“The National Assembly … set in motion a process to amend the Constitution so as to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation,” South Africa’s News 24 reported on a Feb. 27 vote. “The motion, brought by the EFF leader Julius Malema, was adopted with a vote of 241 in support, and 83 against.”
“South Africa’s much needed land debate is being turned into an international racist rant,” Quartz Africa reacted in a story presented under a “Dog Whistle” heading. “South Africa’s land—still largely owned by the white minority—is to be redistributed to black owners.
“Nowhere did it say that the land was to be taken from white farmers, and yet that has not only become the headline, it has fuelled political jockeying ahead of South Africa’s 2019 election,” Quartz continues, seemingly oblivious to the contradiction. And fears of people reacting to the proposed amendment, it says, “are based on the dangerous myth that a ‘white genocide,’ targeting white farmers in particular has been underway since the ANC came to power in 1994.”
Is theirs a fair assessment that puts things in hysteria-free perspective? If so, is Genocide Watch also guilty of “an international racist rant” when it presents articles that justify such fears? Those include a warning from the Cato Institute that Malema’s program will bring famine, and an accusation by South African political leader Mamphela Ramphele describing Malema as “South Africa’s own Hitler.”
And what does Malema say?
“We are cutting the throat of whiteness,” he told a cheering crowd in a packed Johannesburg arena. He demanded removal of a mayor because he is white and declared, “Angry white people can go to hell.” And while he ultimately turned on ideological mentor Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and urged him to step down from power, Malema maintained, “Mugabe is 100% right about land.”
Malema is also the one who let slip, “We are not calling for the slaughtering of white people, at least for now (emphasis added).” That leaves, “when we think we can” open. Additionally, Malema wants majority government ownership of mining interests and banks, leading more rational analysts to foresee bankruptcy, famine and civil war.
What was Quartz Africa saying again? Unsurprisingly, they’re also high on praise for the “bravery” of U.S. “students” and their citizen disarmament demands in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas atrocities that will do nothing but further empower those who enabled it all. Besides, if your goals are the same as Malema’s and his followers, people possessing the means to defend themselves and their property presents a major obstacle.
“Progressive” journalist dismissals notwithstanding, Glenn Beck made an interesting observation