- I received this from a good friend. It came with this
title: "Dan Roodt - During times of universal deceit, telling the
truth becomes a revolutionary act". This article is said to have been
written by Dan Roodt who is a well-known Afrikaner intellectual.
- Folks, as per Dan Roodt's request - please take this
article of his and post it far and wide and send it to your friends by
email and ask them to send it to their friends by email. In South Africa,
our media has for YEARS, suppressed the truth about crime, by constantly
REMOVING RACE from all crimes. Why? Because you'll be utterly shocked at
how many crimes in South Africa are:
- (a) Perpetrated by blacks (b) Perpetrated against whites
- Nobody in the Mass Media here or anywhere else wants
to mention it. You will notice all sorts of suppression and evasion of
the truth in our media. In every news article a criminal is "an alleged
criminal", etc. Even if he was busy blowing people away at point blank
range he is "an alleged" criminal. Race is always removed from
news articles because it would show that the vast majority of crime in
South Africa is Black ATTACKING/MURDERING/STEALING/RAPING/GANG-RAPING whites.
- So, of course, nobody has any real interest in the truth.
Please, folks, DO YOUR BIT to see to it that just because the Mass Media
is intimidated by our Govt which is forever hiding and covering up things,
that some of the truth gets a little bit further. Do your bit for those
who suffered hideously at the hands of these lawless cretins who blow people's
brains out for as little as R10 or as little as a cell phone. We are so
used to the lawlessness of this country that we don't even think ! twice
about it - and yet, our society is more violent, during ! peace ti me,
than most countries are which are AT WAR. -Jan Lamprecht
- By Dan Roodt
- During the time of National Party reforms in the seventies
and eighties, the cliché "adapt or die" used to do the
rounds. Nowadays, given the highest murder rate in the world, this should
be modified slightly to read, "adapt and die". For the endemic
social violence in South Africa is probably incurable.
- Optimists think that violent crime can be solved through
better policing, more efficient courts and more secure prisons. Even assuming
that such improvements were possible under conditions of hard-core affirmative
action, it must be admitted that criminal justice treats the symptom and
not the cause of social violence. The Department of Correctional Services,
for one, has lost 496 out of 500 former Deputy Directors since 1994, representing
most of the intellectual capital in the department. Newcomers may learn
their job properly, or they may not, but they have to be f! lown to overseas
countries to find out how prisons work as most of those previously involved
in managing our prisons are no longer there.
- South Africa used to have a problem of political violence.
It was not as bad as elsewhere in Africa, but for some reason elicited
hysterical international condemnation. However, actors in political violence
are mostly driven by some sort of creed or belief system. Whether such
a person is a communist, an anarchist, a neo-Nazi or an ethnic or religious
guerilla fighter, he is usually amenable to persuasion or compromise. Even
a group of Muslim suicide bombers might declare peace if they were given
a territory in which to set up an Islamic theocracy, governed only by themselves
and not subject to any outside influence.
- In the same way, South Africa's so-called liberation
movements who were at one time fanatically convinced of the need for violent
and bloody revolution, laid down arms and bombs upon b! eing told that
F.W. de Klerk would surrender power uncondition! ally. So lving political
violence is often intractable, but not impossible.
- Not so social violence. Endemic crime, the breakdown
of the social fabric, a sense of drift regarding norms of good conduct,
point to a far deeper problem. The freedom fighter or urban terrorist is
ultimately rational, despite a value system that normal society might find
- But what is "normal society"? It is only the
sum-total of behaviours prevalent in any given society at any given time.
The Aztecs, infamously, practised daily human sacrifice to appease their
sun god. It might revolt many of us today, but to them it was entirely
normal. South Africa currently sacrifices about 87 humans per day to violent
crime, or 32 000 per year. Those are only the ones who actually die. Scores
of others are injured, maimed, traumatised, robbed, raped, burgled and
- In any suburb today an entire history of murders, hijackings,
and other violent events can b! e written, if only the locals were narcissistic
enough to consider their own history worth recording for posterity. On
the other hand, social violence lacks the charm and grandeur of political
violence as it is usually not committed in the interest of some glamorous
cause like national liberation or world revolution but simply to acquire
some hapless person's BMW or rape his wife because she happened to be inside.
