In South Africa, Lethal Battles for Even Smallest of Political Posts

Lydia Polgreen, New York Times, November 30, 2012

It was, by all accounts, an ordinary small-town political meeting. The leaders of the local branch of the African National Congress gathered in September at a convent here to discuss candidates for a newly vacated seat on the ward council, the lowest-level elected position in South Africa.

When it was over, Dumisani Malunga, the local party chairman and the front-runner for the seat, stopped at a friend’s house for a late meal of chicken curry. As he and another party official, Bheko Chiliza, drove home at 9:30 p.m., a gunman fired into their car. Their bloody, bullet-riddled bodies were later found sprawled on the ground beside the white Toyota hatchback.

Mr. Malunga and Mr. Chiliza were the latest casualties in an increasingly bloody battle for local political posts in South Africa. Dozens of officials, including ward councilors, party leaders and mayors, have been killed in what has become a desperate, deadly struggle for power and its spoils.

The killings threaten to tarnish the image of the so-called rainbow nation, whose largely bloodless transition from white minority rule to nonracial democracy has made it a beacon of peace, tolerance and forgiveness.

Amid rising corruption and waning economic opportunities, political killings are on the rise. Here in KwaZulu-Natal Province, nearly 40 politicians have been killed since 2010 in battles over political posts, more than triple the number in the previous three years, according to government figures. Over the past few years, dozens more have been killed in provinces like Mpumalanga, North West and Limpopo.

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Many new [ANC] members come in search of wealth and power. Fewer than half of South African’s young black adults have jobs, and many lack the basic skills to find work after years of attending substandard schools in townships and rural areas. For these youths, politics is a seemingly certain route out of poverty. The rise in corruption has fed the belief that political posts mean kickbacks and contracts.

In the ranks of public servants, the post of rural ward council member in a speck of a town like this one would seem no great prize. The job pays about $150 a month, and its occupant must digest a steady diet of complaints from residents about the most fundamental ailments afflicting South Africa: schools that do not teach, taps that do not deliver water, crime that the police seem helpless to stop, jobs that are impossible to find.

But ward councilors are also a conduit for development projects in their areas, and they can influence the awarding of government contracts. The potential upside—earnings from bribes or surreptitious deals—is high.

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  • Laager

    “The killings threaten to tarnish the image of the so-called rainbow nation, whose largely bloodless transition from white minority rule to nonracial democracy has made it a beacon of peace, tolerance and forgiveness.”

    What on earth is this woman smoking?
    This is Africa honey.
    This is jungle rules in action.
    You say so yourself:

    “Amid rising corruption and waning economic opportunities,’

    After 20 years of “freedom” and ANC rule

    “….. political killings are on the rise. Here in KwaZulu-Natal Province, nearly 40 politicians have been killed since 2010 in battles over political posts, more than triple the number in the previous three years, according to government figures. Over the past few years, dozens more have been killed in provinces like Mpumalanga, North West and Limpopo.”

    “a steady diet of complaints from residents about the most fundamental ailments afflicting South Africa: schools that do not teach, taps that do not deliver water, crime that the police seem helpless to stop,

    After 20 years of “freedom” and ANC rule

    ” jobs that are impossible to find.”

    ……. having driven about 1 million whites [i.e. about 20% of the white population] to emigrate – the skilled technicians, professionals, and business entrepreneurial class – the job creators

    …… having murdered about 40,000 whites in the last 22 years

    …… having brutally slain nearly 3,000 white Afrikaner farmers in the last 22 years causing the numbers of active producing farmers to reduce by nearly 50%

    “The potential upside—earnings from bribes or surreptitious deals—is high.”
    Creating a new form of employment – the tenderpreneur – the “dot com” boom in SA

    • So CAL Snowman

      In the liberal’s mind, up is down, White is black, slavery is freedom, ignorance is strength, etc.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jklmn.pqrst.5 Jkjljmjn Pqprpspt

        If you could call it a mind – it’s more like a backboard holding up their eyeballs. Any thinking is immediately converted to emoting and is done in their heart, not their brain.

