Bok van Blerk

At, eighty, after 65 years of living in other countries this song still makes me cry,

The song Tyd om te trek translates to Time to move.

The song is sung in Afrikaans but you don’t have to know the language to understand what it is all about, the video explains it very well.

Now ask yourself what story does the video tell and reflect, is it the truth or is it a lie – ask yourself, is it really happening in South Africa as we watch

Read what Wikipedia has to say about the deaths of Afrikaans farmers. Here is an extract from Wikipedia in 2011 to save you following the link:

Genocide Watch has theorized that farm attacks constitute early warning signs of genocide against Afrikaners and has cri;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;ticised the South African government for its inaction on the issue, pointing out that the murder rate for them (“ethno-European farmers” in their report, which also included non-Afrikaner farmers of European race) is four times that of the general South African population. There are 40,000 white farmers in South Africa. Between 1994 and 2011 close to three thousand farmers have been murdered in thousands of farm attacks, with many being brutally tortured and/or raped. Some victims have been burned with smoothing irons or had boiling water poured down their throats.

I was brought up in our Afrikaners community as a child and although we can be a prickly race - if you get three of us on a street corner talking politics, you will never get one agreeing with the others. Having said that, we are a warm and friendly people. One story was, my English friend from Cape Town with her British accent was travelling a long journey on a train and five Afrikaners (a family) got on the train. When they found out she was a Brit, they exchanged a few polite sentences with her, and lapsed in their Afrikaans and ignored her. When it was lunchtime, they got out their large hamper and automatically set out six places. They wouldn’t have dreamed of not sharing their food, even with an accursed Brit (in the Boer War approximately 27,000 Boer Women and children died in Kitchener’s “Konsentrasie Kampe”) – I will leave you to work out the translation.

Finally, Look at the British Parliament and the way British politicians behave. Would you like foreigners to look at this parliament and say, “look at those Brits, that’s the sort of people they are”. Or would you rather them look at parliament and say “look at those politicians, the poor Brits having to put up with them”?

It was the same in Apartheid South Africa. This is why I left my school, my home, my parents and my country at 15. I knew, from history it could not last, and - also from history - I knew what would come. And I was right.