Right-wing groups are op­por­tunists

Sowetan - - Opinion -

Most right-think­ing South Africans take ev­ery­thing said by AfriFo­rum, Free­dom Front Plus and other rightwing groups with a pinch of salt.

Free­dom Front’s com­ments that the sen­tence meted out to the men who stuffed Vic­tor Mlotshwa into a cof­fin was ‘ex­ces­sive’ are shock­ing. They fur­ther said the sen­tences will harm race re­la­tions in Mid­del­burg.

Th­ese com­ments are said by peo­ple who think black peo­ple should not have rights. AfriFo­rum said the killing of farm­ers was racially mo­ti­vated.

The killing of farm­ers is un­for­tu­nate and should be stopped im­me­di­ately. For some­one to sug­gest farm­ers are killed for po­lit­i­cal rea­sons, is very low.

What is as­ton­ish­ing is the fact that in in­ci­dents where black peo­ple are vic­tims of white ag­gres­sion, you will never hear AfriFo­rum or the Free­dom Front make any noise. The only rea­son AfriFo­rum wants to be in­volved in the Grace Mu­gabe in­ci­dent is be­cause they have an axe to grind with Robert Mu­gabe. It has noth­ing to do with feel­ing sorry for Gabriella En­gels. Farm­ers have ter­rorised work­ers for years on their farms but both groups kept quiet.

They’ll get my re­spect the day they start show­ing con­sis­tency in con­demn­ing atroc­i­ties across racial lines. For as long as the likes of Vic­tor Mlotshwa, Nel­son Chisale, Tshepo Mat­loga, Paul Mot­shabi and many oth­ers are ter­rorised and killed by racists, we’ll never have an in­clu­sive South Africa. Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jack­son de­serve their sen­tences. They did the crime, now they must do the time. Richard­son Mzaidume Pimville

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