…because I was not a Boer.

16 Apr 1945, Buchenwald Concentration Camp, Buchenwald, Germany --- Survivors at Buchenwald Concentration Camp remain in their barracks after liberation by Allies on April 16, 1945. Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Prize winning author of , is on the second bunk from the bottom, seventh from the left. --- Image by © CORBIS

Now, I am not a historian but of recent I watched the Netflix documentary of Adolf Hitler and was startled of the similarities of some of the rhetoric spewed out and the extremists posing as freedom fighters.

The rise of Hitler was born from a great hatred of the Jewish people in Germany. They had their own culture and was successful enough to gain a great market share of the wealth. They didn’t steal it or did they murder for it – they merely learnt the economic system and flourished. This however believed to have been vile in Hitler’s moral compass as he believed that Germany was the land of the Germans and should not be beneficial to anyone but those looking like the Germans (blue eyes and blond hair).

Likewise the ignorance of such stupidities are sadly taking root and just as it did in Hitler’s day in South Africa. There is a phrase I once heard that Africa is for the Africans (that implying Black Africans). Despite your place of birth, South Africa has and is openly discriminating its citizens based upon their racial ethnicity.

There are vocal groups of wanna-be freedom fighters who have never suffered the hardships to the likes of Mandela or Joe Slovo, yet they are willing to make claims of land grabs as a method of making right that which the sixteen hundred settled had stolen.

The cost of living in Hitler’s day was extortionate as people were said to have paid for bread with filled wheelbarrows of money. We may not be there yet – but due to the mismanagement of funds and allegations of corruptions South Africa is getting there, for the cost of living far exceeds the renumeration and so are the high unemployment which is creating an envious circumstance where some who don’t have, steal and murder.

Now Hitler was particularly notorious for killing 6 million Jews through torturous methods and to that the Afrikaner Boer or Farmer has become the victim liken the enemy of Nazi Germany. Only difference is that unlike the business elite and traders, these farmers are the “hand we feed” South Africa. Yet again another minority suffers in silence whilst we all say it’s not my battle…sadly George Orwell in Animal Farm clearly portrays that some animals are higher than others and when “they” done with the “Boer” they will come for you too…

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—

     Because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
     Because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
     Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

By Martin Niemöller 

About the Author

Brendon Naicker
A determined entrepreneur – born and raised in apartheid South Africa, understands what it's like to live with riches and dine among the elite, and a man who has lived for a short spell penniless. An advocate of the ordinary human being, decency and exercising propriety a must, against all the odds! A people’s person with a gargantuan heart and a tenacity for fighting for the underdog! A life with flashes of opulence, a wealth of educational achievements, a dash of homelessness and a lot of travel. (Excerpt from Carla Day, Under a mango tree)