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RIGHT NOW at NRN w/Karin Smith: In Many Ways, “California is Very Much Like South Africa”
I am proudly South African and absolutely love my country. What’s not to love? I will, however, call a spade a spade; telling my personal story in a politically correct way will not achieve anything. I have been married to a US citizen for 11 years and, because of his passion for his country, I have taken a keen interest in events in America. The more I learn, the more I realize that Americans could learn some very pertinent lessons from what has happened and is still happening to the White population in Africa.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row column_type=”block” font_color=”light” background_type=”video” video_bg_url=”https://youtu.be/GpnwWn1lfag” video_bg_start_time=”139″ video_bg_end_time=”600″ video_bg_parallax=”true” add_overlay=”yes” overlay_opacity=”20″ bt_text=”SOUTH AFRICA” bt_font_weight=”300″ bt_font_style=”italic” shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″ add_bigtext=”true” min_height=”100″ bt_max_width=”300″][vc_column][wvc_video_opener caption_position=”bottom” video_url=”https://youtu.be/GpnwWn1lfag” caption=”Republic Spotlight | Interview with KARIN SMITH”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]South Africa (SA) and the United States have similar backgrounds (but let’s hope they don’t have similar futures) – the Whites came from Europe, both countries fought to get rid of the British, and both countries had wagon trains full of settlers looking for a better life in the interior. Both countries “imported” laborers from across the seas. Both countries practiced “segregation” (in the US) or “apartheid” (in SA). America had a civil war to free the slaves and my country had terrorism, repression, and plenty of murder! We are both republics and have, somehow magically, been labeled democracies by a gamut of public personas in the last few years. South Africa voted in the first Black president in 1994 and America followed by electing their first Black president. This is the point where both countries really start to fall apart.
Personal Story of Growing Up in South Africa
To give some background of where I am coming (and came from) I have to go back more than half a century to being born in the then Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). This was a British colony and was a wonderful, prosperous country. I am sure that everyone knows the story of the war there, but, if not, please look it up. I came from a well-off, middle class family. My grandparents (who came from Scotland) had been in Rhodesia for about 20 years. My grandfather was a civil engineer and my grandmother an auditor. They had lived through two world wars and came to Africa for a better life.
I had just started school when I rudely became aware that the great life that we had was about to drastically change. My mother, who was pregnant with my youngest brother, was driving home from town (Bulawayo) when her car was stoned by a furious crowd of protesters and she barely got out of there alive. She gave premature birth to my brother at home that night as we could not risk taking her to the hospital. My father, an ex-navy man, was a member of the neighborhood watch. About a week after my mother’s harrowing experience, he was out in the early hours of the morning on neighborhood patrol. The dogs warned us that something was amiss and grandpa bravely went to see what was wrong. He found my father, barely alive, having been beaten severely and dropped on our front porch. At the time this served as a warning that “we know who you are and where you live and can get you any time we want.”
My parents felt that, as they had five children all under the age of 10, it would be best if they took us to safety. So, they started the long, heartbreaking business of trying to leave the country. They were told that “of course” they could leave but – they could take no money with them, no furniture, could not sell their home, had to give up their pension funds – in fact they were allowed to take only what fitted into their vehicle. Seven people in even the biggest car does not allow for much luggage. So we left literally with one change of clothes each. My grandparents left some years later and were far worse off as even their car was taken from them at the border. So much for lifetime of working, saving, and attempting to take care of their old age.
So began the long trek which ended with us living in Windhoek, South West Africa (SWA), now Namibia. This country was originally a German colony and had a very European feel to it. If you did not speak German in those days you might as well have been dumb. No one in the stores would serve you or even take notice that you were there. South Africa annexed SWA during the war because they desperately needed access to another functioning port.
Russians and Cubans Infiltrated South Africa
We were in Windhoek for eight years before the troubles began to impact on our lives. There was a war in Angola and African National Congress (ANC) “cadres” were being trained there by Russians and Cubans for infiltration into South Africa. They entered SA through South West Africa and practiced their new found skills on the way. My father, still a relatively young man, with a commercial pilot’s license, joined the army and was shot twice. When his plane was brought down in the desert, and our family, who lived at the outer limits of the town on the edge of the desert, were attacked in our home and held hostage for three days, they once again decided to flee and take their children to safety. We left in the middle of the night, in one car, with, once more nothing to our names. And so, that is how we arrived in South Africa. A little family of seven people trying to make a living, raise their children in safety, and just get on with their lives.
