Farm murders, white genocide and RedOctober

Kevin_Kingby Kevin King

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“Every action has an equal but opposite reaction” – Sir Isaac Newton

In life, actions (physical or otherwise) also have reactions.  Somehow, an unknown number of actions, reactions and re-reactions got us to where we are today, causing this RedOctober march, the allegations of white genocide and outrage over farm murders.  A large section of social media describes these activists and supporters as racists, without questioning how we got to this point.  I’ll attempt to apply Stephen Covey’s 5th Habit of Highly Successful People, “Seek first to understand, then to be understood”, so doing some research before shouting insults and proclaiming these people to be racists.

Crime

I’ve written numerous articles about crime on this country, so I’ve done a lot of research.  Hopefully all the readers will know that we are the crime capital of the world.  If you need reminding, here’s our wall of shame, 1994 to 2012:

  • 376,627 reported murders (57 per day)

  • 597,900 reported homicides (91 per day)

  • 443,551 reported attempted murders (67 per day)

  • 4,175,178 reported serious assaults (635 per day)

  • 1,111,425 reported rapes (169 per day)

  • 22,228,500 estimated rapes (3,383 per day)

Our crime is at crisis levels, no doubt, and with these high levels it’s impossible that every region, race, sex, group, religion etc is not affected.

Hate crime vs normal crime

It seems that a large number of RedOctober detractors are using the “crime affects all” reasoning for shooting down RedOctober.  With the extreme levels of crime in our country it would be easy for hate crime to be hidden in the enormous sea of crime that taking place.  Taking this “crime affects us all” approach would mean denying the existence of hate crime, which is absurd.  Besides the fact that hate crime is difficult to identify, quantify and prove there is an obvious difference between hate crime and normal crime.  The latter lacks the element of hatred by the perpetrator(s) towards the victim(s) and the level of violence is often exaggerated.  I never really thought about how the psychological effects would vary, so I did some research.   According to research, hate crimes have more serious psychological effects than other crime.  Also, survivors of hate crime show more signs of psychological distress than survivors of non-biased crime and this distress was found to last longer in hate crime survivors due to the fact that the crime leaves lasting feelings of personal danger and vulnerability associated with their identity.  A high level of outrage would thus make sense, as members of the victim’s group would feel this same personal danger and vulnerability that the victim felt.

So we’ve seen outrage by Afrikaner groups over social media, we’ve seen the RedOctober march taking place, all against farm murders in particular.  While these Afrikaners may speak a different language to us, be a different colour to the majority of the country, have different interests and cultures, they are not immune to the same feelings of vulnerability and persecution that all other groups affected by hate crimes feel.  In other words, they are also human.  The next big question would then be:  Are these feelings of vulnerability and persecution, which is causing their reaction of outrage, justified or merely perceived?

These activists present a long list (thousands) of victims murdered on their farms in interracial murders, and they claim that the murder rate on farms is far higher than the national average.  Now without going into the actual numbers, because I feel they are irrelevant for purposes of this discussion, I’d like to make a few points:

  • A number like this can create a perception

  • The aggravating circumstances surrounding these attacks strengthens the perception

  • However, proving hate crime on an individual basis is near impossible, as will be further discussed in the next paragraph, which can strengthen critics’ claims that the perception is false

Proving and prosecuting hate crime

South Africa is set to bring into law the Hate Crimes Bill in 2014.  Long overdue to say the least, the Bill is set to address how hate crime is tried and prosecuted.  What may be a first for our country is old news for many first world countries like the USA, which has several hate crimes statutes.  But even with all their legislation, they have serious challenges in proving that a crime is hate crime, especially proving racial motives.  The (US) Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology contains a discussion as to why this difficulty exists, and these same reasons are relevant in our context.

  • “The fact that an individual’s motive lies peculiarly within his or her knowledge undermines the ability of prosecutors and plaintiffs to prove racist motives in hate crimes cases”

So without the accused’s own admission, it is virtually impossible to prove hate crime.  Prosecutors will have to rely on circumstantial evidence.  Other difficulties in proving motive are:

  • “Inferences about motive which are drawn from circumstantial evidence may be highly inaccurate given the inherent ambiguity of motive itself” – The defendant may have acted out of paranoia rather than racism

  • “Multiple motives may impel an individual to act” – The defendant may claim that he or she acted out of some other motivation

To sum up the document:  “Prosecutors often find it impossible to demonstrate by proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused acted out of racist motives”.  These are the exact same problems that RedOctober activists like Steve Hofmeyr face when pushing their cause, and the exact same problem our courts will face when the Hate Crimes Bill comes into force.

There are cases that pop up which are undoubtedly hate crime such as the Rawstorne family murder by William Kekana, who testified that he brutally wiped out the family “because they were white”, or the Lotter women murders where the perpetrators left behind their motive, “Kill the Boer” daubed in the victims’ blood.  These cases further strengthen the perception that many other farm murders have a racial motive behind them but these cases are generally ignored by critics.  Activists thus have an uphill battle to prove hate crime when motive is so difficult to prove for the vast majority of cases.  But although the motives behind hate crime are almost impossible to prove in court, it is very successfully proven outside of court.

