South Africa’s farm murders and the government’s plan to implement land expropriation without compensation is receiving global attention this week. Firstly, ITV in the UK aired an On Assignment episode on Monday night, which investigated the issues… and last night, the USA’s largest television news channel, Fox News (which has a reputation for biased reporting and promoting right-wing causes) aired an interview with Ernst Roets, Deputy CEO of AfriForum. (Watch preview below.)
On the US programme ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’, which is aired during peak time in the USA, Roets told presenter Tucker Carlson that the SA government should be viewed as “complicit” in farm murders.
Roets listed several reasons for his assertion, referring to the research he conducted for his forthcoming book ‘Kill the Boer’ (due to be launched on 30 June 2018).
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Roets claimed there has been a de-prioritisation of farm murders, the creation of a “hostile political climate” towards white farmers in particular and hate speech against farmers.
Roets also stated that the government is naïve if they believe that expropriation without compensation will transform South Africa into the “garden of Eden” as recently proposed by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Roets alluded further to the threat from David Mabuza, Deputy President, that there will be a “violent takeover” in South Africa should white people not agree to hand over their property to black people.
Roets referred to the failures of similar economic policies in Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Cuba, Russia and China and accused the South African government of believing that they can do the same, but that the outcomes would be different.
Following the interview Roets said that it was a big breakthrough – approximately 100 million households in the USA have access to Fox News and it is broadcast in 86 countries. He said that AfriForum has been inundated with messages of support – from within South Africa and abroad.
“We believe that this interview will have an enormous impact to place continued pressure on the South African government to respect property rights and prioritise farm murders,” says Roets.