Monday, May 22, 2017

Coligny Riots: More trouble in South Africa

South African riot police officers run to disperse protesters in Coligny
"They are throwing rocks at the house and are coming through the walls - please hurry," the panicked voice of a woman, speaking Afrikaans, shouts into a two way radio.
Minutes later her home was in flames after being hit by petrol bombs.
The attack on the Rietvlei maize farm, on the outskirts of the remote South African town of Coligny, came just half an hour after two white farmers were granted bail for the alleged murder of a 16-year-old black teenager.
Pieter Doorewaard, 26 and Phillip Schutte, 34, are accused of throwing Mathlomola Mosweu off a speeding pick up truck on April 20 after catching him picking sunflowers.
An autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of Mathlomola's death, but the facts of the case have mattered little in Coligny, where the case has inflamed long simmering racial tensions.
WEB_PHOTO_Coligny_Protests_260417: The chaotic scene of the violent protests which left two homes reduced to ashes on April 25, 2017 in Coligny, North West.
I’ve always been very interested in the situation in South Africa, especially from the Afrikaners white farmers perspective.
It gets rather little attention from the main stream media but having actually met with some Afrikaners I believe their struggle is just packed full of valuable survival information. What do you do in a worst case scenario, in a country ravaged by crime, corruption and even the government itself turned against you? Under constant attack and kicked out of their land, Afrikaner farmers have mastered the art of defensive homesteading, showing us how to harden and defend an isolated residence but ultimately showing how such a strategy is doomed to fail eventually. Many of them have quit and moved to more secured communities in the city. Many others have left the country entirely. Unfortunately, thousands have died as well, while a few still remain, struggling to keep their way of life.
In this recent incident, two farmers are being accused of brutally killing a teenage boy in Coligny outside Lichtenburg. This death sparked a mass violent protest in the small maize-growing town. In a space of a day, three houses and three trucks were torched.
The link explains in more detail how events unfold and how it quickly escalated to rioting, looting and houses being torched.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”


David Lotti said...

The isolated homestead never made much sense to me. The situation for Afrikaners sounds horrific. If I were them, I would leave the country immediately.

But then again, a lot of people on survival boards think I'm crazy. I live just south of San Francisco, in an unremarkable middle class suburb. A major earthquake is likely. I'm dependent on the grid. Taxes are high. Yet...

My neighbors are all high income professionals or solid blue collar guys. I know most of them. Crime is low. We have a neighborhood watch. I don't have to traverse any bad areas to get home from work. The vast majority of the violent crime happens in the East Bay (http://www.sfchronicle.com/crime/article/BART-s-decision-not-to-publicize-takeover-11098643.php), literally separated by a large body of water.

I'm not saying I'm immune. Far from it. But I wonder if you could do an updated post about the relative pro/cons of city, suburb and rural areas for developed countries and in particular the U.S., which I feel is different from Europe, Asia or Australia/NZ in the sense that is has a lot of inequality, diversity and variance between, even within the same city.

Anonymous said...

Why anyone stays there is incomprehensible. When was the last time you bought anything that was produced anywhere in Africa? When was the last time that Africa produced anything good?