Category Archives: South Africa

Trump Pulls Back the Shroud on South Africa

Loathe or admire the apprentice who became the president, all owe a debt to Donald Trump. Upon telling his secretary of state to home in on fears that Mandela’s legatees had declared open season on white farmers and farmland, the habituated tweeter provoked his opposite number to defend what, to many, seems gutter politics.

If a road to Hell is paved with good intentions, another road going to the same venue is paved with bad intentions. It’s the road South Africa is on.

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South African artist defends ‘Nazi Mandela’ work

Ayanda Mabulu’s piece drew criticism after it was briefly displayed at a Johannesburg art-fair.

A former president, Mr Mandela is a much-loved figure in South Africa, credited with ending white-minority rule.

Mabulu said that he was speaking on behalf of poor black South Africans.

“Mandela failed to deliver the dream and that makes him an equivalent of Hitler,” he told the BBC.

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South Africa: murders surge by more than 7% in a year

More than 20,000 people were killed between April 2017 and March 2018, figures show

Murders in South Africa have surged by more than 7% in the last year, with more than 20,000 people killed in 12 months, new official statistics have shown.

The country has long struggled to with violent crime. The new figures, released on Tuesday, showed that 57 people were murdered daily over a 12-month period between April 2017 and March 2018.

“It borders close to [a] war zone while there is a peace,” said Bheki Cele, the police minister.

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South Africa: Xenophobic violence resurfaces

Observers say migrants are being used as scapegoats in the latest wave of violent attacks. The government has been accused of failing to admit that xenophobia remains a serious issue in many townships.

A number of recent violent attacks in South Africa have served as a reminder that xenophobic violence remains very much a reality in a country still struggling with attitudes towards migrants.

Four people were reportedly killed in the Soweto area of Johannesburg last week by angry protestors. Mobs looted and destroyed properties belonging to foreign nationals, many of them Somalis, who were accused of selling fake and expired food products.

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South African opposition leader warns the West not to intervene in white land expropriation

South Africa’s radical politician, Julius Malema, boldly declared in a press conference what President Donald Trump has been saying: “Through land expropriation, we are forcing white people to share the land which was gained through a crime against the humanity of black and African people,” referring to the land policies of colonialism and apartheid and the point of the country’s new proposed “expropriation without compensation” policy which would take land from white farmers.

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South Africa ‘unexpectedly’ slides into recession as agricultural production plummets in wake of plans to seize white-owned farmland

Gee, who could have possibly anticipated that threatening to steal (that is, expropriate without compensation) land from farmers who have worked it for generations would cause farmers to cut back on planting?  Thus, we have Bloomberg telling us, “South Africa’s economy unexpectedly shrank for the second consecutive quarter in the three months through June.” 

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The UN IMF Approves of South Africa’s Expropriation of Land from White Farmers. South African Bank Demands Loans Be Paid in Full.

The United Nations’ International Monetary Fund (IMF), approves of South Africa’s controversial land reform as long as the highly contentious process is “rules-based” and transparent. Meanwhile, Nedbank in South Africa is demanding that all property loans must be paid in full even if the government confiscates the land from white farmers without compensation.

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South Africa court orders recognition of Sharia marriages

South Africa is failing its constitutional obligations by not recognizing traditional marriage between Muslims, a court ruled on Friday.

The country views couples wedded under Sharia law as unmarried. South Africa recognizes “customary marriage” but only for “indigenous African peoples.” This lack of oversight means that Muslim men and women cannot demand legal protection in case of divorce, including alimony claims.

Just what that country needs…

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South Africa withdraws white farmland redistribution bill six days after Trump warned he was closely studying the situation

South Africa has withdrawn its white farmland redistribution bill – six days after Donald Trump warned he was closely studying the situation.

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) said the bill passed by parliament in 2016 enabling the state to make compulsory purchases of land to redress racial disparities in land ownership needed further consideration.

It comes after Trump criticised the country’s land reform plans in a tweet that touched on the overwhelmingly white ownership of farmland in South Africa – one of the most sensitive issues in the country’s post-apartheid history

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Marxism Runs Amuck in South Africa

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‘I have the right to defend my property by force. And I will’: EXCLUSIVE – White farmer who is set to become the first to have his £10m game reserve seized says South Africa’s land grab policy is THEFT

Mr Steenkamp says President Cyril Ramaphosa’s plans of redistribution of white-owned land to South Africa’s black poor is just a cover so that the government can get their hands on valuable coal deposits found under his farm land. 

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