In the "New South Africa", there is apparently a renewed appreciation for the old slogan "Kill the Boer, kill the farmer", chanted at political rallies and funerals during "The Struggle" (against apartheid).
Peter Mokaba, a youth leader in the ruling African National Congress party, is credited with originating the catch phrase. Mokaba went on to become a parliamentarian and a deputy minister in the Mandela cabinet.
By the time he expired in 2002 at the age of forty three (rumor has it of AIDS), Mokaba had revived the riff, using it liberally, in defiance of laws against incitement to commit murder. Given the mesmerizing, often murderous, power of the chant—any chant—in African life, many blame Mokaba for the current homicidal onslaught against the country's white farmers.
Mokaba's legacy lives on. Late in February of 2010, a senior member of the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC)—a competing socialist, racialist political party whose motto is "Africa for the Africans"—set-up a page on the social networking site Facebook. For all to see were comments such as the following, written by one Ahmed El Saud:
"Kill the f——g whites now!!! If you afraid for [sic] them, lets [sic] do it for you. In return, you can pay us after the job has been done... text us ... We are not afraid for [sic] the whites like your own people... its disgrace [sic] … he ask you and you dont [sic] want to... we will do it Mandela! [Sic]". [Kill whites' Facebook page not ours – PAC, By Cedric Mboyisa, The [Johannesburg] Citizen, February 25, 2010]
[VDARE.COM note: expletives deleted because our readers have quite enough trouble with workplace censorware as it is.]
Other messages matched the savagery of El Saud's sentences, if not their syntax. One boasted of "an army of 3000 people ready to kill white people within a day if it were called upon to do so."
Western Cape PAC chairman Anwar Adams, the responsible functionary, refused to remove the page. Needless to say, his sinecure has not been affected.
"'You f——g white pigs. Malema is our leader. He will kill [President Jacob] Zuma within the next six weeks.
"'Look ahead, my fellow black people. We will then take our land, and every trespasser, namely white whores, we will rape them and rape them till the last breath is out."
" 'White kids will be burned, especially those in Pretoria and Vrystaat. Men will be tortured while I take a video clip and spread it on YouTube," read one post.
"It continued: 'Its [sic] true what Malema said, silently we shall kill them ... Police will stand together ... our leader will lead us to take our land over. Mandela will smile again.
" 'White naaiers, we coming for you! Households will be broken into and families will be slaughtered." [Emphasis added—IM]
[Savagery posted on Facebook, By Cedric Mboyisa, The Citizen, March 21, 2010
Was the murderer of seventeen-year-old Anika Smit, also in March of 2010, a Facebook friend of Malema? When Johan Smit bid his bonny daughter goodbye, before leaving the home they shared in north Pretoria, he did not imagine he'd never again see her alive. Naked and mutilated is how this father found his only child on returning that day from work. Anika's throat had been slashed sixteen times and her hands hacked off. She had been raped. [Murdered girl's hands cut off, By Hilda Fourie, Beeld, March 12, 2010]
In Malema's defense, the ANC claimed he was not responsible for the Facebook page. The youth leader might be hard to track down in cyberspace, but Malema performed in person at the University of Johannesburg, stomping about with a group of students and singing, in Zulu, "Shoot the Boers, they are rapists." ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe spun Malema's live performance by choosing to dismiss the power of "Kill the Boer."
"Mantashe said the song was only a means of ensuring South African history was remembered and not meant as an incitement to violence against whites—who make up about a tenth of South Africa's 50 million population." [South Africa's ANC defends 'Kill the Boer' song, By Peroshni Govender, Reuters, Mar 30, 2010.]
No one who remembers the role of Radio Rwanda (first) and Radio-Télévision Libre des Milles Collines (RTLM), next, in galvanizing the Hutu to exterminate the Tutsi "inyenzi" ("cockroaches") can shrug off what is underway in South Africa.
Many South African blacks have a pathological preoccupation with variants of "Kill the Boer; kill the farmer." In its hypnotic hold on the popular imagination, the mantra resembles the "'Kill them before they kill you" slogan that helped excite Hutus to massacre half a million of their Tutsi neighbors.
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Peter Mokaba's funeral in 2002 was attended by the current South African president Jacob Zuma and his two predecessors, Thabo Mbeki and Nelson Mandela . At the sight of the coffined Mokaba, the crowd roared, "Kill the Boer, kill the farmer!" Witnesses will not say whether "Madiba" (Nelson Mandela) partook.
But to dispel any doubts about the esteem in which Mokaba is still held despite his savage slogan: the ANC has named a soccer stadium, built for the upcoming soccer World Cup, after this son of the "New South Africa".
Ilana Mercer (email her) is a weekly columnist for WorldNetDaily.com, a fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies, and the author of Broad Sides: One Woman's Clash With a Corrupt Culture, the Foreword to which was written by Peter Brimelow. Her website is www.ilanamercer.com; her blog www.barelyablog.com Exclusive to VDARE.COM, this column is adapted from Ilana's upcoming book, Into The Cannibal's Pot: Lessons For America From Post-Apartheid South Africa. It is still looking for a publisher.