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May 14, 2015 4:14 pm

Something’s Rotten in the State of South Africa

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Great Hall on East Campus at the University of Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo: WikiCommons.

Great Hall on East Campus at the University of Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo: WikiCommons.

South Africa is synonymous with surf and safari, biltong and the fragrant smell of summer braaivleis. It is also a country that has overcome a dark and racist history in the hopes of embracing a bright, democratic future where all citizens are equal under the law. Iconic anti-Apartheid activists like Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Oliver Tambo, and others fought for the freedom of all South Africans and the country can boast of having one of the most liberal and progressive constitutions in the world.

But lately the fragrance of the air has been permeated with the stench of something rotten.

Racism and xenophobia is on the rise in the Rainbow Nation. Once celebrated for embracing diversity, South Africa has taken immeasurable steps back and is on the fast track to ruining all that was accomplished.

Foreign nationals from other African countries who migrate to South Africa in the hope of finding opportunity have had their shops and businesses looted, many have been killed and violently injured. The pictures are too painful for me to look at, let alone post to this blog. South Africans felt a horrible sense of déjà vu as the army rolled in to suburbs around Johannesburg and Durban to try and quell the xenophobic violence spiraling out of control.

South Africa is fraught with internal issues at the moment. Rising unemployment coupled with failing infrastructure such as electricity supplies have made many angry – very angry. Abject poverty and a feeling that all the promises made by a corrupt government who have squandered tax payer’s money or fed their individual coffers have left many looking for a scapegoat.

Foreigners and Jews seem to be convenient targets.

A few weeks ago, Student Representative Council President Mcebo Dlamini, a “scholar” (and I use this term lightly) at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) declared his love for Nazi genocide-loving leader, Adolf Hitler. Dlamini is responsible for such gems like,”What I love about Hitler is his charisma and his capabilities to organise people. We need more leaders of such calibre.”

“I love Adolf Hitler,” Dlamini told Wits Vuvuzela. “I will write what I like on my Facebook,” and said he was not on the social media platform to “nurse Jewish people’s feelings.” “Who told them they deserve special treatment? This is an academic space, we must debate issues not to silence individuals.” He also claimed that inside every white person, lives a Hitler.

Dlamini’s repugnant statements are offensive on so many levels I have lost count!

I am sure Dlamini would be less than admiring of Hitler’s organizational skills as he was herded into a labour or death camp for being an “untermensch” – or person of undesirable/sub-human race – much like the 6 million Jews Hitler slaughtered. While more than 11 million lost their lives to the Nazi death juggernaut, no community was specifically targeted and marked for death like the Jews of Europe.

Dlamini was removed from his post as President of the Student Representative Council because he was found guilty of misconduct as a result of a disciplinary hearing – not for his Hitler loving statements. Those are still under investigation.

This isn’t the only instance of anti-Semitism in South Africa. The Higher Education Transformation Network accused Wits Vice Chancellor, Adam Habib, of giving in “to the demands of the Jewish funders and alumni interests.” Once again, a vicious stereotypical anti-Semitic canard has been trotted out in the name of free speech.

Last week a debate took place at Wits University on the removal of Dlamini. Students claimed that the “speedy” decision by Habib to remove Dlamini from his position was based on pressure from the Jewish community over comments the former SRC leader made on admiring Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, and not for a separate matter, as claimed by Habib.

“I am a critic of the Israeli state,” said Habib, who had arrived at a debate on the subject of Dlamini’s dismissal to a chorus of boos.

“I was the only VC to write about the incursion into Gaza,” he said, referring to last summer’s IDF ground invasion of the Gaza Strip during the 50-day war between Israel and Hamas. “How did we go from the critique of Israel … to talking about all Jews? It’s racist and anti-Semitic.”

Well Vice Chancellor Habib, now you know. It is rarely about Israel and more about Jews. The same booing students who take umbrage at Dlamini’s dismissal are the same that feel no compunction when their BDS supporting classmates chant “shoot the Jew” at concerts given by Israeli musicians on your very same campus or loot stores or pop a pigs head in what they think is the kosher section of Woolworths supermarket.

The jig is up. It is blatant anti-Semitism, which they cleverly dress up as anti-Zionism – but they have blown their cover now.

Dlamini’s moronic statements, which are sadly supported by many equally mired in hatred, coupled with the growing anger and intolerance that is rife in South Africa is starting to stink up a storm. Something is rotten in the Rainbow Nation.

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  • Solomon K

    “Transformation” oops

  • Nasdaq7

    We hear all this bulls#it about South Africa and Israel and when are we going to say:”both countries are going to make it!?”

  • Robert Weintraub

    Why be surprised that white people are disliked by the far more numerous black population of South Africa? That many Jews took up the black cause in South Africa as in the US brought hatred upon Jews from whites also. That whites, Jews and non Jews, do better than blacks in an overwhelmingly black country only fuels black resentment.

  • Fred

    Sadly South Africa has chosen the corrupt way for the future. One should look at the map of Africa a truly progressive , democratic is non existent , demagoguery aplenty.

    • Eric R.