South Africa, in the 60s was a White-ruled and -run country, with a Calvinist, Afrikaans, Nationalist government who had determined, by a thorough study of the Bible, that the Black Africans were put on earth to serve the Whites. The country was rich in minerals, gold, and diamonds. There was a “White by night’ law that did not allow Blacks in a White neighborhood after dark unless they could prove that they lived and worked in a White household. Everything was segregated. Black areas, Black buses, Black toilets, Black benches, Black parks, etc.
Our education system was amongst the best in the world, our hospitals were turning out fantastic doctors, we conducted the first heart transplant, had an arms industry that was the envy of most countries, had a police force and army that kept the peace at all costs, and kept us safe from any threats from across our borders. “Apartheid” was maintained by any means necessary and any and all dissenters were thrown in prison (or worse). There was a law which stated that you could be arrested and kept in jail, without charges or a trial, for 180 days. Should anyone enquire as to your fate they would be met with blank stares and blatant lies. The original 180 days could be extended many times in the interests of “national security.” Everyone had to carry a “book of life” and any Black person found without one would be arrested.
“Homelands” were created by the government where Blacks, no matter where they were originally from, were resettled. “Informal settlements” (shack dwellings – mostly on the outskirts of big cities) were razed to the ground.
On the surface, everything was peaceful – but strong currents were running under the surface. The ANC, funded by Russia, Cuba, and many other European countries were training their “cadres” outside of the country and infiltrating them in to commit acts of murder and mayhem. For your information, the international icon, Nelson Mandela, was one of these who was accused of treason after the Rosebank bombing and sent to Robben Island for life. Because his side “won” the war of terror against the Whites, he and too many more to mention are now no longer known as “terrorists” but “heroes of the struggle.”
Do you see any similarity here to the events on America’s 9/11 and South Africa’s Fort Hood?
Because of sanctions imposed by the Western countries, South Africa became fully independent. We grew all our own food, made all our own arms and ammunition, had a thriving industrial and manufacturing sector, made all our own medicines and drugs, supported other African countries with food, money, and anything else they needed. We had a fully home-grown clothing and textile industry, and even made our own motor fuel from coal. Our economy was thriving despite sanctions. South African boys (my three brothers included) were all drafted into the army at the age of 18 and served all over Africa to keep our borders safe.
The internal war of terror on the Whites was insidious at first and was mostly evident in violent protests where schools, municipal buildings, and clinics were burnt down. Blacks refused to pay taxes, light and water utility accounts or any other thing that might contribute to society. They stoned cars, killed indiscriminately, and burnt or bombed public places where White people were gathered. Many of my friends were killed and one of my brothers and my sister left the country for Australia after being attacked and, in the case of my sister, raped.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row equal_height=”” shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″][vc_column][wvc_audio_embed link=”https://open.spotify.com/episode/4PEYnBOWWDdFJuo0GnsO7a”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Then came 1994 and everything changed. We have an ANC government which has been in power for 15 years. There was a center-page spread in the newspapers when they came into power announcing the government minister’s credentials. Most had a minimum education, were “freedom fighters” with no experience of running anything other than a machine gun (and their mouths), and one even had the enormously appropriate experience of having been a “garden boy”! This, anywhere else but in Africa, would have been taken as a huge joke. But, it is the reality we were forced into then, and live with now.
South Africa’s Problematic Property “Rights”
This is the era in which most houses in SA became fortresses with high walls, electric fencing, alarm systems, and block watch groups. Carjackings became the order of the day with huge roadside warnings of “this is a high risk hijack area.” Law and order become a joke and the police and army a national joke with bribery being the way out of any situation. All you have to do is give the traffic cop a Coca-Cola and you get away with murder, should you have the right color skin.
The government enacted strict anti-gun laws and the, mainly White, populace went in their thousands, like sheep, to hand in their firearms. This is easy to do as the general, law-abiding populace have licensed firearms and their addresses are on record.
The law states that you may not shoot or otherwise harm any person found on your property illegally (even in the middle of the night); you cannot assume that they are there for any harmful purpose. Should you harm or kill an intruder, you will be arrested for murder or manslaughter.
A case in point, a 14 year old girl (White) woke in the night to hear strange noises from her mother’s bedroom. She went to investigate and found a Black man raping her mother. She took the bedside table and smashed his head in with it. She was arrested on a charge of murder and it took many, many lawyers and months in court for her to be exonerated. This is justice?
