shared mindset of the society.  Its so childish to think that that can happen in any timescale less than one generation.

I would guess that a staged progression to a stable secular democracy in South Africa would have taken 50 to 100 years. OK, not ideal, but better than the genocide of whites, rape of women, political corruption AND abuse of the poorer blacks, that you have now.

As with Islam - I doubt whether many of these people are capable of, or want, democracy. In this case, it is not Islam that is holding people back, but other forms of supremacism found in African society such as Tribal Chieftanism (really nothing more than a form of egomaniacal fascism, despite its romanticisation by western post-modernists), superstitions such as the incident preceding the recent miner's shootings whereby a witch doctor wound up the mob with a ritual involving the chasing of a white rabbit, sexual violence against women and the spread of AIDS through willful ignorance and again indiginous religious beliefs such as the one whereby they believe they can be cured of aids if they have sex with a virgin.

Well, its worse even than sex with a virgin, its sex with a BABY that's supposed to cure you of Aids, in the South African mindset.

But its a question of getting to democracy by degrees.  I think it was only about 200 years ago that criminal gangs would be beheaded and their heads put on spikes at the 4 gateways to London.  But people's conceptual timeframes are all wrong; way too short.

I've been to a few movies recently.  And for the last two months or so, advertisments before the main movie include a well-made mini-movie to encourage tourists to visit South Africa.  All smiles, happiness and beautiful countryside and cities.  What is not to like?!

Yes, I've seen those South Africa adverts too.  Its bizarre!  But I suppose the white liberal lemmings fed on a Guardianista/TheIndependent diet of Nelson Mandela myths, will go there to "live the dream", and get raped and have their limbs chopped off. 

Come to think of it, you're right, what's not to like?

I've heard from liberal-leftist friends who have been to Cape Town that it is fabulous darling, wonderful gay life, blah blah.  Sure, Cape Town looks like a spectacular geographical location.  I've also had idiot female friends who have met a black south african in the UK, then gone to Joburg on holiday and had the most frightening experiences of their lives.

It's like Lara Logan in Tahrir Square, or those "well-meaning" Pakistani girls from Bolton who were raped in front of their father in Libya, or the leftist gays who get murdered in Gaza supporting islamo-fascism, or the well-meaning "performance artists" who hitch-hiked from Italy to "Palestine" in a wedding dress as a publicity stunt, only to be raped to death in Turkey by those lovely muslims who are so oppressed...


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