Rarely in recent decades have whites in South Africa had any good news come their way. From losing power in 1994 to daily farm invasions consisting of rape, murder and arson, things have not been going well. Land seizure without compensation is the latest attack on the white community, a policy which will leave them homeless and dispossessed. If you ever want to know what being a white minority is like, the plight of the Boer on the southern tip of Africa is the clearest example.
Earlier this year some elements in the Australian government tried to grant asylum to South African farmers, as a way of saving their lives and boosting Australia’s agricultural sector. However, despite marches and speeches in support of this campaign, the process has become bogged down in political correctness and bureaucracy, and its success remains uncertain.
The Australian government had wanted to fast track visas and asylum applications for South African farmers, something which caused diplomatic tension and was criticised by left-wing parties. It later emerged that the Australian immigration authorities had previously blocked asylum requests from the Afrikaner community on several occasions, even in a case where a man had witnessed his wife and friends being murdered.
Thankfully Russia, the largest country in the world, is not bogged down in political correctness or cultural Marxism. It has a booming agricultural industry and is looking to develop large areas of fertile, uncultivated land. Vladimir Putin’s government has recently started a policy of giving away land to Russian citizens and foreigners alike, with the first pilot scheme starting in the far east of the country. This policy could not have come at a better time.
A delegation, consisting of farmers from the white South African farming community, arrived in Stavropol, southern Russia earlier this month. They were warmly greeted by Vladimir Poluboyarenko, an aide to the region’s ombudsman. In comments which can only be seen as encouraging, Poluboyarenko stated:
"Boers are very important for Russia… They are hard workers, Christians. They possess knowledge of agricultural technology, which we currently don’t have here. Stavropol region is prepared to accommodate from 30 to 50 families immediately. I think they are a blessing for us."
The delegation also had a chance to meet the leaders of local ethnic groups, such as the Cossacks, and visit a local village where they might live one day. Although only 30 families were represented by the delegation, it is reported that up to 15,000 white farmers from South Africa are planning to move to Russia. Incredibly, Russia has over 43 million hectares of unused farmland, and the delegation is willing to pay up to $100,000 per family to lease an area of land.
In a sign of the increasingly dire situation in South Africa, some white farmers are turning to unusual methods to increase their chances of survival. One group has employed the talent of a former Israeli special forces agent, Idan Abolnik. He is currently teaching them the Israeli martial art form known as Krav Maga, as well as lessons in bush warfare, firearms use and reconnaissance.
Flemish activists from Belgium have also been doing their bit to help Afrikaners in need. Not only have they sent aid to the settlements known as "white squatter camps", they are also planning a rally in The Hague that will take place in September. Many of the original white settlers in Africa came from the Low Countries, and their support has been welcomed with open arms.
South Africa itself is currently experiencing the worst period of violence it has seen in recent times. There are frequent riots, carjackings and the land seizures have already begun. On top of this, tribal tensions between the Zulus and the ANC-led South African government could even lead to the disintegration of the country. The Zulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini, has said that if illegal land sales, funding disputes and political turmoil continues, he may be "forced" to declare independence. He has even called on his people to donate money so he can raise a force to fight in the event of a conflict.
In the Western Cape region of the country, which is predominantly colored (non-African) and white, there are the beginnings of a separatist movement there too. Although various independence parties scored very low in previous elections, the sentiment for breaking away is growing by the year. The Western Cape has a very high standard of living compared to the rest of the country, and has felt since the fall of apartheid that it has been held back by ANC rule.
The idea by some nationalists that white South Africans should stand and fight rather than leave the country is now unrealistic. They simply do not have the numbers –or more importantly the weapons– to defend themselves, let alone take control. Gun licenses are now notoriously difficult to get hold of in South Africa, although interestingly black farm raiders seem to be well armed. They also have high-tech communication devices, a fact which adds evidence to the widely held belief that the government is covertly supporting the farm attackers.
The only thing that is clear from events on the ground is that whites no longer have a peaceful future in South Africa.