On October 16, South Africa made the news in mainstream media abroad, when farmers showed their support for the Horner family at the trial of the young Brendan Horner’s murderers in Senekal. We take a look at how the New York Times distorts the genocide narrative covering the event.
New York Times: Killing of White Farmer Becomes a Flash Point in South Africa
What drove interest for the media in covering the event in the Free State, was the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) opportunistic opposition to any cause that appeals for the rights of minorities. Especially if that minority happens to be white. Usually, mainstream media avoid covering black on white crime, but in anticipation of a stand-off that could spark a civil war, news reporters flooded the rural town.
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The EFF did not disappoint the media at the trial and “danced on the grave” of the victim by threatening to burn farms and singing the song “Kill the Farmer, Kill the Boer”, with the full approval of The South African Human Rights Commission that keeps a blind eye on any infringements when the victim is from the “outgroup”.
This prompted the Democratic Alliance to lay charges against the EFF and again appeal to The South African Human Rights Commission for the countless time to act.
While millions of white South Africans have already left the country to escape political and economic oppression, systemic racism, and under duress of rape, torture, and murder. Any attempts from the remaining white South Africans to preserve life and livelihood are immediately branded as white supremacy, white privilege, or as the New York Times puts it “apartheid nostalgia”.
Ignoring facts such as the existential disaster of the half a million plus South Africans that have been murdered in the past twenty-five years, the New York Times decided to pretty much spin the same narrative as the EFF.
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Let that sink in for a minute …
We leave criticism of the New York Times article to Colonel Chris Wyatt an American political commentator and expert on African affairs. Colonel Wyatt has been following the Brendan Horner murder trial closely.
COL (Ret) William M. (Chris) Wyatt is the CEO at The Indaba Africa Group, and previously Director of African Studies at the United States Army War College.
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