The Politics of Murder.

Recently, in the Free State, a family of white people was murdered by black criminals. The white people lived on an isolated farm and it was comparatively easy for black criminals to attack the farm in confidence that by the time any police or neighbours could arrive, they would have done their work. It is thus natural that criminals consider farms a comparatively safe target — the safety is, however, balanced by the obvious fact that there is not a lot of portable profitable material to be found on farms. One cannot easily carry off a tractor or nip down to the local Cash Crusaders with a truckload of hay. The most commonly stolen things on farms are firearms, cellphones and vehicles, which you can usually get quite as easily by hijacking in the city.
So farm attacks are not clever crimes. On the contrary, they are very often crimes of passion, in the sense that a labourer gets ill-treated (truly or in his dreams), decides to take revenge, and invites his chums to participate in the revenge. Jonny Steinberg has written on the subject (oddly enough, more lucidly in The Number than in Midlands) and while we should not take everything Steinberg says as gospel, the indications from the trial of farm attackers is that more often than not they include someone who has worked on the farm. Apart from anything else, such a person knows the regime in the farm, knows when the farmer goes to bed and has a shrewd idea of which labourers might help and which might not, and where the sporting rifles are.
Significantly, the murderers seem to have been rounded up quite quickly by the police, who have been obliged to put a lot of effort into finding the culprits in farm attackers, if only because the end product of successful farm attacks would be to drive farmers off the land and thus reduce national food security. But also, a little effort usually brings reward, because the culprits are often pathetically easy to find in a rural area where there are few suspects and few places to hide or make use of one’s loot.
What was interesting, however, was that the court appearance of the captured suspects brought with it the appearance of a great herd of white supremacists, mainly from the Freedom Front Plus (significantly, they have never been able to figure out what their new improved ingredient should be) who decided to blame the existence of farm murders upon the ANC. Yes, it makes perfect sense that a government which had nothing to do with the farm attack, and which has in fact collaborated in a most distasteful way with white supremacist movements, and which after all was responsible for the arrest of the suspects, should be blamed. The existence of crime in South Africa is the ANC government’s fault; it certainly cannot have anything to do with the white supremacists who organised the apartheid regime.
One sighs. Then up spake brave Sir Hofmeyr: “Dis al die skuld van die fokken kaffirs!”. Thus his Facebook page proclaimed, and everybody with any capital to be made out of the episode scuttled up to denounce this bad singer for holding racist opinions, in the same way that the Mail and Guardian was recently denouncing a mediocre novelist for holding racist opinions. (All such denunciations are intended to distinguish these overt racists from the covert racism held by the white ruling class.) So, in short, it is in the nature of blacks to commit crimes against whites, because they feel entitled. There is a clear connection between the existence of black people in government, the existence of affirmative action, and the mass murder of whites. Brandon Huntley, thou shouldst be living at this hour. Unfortunately, he is.
White supremacists express racist opinions and exploit murder to promote racial hostility. My goodness, whatever next in South Africa? Semper aliquid novi, eh? Next thing, we’ll discover that the Pope’s a Catholic. (Given his decision to allow male prostitutes to wear condoms while they bugger him, perhaps Papa Goodword isn’t really a Catholic at all — though he wasn’t speaking ex cathedra, which means “from the chair”, and when he sits on the throne perhaps the Holy Nazi’s gonorrheal bum may pain him.)
Anyway, that isn’t what the Creator came here to talk about. Came to talk about murder and how it gets used by scumbags, like everything else, to further the interests of scumbags.
That got the Creator thinking when a woman got murdered in Gugulethu. Wow, again, shock, horror, nothing like this ever happened before in Gugs, eh? Hmmm — actually, Gugs isn’t exactly the crime capital of Cape Town. Not a lot of gangsterism there (by comparison with Mitchell’s Plain, say, not with Sandton or Bishopscourt where the gangsterism is purely capitalist). The murders which do happen there are, very often, household crimes of passion, or murders committed in armed robberies.
