Mandela’s legacy: the Shell House massacre


by Dan Roodt

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Twenty years ago, on 28 March 1994, the ANC’s militia massacred a crowd of protesting Zulus in downtown Johannesburg, using automatic weapons against men armed only with symbolic “cultural weapons”, such as spears and cowhide shields. Mandela himself gave the order “to kill, if necessary”.

The official death toll ranges from 9 to 53, but anecdotal evidence suggests it may have been much larger. Pamela Wallace, a commenter on the Daily Maverick article on the massacre, claims that there was so much blood on the floors of the Johannesburg General Hospital on 28 March that staff had to wear gumboots:

My late husband was working at the Johannesburg General at the time. They wore gum boots as they waded in blood and that hospital alone declared more than a hundred and fifty dead when the official figure at the time was about ten. I wonder what that figure is today?

And here lies the rub: no-one has ever been charged with any wrongdoing! Mandela, who gave the order to mow down the Inkatha men, afterwards delivered a speech in parliament exonerating himself and placing the blame squarely on the Zulu nationalist movement. Even more curiously, the De Klerk government – who were still in charge at the time – did nothing to ensure justice for the many people who were killed on 28 March.

FW de Klerk was just a puppet leader at the time; his response to the Shell House massacre constitutes one more proof of his spineless expediency.

If ever I find the time, I want to write a proper history of South Africa from after World War II to the present, showing the rapid rise and decline of the Afrikaner nation. Thanks to the patriotic fervour of our people, our previously fine education system with its emphasis on literature, mathematics and science, we were able to build an industrial society on the African continent within a few decades. The whole of the subcontinent benefited from this feat and even today South Africa is considered an exception, surrounded by countries such as Zimbabwe and Mozambique that have held or are still holding the dubious position of “poorest country in the world”. The growing squalor, corruption and decay of present-day South Africa stands in stark contrast to the order, progress and optimism of the immediate postwar period. Ultimately Afrikaners were not conquered militarily, but they were utterly defeated through propaganda, terrorism and calumny.

In the grand scheme of the relentless propaganda war against Afrikaners, the armed police response to the black rioters at Sharpeville on 21 March 1960 became a cause célèbre and to this day is constantly referred to in the media worldwide, while Shell House and the ANC’s war crimes in the form of terrorist attacks on unarmed civilians go almost unmentioned. It is therefore curious that a liberal website such The Daily Maverick should even recall the events of Shell House as they did today, including some gruesome photographs of the bloodshed.

Incidents such as Shell House, together with the ANC and Communist Party’s terror campaign during the 1980s demonstrate the doctrine of “people’s war”, an apparently North-Vietnamese strategy whereby one gains “democratic support through terror and violence”. The seasoned political and historical researcher, Dr. Anthea Jeffery, wrote a lengthy book on the ANC’s strategy of People’s War: New Light on the Struggle for South Africa (Jonathan Ball Publishers, 2009), which explains why we were destined to become a one-party state.

Video warning the public against ANC terrorist bombings in the 1980s:

Communist Party leader Joe Slovo had a master plan to conquer South Africa through a combination of propaganda, people’s war and urban terror, in which he largely succeeded.

And still the carnage continues; just look at the murder of Afrikaner farmers today which have as object the destruction of the rural economy and agriculture. When there is famine, he who controls the food supply, controls the population, as Mengistu and his British “humanitarian” collaborators so amply demonstrated in Ethiopia.

South Africa remains in the grip of the ruthlessly radical people who summarily shot practically unarmed Zulu nationalist demonstrators in the streets of Johannesburg twenty years ago. That the whole of the so-called West, in the form of the USA and EU, still bend over backwards in rolling out the red carpet to them at every occasion, speaks volumes about the moral confusion that exists out there.

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