No white genocide in South Africa!
No-one is disputing that crime is out of control in South Africa. Crime affects everyone, irrespective of ethnicity.
Yes, farmers are victims of violent crimes, but not at genocide proportions!
Fact Sheet: Farm attacks and murders in South Africa
The South African Police Service stats show that the statistics for violent crimes against women (including domestic violence and rape) are four times higher than statistics for murder for the same period.
In 2016/17, the police recorded a total of 19,016 murders. For the same period a total of 49,660 sexual offences were recorded. SOURCE
This tells us that women, and particularly women of colour (but not exclusively), bear the brunt of crime in our country, not white farmers.
A claim of ‘genocide’ can not be based on impression or belief or ideology. It can only be based on accurate statistical evidence. There is no statistical evidence to prove the false claim.
The term ‘genocide’ has a very specific meaning, and requires a very specific set of circumstances, as well as evidence of high rates of violent crimes targeting a specific group of persons.
According to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (CPPCG), adopted by the UN General Assembly on 9 December 1948, Article 2 defines ‘genocide’ as:
“Any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group, as such:
(a) killing members of the group;
(b) causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
(c) deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life, calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
(d) imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; [and]
(e) forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.” (Article 2 CPPCG).
While we see high levels of violent crimes in SA – categories (a) and (b) – , these crimes affect all groups, not just white farmers.
None of the other 3 requirements to prove genocide are met by current conditions in South Africa.
“Despite what many people tweet and post on Facebook, Genocide Watch has NOT said that there is a genocide (white or otherwise) occurring in South Africa. The organisation’s president, Gregory Stanton, has made this very clear. “One of the false uses of Genocide Watch’s model for genocide prediction is the claim by some South Africans, racists in the United States, and a few South African expatriates, that South Africa is undergoing a ‘white genocide’,” Stanton told Africa Check. “Genocide Watch has never said ’white genocide’ is underway in South Africa.” [Source: AfricaCheck.org]
Racism cannot be policed away; it must be socialized out of our communities. That process must start with identifying falsehoods and exposing those who perpetuate those falsehoods in order to foment separatism and divisiveness in our shared communities.