Tuesday, June 14, 2011

White farmers ‘being wiped out’

Sunday Timesfrom The Sunday Times

Dan McDougall in Ceres, Western Cape

THE gunmen walked silently through the orchard. Skirting a row of burnt-out tyres, set ablaze months earlier to keep the budding fruit from freezing, they drew their old .38 revolvers.

Inside his farmhouse Pieter Cillier, 57, slept with his 14-year-old daughter Nikki at his side. His 12-year-old son JD was having a sleepover with two teenagers in an adjoining room.

As the intruders broke in, the farmer woke. He rushed to stop them, only to be shot twice in the chest.

In his death throes he would have seen his killers and then his children standing over him, screaming and crying.

The attackers, who were drug addicts, simply disappeared into the night. Cillier’s murder, at Christmas, was barely reported in the local press. It was, after all, everyday news.

Death has stalked South Africa’s white farmers for years. The number murdered since the end of apartheid in 1994 has passed 3,000.

In neighbouring Zimbabwe, a campaign of intimidation that began in 2000 has driven more than 4,000 commercial farmers off their land, but has left fewer than two dozen dead.

The vulnerability felt by South Africa’s 40,000 remaining white farmers intensified earlier this month when Julius Malema, head of the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) youth league, opened a public rally by singing Dubula Ibhunu, or Shoot the Boer, an apartheid-era anthem, that was banned by the high court last week.

Malema’s timing could hardly have been worse. Last weekend in the remote farming community of Colenso, in KwaZulu-Natal, Nigel Ralfe, 71, a dairy farmer, and his wife Lynette, 64, were gunned down as they milked their cows. He was critically injured; she died.

That same day a 46-year-old Afrikaner was shot through his bedroom window as he slept at his farm near Potchefstroom. A few days later a 61-year-old was stabbed to death in his bed at a farm in Limpopo.

The resurrection of Dubula Ibhunu, defended by senior ANC officials as little more then a sentimental old struggle song, has been greeted with alarm by Tom Stokes, of the opposition Democratic Alliance. He said the ANC’s continued association with the call to kill Boers could not be justified.

“Any argument by the ANC that this song is merely a preservation of struggle literature rings hollow in the face of farming families who have lost wives, mothers and grandmothers,” he added.

He was supported by Anton Alberts of the right-wing Freedom Front Plus party: “Malema’s comments are creating an atmosphere that is conducive to those who want to commit murder. He’s an accessory to the wiping out of farmers in South Africa.”

Rossouw Cillier, Pieter’s brother, bristled as he pointed to the bullet holes in the panelled kitchen of the farmhouse near Ceres in the Western Cape. “They shot him through the fridge from the back door — the bullets came straight through here, into his heart. He never had a chance,” he said.

A successful apple and pear grower, he believes his community is living on borrowed time: “More white farmers have been killed than British soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq. Yes, we are at war here.”

His brother’s farmhouse is now shuttered and empty. “I can’t spend time here. We’ll have to sell. This farm has been in our family for generations but it must go. Who’ll manage it? The children will never come back here. They held their own father as he died in front of them. Will they ever get over that?”

As we walked across the orchard, fruit destined for the shelves of Tesco and Sainsbury’s in the UK was still being picked. A tractor passed a 10ft cross erected in honour of the murdered farmer.

“It lights up at night,” Rossouw said. “My brother was a religious man. It’s all that’s left of him here.”

Across South Africa many farmers feel endangered. In Northern Province a tribute has been created beneath an enormous sign with the stark Afrikaans word “plaasmoorde” — farm killings. Thousands of white wooden crosses have been planted across a mountainside, one for each fallen farmer.

Recently the government’s department of rural development has been airing proposals to nationalise productive farmland as a “national asset”. Critics claim it is designed to deflect criticism from the ruling ANC’s failures.

“It’s a lot easier talking about nationalising farms than building decent houses, making clean water come out of taps or honouring promises to redistribute farm plots to millions of landless poor,” said a spokesman for AgriSA, the farmers’ union.

On the outskirts of Ceres there are few groceries in the township store — tins of pilchards, baked beans, some dried biscuits. A group of teenage boys sit on the burnt-out remains of a Ford Escort. This is where Cillier’s killers gathered, in a shebeen, a drinking club, where they fortified themselves with cheap hooch before they set off to rob him. They escaped with nothing.