- However, some time ago a Johannesburg newspaper engaged
in chronicling some local history in the suburbs of Westdene and Lakefield
in Benoni. Nearly every resident had a story to tell, an entire litany
of mayhem. Mr. John Gee miraculously survived a shot through the eye, but
now feels traumatised. His wife says, "One lives in fear in one's
own home. One does not sleep. One prays for protection, yet only more fears
- But who are the authors of South Africa's social violence?
Even asking this question presents one wit! h a sense of discomfort, because
most violent criminals in Sou! th Afric a are young black men between the
ages of 16 and 36. As one surgeon who had stitched together at least three
child rape victims, two of whom were infants, said recently, "Probably
white men commit such acts too; it is just that no-one in South Africa
has come across such a case."
- Of course, it would be preposterous to say that all young
black men are prone to violence. Judging from our daily experiences in
crime-torn South Africa, however, a sub-section of that population, large
enough to cause more havoc than even a well-equipped guerilla army of a
few thousand men, has taken up practices such as heists, hold-ups, murders,
sexual violence exacted upon women and children, and so on.
- Explanations for such deviancy are manifold. The ubiquitous
answer of it being due to apartheid might have been satisfying if other
African societies never subject to group areas and a homeland system did
not display similar traits. The Congo, Liberia, Sierra ! Leone come to
mind. There is a whole nature/nurture debate around black violence, except
that no adherent of the "nature" side would publicly admit to
being one, for fear of being branded a racist. Even though mainstream American
cancer research has conclusively shown that black men have higher levels
of testosterone than their white counterparts, few would hazard the notion
that this might be linked to their greater propensity for violent crime.
- America has a gargantuan prison population of two million,
over half of which consists of African-Americans. This is despite their
minority status in the USA, comprising only 12% of an overall population
amounting to 290 million. South Africa could neither afford nor succeed,
given the dire state of our criminal justice system, in jailing a similar
number of black male offenders. Currently, only 10% of murderers in South
Africa get arrested and only 6% are convicted. Any murderer therefore has
a! 94% chance of getting away with it.
- If by some miracle! all ser ious criminals in the country
had to be caught and imprisoned, the prison population would surely treble
or quadruple from the present 200,000, which is already high by world standards.
Not only is such an improvement inconceivable under current conditions,
but it would also be politically unpopular with the ruling ANC who would
be incarcerating large numbers of young black males who are mostly its
own supporters at the polls.
- Few whites, if any, commit violent crime and there are
only 3,900 of them in prison, mostly for white-collar offences such as
fraud or insider trading on the stock exchange. All that remains in the
world's most violent society, is precisely to adapt and die. Twice as many
South Africans of all races now die of murder than of road accidents -
even though the road accident rate is also the highest in the world, surpassing
that of Turkey. Crime extends to trade in driver's licences, so that a
large number of drivers use so-ca! lled "bought licences", hardly
a contribution to road safety.
- There are some people naive enough to think that "something
can be done about crime" in South Africa, mostly opposition politicians
who dream about diverting funds from arms procurement to policing, but
this would be futile. There are already three times as many private security
personnel as state-employed policemen, and even they do not succeed in
containing what has become Africa's only peacetime killing field.
- "I killed them because they were white." These
famous words were spoken last year by William Kekana, who participated
in one of the most horrendous incidents in which the entire family of Mr.
Clifford Rawstorne was wiped out, consisting of his fiancée, baby,
as well as his own mother. Even this massacre of an entire family would
not have made headlines, were it not for the fact that one year-old Kayla
was executed on her very first birthday with a shot in the head. Needless
to say, the two adult women were first raped before being killed.
- Both William Kekana and his accomplice, Charles Fido
Baloyi, fell into the high-risk group of young black (and Coloured) males
who commit almost all violent crime in the country. South Africa actually
has a Minister of Safety and Security, which to some might seem like an
example of absurd humour. His Excellency Mr. Charles Nqakula, whose official
résumé proudly states that he was once "a waiter and
wine steward", has immortalised himself by euphemistically stating
that there was no real crime problem in South Africa, except that it was
"a little on the high side".
