Friday, 11 October 2013

The experience and thoughts on Red October of a Brit married to a Boerseun

By Claire Smith

"A copy of my status update on my Facebook page. The experience and thoughts on Red October of a Brit married to a Boerseun:

An eye opener

I went on my first protest march yesterday – another item checked on the ‘things everyone should do before they die’ list. I attended the Red October march. According to the media reports on the march I must have turned into a right wing, fascist, Nazi, apartheid supporting crazy since I moved here. That’s not true. I was brought up in London, one of the most diverse cities on the face of the planet and I marvel at the fantastic range of cultures that this earth plays host to. Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t give a flying monkeys whether you are white, black or green with sky blue polka dots – AND THAT HAS NOT CHANGED.

I also don’t recognise the caricature of the protest that was presented by the media – maybe I’m mistaken and I turned up at a different protest….

I have to say, I was hesitant at turning up yesterday. I was worried that this event would be hijacked by racist groups looking for a publicity opportunity. I was worried that the message of Red October would be kidnapped.

I was pleasantly surprised by what I experienced; the protesters in Pretoria were respectful but wanted to get their point heard. I, personally, heard no bigoted racism, no derogatory name calling or incitement to violence. I saw people who were sick and tired of the fear that crime causes in this country – people who were saying enough is enough. I identified with the Red October cause after reading the content of the letter sent to the Presidency setting out the reasons for the protest:

1 Urgent attention to the lack of security on South African farms and the lack of attention to farm murders in general

2 Urgent attention to the continuing violence against women

3 Urgent attention to police action regarding murder and crimes committed against the people of South Africa by foreigners streaming across our borders

4 Urgent attention to the lack of quality education for all our children, respecting their culture, language, religion and heritage

5 Urgent attention to the lack of service delivery, the preservation of our natural water resources and the lack of control over the theft of electricity

6 Urgent attention to the legal processes and lack of justice with regard to the detaining of prisoners without proper due course

7 Urgent attention to expedient trials and harsher sentences of criminals found guilty of violent crime, i.e. murder and rape

Nothing racist in that lot – no calls for return to apartheid, no we’re better than you, no bigoted name calling, no incitement to violence, no mention that this should be limited to white people in any way, shape or form!

But when the protest was reported in the media it was characterised as a bunch of Afrikaners demanding special treatment over anyone else, making outlandish, untrue statements and generally being a bit racist. It was an eye opening experience of selective reporting and has taught me the lesson that the ‘news’ is actually about 99% opinion and spin and the remaining space left to fact is filled by cherry picked information to back up the preconceptions of the person and/or agency presenting the story.

So, let’s answer the criticisms levelled at Red October.

-In 2009 white people represented 1.8% of murder victims, but make up 8% of the population.

By this statement E news is trying to indicate that white people, especially Afrikaners, are not victimized and are, in fact, nice and safe and complaining about nothing. Anyone fearing ‘white genocide’ is clearly a delusional fantasist.

Up until this point, any figures quoted by groups worried about the degree of violence focused on white populations were discredited as the South African Police Service does not routinely collect data on the ethnicity of victims and perpetrators of murder. Obviously that doesn’t make nice convincing TV news, so E has gone through the archives until they found a 4 year old statistic gathering dust in a corner. Want to disprove groups who spend an awful lot of effort trying to document murder rates through the devotion of their time to collating anecdotal reporting? Then where is your carefully researched analysis of murder over the past 19 years? Where is your statistical analysis of last year’s crime statistics that were released last month? Where is your evidence of the reliability of your single snapshot statistic from 2009?

So, let’s leave statistics aside – as Benjamin Disraeli reportedly said: "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

What is verifiable is the horrific brutality and savagery of farm murders in South Africa; if you have a strong stomach, Google it. Torture, rape, murder and mutilation are a legitimate and reasonable part of robbery or a wage dispute? I didn’t think so.

-This march is ridiculous as it only focuses on crime against white people

I refer you back to the motivation for the protest above. This was against all crime, all murder, all rape, all violent attacks. No one in this country should have to live in fear. Yes, the focus shifted towards white victims of brutal farm attacks, but these were the people who could be bothered to get off their backsides and make a stand.

If all those who criticised the march on that basis stood up and arranged a protest against the complete lack of control that the ANC government has over crime in this country, then we’d attend that one too. But you haven’t, so we can’t.

