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South Africa: No Country For White Men?

James A. Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and a writer with four non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine articles read by millions.

Fairview Vineyards - South Africa

Fairview Vineyards - South Africa

The Most Dangerous Job in the World

The most dangerous occupation in the world is to be a farmer in South Africa. Thousands of them have been exterminated in ‘land related violence.’ The media in the West ignores the crimes because its victims are Caucasian Christians. They are often attacked on their way home from church on Sunday. The farmers and their families will be tortured, the females raped in front of the males, and all of them murdered in cold blood. Arrests and convictions are rare.

Shaka Zulu

Shaka Zulu

History of South Africa

The majority of the people in South Africa are of the Bantu tribe. They are not indigenous to South Africa but migrated there, as did the Europeans. Long before the first white settlers came to Africa, the Bantu were killing Hottentots, Bushmen, and each other.

The Dutch founded Cape Town in 1652, safely 1,000 miles from the nearest Bantu. Shaka Zulu (1787-1828) considered the Dutch settlers (Boers) the proper owners of the Cape. These pioneers built a civilization south of the Orange River that was virtually devoid of blacks at the time. North of them were 800 distinct clans of Bantu. The Africans had not much use for a rocky coast or a sandy beach. They had no ships and had no ports. They were not seafaring people.

In the 19th century, millions of black Africans were killed by other black Africans in tribal warfare, in the borderlands north of the whites, and cannibalism was widespread. Millions more moved further north to escape the fighting, leaving a hundred mile wide belt north of the whites unpopulated. The Boers were very attentive to land ownership. They purchased large tracts of that land from tribal chieftains, who were happy to sell it.

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

Apartheid

Prime Minister Malan introduced Apartheid in the early 1950s. Blacks and whites were to live in their own neighborhoods; marriages between them were prohibited, as was fornication. Across Africa, blacks had always segregated themselves according to the tribe to which they belonged. South Africa was like an oasis of peaceful, orderly, clean, law-abiding civilization amid a continent of madness, chaos, and violence. They aimed to keep it that way.

The white settlers from the Netherlands and Britain who created South Africa and developed it into the only modern state in Africa were, of course, outnumbered on the continent 200-1. They were by the 1980s also outnumbered even in South Africa ten-to-one, due to massive immigration by blacks looking for work.

South African industries had begun to boom in the 1960s, and the demand for labor soared. Time magazine reported, “The blacks of South Africa are better off than anywhere else on the continent. Every year countless thousands of blacks from nearby countries flood into the republic looking for work.”

Apartheid was “a strategy for survival,” proclaimed Prime Minster Verwoerd: “We shall fight for our existence. We are fighting for the life of our people.”

Apartheid ended in 1994, but still today everything that goes wrong in South Africa is blamed on Apartheid, even though the young criminals have never lived under anything except black rule.

Under Apartheid, black people had it better in South Africa than anywhere else on their continent. Millions of black people moved into South Africa during Apartheid and rarely did any move out. Unemployment is twice as high now as it was then.