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According to the South African Police Service National Operational Co-ordinating Committee: "Attacks on farms and smallholdings refer to acts aimed at the person of residents, workers and visitors to farms and smallholdings, whether with the intent to murder, rape, rob or inflict bodily harm. In addition, all actions aimed at disrupting farming activities as a commercial concern, whether for motives related to ideology, labour disputes, land issues, revenge, grievances, racist concerns or intimidation, should be included.
A Committee of Inquiry into Farm Attacks was appointed in 2001 by the National Commissioner of Police. The purpose of the committee was to "inquire into the ongoing spate of attacks on farms, which include violent criminal acts such as murder, robbery, rape, etc, to determine the motives and factors behind these attacks and to make recommendations on their findings." The Committee used the definition for farm attacks as that supplied by the SAPS. The findings were published on 31 July 2003, and the main conclusions of the report were that:
Perpetrators tended to be young, unemployed black men overwhelmingly from dysfunctional family backgrounds
Only a small proportion of attacks involved murder
Theft was committed in almost all cases - in cases where no theft appeared to take place, it was usually because the attackers had been disturbed
White people were not targeted exclusively; in 2001 61% of farm attack victims were white
Of the 870 000 Britons who visited or lived in South Africa last year, only 139 needed consular assistance, against 5 500 in Spain and 2 000 in France.
(Above-mentioned must however include consideration of the fact that more British people visited Spain and France)
"In the first quarter of this year, there was not one incident of a German tourist travelling to South Africa that we know of that has become the victim of violent rime. There is no one," said Martin Schafer, spokesman for the embassy in Pretoria.
The French embassy said murders of tourists are so small that the mission doesn't even track them.
Originally posted by Nygdan
Considering that the boers and englishers in South Africa enslaved and then later made apart the blacks and bushmen of the country, I can't say I feel sympathy for them suffering from this paranoia. That is what I think that this is, paranoia. The idea that everything lies in wait for mandella to die certainly has a mythic ring to it. I very much doubt that a conspiracy would wait for something like that as the 'trigger', especially something like this, it'd be far too massive, there's too many people invovled to forumlate the plan and prepare across the country, and then just sit and wait. Perhaps if part of the plan was to assasinate mandela, and use it as a false flag operation to act against the afrikaners, then that'd be more likely.
I notice Chris Botha is involved, is he related to or a heir of the Bothas?
A Xhosa word that roughly translates into “Night of the Long Knives
Odd that it is also the name of an event from hitler's nazi germany.
Perhaps the boers are calling it that, taking something from their own (admitedly distant) history.
"The day Mandela dies, we will kill you whites like flies!"
Interesting that this is said. I'd think it makes sense, the Boers don't necesarily respect mandela, so why would they invent this conspiracy theory that waits until mandela, the 'pacifist' (post-imprisonment anyways) dies for the violence to start. But it makes sense as a sentiment amoung the blacks, who would be in effect saying 'we;re going to get back at you, but not disrespect our mandela while he is alive'. However, hyperbole and sentiment are different from an organized conspiracy.
Also, seems rather odd that this 70,000 man army, waiting for just johanesburg, can keep low and only this one guy lets it slip.