January 29, 2018

Katie Hopkins in South Africa: “Plaasmoorde” spells murder

Katie HopkinsShillman Fellow

It’s a strange feeling walking here among the crosses. Hundreds and hundreds of them, staggered about as if their final journey up the mountainside was as tortured and painful as the deaths they represent.

Each of these white crosses stands for a farmer killed on his farm, a victim of the systemic slaughter of whites in South Africa.

The man who owns this land tells me these crosses may represent half the actual number; the mountain can only fit so many, the journey here is long, and the ground is unforgiving.

Broken by her husband’s murder, her own rape and the ordeal of it all, Elizabeth came here to plant a cross in his name. She struggled up the mountainside in the 100-degree heat carrying his steel cross on her back, and hammered it into the ground.

Her friends tried to help her bind her bleeding hands, the menfolk willing to hammer the metal into the rock to spare her the pain. But she would not let them. She was full of suffering anyway; yet more pain was a fair price for her husband’s name to be here on this mountain.

Here and there the crosses have come loose from their rocky bed and lean into each other for support, just as the people they represent did in life. Just as farmers do now. One final hug on the mountainside at this journey’s end.

From the top of the mountain, where the "PLAASMOORDE" (“farm murders” in Afrikaans) sign screams out into the silence, the view of this monument changes.

As you stagger up here, you pass the crosses that represent individuals and their families, including Bernard’s father who bled out on his front stoop; his son who is no longer able to sleep, his grandson who wants to commit suicide to be with his grandfather.

But from the top what you see is a mass grave of white farmers, crosses all blurred, too many to count, too many to stand out alone, too many stories to be heard one by one.

And this is the truth of perspective, and the danger of it, too.

Journalists and media professionals tell me that stories of white farm murders just aren’t that widely read. There is a lack of appetite for this kind of news because farm attacks happen all the time now. People don’t click on them, they don’t attract attention.

Some media outlets won’t report on these farm attacks at all unless the torture is truly extreme. One such story that made the news was of a black man who was allegedly trespassing across a white farm and was forced into a coffin and told he would be burned alive. His white attackers were sentenced to multiple years each in prison.

The story ran for weeks, the video went viral, and this one story of white on black violence nearly caused riots. It’s estimated that there were 24 white farm murders in the period leading up to this trial.

Black farm attackers are typically released on bail for 500 rand – that’s less than US$50.

As an example, last week’s farm attack on Piet Els, age 86, and Rilke Alsegeest, 66, went virtually un-reported. They were tortured for two hours: his skull was fractured; their toenails were pulled out; their bodies were branded all over with a hot iron. Then they were left for dead.

Their story barely made page five.

I think back to my recent meeting with the General at the Trans Agricultural Union. We looked at the rigorous statistics, the bare facts that illustrate how farmers really are under attack. Broken down by province and type (murder or attack) it is not just the numbers that are alarming – it’s also the trend.

What changed in this country for the figures to suddenly rocket to 82 farm murders and 423 farm attacks in 2017 alone?

The perspective from the top of the mountain, where the crosses lose individual meaning, correlates with the statistics on the page, where murders become just another pin on a map, another digit. And that’s part of the problem.

One senior editor has noticed a dramatic shift in the tone of her readers. In the comments, people used to show sympathy, offer prayers, or share their disgust for the attackers. But now, she says, they almost seem to blame the farmers themselves: they know they are sitting ducks so they should just get out, give up, run away.

I have looked at the lack of coverage on the plight of white farmers here, and I see that what she says is true. This is a story no one wants to talk about because the victims are the wrong colour, and global sympathy only comes in one colour and that colour is black.

Meanwhile, South African politicians and unions are busy stoking tensions and fanning the flames of hate. The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) cannot seem to speak about white farmers without labelling them racists or barbarians:

“COSATU calls for swift action against these racist barbarians, who are on a rampage killing black vulnerable workers. The law enforcement agencies need to do their jobs before people are tempted to take the law into their own hands. These unredeemable and unreformed racists need to be arrested because they do not have a monopoly on violence and people are going to run out of patience soon.”

The rhetoric from other quarters is even more direct. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) – a South African revolutionary socialist party founded by expelled African National Congress Youth League President Julius Malema – are inciting a new generation of young, disenfranchised black South Africans to fight back with violence.

Their song, “Kill the Boer, kill the white man,” was chanted during a protest outside a school just last week, reaffirming their commitment to the rallying cry: “The white man, he must die.”

And dying he is. From the sea of little white crosses on the mountain to the statistics from the General to the everyday stories of torture and brutality on white farms – unreported because they are too mundane to pique the interest of the comfortable classes – around the red zones of Pretoria and Johannesburg, it is clear that if you are a white farmer, there is a target on your head.

But these facts are drowned out by noisier stories like the coffin attack on a black man. The statistics, too, seem less shocking set against the national crime rate in a country where conservative estimates suggest 52 people are murdered a day and someone is raped every 15 minutes.

This narrative is dismissed because it runs against the accepted thinking that racism only comes in one colour and that colour is white.

There are two determined factions at play here:

One is the determined white farmers, who say they will never leave their land – and who have nowhere else to go even if they wanted to. These are the same farmers whose wives bang metal crosses into the hard rock, continuing their defiance even in the face of death.

