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WELKOM, South Africa – Events in South Africa often defy belief. In recent days, the story of Zulu children and their parents stoning several criminals to death in their school playground and horrific tales of cruelty to animals shocked the nation. AIDS is rampant and HANIS, a new Orwellian national identity card, has the average citizen worrying about privacy issues.
Marxism, racial strife, class envy, resentment against affirmative action and corruption by the ruling African National Congress also poison the atmosphere. Amid this unstable environment many South Africans, particularly anti-globalist and anti-communist whites, recall the “bad old days” of apartheid as a troubled time filled with terrorist bombings and war but somehow more stable.
“When I was growing up, Namibia was a part of South Africa. We knew the ANC and SWAPO were communists and terrorists,” said Monty Gaddney, a South African financier reared in neighboring Southwest Africa (now Namibia). “Now Namibia is a country ruled by hard-core Marxists. I can’t believe that everything I grew up believing in is really gone.”
Gaddney now works on the Johannesburg stock exchange. Like many whites in African states such as Namibia, Rhodesia, Kenya and Angola, he fled the black, Marxist terrorist wars launched against whites and found anti-communist South Africa to be a “haven of last resort.”
Britz Garth, a South African policeman, once served as a bodyguard for visiting dignitaries from Israel, Taiwan, Chile and El Salvador.
“Not many people in America and the West realize that apartheid South Africa had its own anti-communist alliance with those four nations,” Garth told WorldNetDaily. “It was sort of like some renegade version of NATO.”
“These days, the ruling ANC government of South Africa dotes on the Muslim world, fetes China, endorses the prosecution of Pinochet and supports Fidel Castro’s old designs on Central America,” Garth said.
“We were afraid of red under the bed when I was a girl growing up in South Africa,” Mable Reese, a retired bank clerk told WorldNetDaily. “Now we’re afraid of rapists on top of the bed.”
South Africa has the world’s highest incidence of rape, with one rape taking place every 25 seconds.
Sue Kloppers, a massage therapist in Cape Town, told WorldNetDaily she fears for her safety.
“In my town, we never even see a police car,” she said. “All of the security comes from private companies.”
Garth said that “under apartheid, the blacks hated the police and attacked us in the black townships. These days, the blacks actually want the white police to come into the townships and restore order. I think that’s great. It’s not black versus white or rich versus poor. It’s the decent versus the indecent, the good and honest versus the baddies.”
“Let’s be honest, South Africa and the rest of the Western world has become a society within a society,” said Gaddney.
“There is ‘virtual apartheid’ everywhere on Earth.”
“We South Africans were stupid; we codified everything that people do naturally,” said another South African. “People will separate or come together naturally, based on natural interests. Look at me, I am white, and I am interested in the persecution of black Christians in southern Sudan. That’s issue-driven. It is a Marxian world, but not Karl; its more like Groucho.”
In Cape Town, local white congregations sometimes are served by colored ministers who praise the work of black leaders like Bishop Desmond Tutu. Many churchgoers resent this.
“Tutu endorsed Marxism, foreign sanctions, abortion and every evil you can name,” said Harry DeBrand, a carpenter from Constantia, a Cape Town suburb. “ANC should stand for ‘Abortion, Necklacing and Communism.’ There is no peace in this country. Crime, murder, rape are out of control. White farmers and their children are being tortured, massacred, raped and mutilated. What on Earth is happening?”
Carl Pieterse, who served in an elite Afrikaner special forces unit during the war in Angola, told WorldNetDaily, “We fought the Russians and Cubans in Angola. We tried to save Namibia. We won the war on the battlefield, but our leaders betrayed us. They betrayed the Namibian bushmen who fought with us against the communists. It all seems so long ago.”
Henika Pretoria, an Afrikaner entrepreneur, believes South Africa was the victim of an international media campaign of distortion and slander.
“Did you ever see ‘Lethal Weapon II’?” she asked. “It blames South Africa for America’s drug problem. Under apartheid, there were virtually no drugs in South Africa. Under the ANC, we are flooded with drugs. I don’t care about ‘Braveheart’ or ‘The Patriot,’ I will never forgive Mel Gibson for his role in Lethal Weapon II.”
Hillary Gay, a South African pensioner, told WorldNetDaily that the ANC government cut her pension when she and her husband “revealed personal and outside income and investments” called for by new ANC laws.