    • Ulick

      “”The killings threaten to tarnish the image of the so-called rainbow nation, whose largely bloodless transition from white minority rule to nonracial democracy has made it a beacon of peace, tolerance and forgiveness.”

      LOL! That would be the funniest thing I read today if it was meant as a joke, but it’s even funnier that someone actually believes that.

      Or does the author believe it? It’s always difficult to tell whether these Liberal authors actually believe what they write or if they’re merely willing to lie to progandize for their desired ends.

    • jason

      White South African farmers are now the most at risk group in the world yet it we hardly hear on any major news network >The pattern in South Africa is slowly resembling Zimbabwe It is an absolute tragedy that can be averted with the same resolve that ended apartheid .But we all know it will be hidden until it is too late to save.

  • You Are Now Enriched

    One advantage of our total systemic, institutional, and structural dispossession under BRA Affirmative Action Today, Tomorrow, and Forever is that the White community will get to watch authentic afrozulubantuvoodoo warfare between the Diversity contestants competing for the municipal vig.

    Your’e paying for it, so you might as well enjoy the show…

  • http://twitter.com/LavMenace Crystal Lee Evans

    These types of killings have been going on for years in these townships. During the apartheid era, the police were often blamed but the problem was a personal matter. For example, two men fighting over a woman and one gets killed.

    • Laager

      Mandela, whilst politically active between being released from Robben Island and retiring from the Presidency, went on record saying [paraphrase]:

      “We (ANC) have to do something about the living conditions of our people living in these “hell holes” (i.e. the townships)”

      What he doesn’t say is that the physical living conditions within the townships were infinitely better than the shacks the rural migrants built in their squatter shanty settlements on the fringes of the cities. At white taxpayers expense decent housing was first provided and then the unsanitary shack settlements were demolished.

      The fact that blacks were unable to live in peace amongst themselves in these new urban environments is their problem and theirs alone.
      True to form Mandela blamed their violent crime infested lives on that convenient catch all – “the legacy of apartheid”

      Well the tables are turned today.

      With AA many whites have been expelled from their city, provincial and state jobs which have been given to (unqualified and incompetent) blacks. You now have unemployed destitute whites living in shanty towns who are denied any form of government support aid as they were “previously advantaged”

      There is no alcoholism, crime and violence in these settlements. Their biggest problem is harassment from city and state agencies as they try and become self sufficient in their new set of unfortunate circumstances.

      With a government acknowledged murder rate of 50 /day – of which at least 80% are black on black killings – a guesstimated 350 to 400,000 black people have died since apartheid ended in 1990.

      This really makes a mockery of the brotherly-love-one-for-all-and-all-for-one UBUNTU concept that Bishop Desmond Tutu waxes lyrical about and tries to sell to the rest of the world.

      Only the gullible liberals fall for it.

  • Howard W. Campbell

    Camp of the Saints: Indian refugees land in France and the country is seized by guilt. Alternate history: Imagine if 10,000 whites took ships to bail out of SA and headed towards France; the EU elites would order the French Navy to sink every ship. I would imagine that this sort of behavior is commonplace in just about any 3rd word country. South Africa though, still has some decent (but quickly deteriorating) infrastructure left.

    “In the ranks of public servants, the post of rural ward council member in a speck of a town like this one would seem no great prize. The job pays about $150 a month, and its occupant must digest a steady diet of complaints from residents about the most fundamental ailments afflicting South Africa: schools that do not teach, taps that do not deliver water, crime that the police seem helpless to stop, jobs that are impossible to find.”

    In Detroit, they sold off the poles that Firemen used to slide down to the trucks. I’m not sure if they have started digging up water pipes to sell for scrap metal. Adjust the dollar amounts and the fact that the water probably still works and this is a similar story about any black run city or county in the US.

    • Damien1981

      They will probably sink the ships. I’m starting to think that Europe is hell bent on destroying the white race.