Now this murder was the murder of — a white person. Gaah! Obviously, this was the ANC’s fault. Or the fault of the murder genes which black people have inherited from baboons, or perhaps imposed upon them by God after they fiddled with Noah when he got drunk. Or whatever your local white holy roller fascist screams from the balcony this week. Not only this, but a white foreigner! On her honeymoon! Obviously this innocent virgin had been dragged from her limousine and repeatedly violated by the immense phalluses of these half-animal baby-rapists in the townships!
Well, no. Firstly, although she was whitish, she was also part Indian. And married to an Indian. And not raped, nor beaten or stabbed, but shot. OK, that tones things down a bit. Perhaps.
But perhaps not. For the weirdness came in from much the same source as the Freedom Front Plus. Those paragons of apartheid and neoliberal propaganda, the South African Institute for Race Relations, called on the government not to investigate the murder of this person. They said that there had been a lot of murders in Gugulethu that year, and therefore there was no big deal about another murder. This was rather rich, coming from an organisation which devotes much of its energy to declaring that crime is the Big Issue which proves that blacks can’t run a country and that the Democratic Alliance should take over instead. (Meanwhile, and in contrast, the Democratic Alliance does its level best to pretend that it cares deeply about the suffering blacks, apart from the ones who need to go to the toilet in Macassar. As before, the ruling class has its hands full trying to discourage its white supremacist supporters from alienating rich blacks from its project.)
Now, what the hell was going on here? One could argue that rich foreign victims of crime don’t deserve special treatment, and one would be right. But the gist of the SAIRR’s approach was that the crime should not be investigated at all — that murder was commonplace and therefore no fuss ought to be made about it. Huh? What was the SAIRR’s case? More to the point, why was the SAIRR not condemned for such rubbish?
What has turned up since clarifies the position quite a bit. Firstly, the murdered woman was the “wife” of a rich British businessman. (“Wife” because although he had organised an immense mock-Indian marriage service with photo opportunities, it turned out that he had never bothered to legally marry her.) Aha, one might say. The SAIRR is a tool of neoliberalism, and neoliberals understandably don’t want the lives of businesspeople investigated.
Secondly, the “honeymoon couple” had been on their way from Cape Town airport to a City hotel in a sedan taxi. The route takes you along the N2 freeway, from which there is less than no reason to turn off into Gugulethu. Therefore, since the “hijacking” happened in Gugulethu itself (it is impossible to hijack someone on a freeway driving at 120 kilometres an hour) the driver of the taxi was obviously in on the hijacking. Well, OK, this could have been a clever trick to rob foreigners. However, it was a no-brainer to ask what the hell the taxi-driver was doing in Gugulethu at that hour, so, not such a clever trick (far smarter to slow down on the freeway for a car, then have another car force you off the road, dump the foreigners and the taxi-driver at gunpoint and speed off with taxi, luggage and whatever).
Thirdly, the driver and the “husband” escaped safely, but the wife was taken away. Not, perhaps, so odd — she was quite good looking. However, if you’re ruthlessly planning to murder somebody, not a smart idea to leave witnesses alive. That was a little bit weird.
So, combining all these weirdnesses, we see something which appears less weird. The most plausible suspect in the murder of a partner is always the other partner. Did the “husband” hire people to murder his “wife”? It at least makes a degree of sense. South Africa, in British propaganda borrowed from white supremacist propaganda in South Africa, is filled with blacks plotting to murder whites. Unsurprisingly, then, the “husband” might have hoped that the murder of his “wife” would be written off by the South African police as just another murder of whites, nothing special. Had he not been such an assiduous Daily Mail reader he might have realised that the South African police are particularly touchy about the murder of tourists, let alone white ones, because since our government is rapidly wrecking the manufacturing and mining industry, tourism is about all we have left.
The politics of the murder are thus quite interesting. Perhaps the most interesting question, of course, is whether the SAIRR was tipped off (possibly by the neo-fascist spin-doctor Max Clifford whom the “husband” hired to protect himself against the consequences of the murder, which is a bit odd if the murder was committed by Gugulethu gangsters) beforehand, and if their demand that the murder not be investigated was based on the knowledge that a rich person had something to lose by such investigations.
But that’s not the kind of thing that could be investigated, is it?


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