Earlier this Month while most of the world was transfixed on the Trump/Kim Jong Unhill handshake, the World Cup, boarder control or a multitude of other sundry events, Julius Malema, aka the Stalin of South Africa, was busy telling the Minority in our country that he’s not going wage genocide against the Minority. Yet.
In an interview with TRT World News published this Month, Malema said, “We have not called for the killing of white people. At least for now. I can’t guarantee the future.”
When the reporter mentioned that some people might view these remarks as a call to genocide, Malema responded, “Crybabies. Crybabies” but later warned white South Africans that “the masses are on board” for “an un-led revolution and anarchy”.
Malema is a prominent politician in South Africa and at the forefront of his country’s movement to confiscate land from Minority property owners and redistribute it to the country’s Majority population.
No actual specifics about the plan have been revealed, of course.
So even if someone thinks this land grab is social justice, it’s at least reasonable to acknowledge the massive corruption that plagues South Africa’s government.
And presuming that a multi-billion Rands expropriation wouldn’t be fraught with graft is just plain naive.
There has also been zero acknowledgement that forced expropriation of private property would cause a wave of defaults on real estate mortgages, triggering a massive banking crisis and unforgiving recession.
South Africa already has a prime example about the economic consequences: Zimbabwe’s own land expropriation plunged that country into an economic cataclysm spanning two decades.
Yet these all seem to be irrelevant details.
Malema even went so far as to downplay Zimbabwe’s economic catastrophe, saying “You cannot measure the Zimbabwean revolution based on the capitalist definition.”
Not sure what Marxist definition he’s using to measure success.
But we do know that two decades after land redistribution in Zimbabwe (which used to be considered the breadbasket of southern Africa), more than a quarter of the population is in danger of starving to death.
So even by the most basic metrics, Zimbabwe’s policies have been a total failure. Copying them is tantamount to suicide.
It’s truly astonishing that someone so dangerous and out of touch has been able to rise to power. And even more astonishing how quickly it’s happened.
A decade ago few people had heard of Malema. Now he commands millions and grows more powerful each day.
Swift, radical changes like this are common around the world, and throughout history.
The 20th century witnessed death and slaughter on an unprecedented scale.
It was the century of the Holocaust and two World Wars; of communist, Nazi, fascist and military dictators who between them killed more than 100 million people.
In 1929-1953 - Stalin imposed a deliberate famine on Ukraine, killed millions of the wealthier peasants – or ‘kulaks’ – as he forced them off their land, and purged his own party, shooting thousands and sending millions more to work as slaves and perish in the Gulag.
Quotes attributed to Stalin reflected his utter disregard for human life. Among other bons mots, he allegedly declared: “Death is the solution to all problems. No man -- no problem,” and “One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic.”
In February 1989, two years before the fall of the Soviet Union, a research paper by Georgian historian Roy Aleksandrovich Medvedev published in the weekly tabloid Argumenti i Fakti estimated that the death toll directly attributable to Stalin’s rule amounted to approximate 40 million lives this reportedly included that of the Soviet troops and civilians who perished in the Second World War.
Part of the problem with counting the total loss of life lies with the incompleteness and unreliability of Soviet records.
In any case, if the figure of 60 million dead is accurate that would mean that an average of 2 million were killed during each year of Stalin’s horrific reign – or 40,000 every week, even during “peacetime”.
If the lower estimate of 20 million is the true number, that still translates into 1,830 deaths every single day.
Thus, Stalin’s regime represented a machinery of killing that history – excluding, perhaps, China under Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, has never witnessed.
Point is, the world can change very quickly.
Open your eyes, not long and the Minority will be wiped out at the Helm of Julius Malema, aka the Starlin of South Africa.
No longer proud to be South African