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SineNomine
Wednesday, October 25th, 2006, 03:27 AM
Johannesburg - Their prose did much to expose the moral bankruptcy of apartheid to the outside world but the literary elite of white South Africa has now turned ferociously on the Rainbow Nation's new rulers.

Following the departure of Nobel laureate JM Coetzee to Australia, authors such as Andre P Brink, Rian Malan and Christopher Hope have delivered searing indictments of the state of the nation, sickened by what they see as an inexorable decline towards corruption and lawlessness.

Brink, whose novels such as A Dry White Season brought him regular opprobrium from the apartheid rulers, has also burnt his bridges with their replacements in the corridors of power.

He has described two cabinet members - Health Minister Manto Tsabalala-Msimang and Safety Minister Charles Nqukula - as "monsters", despairing at what he regards as indifference to the rising tide of crime.

Brink acknowledged to AFP that crime has long been a problem but he said the situation has now reached breaking point.

'A reason for despair'

"The cumulative effect has just reached a point where one cannot take any more, and where the attitude of the authorities goes beyond all acceptable limits," he said.

"The attitude of Nqakula (who told parliament that those "whingeing" about crime should emigrate) has made it clear that the government simply does not take it seriously enough and, in fact, is in itself reason for despair."

Brink was also outraged at the decision of a number of senior ANC officials, including the speaker of parliament, to give former chief whip Tony Yengeni a hero's send-off when he went to jail to serve a corruption sentence.

"Faced with such blatant disregard for the law, and for the suffering of the people, we now have to speak out. To remain silent, would make us complicit with evil."

Malan's memoir of growing up in the apartheid, My Traitor's Heart, painted a devastating picture of the brutalities of the regime and, only two years ago, he was hailing the first country as a veritable "paradise".

Sliding towards decay

But in the latest edition of Britain's The Spectator magazine, Malan concluded the country was now sliding towards decay.

"We thought our table was fairly solid and that we would sit at it indefinitely, quaffing that old Rainbow Nation Ambrosia," he wrote.

"Now, almost overnight, we have come to the dismaying realisation that much around us is rotten."

Malan identified what he calls the purging of whites from the ranks of civil service as the root cause of the decay.

"There won't be a civil war. Whites are finished. According to a recent study, one in six of us has left since the ANC took over and those who remain know their place."

Malan and Brink insist they will not be driven out of their native land.

Coetzee however has already voted with his feet, becoming an Australian citizen earlier this year.

The famously taciturn author, a two-times winner of the Booker prize, has not gone into detail about his reasons for setting up a new home in Adelaide.

But in a rare interview with Australian television after his move, Coetzee said: "Leaving a country is, in some respects, like the break-up of a marriage. It is an intimate matter."

Feeling of helplessness

Coetzee's 1999 masterpiece Disgrace centres around the rape of a white academic's daughter, speaking to the fears of many about sexual violence.

Writing about ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma's recent rape trial, Hope despaired at the "general feeling of helplessness in the face of the seemingly insatiable energy in and among South Africans for violence in all forms."

Hope's 1981 satirical debut novel, A Separate Development, was banned in South Africa. He now lives in self-imposed exile in France.

Nadine Gordimer, another Nobel laureate who has written extensively about the pre and post-apartheid eras, said it was simplistic to reject the new South Africa wholesale.

"My own view is complex and I really prefer to write them down," she told AFP. "There are things that are remarkably good and things that are very, very worrying."



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Liberator Germaniae
Wednesday, October 25th, 2006, 10:04 AM
As a South African citizen (I grew up as a South African citizen in the former South West Africa) with unconditional loyalty to the (apartheid) state, I never much liked the abovementioned multi-liberal writers, who had received international acclaim for their criticism of the police state and its racial policies.

The Jewess Nadine Gordimer has actually not resided in South Africa for many years. If I am not mistaken, she has lived comfortably in Italy for a long time now, and I wonder why her publishers have been so secretive about her country of residence. Gordimers work was only put on the English syllabus at some South African universities again after she had won the Nobel Prize in 1991. Disgruntled lecturers hoped that by doing this anyone reading her work would be put off from English South African literature completely.

There is also an interesting anecdote about André Brink, who used to live in a beautiful Victorian house in downtown Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, where he had lectured at Rhodes University. As his house veranda was situated at a busy crossing not far away from the black township, a philanthropic Brink went out of his way to offer waiting Blacks mugs with steaming coffee, and during rain, invited them to seek shelter on his veranda. They became a nuisance to him however, and Brink eventually decided to sell the house and move elsewhere!

All these pseudo-liberals should have known better!

SineNomine
Wednesday, October 25th, 2006, 05:01 PM
Yes, it is curious, isn't it? I think they are now realizing the consequences of their former loyalties - they ended up with something far worse than the status quo ante. Not that they could've predicted it, but I hope now they see the mess modern ZA is in. So bad a mess I am wondering if it can ever even be fixed...

SineNomine
Wednesday, October 25th, 2006, 10:58 PM
Another article.


By Karen Breytenbach

Almost a fifth of South African men have raped a woman at least once in their lives, the South African Medical Research Council (MRC) has disclosed in releasing its annual report.

The MRC's Gender and Health Research Unit interviewed 1 370 men between the ages of 15 and 26 about sexual violence towards women.

About eight percent of respondents reported having been sexually violent towards their intimate partner, while 16.3 percent reported raping a non-partner or participating in some form of gang-rape.

Also noted was an overlap of 44 percent of men raping non-partners and intimate partners. The mean age at which respondents first raped a woman was 17.

The MRC considers this research paper of "substantial international importance" as it is the first of its kind outside North America. It is also the first to have a single set of data on the rape of intimate and non-intimate partners. The findings contribute significantly to an understanding of why rape is so common in South Africa.

The researchers looked at reasons why men raped and common factors in their backgrounds. Adversity in childhood, alcohol abuse and, surprisingly, a more educated mother were associated with partner and non-partner rapes. Non-partner rapes were also associated with greater susceptibility to peer pressure to have sex, membership of a gang or using drugs.

The destructive impact of apartheid on the family made many children vulnerable to sexual and emotional abuse, the study found.

"The other noticeable set of factors are those related to particular ideas of masculinity, where women are seen as objects to be conquered and controlled, sex is often seen as an impersonal act of physical gratification, with masculinity often defined in terms of sexual conquest, and where male peer group bonding is emphasised," the MRC report read.

"Contrary to popular belief that men who rape are poor and unable to win women for consensual sex, we found men of relatively higher social status were more likely to rape."

A survey of 1 295 sexually active women from the rural Eastern Cape explored the link between HIV and gender-based violence. HIV infection was associated with having three or more partners in the preceding year and having a partner who was three or more years older and more educated than the woman.

The Health Promotion Research and Development Group found sexual assault, violence and depression common among HIV-positive women. A sub-division of the unit is looking into male attitudes and is working with traditional leaders to include health messages during initiation.

"Especially in terms of HIV, men are part of the problem. We have to teach boys and men to respect their sexual health and women," Mbewu said.

Maybe we should also teach South African women to defend themselves, and kill the deviants if need be -- this idiot notion that women are little fairies that must be sheltered must be killed. Such a sad state of affairs -- either whites should reclaim the land, and secede from the black hell hole that surrounds it, or they should leave. They shouldn't have to put up with an environment deleterious to their existence.