Black Rule Brings Inevitable To South Africa. New York Times Reports It, Sort Of.


Fourteen years and approximately 300,000

murders
after black rule devastated my homeland, the
New York Times is shocked to discover that South Africa is fast
disappearing down the same hole into which Rhodesia,
rest in
peace
, was dropped. [Post-Apartheid
South Africa has entered an Anxious Era
, by
Barry Bearak , October 5, 2008)

I guess some latitude is in order.
It took decades and piles of dead bodies before

Robert Mugabe
lost

luster
in the eyes of the American MainStream Media
[MSM]. By the time the megalomaniac Mugabe was conferred
with honorary doctorates (1984
and 1986
) and a

knighthood
 (1994),
he had already done his
“best” work:
slaughter an estimated

20,000 innocent Ndebele in Matabeleland (1983)
, with
whose leader,

Joshua Nkomo
, he refused to share power.

Western

conventional wisdom
was, well, no wiser.

Soon the sainted
Nelson
Mandela
was released from jail. (I was on

Cape Town`s Parade
on that day; it was a riot,
literally.)

Madiba`s
posse—the African National Congress
[ANC]—were now the West`s new pet revolutionaries, and
their next best hope for an African Renaissance.


Sideshow Bob
Mugabe`s epic villainy to date was,
evidently, nothing but a detail of history. An anomaly
in the annals of

Africa south of the Sahara
. There were no lessons to
be learned relevant to averting the

destruction
of another—this time the last—western
outpost in Africa.

These days the
NYT agonizes
over the “regicide
“the governing African National Congress”
committed
by “deposing one
of its own, President Thabo Mbeki, and replacing him
with a stand-in for Mr. Mbeki`s archrival, Jacob Zuma.”

The ANC may have behaved abruptly
compared to the gentlemanly manner in which the
Afrikaner National Party ceded power to it.


“Surrender without defeat”
is how (liberal) historian Hermann
Giliomee termed that extraordinary leap of faith. The
same people, in the same spirit,

peacefully dismantled
the six nuclear devices they
had built at Pelindaba. (My good friend Afrikaner
intellectual

Dan Roodt
analyses that magnanimity in his
closely-argued, deliciously titled, “You
Can`t Have Your Banana and Eat It
.”)

But otherwise, the ANCniks are
living up to their reputation—and that of all other
strongmen in strife-torn sub-Saharan Africa.

The
NYT`s
 Bearak calls
Jacob Zuma, who is about to usurp Mbeki as president,
“polarizing”.
He hasn`t seen anything yet. This from the introduction
to my upcoming book, Into the Cannibal`s Pot: Lessons
For America From Post-Apartheid South Africa
:

“Having spent most of his adult life abroad
in exile
, Mbeki`s mannerisms are those of an English
gent, [VDARE.COM note:

Specifically, he
graduated from

Sussex University
, the same one
Peter Brimelow went
to
]
not a man of the people. But the baton
has been passed from the pukka proper Mbeki to the

populist polygamist
Jacob Zuma, who dances half
naked in

tribal
dress. In one of his

Noble-Savage
moments, Zuma promised, disarmingly,
after forcing sex on an

HIV-positive
acquaintance, that

he took a shower
as a prophylactic against AIDS.”

The
NYT claims
that “The
country`s power company

unfathomably

ran out of electricity and rationed supply.”
(My
emphasis)

Not quite. I`ve lived through
Highveld thunder storms and Cape, South-Easter,
gale-force winds. Few and far between were the
blackouts. (I purchased a generator in the US, after
experiencing my first three-day power outage.)

No, Eskom, the utility that
supplied most of the electricity consumed on the
continent, did
not run out of juice. It just ran out of experienced
engineers, expunged pursuant to

Black Economic Empowerment
policies. (Known in South
Africa as “BEE”,
these are the equivalent of the
racial
quotas
Barack Obama champions, only with many times
the sting.)

Another
“unfathomable” occurrence that helped disrupt South Africa`s
electricity supply: the decision to

buy coal from the spot market
. Driven by BEE
policies, here`s the sequence Eskom buyers followed: buy
first from black women-owned suppliers, then small black
suppliers, then large black suppliers, and only after
all of these options had been exhausted (or darkness
descended, whatever came first), from
“other”
suppliers.

The
NYT reporter
is half-right about one thing:
“Since 1996, the
black population has risen to a projected 38.5 million
from 31.8 million.”
Unmentioned is the fact that the
same population has been increasing since Europeans
settled South Africa. Then again,
“the crucial
factor in South African politics was a much more rapid
black population growth than anyone had anticipated,”

writes (liberal) historian
(Hermann Giliomee The Afrikaners,
p.
519).

Indeed, demographics were the
raison d`être
for apartheid. Demographics and a fear
of communism and crime. (At least two of which have come
to pass; Africans have overwhelmed Europeans numerically
and criminally. Does that mean the Afrikaners were
prescient?)

These, so far, are some of the
NYT`s half truths. Now to the outright lies:

“The white
population,”
writes Bearak,
“has dropped to a
projected 4.5 million from 4.8 million,”
since 1996.
This is an astonishing underestimate. In my book, I
report the estimate of the ultra-liberal
South African
Institute of Race Relations
: the white population
had shrunk from 5,215,000 in 1995 to 4,374,000 in 2005.
Almost a fifth.

Chief among the reasons cited for
the exodus is

violent crime
. South Africa has one of the

highest murder rates and lowest conviction rates
—the
latter has risen recently to approximately

ten percent
—in the world.

Not that you`d know it from

Bearak`s report
, but even though whites make up less
than ten percent of the total population,
Afrikaner farmers (Boers
) are being culled at the
genocidal annual rate of 300 per 100,000 inhabitants.
“Four times as high as is for the rest of the
population,”


attests
Dr. Gregory H. Stanton of Genocide Watch.

Yes, professional

racism spotters
like the
NYT are ever
so cavalier about this

scandal
, reporting amusedly that all that
“people here
one-up each other with tales of scalding and

shooting
and slicing and garroting.”

The MSM is equally cavalier about
the culprits: a thriving
black
criminal class
and a

corrupt black government
.

And, of course, their enablers in
the West.

Remember that when the MSM endorses
Obama.

Ilana
Mercer (email
her) is a

weekly columnist
for WorldNetDaily.com, a fellow at
the Jerusalem
Institute for Market Studies
.
and the author of Broad
Sides: One Woman`s Clash With a Corrupt Culture
,
the
Foreword
to which was written by
Peter
Brimelow
.
Her website is

www.ilanamercer.com
; her blog

www.barelyablog.com
Her
upcoming book is


Into the Cannibal`s Pot: Lessons For America From
Post-Apartheid South Africa.