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Response to “Farm Murders? What are we going to do about the farm murders?!”

22 July 2014, 05:00

Believe it or not, I find it very hard to write this piece. Not because of what it contains but because of the onslaught that’s going to follow.

I know that most people will probably label me as a racist after reading this. But, as I have a deep love for my own people and our tradition and culture I feel  that the remarks made in your article entitled  “Farm Murders? What are we going to do about the farm murders?!” has to be addressed.

In your article you say the following:

Quote: "Crime has been more prevalent in this country certainly for as long as I have been around. And one of the most disturbing ones to read amongst rape, homicide in townships are the farm killings.”

On that statement I would like to applaud you for being able to see the truth unlike many others.

You also say:

Quote: “The side note I would like to add though is to the Red October people, as a black South African I was completely outraged at the accusation of murdering whites. Crime is not on race but class. Had most black people been living in surbubs and most white people living in townships and informal settlements would it still be the same?”

I unfortunately cannot agree with you, simply because in the majority of the farm attacks nothing is stolen. If a crime is committed based on class it’s a case of someone wants something you have and they will kill you to take it by force. When somebody is tortured and killed in the most inhumane way possible, it has nothing to do with class.

As for the Red October issue what did they do wrong? Simple fact is farms are being attacked by black men.  I know a lot of people is going to say that it is organized by white men, could be its a possibly but then if black people are so innocent and peace loving why do it? I mean even if somebody else ask you to something it’s still up to you to say no.

Crime does affect us all, about that you are 100% correct. But unfortunately from my viewpoint crime against white people are much worse. How many times does people break into a black families home while they are out and purposefully wait for them to return so they can rape , torture and kill them? How many times does a black man get charged with murder for defending his family?

The president of the country himself makes the following statements:

 “Sorry, we have more rights here because we are a majority. You have fewer rights because you are a minority. Absolutely, that’s how democracy works. So, it is a question of accepting the rules within democracy and you must operate in them.” [President’s Question Time; National Assembly; 13 September 2012]

“I said, one day, Africans are different. During our time we did not have prisons because never did we say there was a problem could not be resolved. No problem could not be resolved. Every problem can be resolved. Prisons are done by people who cannot resolve problems. Let us not be influenced by other cultures and try to think that lawyers are going to help us. Because Lawyers will never change facts, no matter what the judge says.” [Excerpt from a speech to the National House of Traditional Leaders in Parliament, on 1 November 2012

“I always criticize legal people, I know there are many lawyers here. For they will tell you ‘we are dealing with cold facts’. What they don’t tell you is that these cold facts deal with warm bodies. …Let us solve African problems the African way, not the white man’s way.” [Excerpt from a speech to the National House of Traditional Leaders in Parliament, on 1 November 2012]

He makes it very clear in my opinion that as a white man my government doesn’t care what happens to me. But let me tell you this I am as much a South African as you are and have as much right to live in this country as you do. And if need be I will defend myself and my family.

So can you see why white people believe we get treated unfairly? Another example,  your so called songs of struggle, when you sing them we are told it’s your past and you want to remember your past. That’s great but the sword cuts both ways, one group of people sings  “Die Stem” once and the government embarks on a mission to promote the current national anthem and we get accused of being racist. How does that work? Is that your idea of fairness?

But let me tell you this I am as much a South African as you are and have as much right to live in this country as you do. And if need be I will defend myself and my family. Because I know that if I don’t stand up for myself and my people the government sure as hell won’t.

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