“We barely have enough money to eat now,” she said. “Who’s going to take care of us – the ANC? The ANC is busy legalizing pensions for gay couples. That’s where the benefits we worked for and paid into our whole lives are going.”
Recalling the fall of the South African rand, a gold-backed currency that was the envy of the entire world in the 1960s, South African water bottler James Neville told WorldNetDaily, “In 1963, my wife and I visited the UK. The rand was two-to-one against the pound. Last year when we returned to the UK, the rand had sunk to 20-to-one. No wonder our president, Thabo Mbeki, got to ride with Queen Elizabeth in her horse-drawn coach.”
Where did South Africa go wrong? Many whites point to the ill-fated Tomlinson Report of the 1940s, which planned to spend billions of rands on developing industry and infrastructure in black homelands.
“South Africa didn’t do enough to encourage European immigration,” said Nathan Gertz, a retired South African financial analyst. “We became greedy and relied on black labor around the cities. This led to more townships. If the homelands had been developed properly, the blacks would have still had apartheid, but on an economically equal basis.”
Nina Black, a former Communist Party member who now works with AIDS victims, told WorldNetDaily that communism and its legacy still haunt South Africa.
“The South African Communist Party was and remains the oldest Communist Party in the world outside of Russia,” Black said. “It was set up by white communists in South Africa in the early 1920s under the banner ‘workers unite to keep South Africa white.’ Without communism, apartheid would have been dismantled much quicker and we wouldn’t be ruled by pseudo-communists today.”
Davison Tall, a mining engineer, told WorldNetDaily that many white South Africans feel betrayed by the West.
“We fought for America and the UK in World War I, World War II, Korea; we armed the Contras in Nicaragua and fought the Soviets and Cubans,” he said. “How does America pay us back? By forcing the ANC, Russia and China down our throats.”
“Mark my words though,” Tall said. “One day soon the West will regret trading the old order in Southern Africa for the new order. The new order will betray America and the UK when the time is right, when China and Russia tell them the time has come.”
Tall said that during the days of apartheid he had worked in mines relating to “national security for the United States.”
“We gave the Americans ziconium oxide; it is used to sheathe reactor fuel,” he said. “Then there was the Wonderstone, a rock harder than steel used on the space shuttle that comes from a mine near Klerksdorp, west of Johannesburg. Without South Africa to fuel the West’s military-industrial complex, the Cold War might have been lost. Hell, it still may be lost the way China and Russia are making inroads into Africa these days.”
Penelope deBoer worked with the ANC on their technology agreements with the United States, handled personally by then-Vice President Al Gore. She told WorldNetDaily that “while the ANC leadership are in many ways embracing capitalism, they are still rabidly Marxist in their thinking.”
Byron Blakemore, who worked for the Armaments Corporation of South Africa, or ARMSCOR, during the apartheid era, said that the “international sanctions against South Africa only strengthened our national identity and provided the genesis for self-sufficiency.”
Concluded Margie Klerk, an Afrikaner school teacher, “South Africa is an example of what awaits the rest of Western civilization unless they throw off the weight of the international corporate, media and banking interests who are destroying the fabric of their nations.”
Chris Slade, a 27-year-old entrepreneur, told WND that he still has hope for South Africa.
“I have lived in Alabama, but I love South Africa,” he said.
Slade started a seedling business and now provides 20,000 seedlings per month to retailers, making him the largest seedling producer on the Cape Town peninsula.
“Sure there are problems,” Slade said. “There are labor issues, but there is still a future for whites in this country. However, if there is a future for whites, it will have to be one carved out of one’s own business.”
Emily de Portugal, a Namibian who works on a local game reserve, told WorldNetDaily that she left Southern Africa to go work at Disney World in Florida.
De Portugal, whose parents were Marxist revolutionaries trained in Angola, said that she “returned to Africa because it is my own. America is too built up, too commercial. There is a certain spirit here. If we can tackle racism, Islam, Marxism, foreign corporations, there will be a future for all people in South Africa.”
Like many blacks, colored and Indians in South Africa, de Portugal praised the language of Afrikaans for being “a language all of us can speak and communicate with.”
“The ANC taught us that Afrikaans was evil,” she said. “But it wasn’t and isn’t. Even Mandela spoke in Afrikaans during his inauguration address back in 1994.”