Correction: The debate on farm murders (14 March 2017) in Parliament refers. It has been brought to the attention of AfriForum and The New Observer that it was not Mduduzi Manana, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, that shouted “Bury them alive” during the sitting, but the similarly-named Duduzile Promise Manana, ANC MP.
A member of parliament for South Africa’s ANC party has called for white famers to be “buried alive” during a parliamentary debate on the ongoing genocide being perpetrated against white people in that country by blacks.
According to a statement issued by the minority rights activist group AfriForum, the outburst was made by ANC MP Duduzile Promise Manana during a parliamentary sitting on farm murders.
While a member of the white Freedom Front Plus party, Dr. Pieter Groenewald, was addressing the parliament on the topic of the ongoing genocide, Manana shouted: “Bury them alive!”
“This is proof that the utterances of political leaders could lead to violence and murders and also that the issue of farm murders is of little importance to the ANC,” Ian Cameron, the Head of Community Safety at AfriForum, said.
“Certain members of the ANC were chatting during the debate and not listening nor partaking at all,” he added, saying that “should the current state of affairs in South Africa continue, a genocide would likely take place.”
“The onus and responsibility are not only on the police and communities in rural areas to prevent farm attacks. Those that are in charge of our country particularly cannot make statements such as ‘bury them alive!’ Members of Parliament must be held accountable for utterances that encourage and incite violence against any person,” Cameron said.
Groenewald said in his speech that the “world’s average murder rate is 7 per 100,000, while in South Africa it is 33 per 100,000. For white farmers in South Africa, it is 133 per 100,000.”
“This means that it is almost three times more dangerous to farm in South Africa than to be a policeman in this country,” he said.
“It is also important to consider that the agricultural sector contributes 6.9 percent of the country’s GDP, and employs about a million people. Almost everything you therefore ate or drank today, other than water, is produced by farmers.”
Figures from the police show that there have been a total of 2,393 murders and 14,589 attacks on farms since 1991.
Groenewald said that many of the attacks are so extraordinarily cruel that they cannot be classed as ordinary crimes.
“It is no ordinary crime if people are tortured to their death, where women are raped for hours on end while their husbands are forced to watch, where peoples’ heads are crushed, where they are set on fire, or where an electric drill is used to drill holes in a woman’s feet after she had been tortured.
“In one case, a farmer’s testicles were cut off, cooked, and eaten by the attackers. These things are shocking and this uncomfortable truth can no longer be ignored,” Groenewald said.
It was while recounting these horror stories that the ANC shouted out “bury them alive,” to laughter from the government benches.
A statement issued to The New Observer by Madikwe Mabotha, Chief Director: Communications in the South African Department of Higher Education, reads as follows:
The article titled “Bury White South African Farmers Alive” authored by Dr Eugene Brink refers.
Please note that the name of Deputy minister of Department of Higher education and training Mr Mduduzi Manana MP was used in error in the article attributing certain unpleasant utterances he allegedly made in parliament during a debate on farm murders.
It is a matter of record that Mr Manana was not in parliament on the day when the matter of farm murders was discussed or debated. Instead he was in Johannesburg attending a departmental engagement. Mr Manana finds these utterances not only insensitive but also running contrary to the spirit of reconciliation and nation building. It is the Deputy Minister’s view that such statements should not be uttered by any sensible South African as we continue to build the non-racial, non-sexist and democratic project which is espoused in our South African constitution. It is in this context that Mr Manana would humbly like to request that the article be corrected or removed with immediate effect as it is incorrect and damaging to his reputation.