Just as the legacy of Jim Crow, the evil inflicted upon South African blacks during apartheid was an atrocity. That does not mean, however, that evil should be inflicted upon innocent whites far removed from those horrific times.
The reconciliation that former South African President Nelson Mandela hoped to achieve in the 1990s has been all-but-jettisoned. As of last week, the South African parliament voted to seize all land from white farmers without compensation, a motion largely prompted by the hateful Julius Malema, leader of the Marxist-Revolutionary Economic Freedom Party.
Since parliament passed the initiative, Malema, who has a rap-sheet of racist rhetoric, has been turning the anti-white hate speech up to dangerous levels. Just recently, he told crowds of followers to "go after a white man" in the name of "cutting the throat of whiteness."
Malema's speech focused on removing Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Athol Trollip from office because he is white.
"We have taken a decision that we are going to remove the mayor of PE [Port Elizabeth]," he said. "Because the mayor of DA in PE is a white man. So, these people, when you want to hit them hard – go after a white man. They feel a terrible pain, because you have touched a white man. ... We are starting with this whiteness. We are cutting the throat of whiteness."
Prior to the vote last week, Malema also told parliament about the necessity of confiscating land from white farmers: