What is going on in South Africa?

Category: Opinion, South Africa, Uncategorised

On 29 July 2023, the EFF (Economic Freedom Fighters) political party celebrated the parties’ 10-year anniversary.

It was held at the FNB sports stadium in Johannesburg, more than 80 000 people attended.

At this event, the leader of the political party, Julius Malema gave a speech.

In this speech, he incited violence against the minority group called “The Boers” in South Africa.

The word, “Boers”, is Afrikaans for farmer. It is a term used historically to refer not only farmers, but includes all white people, specifically Afrikaans-speaking white people.

He incited violence by singing the song “Kill the Boer” and then imitating sounds of a machine gun.

“White Boere” have been targeted since the end of White rule in South Africa. With thousands already brutally tortured and killed. A museum – known as the “White cross museum” – was created for the more than 5000 white farmers already killed,

The president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa has kept quiet about farm murders and never said anything about Julias Malema singing the song. His silence is a tacit approval of the murders and the song. On a trip recently to the USA when asked about the murders he denied there are any murders by saying “There are no murders”

Even Elon Musk is questioning Cyril Ramphosa’s silence by tweeting “They are openly pushing for genocide of white people in South Africa. @CyrilRamaphosas, why do you say nothing?

Julius Malema replied to this tweet “He’s talking shit”. Cyril till today has not replied.

Even Children are encouraged to sing the song. Children are very impressionable, no child is born hating another group, but they can be taught hatred. They also do not care or understand that it was an Apartheid song, but take it literally.

The current South Africa is a highly stratified society, and the gaps between the rich and poor are ever widening. Unfortunately, at least at a surface level, these differences appear to develop along racial lines, and exploiting feelings of resentment based on race is an easy political win for politicians like Malema. It has been clear for many years that he, and others like him, push the agenda that all ills are still tied to Apartheid – more than 28 years after the end of Apartheid.

Chanting slogans such as “kill the farmer, kill the boer”, along with the ongoing rhetoric about “white monopoly capital” etc. sow division along racial lines. This, combined with the ongoing poverty of much of the native population, is a powder keg waiting to explode. And events in the rest of the world are adding to this pressure (such as, for example, increased fuel prices due to the Ukrainian war).

Julius Malema shouting from the stage and firing up his people reminds me a lot of what happened in Germany after the second world war. Germany was in poverty, Hitler a charismatic leader took advantage of all the poor people and directed their anger at a minority group the Jews. They got blamed for everything that was wrong in Germany and were made responsible for all the problems. They were excluded from the job market, from universities and their property was repossessed. The same is happening against White people in South Africa today.

We can no longer avoid and ignore the growing hatred and violence against Afrikaaners and other minority groups in South Africa. There are several signs that indicate increased violence against minority groups. Violence always first happens in one’s head with violent and judgemental thoughts against another group, before it is done in reality. This is well described in the book “Non-violent Communication” by Marchall Rosenburg.

We need to pay attention because all the elements for a civil war/unrest/genocide are there, and the first targets of such violence will be the minority groups, first and foremost the whites, but closely followed by other marginalised minorities such as the Indian, coloured and African expat communities. If we look at the 10 stages of Genocide, South Africa is at stage 6 and at stage 10 in certain aspects.

The world needs to realise what is happening and help minority groups in South Africa before it is too late.

Many are asking how they can help. One of the best ways is to make a donation to AfriForum’s “Safeguard a Farm” initiative: https://www.givengain.com/cc/beveilig-n-plaas/

The “Safeguard a farm” initiative specifically addressed the following:

  • Improving community-based safety structures
  • Assessing the safety of farms
  • Basic first-aid training
  • Firearms training
  • Supplying an analogue radio system, including radio training

If you live abroad and want to become a supporter of AfriForum and our community-based solutions in the areas of security, education, clean-up, heritage preservation and fighting for the rights of minority groups, you can become a Friend of AfriForum:


German-speaking people can join and support the “Südtiroler Freundeskreis der Afrikaaner”