MY TURN – SOUTH AFRICA

Was this the plan all along?

CIRCULAR 213-6
AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS
JUNE 1993
THE SUCCESS STORY: OUR STRUGGLE FOR LIBERATION

1. The armed and constant threat of violence forced the white, spineless regime to negotiate for so-called peace. 2. The psychological warfare through the churches to create a guilt complex with whites was a victory over Christians.

3. The MASS ACTION was a successful method to rip the national economy to pieces and create panic in the rich settlers.

4. The constant uproar in Black Education is the fourth try for liberation through education because the white regime simply cannot meet all our demands.

5. All four tactical attacks leave the regime powerless and gradually giving in to our demands.

6. All these help to create a feeling of helplessness and despair and to lose confidence in their government.

Be careful not to upset the farmers too much before we gain control over the SAP (South African Police Service) and SADF (South African National Defence Force).

7. The constant pressure of violence and economic uncertainty force De Klerk to surrender power to the

suppressed people like in Namibia.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION STRATEGY AFTER APRIL 27, 1994

The greatest fear of the white settler is to lose his job, his farm or his house and all the luxuries! This will enablethe new DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT to tax them to the utmost while our comrades in MK and APLA continue with their part of the struggle.

  1. Surplus land will be redistributed among our people.
  2. All positions in public service will be replaced by comrades.
  3. The security forces will be reconstructed with our comrades to protect our people. Whites were protected for 350 years. Get them experience to be second class citizens!
  4. No ammunition will be available to white settlers.
  5. Health institutions will be Africanised, and whites will pay according to their income to enable thus tocontribute to their liberated brothers.
  6. Some white schools will be allowed because most settlers will pay their last cent for white educationand this will provide some money for our people.
  7. Pension funds and insurance companies collected billions over the years, will be at our disposal foreducation of our comrades in years to come.

VIVA KILL A BOER KILL A FARMER

Viva. Kill the Boer, kill the farmer. In other words, rejoice.(36)(37)(38)

Not once has the ANC government refuted Circular 213-6 or the validity thereof. Yet, when I consider each clause of this document, I realize how accurately it reflects the current situation in South Africa.

We are branded as settlers and thieves. Our lives don’t matter, and it seems, they never did. I feel betrayed, just like my neighbors, friends, and family feel betrayed. We feel threatened, hated and worthless.

My government has succeeded in weakening us through promises of a Rainbow Nation and equality. We were gullible. We were hopeful of a Rainbow Nation.

It crept up on us. The hatred. The job market exclusion. Land redistribution. When white public service employees were offered attractive retrenchment packages, we never once considered the fact that it was simply an effort to economically empower black South Africans while crippling the rest of us all at the same time.

Education was immediately downgraded throughout South African schools.

Health institutions suffered tremendously when staff employed were ill-equipped for nursing positions.

We never saw it coming. We thought we were building South Africa together.

We thought that we all had one ideal in mind; to make South Africa great. We thought that we, black, white, colored and the Indian communities were functioning well together.

And then, the reality dawned on me when Cyril Ramaphosa was inaugurated as president of South Africa; he was a senior member of the ANC at the time Circular 213-6 was circulated. (39)

Cyril Ramaphosa; was respected for the positions he’s held in the past. A much-needed leader we thoughtwould lift South Africa from the chaos we were drowning in as successfully as he managed his multi-million-dollar companies.

But, he turned a blind eye to the degeneration of our schools, the collapse of health services and the crippling of health schemes. He turned a blind eye to the murders of white farmers and in the process, he turned white South Africans into second-class citizens.

Was land expropriation and redistribution without compensation part of a twenty-five-year-old strategy as stated in Circular 213-6?

Does it simply re-iterate what we already know; that the ANC has never given up on their conflict against white South Africans?

This document tells me in no uncertain terms that black South Africans have never declared peace and never intended to live in harmony with any other race but their own. There was never a Rainbow Nation. The dream of a Rainbow Nation was never real.

They, the majority have simply altered their tactics and turned my South Africa into a slow-brewing combat, about to erupt in civil war.

Has my president engaged in a slow-war-tactic in an effort to keep it veiled from the rest of the world as my government methodically rids South Africa of the white population, thereby, ethnically cleansing the country?

Why does my president disregard the attacks against our whites?

Or does his ignorance support the fact that our court system in place is programmed to execute ANC policy and not the South African law?

My president refuses to hear us. My government won’t listen to our cries for help. Instead, the ANC government brands us as white supremacists seeking to divide our nation

What do we do? What can we do? Nothing.

Instead, I get up each morning and anxiously await the news of the latest attack. By the time I sit down for breakfast with my family, I am silent. My family is edgy. Our hearts are heavy and my morning coffee leaves me with a bitter taste in my mouth. It is eerily quiet as we push our breakfast to the side. The smell of murder hangs in the air.

We smile at one another as we desperately try not to surrender to our fears. We appear brave, but we’re terrified. When the numbness starts setting in, we get up from the breakfast table, and we carry on living as normally as possible.

They can’t win even though we are disqualified from universities through restrictive quota enrollment programs; we are barred from sports teams through enforced quota systems, and we are excluded from the right to life through targeted hate crimes.

We are barred from farming through targeted farm attacks, we are barred from owning land through land expropriation (40), and we are barred from the constitution of equal rights before the law through South Africa’s double standards and race-based laws. (41)

We are barred from protection and exposed to intimidation through songs like ‘one settler one bullet’ or ‘kill the farmer, kill the Boer’ which is chanted brazenly by political leaders.

Tonight might be my turn. South Africa waits to see whose turn it will be.

My Turn – South Africa – Alice VL