A man is murdered on a farm

Someone is murdered on their farm.

Could be the end of the story, right? That’s all there is to it.

Or:

A right wing white supremacist is murdered on his farm.Why?

A white racist man is murdered by black men on his farm because he is white.

OR because he was a white supremacist. Or because he was a boer.
Hmm, wasn’t someone singing “kill the boers” just recently. It must be his fault then!

It must be he was directly commanding the two involved to kill the symbol of white racism in South Africa, in order to enrage his supporters and provoke racial tensions that were already fit to burst.

Therefore a white man is assasinated on his farm by the government.

Why exactly?

Who knows. In South Africa, a man is never just murdered on his farm. You can spin the story whichever way you want, but the only way worth spinning it as far as I can see is that murder is always terrible. South Africa has too much murder. Life is cheap in South Africa.

But then if you treat people as if they are worthless and inferior and as if there lives are not worth much for long enough, they start to believe it, so you reap what you sow.

I’m not sure I’m getting my point across here. Politics in South Africa always disappoints me for its predictablility. Journalism in South Africa disapoints me for its twisting of the truth. Everything in South Africa is about race, even when it’s not.

Why can’t everyone just come together against murder, rather than using the death of a man for their own political and racial agendas?

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15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tamara
    Apr 06, 2010 @ 11:35:41

    Such is the nature of politicans and news media, I’m afraid. They have lots in common.

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  2. Champagne Heathen
    Apr 06, 2010 @ 11:58:24

    Here here!

    I would say, why don’t they report on the number of black people killed on Saturday. But that would get back to racialising EVERYTHING. And enough is enough with the racial reporting. People are people are South African citizens, and beyond that Southern African, African, Southern hemisphere, globe… Point over now.

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  3. Paula
    Apr 06, 2010 @ 12:12:02

    I hate that it turned into a race issue when what is really is about is the treatment of farm workers and the cruelty of murder. It’s really stupid actually.

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  4. Helen
    Apr 06, 2010 @ 12:17:28

    I just wish we could have enforged hugging. Might make everything a bit easier. That’s as deep as I’m feeling today.

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  5. Po
    Apr 06, 2010 @ 13:17:33

    Tamara: agendas, there is always an agenda, and they’re always pushing it.
    Champagne heathen: maybe they should just report on the number of people murdered on Saturday, full stop? What I don’t understand is why if a black man kills a white man, it is automatically assumed to be a racist killing. Why?
    Paula: me too. It’s sad. And now the AWB are using this to push for their volkstad. Even sadder.
    Helen: I love that idea. Forced huging FTW!

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  6. Shannon
    Apr 07, 2010 @ 03:37:40

    If you read the comment section of the M&G, you will become convinced that a race war is imminent. I have to avoid it and remind myself that hopefully, it is not representative of how the masses, black and white, really feel.

    Wonder if it is really as tense on the ground as the papers make it out to be…do you have any sense of it?

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  7. Lady Fi
    Apr 07, 2010 @ 05:15:22

    It really is a tragedy for the whole country. A lost life is still a loss.

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  8. Po
    Apr 07, 2010 @ 08:48:02

    Shannon: as I’m not there I can’t really say, but I definitely don’t think a race war is really imminent just yet, of course it’s always on the cards. If you think about it, a race war just makes no sense, any white people who would want to fight, and they are the minority of white people, are so hugely outnumbered it would be ludicrous.

    Ladyfi: yip, murder is always wrong and bad, and that is that.

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  9. prixie
    Apr 07, 2010 @ 10:09:43

    I am a journalist in SA (yes you can hate me) I well, that annoys me too. I was always vaguely annoyed by it but since coming back from the UK, it is EFFING FRUSTRATING! THIS COUNTRY IS DAMAGED!

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  10. Po
    Apr 07, 2010 @ 10:16:26

    Prixie: I definitely don’t hate you! I don’t hate all journalists, I jsut wish some of them wouldn’t fulfill the public’s hopes and expectations instead of being more objective :(

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  11. sleepyjane
    Apr 07, 2010 @ 10:32:02

    This country just makes me incredibly sad.

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  12. Po
    Apr 07, 2010 @ 10:51:35

    Sleepyjane: nooo don’t be sad, just ignore the damn politics. Well, don’t ignore it completely, but you know what I mean.

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  13. Cam
    Apr 07, 2010 @ 13:07:36

    Bubbles! :D

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  14. Po
    Apr 07, 2010 @ 13:12:05

    Cam: and squeak?

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  15. Gina
    Apr 08, 2010 @ 14:56:47

    I agree with you completely here. Murder is always murder and it is always horrific. There is just too much hate and ignorance in our country and our government is rife with it. Blood is on all their hands. And I cant stand hate and disrespect and demeaning individuals, racism is so senseless and inhumane, but murder is never right. If that is our only option then we are in a very scary position.

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