      Actually to be fair, Botswana, just to the north, has done remarkably well in 50 years of independence, by embracing everything that the African left rejected – capitalism, free trade, trade with Israel, trade with South Africa, and foreign investment. And it has been a stable democracy the entire time.

      It can be done. It just can’t be done the ANC/Communist way.

      • Rob Porter

        Fred – Yes, but if you as a foreigner do business in Botswana it won’t be long before some government official approaches to inquire whether you have a black Botswanan ‘partner’ or when you will be appointing one.

  • Atilla

    Why should this be a surprise /

    There is nothing more racist than a black African leftist.

    Since Africans have been given self government, all they have accomplished is to turn countries that had first world levels of infrastructure and civilization into corrupt, violent, third world dictatorships.

    • John Glueck

      Surprise, surprise…

  • As a South African Jew I agree with you wholeheartedly. This country is falling apart and even more so for us Jews. These young thugs because that’s what they are have forgotten how many Jews fought in the struggle against apartheid and that’s why I say as a Jew stick to your own because in the end the whole world turns against you

  • Dlamini is not only stupid, he suffers from a severe personality disorder. Mass murderers in the UK have been known in prison to start Hitler worship, wearing Nazi insignia etc. All the antisemites dress up their Jew hatred as “anti-Zionism”, there are plenty of examples in the UK. Hitler worship is the modern equivalent of devil worship and the black mass.

    • You are correct my dear Josephine, any anti – CHRIST is of the devil and their drugs plus money laundering syndicates. They have turned the youths to gays homosexuals, shadow screen tv rapers and dancers.

  • This is a problem that arises when automatons recite phrases touting ideas of ‘freedom’ as if freedom itself is a deity rather than a creation and gift of mankind to mankind.

    Humanism is a religion because nobody proved that free will exists for other the the space of time it takes to think those thought and, inthe case of a Herzl, writes them down.

    The Hitler chant doesn’t take into account Germany’s greatest fear inherent in the nearness of the Stalinist state of Russia- the threat from China and their ability to unleash millions into surrounding regions with fear of not pleasing their own state overriding potential hopes of entering another.

    Hence, Germany’s appeal to love turning.into betrayal by a leader who saw his own supporters murdered (night of long knives) and, post election, took over the minds and bodies of its youth. From the Hitler youth to Mao’s Red Army, truth about a people can be couched in talk about their State. Then truth about States will be hidden for fear the people will be maligned so that they are equated with the evils committed by their behind the scenes rulers.

    Israel is the only nation today that is unafraid to have its actions examined in full. The people are the constitution because Israel didn’t need to have that kind of document, already in possession of detailed laws regarding every situation. Even soldiers know they can be jailed for wrong doing and mustbdisobeynorders they are sure are mistaken risks to innocent lives. What part of innocence can be recognize when rockets are launched at your cities and those innocents are warned to leave as the weapons are to be removed?

    Does South Africa still have an army? Who is in their army and what are the nature of their skirmishes?

  • art

    It is just plain ugly anti Semitism, Jew hatred. They can not accept letting Jews have their own state. Being stateless is one of the things that set us apart and kept us weak, a minority wherever we were. With our own independent self supporting nation they fear losing an easy scapegoat

  • Eric R.

    South Africa was never going to flourish under majority rule. The problem was not that you did not have enough educated people of color to run things — you did. (I guess the Afrikaaners could not run things by themselves as there were not enough of them.)

    The problem was the black leadership (aka – The ANC) embraced Marxism, and many of the lunatic economic and cultural ideas (inlcuding frothing Jew-hatred and anti-white race baiting)that come with 21st century Communism. Combine this with idiotic government policy on AIDS, and South Africa’s decline was all but inevitable.

    South Africa will become like Detroit but on a national scale — a black community, using a real history of being persecuted by white authorities as a perpetual excuse for excessive violence (I wonder whether S. Africa or Detroit has a higher murder rate), family breakdown, anti-white hatred, driving out the productive class (white, black and Indian), and slipping into hopeless, eternal poverty from which it will never, ever escape.

    Even if anti-Semitism died tomorrow in South Africa (but it won’t), most Jews, being white, really do not have a future there.

    • Rob Porter

      For ten years, 1977 to 1987, through our South African newspapers I scathingly criticized the existing apartheid order, but in 1986 and 1987 more and more the ANC statements from exile reminded me of the moronic things stated by Bolsheviks like Lenin and Trosky and I realized that post-apartheid South Africa had little chance under such visionless Marxist leadership. So it has proven. It’s not just anti-semitism that is a major problem, it is unapologetic anti-white racism and bigotry. Black Africa is just mainly clueless, inverted Midas’s, pretty much anything they touch turns to pigs droppings – Zimbabwe a glaring example, but nobody in the idiotic West wished to heed Ian Smith’s warnings. Black South Africans had a wonderful opportunity to create a prosperous country. Under white rule it had developed a sophisticated infrastructureand now the ANC while blaming whites for their pathetic failures – like the failure of electricity supply – run the country into the ground, doing exactly what this article points out, namely the leaders and chums enriching themselves while robbing the taxpayers’ coffers. Until black Africa embraces a moral code it is going nowhere but downhill.