The media and social media commentators (SMC’s)

In most cases of interracial violence and cases involving violence against minorities, the media and SMC’s are quick to attach a motive to the crime, classifying the crime as a hate crime.  These accusations are deemed to be true by consumers as if the motive was actually proven in a court of law.  Also, the media and SMC’s tend to be very inconsistent when classifying crimes as hate crimes, creating the impression amongst some that they are biased or trying to censor.  To give an example:

  • A recent case of a horrific rape and murder of a lesbian.  The media and SMC’s immediately classified the crime as a corrective rape hate crime, although no anti-gay motive was obtained from the perpetrator.  The motive was assumed because the victim was lesbian and due to the aggravating circumstances.

  • A recent case of a brutal torture and murder of an elderly farm couple.  Although this was an interracial crime and aggravating circumstances existed, the media and SMC’s declined to attach a racial motive to the crime.

When the latter is called a “racist farm murder” or “white genocide”, critics are quick to claim “crime affects all”, “we have a high murder rate so obviously these farmers will be murdered” and “farmers are more vulnerable because they are isolated” etc.  Then why is it that when a lesbian is raped it’s called “corrective rape”?  Doesn’t “crime affect us all”?  When we have over 3000 rapes per day isn’t it obvious that lesbians will also be victims of rape?  Are lesbians not vulnerable because men are usually more powerful and often hunt their victims in packs?  Yet both cases are not treated the same.

Pure double standards in my book and most probably one of the reasons why the likes of Steve Hofmeyr go to extreme lengths to protest and create awareness regarding farm murders and white genocide.

White genocide

Just to touch on the main misconceptions about genocide:

  • Numbers don’t matter.  According to the definition of genocide, “an individual criminal may be guilty of genocide even if he kills only one person, so long as he knew he was participating in a larger plan to destroy the group [or part of a group]”.

It only takes ONE individual to kill ONE person, if that individual knew he was participating in a larger plan to destroy the people.  That means that if only ONE individual interprets a statement like “Shoot the Boer” by his commander and chief for instance, to be an order to commit genocide and acts on it, that individual will be guilty of committing genocide, plain and simple.

There are indicators that genocide could be happening on a larger scale, for example, widespread rape, torture and executions of Afrikaners on their farms, with perpetrators stealing few or no valuables.  However the existence of an organised plan to commit genocide is unknown and will be extremely difficult to prove.  Regardless, individuals can be perpetrators of genocide by definition.  In the two cases I mentioned before, the Rawstorne family and the Lotters, it can easily be debated that these are cases of genocide.  After a healthy debate, you will at best prove that these cases are racist hate crimes, which I’m afraid is not much worse than genocide.

Conclusion

There are a high number of Afrikaners being murdered on their farms.  Often there is rape and torture involved and in many cases nothing is stolen.  There are numerous death threats posted on Facebook, Twitter and even at political rallies, mostly directed at this group.  On top of this, there are cases where the racist motive cannot be denied.  Although few of these cases exist, they further strengthen the perception that farm murders in general are racially motivated and that white genocide may exist.  There is clear evidence for the Afrikaner minority group to feel vulnerable and threatened and it appears that their fears and outrage of unjustly treated by the media, social media commentators and even the government.  Besides the compelling evidence in their favour, even their human nature is criticised and they are persecuted for this.

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  • Johann Theron

    Interesting insight. If this is coupled to a previous article on “Genocide as social justice” then a legal argument for genocide can be developed using the link between social justice (or sometimes called mobjustice) and a single murder convict such as where kill-the-boer was written in blood. I would suggest to farmers to install hidden cameras in and outside their houses. The rest should be easy.

  • Rooikop

    If you look at the farm murders there is definitely a common thread running through most. In most cases the firearms, cell phones and a vehilcle is stolen.

    The phones I can understand as they will allow communication to the outside world. The firearms are used for more crime so that makes sense. The vehicles are stolen as a means to get away and then abandoned close to the farm – Why would they leave the vehicle? The black market for vehicles are huge yet in almost all the cases the vehicle is damaged and abandoned. This common thread is what tells me that either the murders are centrally planned or at the very least the perpetrators were trained by the same and/or similar group of people.

  • WWW

    • Havenga

      Kyk vir Helen Zille.

  • Escriva

    When all the farmers are gone,because they have been murdered.
    Who will feed the masses in SA?

    Who stands to gain the most by feeding africa in such a situation?
    This is your enemy.

  • jacques

    Thanks for his excellent read, Kevin.

  • raceReady

    I’m very scared of blacks because i was always told blacks are bad and violent.

    I’m so emotional and racist

    • WWW

      This is what liberals actually believe?

      No need to be told about their nature, just look for yourself. Our desire to separate from them is certainly not based on ignorance.

