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South African genocide conspiracy

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The South African genocide conspiracy is a complex conspiracy theory claiming that the white people in South Africa will be the target of a genocide campaign.

Background[edit]

Since European colonization, centuries before the 20th-century apartheid era in South Africa, white people have owned most of the land and wealth in South Africa. In the very diverse anti-apartheid movement, there were indeed some racist expressions directed against white people.

Post-apartheid South Africa has its challenges. A generally high crime rate and farm attacks, as well as corruption within the African National Congress, have brought attention. White supremacists and the white minority have jumped to the conclusion that there is an ongoing campaign to persecute white people from South Africa.

Articles on the alleged conspiracy[edit]

In 2004, World Net Daily ran an article by Joseph Farah entitled "White Slaughter in South Africa?". Citing unspecified "G2B sources", the article claimed that the South African Communist Party was planning to murder all whites in the country upon the death of Nelson Mandela; Farah went on to claim that these plans were known variously as "Operation Vula", "Night of the Long Knives", "Operation White Clean-up", "Operation Iron Eagle", "Red October campaign" and "Operation Uhuru" and would involve such events as 70,000 armed black men being transported to the centre of Johannesburg in taxi cabs, ready to kill white people.[1]

Farah's article touched a nerve amongst white nationalists. Sarah "Maid of Albion" Davies, a pro-BNP blogger, wrote a post entitled "The Deadly Dream of Uhuru" that expands upon Farah's piece, using much the same information from the "G2B sources". Davies began her argument by citing the atrocities of the Mau Mau rebels, using this as evidence that black South Africans would commit similar murders after the death of Mandela (or "when that most beatified of retired terrorists has his final meeting with Beelzebub", as she put it). Because the WND article at one point uses the word uhuru (Swahili for "freedom") in connection with the plans, Davies appears to have taken any instance of the term as a codeword for white genocide — even implicating singer Miriam Makeba ("the liberal's favourite ethnic songbird", apparently) for releasing a song entitled "Not Yet Uhuru". Bizarrely, she ended by suggesting that black Americans might also go on a murderous anti-white rampage should Barack Obama ever be impeached.[2][3] Mandela died in 2013, but genocide has yet to occur.

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