A ridiculous fight…

Right off the bat, let me state quite plainly that the hate speech case against ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema currently before the Equality Court in Johannesburg, is absurd. It’s an indictment on both the blinkered fools who initiated the legal action and the bigots, who have rallied together to defend it.

The pro-Afrikaaner group Afriforum who brought the case against Julius Malema for singing a song translated to mean “kill the Boer [Farmer],” are misguided in their attempts, though it may seem noble by many people, notably Afrikaners. According to constitutional experts such as Pierre de Vos, the definitions of hate speech are far too broad and may render ordinary everyday speech as objectionable, depending on the fuzzy sensibilities of the person or persons it is directed at.

Julius Malema on the other hand, is not the innocent victim here – far from it. Being the useful tool that he no doubt is, his insistence on singing the song “kill the Boer” 17 years into what the ANC government considers a democracy, has to be regarded with suspicion. Hateful or hurtful language such as that depicted in the song would not have been out-of-place during South Africa’s apartheid years. But why now? Can it be a delayed act of revenge against the former oppressors. Surely not – most of the youth today could not have been so affected by apartheid 17 years ago to the extent that it would merit an act of vengeance after so many years.

Surely there is a hidden agenda by the Youth League leader and by extension the ANC, in becoming embroiled in this hate speech saga at this point in time in the history of the country. Why would a liberated people still be singing about “killing” who they envisage to be their former oppressors after all these years?

Filter in the fact that it’s election time and things start falling into place.

It has not escaped the attention of many wise people, that the ANC are in desperate need of attention being diverted away from the now routine disclosures by opposition political parties and other organizations of the ANC’s many, many failures in delivering services to the electorate, monumental corruption, nepotism, fraud, misconduct, gross incompetence and other forms of chicanery within the ANC government and structures.

This hate speech case before Equality Court provides a rather convenient side-show for the ANC supporters who are now being bussed in to congregate outside the court buildings, and be entertained by hired large screen television displays. Not to mention the bodyguards in sharp suits and dark glasses, brandishing menacing-looking firearms, that would not be out-of-place in a military invasion. And what about the ANC bigwigs who put in both daily and star-attraction attendances to court and who fire up the crowds with empty rhetoric? It’s a goddamn freakshow!

Right now it’s looking like a win-win situation for the ANC only. Afriforum have given them the perfect vehicle to demonstrate what they are very good at: being struggle heroes. That’s all they have to offer the people, because they have failed at governing.

And even if Afriforum get a favorable court ruling, the ANC and Malema will still win by getting a rap over the knuckles and perhaps a fine…which we the taxpayers will eventually have to cough up. Actually, Malema will be hoping to lose the case; it will be his proof to the people that they’re still being victimized, and that the [false] revolution he is calling for is justified.

Waiting for god to click his fingers…

A group of right-wing Afrikaners, seemingly disillusioned with post-apartheid South Africa, met this weekend to draw up a strategy for their liberation from reality; actually they prefer to call it liberation from the yoke of black oppression.

Basic observation teaches us that all men and women are not equal; the reality is that people have different abilities and different levels of competence in common abilities. It is conceivable that these characteristics of individuals, can be extended to even race groups. So, I have no beef really with a race group which wants to assert a superior characteristic (such as building laagers); it is evolutionary and natural after all. And if that group also wanted to associate only with members of their own race, then that’s fine too; freedom of association is permissable in most civilized countries; maybe even desirable.

It does irk me though, when a race group claims that their version of god (they do emphasize that it is a Christian version of god) endowed them with a superior genetic make-up which bestows upon them titles such as Master Race, and then go on to claim that their god meant races to be separate. Apart from the fact that creation myths are infantile, such beliefs in the modern world ought to be ridiculed, and punishable by law. But such beliefs are indeed held and propagated in post-apartheid South Africa, by those Afrikaners, who gathered this weekend near a little town called Heilbron; all 3oo of them by some accounts.

Judging by the right-wing rhetoric of the many speakers at the gathering as reported here, intelligent strategizing may have eluded them altogether, while juvenile boasting seems to have been the only accomplishment of this gathering.

The ANC government is only the black glove on the white British fist. This ANC government was installed with only one purpose, to destroy our Volk.

The African person is genetically programmed for destruction. Everything he touches, he destroys.

The first paper they [the Blacks] saw was the Bibles they took from the wagons after they killed the Voortrekkers. The closest they came to brain surgery was beating the Voortrekkers’ heads in with knobkerries. Their only engineering achievement was to hitch a plough onto an ox. They have just celebrated Heritage Day – the only heritage their ancestors left them was a couple of clay pots.

However, the most asinine comment of the day belongs to Ronnie van der Merwe, chairman of the organizing committee for the Afrikaner gathering:

the Heavenly Father, with a click of His fingers, can make us a free Volk if He so wished.

Perhaps the so-called Heavenly Father, taking pity on his creation (in his image off course), did indeed click his fingers, and wish such a thing, way back in 1994, when the right-wing Afrikaner lost both his illegitimate power and rights to the land. But seeing as sound travels much slower than light, and that the Heavenly Father is ostensibly in deep space, these poor Afrikaners have a really long time to wait before that click of the fingers is heard on earth. And alas, even so, the volk will not be free for as long as the mind is enslaved to such archaic thinking.

While these Afrikaner radicals do not represent the larger White community in South Africa, they are representative of similar splinter groups all over the world. So while they  indulge mainly in crazy religious and racial ramblings and ludicrous claims for god-given land, it is not hard to imagine them one day resorting to the same fundamentalist violence that is endemic in certain parts of the world right now.