a post by @TraditionalMike on twitter
White people in South Africa continue to face many struggles everyday of their lives. Anyone who follows my work on twitter know that I am strong advocate of many of the issues facing them however I wish to take some time now to write about the white displacement (or squatter) camps.
Here are some facts on this issue:
- White people in South Africa are a minority in their country making up only 8% of the total population
- White South Africans looking for work face a massive struggle to get work due to the Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) laws which dictate a company can only have 8% of their total workforce comprise of white people
- There are around 450 displacement camps all across South Africa
- Reports indicate some 400,000 people live in the camps nationwide
- A good portion of the white people in the camps are working class Afrikaans speaking people
- These people get no help from the South African government
These camps are made from makeshift dwellings often from disused building materials, they have no electricity and food and water supplies are dangerously low. The camps are often built on the outskirts of major population centres where rubbish dumps were previously located and have been filled over.
Independent journalist Lauren Southern posted a video on her YouTube channel on these camps as part of her Farmlands documentary. To find out more about her work please visit https://laurensouthern.net/farmlands/
As Lauren states in her video these people are not immigrants to South Africa, they have not come into South Africa illegally. They are South African citizens who have been abandoned by their own government…why because of their skin color.
Where is the international outcry about this issue, where are the aid agencies coming to the rescue of the poor and majorly disadvantage white South African population who are an oppressed minority in their own country? Something needs to be done and it needs to happen very soon.