The law also states that, should your property be left empty and a person or persons (only Black persons) move in and live there, you cannot evict them, if they have been there more than 24 hours, without a lengthy court case in the Supreme Court. So, if you have a holiday home, or a property for rental purposes, these properties can just be taken over and you will pay hundreds of thousands in legal fees to evict the people. By which time, I assure you, you will not want the property back. If they legally rent your property and do not pay the rent, you also cannot evict them.
If you have an empty piece of land, you can be sure that it will become a squatter camp with hundreds of shanties built out of cardboard and corrugated iron erected on it. These people then demand that the municipality provide them with “services” such as electricity, water, toilets, roads, sewerage, and trash collection. When this is not forthcoming, they protest by burning anything in the area, trashing any passing vehicle, and shutting down roads and highways.
Should the government wish them to move, they build them low-income housing with all the amenities on a suitable, “legal” piece of land. These people then protest and refuse to move. They then have more protests and trash the new houses built for them.
These settlements include four million illegal refugees from Zimbabwe who have fled the terror and genocide being carried out by Mad Bob Mugabe, their president, who was beaten in the last elections and refused to step down. All the anti-White laws being enacted in this country originated with Mugabe and look at his country now. America’s “wonderful” President Obama, gave Mugabe $73 million and refused to remove him from power, thereby supporting his tyranny and contributing greatly to the problems in my country.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][wvc_audio_embed link=”https://open.spotify.com/episode/4PEYnBOWWDdFJuo0GnsO7a”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
Expropriation Without Compensation
Farmers are being literally thrown off their land, even though many farms have been in the family for generations, the reason being “land claims” in which anyone who has some dim, distant ancestor who may, possibly have lived on the property hundreds of years ago, can claim ownership of your land. The land claims court will decide on the legality of the claim and the farmer will be paid a pittance for his property. Some of these claims have been “pending” for years, so farmers loathe to farm or improve their farms for fear of throwing good money after potentially bad results. You may not sell or otherwise dispose of the property while the claim is pending.
Now, the ANC government have decided that “Expropriation Without Compensation” will be the rule of the day. This means that any property, residential, agricultural or commercial can be seized with very little notice and no compensation whatsoever. This applies to all your property, vehicles, houses, land, furniture, and even your intellectual property. The banks have stated that, even if the government has taken your property, you are still responsible for paying any outstanding mortgage.
My parents had an outstanding claim on their farm for 10 years and gave up trying to farm it. So, in their 80s they faced, one more time being refugees with nothing to show for their lifetime of hard work. The problem was solved for them when they were attacked by a gang of AK 47 wielding terrorists who shot my dad (he subsequently died) and shot my youngest brother in the leg which had to be amputated below the knee. My mother followed my dad into “that dark night” a year later.
Farmers who have workers who have worked for them more than 15 years are obliged to “give” a portion of their farms to these workers. They also have to build schools, clinics, and houses for the workers. Given the state of the world economy, who can afford this? For this reason together with the mass farm attacks and murders, South Africa is no longer able to feed itself, never mind export hundreds of tons of food as it did some years back.
Then the monster of “Affirmative Action” was passed into law with White business owners being forced to have a Black partner. The employee base of every business has to reflect the “demographics” of the country. Essentially this means that a business has to have 80% black employees, whether they have the skills for the jobs or not. This applies to our sports teams as well. As Whites make up a “huge” 8% of the population, this small percentage has to carry the majority of the remaining populace.
In every workplace it is a game of numbers and the few that are skilled and able to do the job have to toil mightily to keep the business running and carry all the dead weight. White males are an endangered species as far as jobs go as, although there is no law forbidding you from hiring them, it is severely frowned upon. So, doctors, dentists, skilled laborers, blue collar workers, artisans, professors, and thousands of other highly qualified, experienced, and desperately needed people have left for places where they are not endangered and are wanted, appreciated, and, most of all, safe! Foreign investment is greatly hampered by the enforced “Black partner” law.
Every Area of South African Society is Deteriorated
South Africa’s education system has suffered from the theory of “level the playing fields.” If the standards were any lower, you would not have to go to school at all, simply attain the age of 18 and graduate. Should the pupils or teachers not approve of anything done at the school, they simply kill fellow students and burn the school down. The taxpayer then has to fork out to rebuild and re-establish the educational facilities that the populace “demands.”