According to Rossouw Cillier the most telling detail is that his brother was unarmed when they attacked. “If we brandish a weapon, we’ll go to prison, not them. What did they gain from this murder? It was an act as pointless as their lives.”

7 Opinion(s):

Martin said...

History shows that a country ruled by blacks can only be a complete disaster, and the "New, Improved South Africa", which is swiftly becoming a third world country, is simply a modern reminder of this fact.

Sadly, it looks like a lot more brutal murders will be needed before White South Africans collectively awaken and understand that they urgently need their own country. Though I must admit that, at times, it certainly seems to me that they may as well never understand...

Exzanian said...

Interesting stats in this column.

I happened to read a very similar article by David Blood which corroborates this, in particular the farmer stats...

Both mention "well over 3000" farmer murders, which is a little imprecise, but when liberal MSM sources are talking in this vein, I think this issue can now come to some sort of consensus...It's real, it's bad, and it's killing ZA, no question about it...

Here's an extract, you can read the full article at the link below...

".....Then there are the farmers who have quit the business, 80 000 of them (there were 120 000 commercial farms operating in 1994, now there are fewer than 40 000) either to go and farm in other countries or because farming became cost-prohibitive due to enforced fertiliser and labour costs or for fear of being murdered. Interpol rates the occupation as a farmer in South Africa as the “most dangerous job in the world!”

Then there are those farmers who have been murdered – well over 3 000 since 1994 – and many of those may well have been big producers of various products, all of which reduces the available product and inflates the price of that which is left and leaves South Africa as an “import nation” no longer able to supply wheat and grain to our neighbours, let alone feed our own folk...."


Ron. said...
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Ron. said...

Rossouw Cillier notes that they are at war exactly as the late Fritz Meyer [ a prominent Boer separatist / secessionist ] noted back in 2000 when Louis Theroux of the BBC asked Meyer: "so who is the enemy?" - while Meyer was giving a shooting demonstration. Meyer responded with "the people killing the commercial farmers once a week". [ It's actually about 3 times a week. ] He went on later to state: "If the Boer people want to survive in South Africa - then we will have to be able to defend ourselves. Otherwise we are sitting ducks. Like the White people in the rest of Africa: they fled. There's nobody left". Unfortunately the video of this exchange I uploaded to Youtube is no longer available as it was taken down over the copyright issue about a month ago.

That same episode also featured the notable Ficksburg farmer Eddie von Maltitz [ a pro South Africa Boer but former separatist circa 1990 - 1993 ] who noted to Theroux that "there is a war situation on the farms". These two individuals [ along with Eugene Terre'Blanche / Pieter Du Toit / Dirk van Tonder - the son of Robert van Tonder ] were featured in the Boer Separatists episode of the Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends series.

Martin. A significant portion of the Boer segment [ which is itself a segment of the White Afrikaans speaking population ] of the White population do understand & in fact a lot of them have been trying to restore their republics / get their own countries back at various pivotal times throughout the 20th cent. During the late 1940s they almost got their republics back before the Afrikaner establishment united against the Boer Republicans [ just as they often still do now ] & broke it up & co-opted a remnant of the movement. So you are right in noticing that a lot of White people are not likely to ever understand the necessity for independence but the bulk of the Boer people apparently do as they have always historically struggled for independence in Africa. Therefore the best bet is to support the Boers in their natural inertia & propensity towards regaining self determination.

FreeThinker said...

Good to see our spam button works so well. Brilliant at keeping a feathered psychopath off this blog.

How do you resort to the most vulgar language towards contributors and readers the one moment and the next you want to throw your toys out the cot because your comments aren't published? So six abusive comments in a row and then one without the word c$nt plastered all over it and he thinks all is forgotten.

I retract my previous assessment - this is not only a deluded fool, but an individual with serious emotional detachment disorder. Throw in some Dunning-Kruger effect and the result is what we see as outbursts here.

I have been staring myself blind against the latter and failed to notice the former, but all is clear now.

Still banned.

Anonymous said...

Rooster is a Legend!
In his own mind

Unknown said...

Why don't you post your source from interpol? That would actually help people researching this issue who are trying to spread the word about farm killings