Epidemic of South African Farm Murders Continues as Gunmen Shoot Elderly Victim Dead, by Jack Montgomery.
Another South African farmer has been reported killed after three gunmen attacked his homestead — part of a sustained campaign of violence across the country. …
OFM, a radio station based in Central South Africa, put the farmer’s age at 69, and quoted police spokeswoman Pelonomi Makau as saying the killers were driven off by his son following a high-stakes altercation:
“They saw three suspects hiding at a fence who shot at the farm owner,” she said. “He died at the scene and the son managed to fight back the suspects. He managed to confiscate a firearm, knife and cell phone from the suspects. They then fled the scene.”
The killing is just the latest in a series of murders which the government has been accused of encouraging, and which have made farming in South Africa the most deadly occupation in the world.
South African farm killings — where victims are typically members of the country’s white, Afrikaans-speaking minority — are often extremely brutal in nature, involving prolonged periods of torture. …
They are little-reported even within South Africa itself — the government directed police to stop releasing information about victims’ ethnicity in 2007 …
Brutality of this sort is far from unique, with civil rights group AfriForum writing that “the horror experienced during farm tortures is almost incomprehensible” in 2014. …
White South Africans fear the killings have the tacit support of the ruling African National Congress, with President Jacob Zuma defending the singing of the revolutionary song ‘Kill the Farmer, Kill the Boer’, and one his MPs crying out “Bury them alive!” during a recent parliamentary debate.
President Zuma called for South Africa’s constitution to be amended so farmland can be seized without compensation in March this year, possibly in response to former African National Congress youth leader Julius Malema founding a surging new political party with the rallying cry: “People of South Africa, where you see a beautiful land, take it, it belongs to you!”
Remember all the world attention showered on South Africa in the 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s, when whites were on top? Now the situation is reversed, obvious injustices are rife, and the world media says .. nothing. Must be galling if you are a white South African, It would almost seem as if the world media is … racist.
If the colors were reversed, we call know the world’s media would be screaming “genocide!”
Meanwhile, in Zimbabwe:
hat-tip Stephen Neil