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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

On Farm Murders and 'Shoot the Boer'



On farm murders and 'shoot the boer'

By Dirk Hermann
07 September 2011

Dirk Hermann says the ANC failed a moral test by defending the song in court


"Kill the Boer!" Malema sings, while holding his hand out in a gesture imitating a gun. In a skit on this theme a clothing store in a shopping mall specializing in satirical T-shirts sells shirts carrying the words: "Don't shoot me, I'm a tourist, not a Boer".

In the Equality Court in Johannesburg hours are spent analysing the meaning of the term "Boer". One after the other witnesses tries to give content to the meaning of the term. For some it signifies a farmer, for others it signifies an ethnic group, while it represents a system for others.

It is explained that the song is merely a struggle song. It is sung to pay tribute to the heroes of the past. Hours are spent on explaining. Too much explaining is being done.

During the court case I think of my uncle, Frik Hermann. He was kicked to death. His was a painful death. His ribs penetrated his lungs, and his attackers left him to die. A harmless old man of 78. I recall the smell of death that filled his house, the blood stains in his bedroom. I think of the flattened grass at the back of his house where the murderers were laying in ambush, waiting for him throughout the night. They were waiting to "kill" the Boer.

Neither the owner of the clothes store, nor any of the witnesses in the equality court is a Boer whose family members have been killed. Put yourself in the shoes of a wife whose husband was killed in the most brutal way possible. A child whose dad was tortured to death. A husband whose wife was raped, burnt with a hot iron, and then killed.

Put yourself in these people's shoes, and then sing: "Kill the Boer!" You can't. Your mouth turns dry, you get a lump in your throat, and tears well up in your eyes. When you speak to family members of victims all you want to say is: how can I help? When you look at the farm workers who have been unsettled by events, you want to ask: Lord, how did this happen? You simply cannot sing "Kill the Boer", for it hurts too much.

How insensitive can one be to sing "Kill the Boer" when between 1 500 and 3 000 farmers (depending on which statistics are being used) have already been killed?  These murders left thousands of family members pained.  How can one's apparent context and intention ever outweigh the pain and experiences of those who have to listen to the song?

The AfriForum court case only really gained context for me with the murder of my uncle Frik. Most Afrikaners have some or other connection with a farm. My father in law is a farmer, and criminals had entered his house while the family was asleep; my cousin is a farmer and he was ambushed when he returned from church; acquaintances of ours have been murdered. Afrikaners experience farm murders very intensely, and a song chanting "Kill the Boer" is experienced as insensitive and vindictive.

The ANC issued a moving statement in the wake of uncle Frik's murder. In it they pay tribute to farmers, and express the party's sympathy to the family. At the very same time, the ANC decided to participate in the Malema hate speech trial. They want the right to sing "Kill the Boer". This is not coming from a hot-headed youth leader and his youth league, but from the ruling party.

With its participation in the Malema trial the ANC failed a moral test. The question in the quest for morality is simply: should you be doing something? Not necessarily ‘could you' or ‘may you', but ‘should you'? In the South African context with its high murder rate, particularly on farmers, one should not be singing "Kill the Boer." Even if the court allows it. It is not right. All that is legal is not necessarily right.  There are certain things one should not be doing. Anyone who argues: "I can and I will ask the court to give me the right to sing such a song", fails the moral test. ANC, you should not be doing that.

Malema, Mantashe and Zuma - I invite you: stand alongside a widow whose husband had been tortured and shot dead. Let the farmer workers whose lives had been disrupted stand alongside you. Then start the chant: "Kill the Boer".  There will only be silence.
 
Dirk Hermann is deputy general secretary of Solidarity. This article is an extract from the upcoming English edition of Treurgrond: 20 jaar van plaasaanvalle in Suid-Afrika.

Sourced from: www.politicsweb.co.za




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3 comments :

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

I am afraid Dirkie my man, if we whiteys are not going to stand up sooner rather than later, this is just going to go on and on and on ad infinitum. You boere/afrikaners have forgotten how cowardly the black bastards are, we saw it on the border, the only thing a K4 understands is a warm vokken harde klap. They see the boere as easy targets now and as cowards, that is why they are going to pick us off one by one. All your sob stories and debating is going to be our downfall, talking from experience, luister and heed my warning mense/manne, time has come to make a stand, forget rugby, klippies en coke for now, you can play rugby again when the honorable work is done. See you on the battle field.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Things may begin to happen quite quickly now. OASE is going to be pursuing their plan for self-determination in the Hague shortly.

According to international law we, as a minority, have certain rights. Among these is the right to self determination. There is an area of South Africa that we have formed the "permanent majority" since the mid 1800's. This area has NO land claims within it as they cannot find any or manufacture any even if they go back to 1850. It is also the area that currently sees the majority of farm attacks and farm murders. This is simply a strategy to work us off the land.

Various international experts have been engaged and support from various parties has already been put in place. It looks like Germany, Holland and Georgia will be among the first countries to recognise and support the new state.

Once launched, we could have our own country within 12 to 18 months - all nice and legal. See how quickly Southern Sudan got it right after the referendum.

Once lodged we need to have a referendum in the area to measure support for independance. Unfortunately - It has to be on cultural grounds. Fortunately the "white" cultures in South Africa are very similar.

If the bid is successful, the ANC will be forced to concede it or face being pariahs... I think we know what their choice will be. It will mean the culling 60% of their agriculture and the decimation of their most productive tax base as many whites will move once the country is recognised.

Once recognised ALL LAWS will revert back to pre 1994 - or the date of foreign governance. That means easier gun ownership etc. Furthermore ALL influx of people since 1994 must be measured and these people DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT TO CITIZENSHIP. This has already been done by de-marking the expansion areas proven by satellite imaging. The satellite is mainly used to provide water use imaging and is high quality, accurate and passes over every 24 hours. Only the people PERMANENTLY in the area as at foreign takeover in 1994 have rights to citizenship. This effectively nullifies the immigration effect of millions of indigent blacks bussed into the territory by the ANC to win elections. If you take the permanent people as at 1994 - the Boer/Afrikaners are a comfortable majority.

Once elections have been held and the country has been recognised by ONE country... You can then craft the citizenship requirements in your favour, develop laws to deport non citizen residents for certain crimes or all crimes etc. etc.

It is a good workable plan and most IMPORTANTLY it is completely LEGAL according to international law.

Please support them. We are trying to get other people on board like PRAAG and others so that we can have a much more united front.

This is currently THE ONLY PLAN that meets ALL the INTERNATIONAL LEGAL REQUIREMENTS for SELF DETERMINATION.

EX UNITATE VIRES ! ! !

The time will come for a fight as sure as God made little green apples - but we need to fight for what is right in the right way.

Adrem said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@ Anonymous 7:41 and 8:09

Both contributions are constructive, well thought out and equally well written. One would wish that we could come together and start getting matters rolling along these lines. The more time passes without anything happening, the harder the task will become and the adversary must get the impression that we either have no courage or we don't believe in what we are saying - neither cold be further from the truth - but we must at long last start showing that we do mean serious business. Not only 'Yes, we can', but rather 'Yes, we will!'

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