THE global response to Covid-19 has shown the utter moral degeneracy of politicians who have taken political advantage of it. South Africa is a microcosm of the devastation unleashed by lockdown policies that have further impoverished the poor and bankrupted the country. Black domestic servants have been sacked without warning, and they and their children have been forced to live on the streets, begging for food. Treatment for tuberculosis – the deadly disease which hits the young as badly as the old – has stopped.
A much-maligned minority is suffering too. The plight of the white South African farmer is worsening, thanks to the obtuse ANC government using Covid-19 a convenient excuse for their vengeful schemes. We can no longer remain silent for fear of being accused of racism. The mainly white farming industry is being obliterated for political expediency.
Instead of implementing ideas which will enrich the country, the ANC forge ahead with further economy-wrecking tactics. As we have come to expect, the countries with the harshest or most prolonged lockdowns are experiencing the highest number of cases and deaths. President Cyril Ramaphosa, like all tyrants do, has blamed his populace for the recent rise in Covid-19 cases and has implemented another alcohol ban – this one ringing the death knell of the wine industry.
Saving the South African health service from being overwhelmed by alcohol-induced accidents and illnesses might have been a reasonable point if they hadn’t decided to ban alcohol exports too.
Targeting an industry which brings in huge sums in much-needed revenue is breathtakingly shortsighted, especially in light of the recent Moody downgrading of the South African economy to junk status.
Pre Covid-19, more than 40,000 people were employed in 533 South African wineries, with many thousands more working in the supply and service chain in the alcohol industry. Since the lockdown began almost £300million has been lost, with a fifth of wineries closing and an estimated 21,000 made unemployed.
Currently the industry has more than 250million litres of uncontracted wine, jeopardising the precarious financial position of these businesses. This third ban is a fateful blow to the wine sector, and a threat to the livelihood of those still employed in it.
Worst of all, the targeting of the alcohol industry, and therefore the wine farms, is deliberate. Most South African wine is produced in the Western Cape, a province run by the Democratic Alliance. If the ANC want to scupper support for their political rivals, what better way than to ruin the province by preventing the export of wines, and consequently devastate the mainly white-owned wineries? This is the politics of the vindictive.
In their desire to punish white farmers, and to distract from their own conspicuous consumption, the ANC government are hastening the destruction of their farms, putting millions out of work along the way.
Thanks to lockdown policies more than a third of South Africans are now unemployed, the highest number ever. Yet the ANC seek to add to this number by pushing through their malignant Land Expropriation Bill which states that expropriation of property can be done in the case of ‘public purpose or interest’, with compensation being decided by a court. Anyone dispossessed of property since the 1913 Native Land Act will be entitled to new ‘tenure’.
In plain English this means expropriation without compensation which will, no doubt, take place, and farms given away to those with no knowledge on how to make them prosper. Should any more white farmers fall victim to the vindictiveness of Ramaphosa’s government, hell awaits most South Africans. You have only to look to Marxist Zimbabwe to see the consequences of this recipe for famine: ‘Mugabe’s seizure of 4,500 mostly white-owned farms transformed Zimbabwe from the bread basket of Africa to the poor man of the continent. Almost half its population – six million – began to starve.’
A country without viable farms cannot feed itself. Yet the South African government insist on pursuing policies which might win them popularity in the short term but will have devastating consequences. The evils of apartheid cannot be redressed any more than Covid can be mitigated by plunging the entire country into destitution and starvation.
White farmers, mainly from the Afrikaans minority, employ at least ten workers on their farms. These employees are usually black South Africans, who have as many as six dependants or more. They too will lose their livelihoods and their homes should expropriation take place. These black farm workers are vulnerable to reprisal assaults by the same thugs who murder white farmers, a persecution of a minority under-reported by the MSM. As I wrote in TCW two years ago, this two-pronged threat of the Land Expropriation Bill, and these targeted, vicious attacks, means the white farming community is at risk of disappearing.
Some will have no choice but to make their way to the multitude of white squatter camps dotted around South African cities, where the unfortunate inhabitants are the forgotten poor, deemed unworthy of help by the ANC, international aid agencies and global governments because the sons have been condemned for the sins of their fathers.
These are real people, with families and workers to support. With such high levels of unemployment already, and the economy in free fall, it’s doubtful that many will find another job. South Africa doesn’t have the welfare safety net that Britain does. Without their farms and the prospect of another job, white farmers are at real risk of starvation, illness and death. Their suffering, all because of the colour of their skin, and made worse by lockdowns, will far outweigh anything Covid-19 brings.