How severe is the existential risk to minorities in South Africa? Or to put it in Professor Jordan Peterson’s words what is the discourse that precede genocide and genocidal states like South Africa and what is driving the dehumanizing of the victims to facilitate large-scale rape, torture, and murder? In this excerpt from his lecture series “Maps of Meaning” psychology professor Jordan Peterson talks about an especially bleak and horrifying but relatively unknown episode in the history of the Soviet Union – the Dekulakization.
He points out how enhanced victimization and the concept of class guilt ultimately led to genocide and the starvation of millions of people.
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In colloquial vernacular genocide is most often thought of as a type of rapid mass murder with the body count or the number of victims being indicative of the magnitude of the crime. However within the formal definition, the timeframe or the number of victims has no importance at all, instead, the “intent to destroy” is of much greater importance. And elements such as discrimination and forced displacement, where political and socio-economic circumstances are created that make it impossible for a cultural or ethnic group to survive.
Forced displacement would typically result in a mass exodus from the area or country.
A phenomenon politely described as involuntary emigration by South Africans, may well fit the definition and perfectly account for the millions of South Africans that have left the country under duress of volatile hate crime, racism, and economic discrimination. For many of the victims that seek refuge in a foreign country, this means giving up their culture, faith traditions, language, and nationality in a bid to survive.
Considering just how public and the impunity with which crimes against humanity are being promoted by politicians in South Africa, astonishingly few civil rights or humanitarian organizations speak out on the dolus specialis element of genocide. This element refers to whether the prohibited acts were committed with intent, knowledge, recklessness, or negligence “to destroy in part or as a whole”.
The South African Human Rights Commission and the National Broadcaster the SABC for example, have become political instruments of the government that suppress the rights of minorities, but will vehemently defend the slightest infringement on the rights of the majority.
READ MORE: Genocide Definition Explained
READ MORE: Formal Framework of Genocide
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Genocide in a South Africa Context
In a paper called the “The Ten Stages of Genocide”, originally released as the Eight Stages of Genocide, presented to the US State Department in 1996, Dr. Gregory H. Stanton, a peer-reviewed academic on the subject of genocide, defines the Ten Stages of Genocide as follows:
“GENOCIDE IS A PROCESS THAT DEVELOPS IN TEN STAGES THAT ARE PREDICTABLE BUT NOT INEXORABLE. AT EACH STAGE, PREVENTIVE MEASURES CAN STOP IT. THE PROCESS IS NOT LINEAR. STAGES MAY OCCUR SIMULTANEOUSLY. EACH STAGE IS ITSELF A PROCESS. LOGICALLY, LATER STAGES ARE PRECEDED BY EARLIER STAGES. BUT ALL STAGES CONTINUE TO OPERATE THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS.” – DR GREGORY H. STANTON
How can the Elie Wiesel Act of the United States help minorities in South Africa?
For the USA to help prevent atrocities, decision-makers need early warning. They need regular and up-to-date information about events that will allow them to understand the nuances of each situation, develop appropriate preventive policies, and take steps to forestall disaster. The sooner the USA spots red flags, the greater its options will be for addressing the challenges they signal before violence erupts. When policymakers fail to recognize the early stages of a crisis, choices not only become more limited but in many cases more costly and politically difficult to implement. While early-warning alone can’t stop mass atrocities, without it the USA cannot hope to prevent them.
The WCSTG project is working hard to get South Africa included in the Annual Report.
[Disclaimer: as a small publisher relying on volunteers – our reports are non-exhaustive of the Crimes against Humanity in South Africa – we report as much as we can and advise readers to do their own diligence]