- All in all, South Africa has got remarkably used to its
new-found status as the crime capital of the world. The high-rise districts
of Hillbrow and Berea in Johannesburg have been officially designated by
Interpol as having the highest murder rate in the world, that is, 600 people
per 100 000 population members per annum. Consider for a moment that such
a figure repre! sents 12 times the rate found in inner-city ghettoes in
the United States, often seen as no-go zones by many Americans.
- One British immigrant to South Africa who has survived
three car hijackings, refuses to emigrate, stating that he is now accustomed
to having Kalachnikovs pointed at him from pointblank range. Everyone knows
a relative or friend who has been killed or at least subjected to some
form of violent crime, and no South African can remotely imagine a society
where people do not live behind razor wire, electrified fences, high walls,
burglar bars and similar decorative props.
- Outsiders might find our lifestyle bizarre, but many
pundits in South Africa consider our society to be much more "normal"
now than at any time in the past, which was tarnished by ethnic separation
albeit without the present large-scale violence. At the height of segregation
and apartheid under Hendrik Verwoerd, South Africa was almost as peaceful
a! s Switzerland but she was immoral. Today we are the apotheo! sis of
r acial morality and political correctness, yet as violent as the Congo
or Liberia. Surprisingly, however, our economy continues to function amid
the carnage. No economist has ever studied this as far as I know, but not
only is crime our biggest industry - bigger than gold-mining or manufacturing
- it also stimulates consumption as stolen goods are replaced; it is a
boon to the insurance and security industries and ultimately makes surgeons
and undertakers rich. The government earns billions of rands in Value-Added
Tax on stolent goods being replaced with new ones. So crime pays.
- News about killings or shoot-outs no longer elicits the
slightest surprise. It is part of our daily existence, and one assumes
the lethal risks attending to something as simple as going shopping or
driving to work. My wife, for example, has twice been to the local shopping
centre where in the one instance a shoot-out was taking place in the parking
area so that she ha! d to hide between the cars with our 18 month-old son
in her arms; in the second case an armed robbery had just taken place with
the robbers casually strolling by with their guns and their loot.
- Everyone knows someone who has been killed, raped or
maimed. Just this week, the wife of a friend and former literary editor
of Die Burger, François Smith, was stabbed to death with a screwdriver
in their home in Wellington, near Cape Town. Her murderer was a 16-year-old
squatter camp resident whose race was omitted by the press but presumably
few, if any whites, reside in his particular squatter camp which is dedicated
to black Africans. Lisbé Smuts-Smith was a well-known academic and
head of the Afrikaans literature department at the University of Cape Town.
Just two weeks ago, another UCT academic, mathematician Brian Hahn, was
attacked by a former student, dr. Maleafisha Steve Tladi (35). Hahn died
in hospital a week later, while Tladi was release! d on bail of R500 (about
- Two years ago Louw Rabie! , a brilliant albeit reclusive
geologist and brother of author Jan Rabie, was beaten to death with a fence
pole by two Coloured men to whom he had lent some money a week earlier.
Police in the small Cape town of Montagu readily caught his murderers because
they happened to have drinking money during the week, taken from his home.
He was 80 years old, but in good health. He is reputed to have been one
of the most brilliant geologists and intellectuals this country has ever
produced, writing copiously throughout his life but disdaining publication
and public esteem. Africans with their oral tradition are fond of saying
that "when an old person dies, a library burns down".
- What strikes me about the relentless killings of
educated whites, is that the criminals are indeed "burning down the
libraries" of this country and physically exterminating the intellectual
class, much like Pol Pot did in Cambodia. The media are celebrating youth,
dance, colour, being bl! ack and exuberant - as opposed to the quiet studiousness
of middle-aged and elderly whites, the bearers of knowledge and understanding.
Are these learned whites who are being killed in exuberant, paradisiacal
outbreaks of violence simply the remnants of a civilisation that is being
eradicated in the name of decolonisation? No government spokesman has ever
condemned such killings; so we may assume that the present regime is completely
indifferent to them, where such killings do not enjoy their tacit support.
