- Among the contributions to civilization of South Africa
since the end of "apartheid" - the common shorthand for white
rule - is the phenomenon known as "child rape." You really have
to hand it to the South Africans. No other nation seems to have invented
this particular kind of atrocity before, and in the country where it
- Rape in South Africa in the last few years has indeed
taken off. In 2000, there were more than 52,000 cases reported, and
says that "South Africa has in recent years had one of the highest
per capita rates of rape and sexual assault in the world," according
to the New York Times. [NYT, January 29th, 2002, Grappling With South
Alarming Increase in the Rapes of Children PAY ARCHIVE] But "child
rape"-violent sexual attacks on females under 18-is a specialty that
appears to be unique. About 40 percent of the 52,000 rapes in 2000 involved
victims under 18; 20 percent involved victims under 11.
- One reason for the sprouting of child rape there is yet
another idea unique to South Africa-the notion that having sex with a
is a cure for AIDS. Since AIDS also has exploded since the end of
(along with unemployment, murder and terrorist attacks on white farmers
by blacks), raping young females-including actual infants-has become almost
commonplace. One doctor interviewed by the New York Times counted more
than 200 child rapes in 2001 in his locality, "mostly girls ages 7
- Last October six men were arrested for raping and
a nine-month-old baby. "No one knows what accounts for the disturbing
trend," bleats the Times.
- Well, actually, some people do know. It turns out that
the child rape epidemic is all part of the legacy of "apartheid."
"The researchers investigating child rape," the Times reports,
"say they cannot close their eyes to the lasting impact of the
system, which legitimized violence and oppression for decades." It's
not just the researchers. The political establishment itself in the New
South Africa makes the same claim.
- "As we all know," preaches the country's deputy
president, Jacob Zuma, "the apartheid history of this country left
behind a legacy of a serious breakdown of the moral infrastructure of our
society." One of the researchers into child rape, Saths Cooper, also
blames "apartheid"; South Africa, he intones, is "a society
that has come out of an abyss."
- As a matter of fact, South Africa has fallen into an
abyss. Child rape-along with AIDS, other kinds of rape, murders, and
all either unknown in South Africa under "apartheid" or under
control. Indeed, today, police won't even release statistics on rape
prior to 2000. It's only in the New South Africa-the democratic South
the anti-racist South Africa, the progressive South Africa-that the abyss
started swallowing the country whole. The blunt truth is that South Africa
was far better off under "apartheid" than it is today or than
it promises to be ever again.
- What has happened in the New South Africa is not only
the enthronement of ideologies alien to it but also the legitimization
of the savagery that "apartheid" repressed and controlled. No
doubt superstitions such as the belief that sex with a virgin cures AIDS
existed under "apartheid," but because the savages dumb enough
to believe it and act on it were kept under restraint-by laws that
the physical movement of blacks, kept them out of cities, required them
to carry passports, etc.-the superstition didn't matter much. Now-with
the triumph of "freedom"-it does matter.
- Indeed, one feature of the New South Africa that also
contributes to the rape epidemic is the collapse of law enforcement itself.
As the Times also reports, "Rape victims still wait hours for an
or police car to take them to the hospital. Sloppy investigations mean
that rapists are usually free to terrorize their victims over and
Yet another legacy of "apartheid," of course.
- It occurs to no one in the South African government-or
for that matter at the New York Times-to suggest that blaming
for every failure and atrocity that happens in South Africa is merely an
evasion of the truth, with about as much merit as a juvenile delinquent
blaming his parents for being too permissive. But of course no one can
speak the truth about what is happening in South Africa without
the whole case against "apartheid."
- What is happening in South Africa today-indeed what has
happened all over Africa since the withdrawal of the European empires in
the 1960s-is exactly what defenders of "apartheid" always
would happen: the victory of savagery over the civilization that the white
empires imposed. What was once the most economically and technologically
advanced society on the African continent now lurches into the abyss
by egalitarians-and no one in its government or in the world press dares
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