      A couple of Afrikaners have been going around Europe, trying to convince governments to start doing something about the Afrikaner genocide.

      They were in the Dutch parliament on the 5th of December, but apparently nobody showed up except for a few MPs from the right wing parties.

      http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.com/2012/11/dutch-parliament-hears-afrikaner-plight.html

      It seems like the only people who are willing to come out in support of Afrikaners are a few skin heads – like the ones who showed up for the march in Washington DC. This doesn’t help, cause the majority of people just associate us with a bunch of neo-nazis.

      When can we expect any help? When at least 50% of us have been brutally raped and murdered?

      In order to claim asylum in a western country, I have to prove that I was in danger of being murdered. So, my wife or child has to be murdered first.

      The difference between us and other refugees is that we are educated. We can see this thing coming. And believe me it’s coming.

      Is there anybody out there who can stand up for white people?

      • http://www.facebook.com/jklmn.pqrst.5 Jkjljmjn Pqprpspt

        I’m thinking of Mr. Geert Wilders, an MP in the Netherlands, for one.

        “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” -Cicero, Ancient Roman Statesman and Philosopher

  • ILOVEMYRACE

    Who could write such idiotic, illogical garbage as: ” . . . has made it a beacon of peace, tolerance and forgiveness. . . . nearly 40 politicians have been killed since 2010 in battles over political posts,”

    How many politicans need be murdered to make the country NOT “a beacon of peace, tolerance, and forgiveness”?

  • IKantunderstand

    The Whites in South Africa are totally screwed. They are being killed, and the so called government does not care. They are not allowed to emigrate to western countries because that would be tacit agreement that they are not being treated right because they are White. Thus blowing to hell the entire concept of the so called “rainbow nation” Frankly, our so called leaders, think it is better to sacrifice Whites , then to admit that this multiculti crap is not working.We need a third party! We need to demand this crappy ass government to admit every Boer who wants to emigrate from S.A. What the hell is the matter with our government that they refuse to admit Boers as political refugees? Come on people, think of a name for our new White Nationalist Party. I suggest we call ourselves, “The Constitutionalists”. Not sexy at all .

  • rebelcelt

    Many new [ANC] members come in search of wealth and power. Fewer than half of South African’s young black adults have jobs, and many lack the basic skills to find work after years of attending substandard schools in townships and rural areas.
    How is this possible the South African Blacks have had complete political and social control to SA for decades. Huge influx of cash from the west….how is it possible to fail?

    • Laager

      Well this is the uncomfortable truth that the liberals are at a total loss to face up to.

      For years they told the world how unjust the education system for blacks was under white minority rule. The blacks are oppressed and discriminated against they cried. Give blacks equal facilities and equal expenditure per child and they will blossom was the mantra. Well this situation has existed since 1994 when black majority rule became a reality. Since then blacks have controlled all the political institutions of power plus the budgets of all national and provincial departments – especially education.

      What do we see? Failure on a massive scale.

      After 18 years of being in government the ANC is incapable of delivering school books to the schools on time. In some cases they arrived at the schools the day before the mid year exams were to be written.

      Amongst other examples this is probably the most visible manifestation of black administrative incompetence. White Rhodesians and South Africans knew this would be the outcome which is why they resisted majority rule for as long as they could and favoured a gradual transition to black power control.

      Only the western white liberals (most of whom had never set foot in Africa) believed that an African Renaissance would explode onto the planet once all apartheid legislation was scrapped and instant majority rule came to pass.

      For a clear explanation of education within the apartheid system in South Africa visit;
      http://mikesmithspoliticalcommentary.blogspot.co.uk/
      Read: Part 11 – Bantu Education Under Apartheid
      to be found in the Pandora’s Box column on the right hand side of the page.

      Read chapter

  • ATBOTL

    Supposedly, one of the reasons blacks can’t maintain technology that whites give them is that white-trained technicians are afraid to teach other blacks their skills because they believe they will be killed by that person to take their job. I’ve heard this several times over the years.