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Saturday, 24 October 2015

South Africa and the British left.

Hardly a week goes by that some lefty is talking about South African problems, often hinted their present misfortune was caused by the Apartheid government.

My parents were doing rather well, but I was an avid reader of history from a young age and knew that subjecting a people could never last and often ended in total violence.

At 14, I was caned in front of the Afrikaans school I attended. My crime? It was the writing of an essay in which I suggested that if we gave the vote only to those with Matric, black or white [very few blacks had Matric in those days (1954)] and then concentrated on educating blacks to Matric standard, in about thirty years [1984] there would be an equal number of black and white voters, and the peoples of South Africa would be more used to working with each other.

Anyway, a year later, I left school, I left my parents, and I left my country as I couldn't live under a government which I knew was doomed to fail. I came to the Northern Hemisphere. I have lived in America (three years) and France (three years) and the rest of the time in England. I married an English girl which is why I haven't returned.

The blacks took over in 1994, and at first, everything seemed OK. Then Mandela died, and things have got from bad to worse ever since.

Going back to my first paragraph, I think we have passed the point that the ANC government can blame apartheid for all the ills of the country. The ANC still hate the whites and are doing their best to drive them out. In fact there are about twenty whites in America who have become billionaires. The owner of the Tesla electric cars, Elon Musk, being the more well known. These are the people Jacob Zuma of the ANC doesn't want in his South Africa. Are these guys devastated? Work it out for yourselves.

But now, and lefty broadcasters take note, not only the whites are suffering. The top echelon of the ANC are more interested in increasing their personal wealth than helping the poorer of their black constituents. As for the whites, several of my Afrikaner friends have echoed this. They tell me that even with the government doing all it can to inconvenience them, they are a tough people ** and can fend for themselves. But the poorer blacks are just getting poorer by the day. Nkandla, the presidents palace, cost £19.000,000 to create, about the time we gave South Africa £17,000,000 in aid.

I support two charities in South Africa. One set up to help Afrikaners, and the other set up to assist poor blacks who have landed up in hospital.

** This is the first paragraph in The Great Boer War by Dr Arthur Conan Doyle. [he wasn't knighted then] I have altered it by creating paragraphs to make reading it easier.

Take a community of Dutchmen of the type of those who defended themselves for fifty years against all the power of Spain at a time when Spain was the greatest power in the world. Intermix with them a strain of those inflexible French Huguenots who gave up home and fortune and left their country for ever at the time of the revocation of the Edict of Nantes. The product must obviously be one of the most rugged, virile, unconquerable races ever seen upon earth. 
Take this formidable people and train them for seven generations in constant warfare against savage men and ferocious beasts, in circumstances under which no weakling could survive, place them so that they acquire exceptional skill with weapons and in horsemanship, give them a country which is eminently suited to the tactics of the huntsman, the marksman, and the rider. 
Then, finally, put a finer temper upon their military qualities by a dour fatalistic Old Testament religion and an ardent and consuming patriotism. Combine all these qualities and all these impulses in one individual, and you have the modern Boer--the most formidable antagonist who ever crossed the path of Imperial Britain. 
Our military history has largely consisted in our conflicts with France, but Napoleon and all his veterans have never treated us so roughly as these hard-bitten farmers with their ancient theology and their inconveniently modern rifles.

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