The other is a disenfranchised band of young black South Africans who see whites as the problem and the death of whites as a solution, who latch on to the EFF’s brand of violence as the answer to the question of why their lives are so poor; their reality so bleak.

Here it sometimes feels like no matter what question you ask: why white farmers must die, why a farmer’s wife was raped with hot coals, why land must be snatched back for “land redistribution” only to be left untended – the answer is always apartheid?

Why do you kill? Apartheid.

Why take farms only to leave them to languish? Apartheid.

Why torture people, why not just kill them? Apartheid.

For these people it is as if more cruelty and suffering is the solution. Like repartition but with hot irons, knives and guns. Vengeance almost, as if more death can be used as a salve on the huge hurt of the past.

I look around in despair. This is a country that wants to burst with life. In places avocados, oranges and macadamias seem to rain down from trees hanging heavy with their bounty. The nights are full of animal noise. Life is everywhere.

But as I look at the white crosses and reflect on the violent lives in black settlements, where one man’s life is worth so little it is not even counted when it ends, it feels like death is all around, too.

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commented 2018-01-30 04:30:26 -0500
For those who are interested, have a look at this link. As a result of a farm murder at Klapmuts not far from me a call was made to all south Africans to stand together and stand up against farm murders. This had as a result the Black Monday protests on 30 October 2017 all over the country against farm attacks. This was the single biggest protest in this regard.

commented 2018-01-30 04:28:15 -0500
For those who are interested, have a look at this link. As a result of a farm murder at Klapmuts not far from me a call was made to all south Africans to stand together and stand up against farm murders. This had as a result the Black Monday protests on 30 October 2017 all over the country against farm attacks. This was the single biggest protest in this regard.

commented 2018-01-30 01:48:42 -0500
Katie, I am living on a farm in the Overberg near Swellendam in the Western Cape province. We are lucky in that we only had a few farm attacks in our area but we are under constant thereat. We have to lock ourselves in every night behind security gates and burglar bars and sleep with our weapons on our bedside tables. In the rest of the country things are very bad. We lost a friend (74 years old) who was attacked and shot by 4 blacks on his farm near Lydenburg 4 days ago. His wife was not with him at the time. Most of these senseless killing goes with barbaric rape and torture. It is normally the elderly and weak that are the targets. Burning the victims with irons all over their bodies, pouring boiling cooking oil over them, and the other day drowning a young boy in a bath full of boiling hot water. The ANC regime is denying that farm attacks is a problem and that farmers are deliberately targeted. They are paying lip service to fighting this horrific crimes but in reality they are doing absolutely nothing. People like Jacob Zuma is fueling the fires by singing songs from public platforms about killing the White people and the farmers. Julius Malema and other political figures openly encourages the killing of whites so are many other black people in this country.

The international community is turning a blind eye about these atrocities that are taking place on a daily basis in South Africa. They had a lot to say about apartheid, but now that bad things are happening to the white people of South Africa, far more worse than what happen to blacks under apartheid, they choose to ignore that. Why the double standards.

I am looking forward to your visit in South Africa and I truly hope that you will be able to expose the truth and what is happening here under the ANC regime.
commented 2018-01-30 01:44:38 -0500
My comment below doesn’t sound right. I mean to say, just knowing this is happening to these people makes me feel ill. It makes me dizzy and sick. It must be awful covering this Katie. You are made of strong stuff. Take care.
commented 2018-01-30 01:41:16 -0500
It is hard to even know this exists. The world is full of such unspeakable evil. I don’t even know what to think.
commented 2018-01-29 23:25:39 -0500
The left ignores this like they ignore the Christian genocide in the middle east, they are filthy scumbags.
commented 2018-01-29 22:17:58 -0500
Katie, I would be very interested to know whether or not Post Modernism indoctrination in South African Universities is influencing this movement against the White patriarchy, torture and murder reminiscent of persecution of the Bourgeoise in Russia China and elsewhere in the 20th Century, where over 100 million lives were lost and tortured. Is this the canary in the coal mine of what’s to come to the so called white patriarchy if PM fully takes hold in the west. Would appreciate any insights you are able to gain on this matter.
commented 2018-01-29 20:58:40 -0500
It is unbelievable that this isn’t front page news on every newspaper, tv station, radio station in the free world. Torture is torture. Murder is murder. A victim’s race shouldn’t determine a crime’s importance.
commented 2018-01-29 18:59:07 -0500
Katie, this is all very horrific, these important truths must be shared around the world. I got a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach reading your words and seeing the white crosses across the mountainside.
commented 2018-01-29 16:06:07 -0500
South Africa is on its way to becoming the next Venezuela as all socialist regimes always become.

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
commented 2018-01-29 14:29:53 -0500
Katie, your words, as always are moving and on this subject, sad. You have conveyed a strong message to the people of the world. Let us hope that some will listen.

Canada’s Prime Minister needs to read what Katie has to say and he needs to do something. He is, after all, supposed to be a human. Unfortunately he will just laugh and then Pray to Allah that those Islamic’s in South Africa, keep up the good work.

Rot in Hell, Master Trudeau.