Our hospitals. which were among the finest in the world, are now in total disarray. There are no beds, bedding or food. Should you have the bad luck to have to go to a government hospital, you have to take your own bedding (supposing you can get a bed) and get your food brought in from the outside. Nurses and doctors strike at any time for better pay and corruption is rife. Hospital administrators are employed on the “buddy system” and have no financial or medical experience whatsoever.
Now they are discussing the closure of state hospitals that are in total disarray. Our state broadcaster (the only official one in the country) the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), recently had Parliament step in and dismiss the entire board (cronies of the previous administration) for billions of SA rands of corruption which left suppliers and movie makers bankrupt although they had delivered the service. This despite the fact that every TV in this country has to be licensed yearly or you face a huge fine.
Eskom, South Africa’s only electricity supplier, has suffered so much from corruption that they are now unable to meet the demand for electricity. No repairs or upgrades have been done for more than a decade, and now, after a 37% increase in tariffs earlier this year, they are demanding a 45% increase each year for the next three years to enable them to build new power stations and repair and maintain the existing structures. This goes on, despite the fact that management have recently voted themselves 37% increases and millions in bonuses. The CEO was asked by the board to step down several weeks ago and has refused, and is now suspended on full pay until such time as the matter is resolved. In their defense, Eskom is owed millions in unpaid bills by the government and is forced to supply, free of charge, power to the squatter camps and may not switch the power off to these people when they do not pay their bills. However, this does not apply to White consumers.
The electricity utility has been negotiating with the World Bank for four years and initially asked for $5 billion. Eskom is under severe financial pressure to expand its capacity and has applied for permission to hike its tariffs by 45% per year for three consecutive years, much to the ire of consumer groups.
The CEO of Armscor, our military supplier, has been accused of about 30 million rand in corruption recently, refuses to step down, and is also suspended on full pay. The Minister of Police (never a member of the police force) racked up a 1 million rand in hotel bills in three weeks and nothing has been done to reprimand him.
The ex-police minister is on trial for murder and corruption. He will no-doubt be exonerated, while his White partner-in-crime, a mafia boss (allegedly) will be convicted. Our national athletics board was recently suspended (they also, surprise, surprise, refuse to go quietly and have appealed to the constitutional court) lied to the world and to the government in the Caster Semenye case.
South Africa’s previous president, Jacob Zuma, having hundreds of charges, including rape, fraud, and corruption, nevertheless got voted in and, with his cronies on the “gravy train,” ran the country into bankruptcy and total chaos. He was overthrown and replaced by Cyril Ramaphosa, our current president, who is not much better; on American TV, he called South African activists liars as, in his opinion, there are no farm murders and no problems in South Africa. He stated at the G7 in Davos, that “South Africa is open for business” and that there has never been a better time to invest in that country. This is what the SA president states publicly while the country lies burnt and in ruin. There were riots in the streets leading to extreme acts of violence, arson and looting. Eighteen-wheelers, the lifeblood of the nation, are being looted and burnt (sometimes with the driver locked in the cab). Murder, rape, burglary, cash in transit heists, have all become a feature of daily life.
The latest crime figures released in September of this year are as follows. More than 1.3 million home burglary incidents have hit the country in the past year, which means a burglary occurs every 20 hours. Property theft remains ever-popular, and 1.2 million cases have been reported with street robberies reportedly following on its heels, in 2018/19 around 580 000 incidences of street robberies were recorded. The auto industry is equally appealing to villains, and more than 83,000 vehicles have been stolen in various ways. With 57 murders each day, the country is more unsafe than war-ravaged Syria, while rape, harassment, and corruption have not yet been measured.
America Appears to be Heading in the Same Direction of South Africa
In my opinion, America appears to be heading in the same direction of South Africa. I sincerely hope that Americans stand up now and fight for their rights or they will end up in the same mess – if not far worse. America’s unemployment figures equal ours at an estimated 20% or above. President Obama promised to transform America and instead tried to convert the once great country to a form of socialism and refused to call terrorist attacks exactly what they were. He almost bankrupted America with idiotic bailouts, tried to pass anti-gun laws, and revered terrorists and dictators. Even today, little has changed however, as the leftist socialists gain more power with each passing day and the youth of this country have been so indoctrinated at schools and colleges that they cry out for this form of government.
I need to stress the fact that all of this is written from my personal experience and does not necessarily reflect other viewpoints as they have not lived what I have.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]