      • raceReady

        well done

    • Jimbo Jones

      snide kyke

  • Nat Turner

    It would seem that hysteria is setting in now amongst some White South Africans,
    with interested right wing hate groups and individuals from the USA fanning the flames.
    The following points are given in the light that
    there are groups who have participated in acts of terror and
    others who threaten it in regard to majority rule in Azania – South Africa,
    in particular over the issue of land.
    We are even being foresworn the “biggest blood river in African history”
    should any attempt at land reform be made.
    “Today, only around 36,000, predominantly white commercial farmers are
    responsible for providing 95 percent of South Africa’s locally-produced food”
    The above figure proves the point I have been making,
    The various groups bellowing about “White genocide” in South Africa,
    talk of the murder of 85,000 farmers in the last 20 years.
    No matter how quick dead farmers were being replaced,
    that figure could never be sustained.
    My argument is that these recalcitrant elements,
    the unrequited heirs to apartheid,
    are politicking for a Boer homeland,
    which they feel they were denied at “independence” in 1994.
    The exaggerating of the figure for the number of murdered farmers is
    Genocide Agitation for the creation of a White’s only state.
    I have repeatedly said “No Boer Homeland – Not Now – Not Ever”,
    be that in Azania – South Africa or anywhere else on the continent.
    Our X masters need to be educated on that fact and help us build one united country. – See more at: http://blogs.channel4.com/miller-on-foreign-affairs/mandela-afrikaners-fear-boer-bloodbath/557#sthash.aFiwhkkI.5FmMM8l9.dpuf

    • Rentia Diedericks

      I don’t think the Biggs family from Ixopo wanted to move to a white homeland, but you are probaly not interested in facts that could dissolve your Boerehaat campaign. Actually you should concentrate on the British Bantustans Swaziland and Lesotho. No matter how many dead miners are being replaced, that figure could never be sustained before word gets out.My argument is that these recalcitrant British elements,the unrequited heirs to Bantustans,are politicking for black homelands right in the middle of South Africa.

      • Gas

        Is that why prince Harry visits Lesotho so often? I thought the British wanted to poison our water

      • Nat Turner

        You know as much about the case as I do,
        therefore you know it was a robbery and not a race crime,
        they wanted into the safe, one of the three had worked there and knew the location.
        It was not part of this fictitious “White genocide” drama which an umbrella of
        racist, fascist and anti communist elements,
        both here and America as well as Europe are fabricating and spreading around the world.
        Last week in America was seen the hideous failure of the
        “White Man March” based around the same theme of “White genocide”,
        they are seen collaborating all over the internet, with elements from here.
        Even the SAIRR bulletin (for jobs) 26 March has been hailed as another
        example of this heinous “White genocide”.
        As terrible as these crimes are no one should use them for political gain and
        should consider that what they are advocating will put all communities at risk.
        Unfortunately the murder rate, arising from a very high concentration of chronically
        poor in society, is 50 murders a day,
        if White genocide were in effect then “Farm Tracker the Boer Genocide Tracker ”
        couldn’t report that up until 25 March there have been 58 murders of White people,
        not only farmers, in South Africa, this year.
        We should all be aware that the use of race and crime in pursuance of a
        separate state for Whites will not succeed and only lead to further chaos on the land.
        Please do not try to muddy the argument by pointing it elsewhere,
        none of these state lets have produced Boeremag or Mangaung plotters,
        none of them have promised the “biggest blood river in African history”
        as Neo Genocide does
        Despite the pain other communities are feeling, the Black African community has
        always borne the brunt of crime, it will not cease for any of us
        as long as acute poverty remains the norm.

        • Rentia Diedericks

          No they have produced far worse war criminals like Blair and Bush. The Boeremag and Mangaung jokes were organised by NIA to discredit Afrikaners and their agents have already openly admitted to it. The only people being put at risk by telling the world about the ongoing white genocide are the ones committing the crime. Please tell us why British Bantustans are tolerated and funded with our tax money? Are they acting as safe havens for the black terrorists and farm murderers?

          • Nat Turner

            Al-Qaeda were dismissed for years as insignificant inept fools,
            look how they turned out.
            Right across the world whenever the right wing urban terrorists are caught,
            there is always someone there to excuse them and shout they have been set up,
            when will this denial cease.
            I speak about the very real threat to us in this country,
            you wish to speak about anything but that as

            an attempt to sidestep this very serious issue which i have raised,
            that is elements are determined to push us all over the precipice

            in an attempt to secure an impossible political objective.
            The picture I post here I got via twitter last two nights ago,
            it is a “stopwhitegenocideinSA” poster with it’s gun,
            no doubt meant to intimidate,
            this is the level of those screaming White genocide to the world.

        • Gas

          You have just admitted that farm murders are directed against Afrikaners only, clever Gnat! The Biggs are English, so they “survived”. What really happened was that they probably handed over their weapons so the terrorists could plan and execute the next farm murder of an Afrikaner family

          • Nat Turner

            I have admitted no such thing,
            Either you are imagining it or you wish to hear that,
            The issue of crime will not be dealth with until poverty and centuries long depravation are dealt with.
            The terroristic elememts I’m speaking out about are attempting to use peoples fears and amlify them in pursuance of their own political agenda,
            which as i say is the creation of a White’s only state on African soil.
            The picture I post here I got via twitter last night,
            it is a “stopwhitegenocideinSA” poster with it’s gun,

            meant to intimidate,
            This is the nature of those wishing to worry the White masses like sheep.