- Around our local school in the past week there have been
two car hijackings, as well as one murder. It is not really considered
to be an exceptionally violent area. Most of this is not even reported
in the press, because there really is not enough space and ordinary crime
is no longer newsworthy. It needs some further sadistic element to make
the front page, such as babies getting killed or raped, or elderly farmers
being tortured to ! death. Farming in South Africa is now arguably the
most dan! gerous p rofession in the world with more than 1600 farmers murdered
since 1994, often in macabre and dehumanising ways.
- To the outside world, white South Africans are congenitally
evil. If our murderers and rapists had been white and their victims black,
Europe or the United States would long ago have sent an expeditionary force
to put a stop to it. At present, news of white suffering in South Africa
inspires the occasional yawn in Western capitals. This is why a recent
article in The Despatch, detailing the rape of a dog by three black men,
gave me some hope that a chord will be struck somewhere in the coolly indifferent
breasts of our fellow-Westerners.
- Even if the lives of Louw Rabie, Brian Hahn, Lisbé
Smuts-Smith, Kayla Rawstorne and tens of thousands of others are of no
value to them, perhaps they will take pity on the mongrel bitch in Grahamstown
that was recently raped by three black men. Or perhaps two black men, as
the third one proteste! d his innocence upon being dragged out of the shack
by screaming, "I came here to relieve myself. These two were raping
the dog when I arrived!" Cruelty to humans, especially white humans,
is today a normal feature of our society, just like human sacrifice used
to be in the culture of the Aztecs. Cruelty to animals, or non-consensual
sex with dogs, may still evoke some sympathy, not only locally, but also
- I therefore feel sorry for Masganda - the name of
the dog concerned - who was rescued with a bleeding vagina and in need
of veterinary attention, but perhaps this lowly creature of uncertain lineage
could become a martyr for our cause in alerting opinion-makers and political
leaders of our plight.
- Cycling has become a popular sport in South Africa. However,
its practitioners regularly get shot at by gangs of black youths in the
street, so that many of them carry guns and knives for self-defence on
their bicycles. Members of th! e Johannesburg mountain-bike club were outraged
a while ago! when tw o cyclists, Scott and Lloyd Griffith, were charged
with murder after an armed battle with their four black assailants, one
of whom succumbed to his wounds. Most of the time, however, whites are
helpless victims of crime.
- The government has recently passed a new gun law
which makes it difficult, if not impossible, to own a firearm. They have
also abolished rural commandos of military reservists entrusted with crime-prevention
in the country, without any police units replacing them. Occasionally the
newspapers carry stories of crime victims successfully defending themselves
against attacks, offering armed resistance. As a result of the new gun
law, this will soon end and we shall simply be able to hide or flee from
our assailants. Defending oneself against a marauding robber or rapist
might be a manifestation of racism, and is therefore frowned upon as being
a kind of "right-wing" response.
- Being robbed of one's vehicle or household belongings
is now considered quite normal, and often people ascribe escaping with
their lives to their own astuteness, such as being friendly to the robber,
helping him load the effects into a vehicle, not looking him in the face
so as not to recognise him afterwards, et cetera.
- A friend of mine in Kempton Park kept up a reasonable
conversation with the thieves emptying his house, tied up as he was with
a gun pointed at him. He survived, although his elderly mother was badly
roughed up and had to be hospitalised. In other instances, of course, people
are not so lucky and they become just another murder statistic. Then they
simply adapt and die.
- *The first draft of this article was submitted to the
British Spectator, which turned it down about a year ago. I have now updated
it with references to more recent incidents. Probably no mainstream
newspaper in South Africa will publish it, because it refers to the race
and gender of violent criminals, whi! ch is taboo here as elsewhere in
the Western world.
- As George Orwell said, however, "during times
of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act"
- In the interest of drawing attention to the anarchy that
exists in South Africa, the author qualifies his copyright on this article
and invites everyone to post it on his or her website, copy it and mail
it to friends and mailing lists, translate it into other languages and
to distribute it far and wide.
- The only condition is that no element must be changed
- Posted By Jan Lamprecht AfricanCrisis Webmaster Author
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