Mr John Minto,
You are a true activist in every sense of the word. You have dedicated your life to the causes you believe in, and I for one can tell from observation, that you are truly passionate about your beliefs and that you work tirelessly to uplift the groups and people that you support. This is the mark of a real man and I respect you for that. Interestingly enough, both friends and enemies of the late Eugene Terre'blanche have attributed the same qualities to him.
Having been at the forefront of the anti-apartheid struggle movement in New Zealand since the early days, it is no wonder that New Zealanders turn to you for moral guidance whenever political and social events in South Africa draw the attention of the international media.
It is for the above reasons that I am writing this letter to you because I believe that it places a great responsibility on you to give New Zealanders an accurate and balanced report. What follows are some undiluted facts about the current dire situation in South Africa and around the murder of Eugene Terre'blanche.
1) The youth leader of the ruling ANC party, Julius Malema, has been, and continues to promote, extreme hatred amongst his followers against the already marginalised Afrikaner minority by his public speeches and the singing of controversial songs which include the words "Kill the Boer".
2) The ANC leadership refuses to condemn these actions, and are actively trying to overturn a court ruling banning the song.
3) As a very small minority, the Afrikaners have no means of defence as they have been largely disarmed and have no political influence any more.
4) Already, well over three thousand farmers (3000) have been brutally murdered, some even tortured on their farms. Gregory Stanton of Genocide Watch has warned that this situation is reaching genocidal proportions due to the extreme brutality of the attacks and dehumanization of the victims. Zimbabwe pales in comparison.
5) Beyond farm murders, it is estimated that over 90 000 white women have been raped and over 45 000 white men, women and children have been murdered by black Africans in South Africa. The ANC with its huge influence is downplaying these statistics by blanket labelling them as ordinary crimes. (These numbers would not be tolerated in any other country in the world, especially when the victims are all members of a minority and the perpetrators members of a different race and majority group).
6) The Afrikaner farming community consists of less than 30 000 (used to be 60 000) people whereas the entire Afrikaner population consists of less than three million. The ruling ANC commands well over thirty million people. New Zealanders are acutely aware of the exodus of Afrikaners from the land they occupied for three hundred and fifty years, as many have reluctantly chosen New Zealand as their new home.
7) Julius Malema has just visited Zimbabwe and Robert Mugabe to discuss their plans to nationalise South African mines and farm land. They are discussing ways to expedite their plans based on the Zimbabwe model.
8) Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa is known for fanning the flames of racial hatred amongst his followers with his own song titled "Bring me my machine gun".
9) White farmers murdering black workers does happen but is extremely rare. The murder rate of white farmers in South Africa is an astounding 300 per 100 000 per year. In this climate, farmers are more afraid of their workers than their workers are of them. Also, one of the biggest issues between farmers and farm workers is the fact that illegal immigrants will work for much less than local workers. This is the result of the 10 000 illegals coming into South Africa each week because the ANC government is not in control of the borders any more. So the pertinent question is: Is it fair to only blame white farmers for wage disputes?
10) The South African police often arrest white farmers when it is clear that they have simply defended themselves and their families from attack. Recently a young white farmer in his twenties was put in jail over night with hardened criminals because he defended himself with his bare hands against a person trying to stab him with a knife on his own farm.
11) You have ANC officials and trade unions turning up at courts in their official capacity, where there may be some or other dispute, sometimes even a farm murder trial where the victim was white, where they then proceed to promote extreme racial tension by blaming the farmers for everything, even making false accusations and chanting and singing these "struggle songs". Aren't leaders supposed to calm people down and urge them to let the law run its course?
12) Granted, more black people are murdered (by other blacks) in South Africa in sheer numbers, but this cannot be used as a means to excuse the brutal black on white murders being committed against Afrikaners of all ages. The perpetrators of the brutal murders against Afrikaners are almost exclusively black so there is a very real racial element to it that should not be down played. Facts are not always politically correct.
13) For almost a decade now, there has been growing unrest amongst black Africans as they feel, correctly, that the ANC has not delivered on its election promises of housing and service delivery etc. Many are saying they were better off under apartheid. The ANC government has responded to this threat to their position of power by blaming everything that is wrong, and all their mistakes and broken promises on the voiceless Afrikaner minority who cannot defend themselves. I should point out that the Afrikaners are no longer involved in the running of the country at any level.
14) The perception that all blacks are poor and all Afrikaners are rich no longer applies. There are close to a million extremely poor Afrikaners, and the ultra rich and middle class amongst blacks is increasing every day. People who claim to only fight for the needs of the poor should consider that the Afrikaner poor are now the most marginalized because the government of South Africa has indicated that the poor blacks are their first priority. Ironically the poor whites are not benefiting from affirmative action.
So here you have a defenceless, marginalised minority, the Afrikaners, a third of them living in abject poverty in squatter camps, being constantly demonised and threatened by an official ruling political party who has a support base of over 30 million people. The disarmed Afrikaner minority does not pose any threat to the overwhelming majority ANC who posses all political and military power in the country.
Times have truly changed in South Africa. The Afrikaners are now the vulnerable group with no real means, political or otherwise to defend themselves. The ANC are now the ruling party and they are openly encouraging violence against the Afrikaner minority.
So, the real question is, which group is most at risk in the current situation in South Africa, if hostilities were to break out? The world needs to take heed of this and carefully measure their (unbalanced) criticism to avoid a genocide from occurring in South Africa. The current racial tension is the highest it has ever been in the history of South Africa, and if things get out of hand the world may be forced to confront the fact that their approach to vilify a small defenceless minority may have contributed to the genocide perpetrated against them.
Mr. Minto, as an Afrikaner living in New Zealand, I urge you to keep an open mind and be aware that things can explode at any moment in South Africa and to realise that what you say can make a difference. Simply believing that the farmers are to blame for everything that goes wrong in the above outlined situation is simply not rational.
To my knowledge, there is now approximately 100 000 South Africans living in New Zealand. According to New Zealand and Australian research they are the most successful immigrants to both countries and integrate very well. With our close history, starting with your participation in the Anglo Boer War and the genocide of Afrikaners in the New Zealand supported British concentration camps, where 27 000 Afrikaner women and children died, New Zealand has a moral obligation to assist in preventing such an event from happening again in South Africa. Wouldn't you want to be on the right side this time round?
Lastly, it is inaccurate for anybody to proclaim that South Africa will be another Zimbabwe. No, South Africa will make Zimbabwe look like West Auckland on a good day.
Oh yes, I am also pleased to hear that you have recently visited South Africa for the first time in your life. Congratulations! I hope you had a great time and plan to return for another visit some time soon.
From one genocide to the next?