By Caroline Black
Farmers protesting against the violence
(Photo courtesy of Gulshan Khan, AFP, and Getty Images)
South Africa, an industrialized country dubbed as the “Rainbow Nation” for its mixed population. Its economy is successful enough to be the second largest in Africa and the 34th largest in the world. It’s an example of how people come together to create and sustain a successful first-world environment.
However, the era of the rainbow’s crest appears to be coming to an end. The current president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, has stated that land owned by the white minority shall be taken away from them and redistributed to black South Africans without any compensation. The justification for this act? Claiming that this will heal any divisions and injustices done by the original European colonists from over 400 years ago.
Accompanied by this law is growing violence against European-descended farmers. Thousands of brutal farm attacks and farm murders have been wrought on the white population of South Africa. This has only been encouraged by the government, as officials have even composed a song about the minority’s genocide.
Unfortunately for the survivors, there’s nowhere to go. The Western World is already in debate with itself as to what needs to be done about the black and Middle Eastern people fleeing to Europe in hopes of a new life, a new beginning. Compared to them, the white Christian Afrikaners will never be viewed as refugees, even if they are being tortured and butchered by their own country’s government.
The only long-term solution for both sides is a peaceful and lawful secession of the Cape region. A civil rights organization known as CapeXit sent a secession letter to former South Africa President Jacob Zuma describing that the secession is meant to be “the end of an era where marginalization and disregard of the basic human rights of the Afrikaner have become the accepted norm in South Africa.” Seeing as how Jacob Zuma has left office, nothing has been done to reply to this letter as of the writing of this article.
It is a shame that the celebrated “Rainbow Nation” is turning its people against each other based on their race. No one should ever be persecuted or blamed as the center of a country’s problems based on race, sex, religion, or what have you. If anything, it only creates more problems in the future; if the secession is successful, the possibility of war breaking out between the two newly divided countries and adding to the pile of corpses will likely hang over their heads. South Africa’s current state should be used as an example as to why discrimination against any human being will never end well, and that it should be avoided altogether.