* Quo Vadis = "Where are you going?"
As for you? I shake my head in disbelieving sadness as the images of a grid-locked R22 highway to Johannesburg airport flashes on the screen. The plumes of smoke, the stranded cars, the thousands of whites milling around panic-stricken by their cars…the voice of the CNN reporter droning on about mercy flights chartered by the governments of the USA, Britain, France and Germany to ferry their citizens to safety.
The jarring images of South African passport holders and their crying children being tear gassed, shoved and beaten with truncheons as they desperately try to board the last flights out of the hell hole.
Zuma’s government is holed up in the Union buildings, but the forces of the Shikota faction are closing in. The sound of sporadic AK47 fire punctuates the air. Johannesburg has had no electricity for the past two weeks. Water supplies dried up seven days ago. Fuel has run out, and with it, the generators powering the supermarkets, shops and malls.
Decaying corpses lie scattered in the streets and on the pavements, some desecrated and eaten by the thousands of hungry dogs roaming the chaotic streets. Thousands of people fleeing the city have been massacred just north of Pretoria, and the highway is reminiscent of the scene of the Iraqi troop convoys leaving Kuwait during Desert Storm…
The same scenes of Armageddon is repeated around the country. Bloemfontein, Klerksdorp, Nelspruit, Durban, Port Elizabeth are ruined shells of their former selves. The civil war has been raging for six months now, sparked off shortly after the 2009 elections when Zuma supporters in Pietermaritzburg massacred almost five thousand COP supporters.
The UN is powerless as the Namibian, Zimbabwean, Zambian and Mozambican governments refused permission for their countries to be used as forward bases, citing "Eurocentric, western interference" in a "democratic" country. US President Obama has pledged help, but after the “dirty bomb” attacks in Los Angeles where 15 000 people died, not to mention the crises in Iraq and Afghanistan, he is pretty much pre-occupied.
The only relatively calm city is Cape Town, where a large number of Whites fled when the ‘troubles’ started. Violent uprisings in Khyelitsha, Langa and Gugulethu were ruthlessly put down by coloured and white troops loyal to the Delport government, who declared secession from South Africa in August 2009. Large numbers of blacks who were imported there to gerrymander voting districts under the mob rule the ANC foisted on South Africa in 1994 streamed into Durbanville, the Cape Flats and the peninsula, looting, burning and murdering as they went.
Almost ten thousand whites were shot, stabbed or hacked to death with pangas before they were stopped in their tracks. At first the then DA leader refused to take control of the situation, but as Cape Town descended into a full-blown race war, Helen Zille was deposed in a coup, tried and hung by a military tribunal led by Tertius Delport who seized control and unilaterally declared secession.
The embattled Zuma regime sent four brigades from 8SAI Upington and 5SAI Ladysmith to retake the Western Cape but poor logistical support, including lack of fuel and vicious infighting between the poorly disciplined, badly trained SANDF troops stopped them in their tracks just south of Beaufort West. The WC army easily routed them in a relentless assault now called the Battle of Beaufort, and the Zuma regime had more pressing issues than worry about the Cape.
Former President Mothlanthe’s plane was shot out of the sky by some Boeremag agents provocateur - as he took off from Waterkloof AFB, a number of Iraq war veterans who returned home in May 2009 unveiled their hidden arms caches which included Stinger SAM missiles. Mothlanthe, Mantashe and Malema, who had recently been appointed as Minister of Defence crashed to the ground in a fireball. The white rebels then seized a large part of Pretoria, but later abandoned this as it became clear they were smack in the middle of the Zuma / Shikota factions’ looming showdown. So they headed south in a massive convoy to join up with the Delport Western Cape government.
Similar convoys - motley collections of civilian cars and bakkies, trucks and a few armoured vehicles seized from the cowardly SANDF erupted from the Western Transvaal and Free State, all headed south and south west. It became clear that this initiative saved many hundreds of thousands of white lives. As the convoys moved, more people joined in what became a logistical nightmare -fuel, food and water were precious commodities. Luckily a number of leaders from the erstwhile SADF emerged and took control of the situation.
White South Africans, most of whom had military training in the era of the former white government effortlessly seized military bases and helped themselves to food, weapons and fuel. The hapless SANDF troops were a push-over- taken by complete surprise as they exclusively focused on their immediate enemy, the Shikota rebels.
A New Beginning?
The poor whites, Indians, coloureds who refused to join the convoys, choosing instead to sit it out in the cities are being massacred in an unthinkable genocide - Rwanda meets Sierra Leone with elements of the 1960’s Congo & Kenyan Uhuru interspersed.
South Africa has finally imploded and will never be the same again. Millions have died, but the hardy Boers & Brits have finally joined up in a show of racial solidarity, picking up the pieces and are rebuilding a First World enclave in the Western Cap.
Who knows, perhaps even I, and hundreds of thousands of SA expats like myself might now be persuaded to put down my Fosters and book a one way ticket to Cape Town airport on Qantas, as soon as commercial flights resume. We shall wait and see.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
* Quo Vadis = "Where are you going?"