-The additional demand to scrap racial quotas such as Affirmative Action, Black Economic Empowerment, etc, etc, proves that Red October is a front for racists who wish to return to apartheid.

It has escaped reporting, but organisers and speakers took great pains to point out that this is by no means a call to return to apartheid and that the system was fundamentally wrong.

All forms of discrimination are fundamentally wrong. None of them are positive. The ANC, however, insist on applying racial quotas and conditions on all areas of commerce and employment. How will it ever be fair that someone has to hand over large percentages of the business that they have worked hard to establish and make successful, just due to their skin colour?

The motivation for this protest also highlights the issue of education, asking for quality education for ALL children in this country. The ANC has had 19 years to focus on education, ensuring that every person can compete for jobs based on their abilities and qualifications rather than the melanin content of their skin. They have failed spectacularly – the government can’t even get textbooks into schools for the start of the school year! In order to cover for their incompetence and lack of motivation in this area, they impose employment quotas to give a thin veneer of success.

In the face of a difficult and hostile job market, many white families have had to rely on their entrepreneurial abilities to make a living. If you can’t get a job, you have to work for yourself in order to survive. The new focus of the government has now been to attack white ownership of business, to demand that anyone who has worked hard to establish a successful, profitable company now hands over a percentage of what they built up to black ownership.

There is one group determined to keep race a flashpoint in South Africa and that is the ANC. The ANC are just as obsessed with race as apartheid was, possibly more so.

As the title of this piece indicated, this experience has been a real eye opener. Caricatures mindlessly spouted by the media are being used unfairly to silence people’s concerns. I guess there are none so blind as those that refuse to see, and deaf as those that refuse to hear."

The above is published here with the author's full permission


  1. Baie dankie vir hierdie kommentaar om dinge in perspektief te plaas! Dit is hartverskeurend om waar te neem dat die meeste teenkanting teen hierdie broodnodige optrede, kom vanaf mense uit Afrikaner-geledere!

    1. Perhaps if you learned to be an African, instead of insisting on being an Afrikaner, you would have more success. You remind me of Americans who go gallivanting around the world wanting to live in isolation from the reality of the country they are in, utter disdain, contempt for everything else.

      When I lived in Africa I actually had to avoid RSA, because of the tantrum you Afrikaners were throwing in 1994. You were in denial then, and continue to live in denial. Be African, or move to Europe.

    2. @ Anon 15 October

      I don't think you understand what an African is.
      To be more African would mean behaving more like a savage. To steal, rape and murder and then to blame it on something else.

      Maybe you should move here and live among them for some time.

      I don't suppose the name Amy Biehl rings any bells?

  2. It is heartening to see such a frenzy of vilification coming from the media.
    Red October must have done something right!

    Unfortunately, in a battle between moderates and extremists, moderates always lose.

    As long as (most) whites continue to buy into this non-racist, equality nonsense and fear to associate with or be labeled racists. We will continue to slowly lose ground, we will continue to be killed off quietly, one by one - until too few of us remain (if we are not too few already).

    Extremism on the left can only be countered by extremism of our own.

    If we are not prepared to become extremists to defend what we own, to defend our very lives and those of our family and friends, then by the harsh laws of nature we may deserve to lose all.

    1. so if an african goes to Europe they should assimilate, but an Afrikaner is free to expect Africa to bend to them? No wonder you are on the wrong end of the stick.

    2. This is not Africa, this is South Africa.
      It was a nation built by whites for whites.
      We defeated the British (the most powerful empire in the world at the time) twice when they tried to take our land.
      I think we at least deserve to not live in fear of being murdered.

      You don't appear to be from here, so maybe you will understand better if you think of SA like Detroit.

      When Detroit was full of whites it was one of the best places in the world. The blacks made a fuss, and got special privileges. The whites moved away and Detroit now looks like a place in Africa.

  3. The problem is - you're not special. These are problems affecting all of South Africa. To put on this display of ridiculousness is really beyond silly. If living there is intolerable, move to Europe, leave Africa to the Africans. You've infringed long enough.

    I have no patience for a bunch of Europeans who throw tantrums because they are not being catered to. Particularly after oppressing the majority. Then having a shitfit when unification was upon them and demanding their own separatist country. Grow up and participate, or go away.

    1. The truth is - We are special.
      When we were in control of the country we were safe. Now we are not. We can build and run successful countries and societies, blacks can't.

      I don't care if you have no patience for me, why should I? Who are you to tell me what to do?