Sputnik: Afrikaners and Boers — the descendants of European settlers — have been living in South Africa for centuries. Why do you say that they are in trouble now, what is happening?
Dan Roodt: It is, of course, a very complex history that we have, but it seems to me that over the last few years especially, there has been a lot of polarization and there have been specific attacks on us — both physical attacks in the form of farm murders, but also attacks in the media, and anti-white, anti-Afrikaner sentiment in the country, that has been gaining ground. And that seems to be also tolerated by the ruling party.
Dan Roodt: Until now about 4,000 farmers have been killed in South Africa since 1994, and members of the white minority — up to 70 or 80 thousand have been murdered. Do you know that we have a very high murder rate in South Africa — one of the highest in the world? And coupled with all these other pronouncements in the media, I think there is definitely an ethnic element to it — there is a sort of "racist anti-white" element to it.
And, regarding the farm attacks, of course, for every farmer killed there were some attacks that do not lead to murder but just to robberies or violence. The farm attacks must number over 30, 000 already. So, that shows you how widespread this phenomenon is. So, literally, each and every farm must have been attacked over the last 20 years.
Farm killings and robberies is a huge concern for Afrikaners and Boers. Many of them live in constant fear. They told me that instead of going for “easy prey”, like stealing in the city, criminals specifically choose farmers as targets, drive for 10s of kms to attack farm houses.— Denis Bolotsky (@BolotskySputnik) 28 июля 2018 г.
Sputnik: It seems that there is a "wall of silence" in the Western mainstream media when it comes to farm attacks. It's not that they don't talk about news from Africa — almost every major TV channel has a program that "focuses on Africa." Why is the problem being ignored by the media?
But also there is a lot of antipathy towards Mr. Putin — which, you wonder why because he's not really doing anything to damage Western interests. And, I think we are also at the receiving end from the Western mainstream media of certain stereotypes and half-truths, and even lies that have been spread about us for decades.
Yet, they say that we are "guilty of a crime against humanity". And that phrase is being repeated every day in South Africa, and also in the mainstream media. That's why we've been labeled and falsely accused, and that's why now when we are the victims at the receiving end of discrimination and violence, they don't want to talk about it. Because it goes against the construction — a kind of construction of half-truths and lies that they broadcast over the last 30-40 years.
Dr.Roodt: The white minority in South Africa is being constantly attacked by MSM, is at the receiving end of discrimination and violence (Photo from his website https://t.co/yRn8s7i5Ck) pic.twitter.com/45Ww3ke1CN— Denis Bolotsky (@BolotskySputnik) 28 июля 2018 г.
Sputnik: Western companies and individuals own land and businesses here. Why aren't they voicing their concern? Aren't they worried about what's going on?
Sputnik: You mentioned the land issue. I know that there the law about "expropriation without compensation" is currently being discussed, and according to many, it might primarily affect landowners from Boer and Afrikaner minorities. Is it so?
But, traditionally the English speakers dominated the urban economy, whereas we are traditionally farmers and we've lived all over South Africa in rural areas, and that's why most of the land or large portion of it still belongs to us, and the families — I mean, there are farms that have been passed from generation to generation.
Sputnik: You personally brought up the problems of the Afrikaner and Boer minorities before European politicians, you had meetings at the European Parliament earlier this year. What was the reaction in Brussels?
Dan Roodt: We're getting a lot of support from the patriotic, or the "new patriotic" parties in Europe — from the French Front Nacional, and Vlaams Belang in Belgium, or the Dutch Freedom Party in the Netherlands, or the Alternative for Germany, but from the mainstream parties — yes, it's also complete silence. They are not interested in talking to us. I've also written to the EU ambassador in Pretoria representing the entire European Union, and they didn't even reply to me.
They don't say anything about the violence taking place on farms, or the killings, or the antipathy towards white people, or the slogans like "one settler — one bullet" and "you stole our land". These sorts of slogans — they are inherently dangerous, I think, and they could lead to polarization and violence in South Africa.
Sputnik: In your opinion, what could be done to solve the problems of Afrikaner and Boer minorities — is it raising awareness, is it talking about their problems openly?
Dan Roodt: I think raising awareness, of course, must come first, because people don't even know that it exists, and luckily people like Lauren Southern, like other YouTubers, they've come to South Africa and they've made some videos. For example, this documentary video that Lauren shot in South Africa — it already has a million views on Youtube, which is quite a lot.
But, in a second phase, I think, the system in South Africa has to be changed, because we've got a form of ethnic domination in South Africa at the moment, where the two largest black tribes — the Zulus and the Xhosa, that are traditionally from the east coast of the country, they dominate politics in South Africa. They also dominate the public companies, the state-owned enterprises, which they have convoluted dry.
In Canada, there are only 6 million Québécois out of about 13 million Canadians, but they've got their own province, and they can maintain their own language and culture. So that's what we should have in South Africa too. There is a huge attack on our culture.
Apparently, not only "Apartheid-era" statues are being vandalized in South Africa. Someone did this to the World War II memorial on campus of Cape Town University. (Photo from Dan Roodt archives) pic.twitter.com/fUJ3Fnm5Xk— Denis Bolotsky (@BolotskySputnik) 28 июля 2018 г.
So, we have a huge problem here, and I would like to see countries in Europe mediating in this issue, so that perhaps our government will speak to us if there is another government on the other side — bringing us together to talk about these issues, because they are getting worse and worse all the time.
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