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Donald R. Morris’s epic tome, The Washing of the Spears: The Rise and Fall of the Zulu Nation, is the all-time PIG (Politically Incorrect Guide) to Zulu history.

In it, Morris notes correctly that the Bantu, like the Boers, were not indigenous to South Africa. They “dribbled south” from some “reservoir in the limitless north,” and, like the European settlers, used their military might to displace Hottentots, Bushmen (his archaic terminology), and one another through internecine warfare.

Indeed, there was bitter blood on Bantu lands well before the white settlers arrived in South Africa.

Westerners have committed the little San people of Southern Africa, the “Bushmen,” to folkloric memory for their unequalled tracking skills and for the delicate drawings with which they dotted the “rock outcroppings.”

The San were hunters, but they were also among the hunted. Mercilessly so. Alongside the Boers, Hottentots and blacks “hunted down Bushmen for sport well into the 19th Century.”

In “the book to end all books on the tragic confrontation between the assegai and the Gatling gun,” Morris places Cape Town’s founder and Dutch East India Company official J. A. Van Riebeeck, on landing at the Cape in 1652, 500 miles to the south and 1,000 miles to the west of the nearest Bantu. Joined by other Protestants from Europe, Dutch farmers, as we know, homesteaded the Cape Colony.

No doubt, the question of land ownership deeply concerned the 19th century trek Boers, as they prepared to decamp from the British-ruled Cape Colony and venture north. Accordingly, they sent out exploration parties tasked with negotiating the purchase of land from the black chieftains, who very often acted magnanimously, allowing Europeans to settle certain areas. Against trek Boers, it must be said that they were as rough as the natives and negotiated with as much finesse.

Still, the narrative about the pastoral, indigenous, semi-nomadic natives, dispossessed in the 17th century of their lands by another such people, only of a different color—this is as simplistic as it is sentimental.

When Boer and Bantu finally clashed on South Africa’s Great Fish River it was a clash of civilizations. “The Bantu viewed the land as entailed property that belonged to the clan. A chieftain might dispose of the right to live on the land, but he could not dispose of the land itself.” The European mind in general could not grasp the concept of collective ownership and “regarded a land transaction as a permanent exchange of real property.”

As Morris observes in his matter-of-fact way, “The Bantu view insured European encroachment and the European view insured future strife.”

South Africa has since reverted to “The Bantu view.” It is thus perhaps inevitable that 21st-century land claims or “restitution” in South Africa are not dominated by individual freehold owners reclaiming expropriated land, based on title deeds kept on record.

Rather, a group of blacks scheming on a particular property will band together as a “tribe,” and pool the taxpayer grants, which its members have received gratis, for the purpose of purchasing occupied land.

No sooner does this newly constituted “tribe” (or band of bandits, really) launch a claim with the South African Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, than related squatters—sometimes in the thousands—move to colonize the land. They defile its grounds and groundwater by using these as one vast latrine, and terrorize, even kill, its occupants and their animals in the hope of “nudging” them off the land.

The latest victim of this guerrilla warfare is a wine farmer, Stefan Smit of blessed memory, gunned down on his Stellenbosch estate, in the Western Cape.

Back in the day, Shaka Zulu himself considered the European clansmen to be the proper proprietors of the Cape frontier, with whom he would need to liaise diplomatically if he wished to subjugate his black brethren, the Xhosa-Nguni peoples, on the southern reaches of his empire, abutting the Cape.

And boy, did Shaka subjugate his brethren!

The white civilization which formed south of the Orange River did not encounter the black civilization in the interior for some time. But during that time, the black coastal clans warred against one another, continually raiding other kraals, driving off the cattle and exterminating the victims. Before the consolidation of the Zulu empire, eight hundred or so distinct Nguni Bantu clans vied for a spot under the sun in the Natal region between the mountains and the coast.

Where are these lineages today?

Particularly brutal was the period spanning the early 1820s known as the Mfecane, “the Crushing.” Up to two million natives died “in a decade that depopulated what is today the Orange Free State.” This death-toll was partly, but not entirely, the fault of Shaka, who destroyed the clan structure in Natal—the Zulu paramount chief was a monster of psychopathic proportions who once sated his scientific curiosity by dissecting seven hundred pregnant women.

The tribal warfare caused mass migration, whereby “not a single clan remained in a belt a hundred miles wide south of the Tugela River; in an area that teemed with bustling clans only thousands of deserted kraals remained, most of them in ashes.”

There hid a few thousand terrified inhabitants in the bush or forest in pitiful bands, and “cannibalism flourished,” as it did whenever the kraal economy was demolished in ongoing warfare. Yes, “cannibalism, which was fully repugnant to Bantu civilization as it is our own, became common, and reached the point where entire clans depended on it and nothing else to feed themselves.”

Mobs on the move marked their “aimless tracks” with (DNA-rich) human bones. Was there never a duty to divine these bones for purposes other than soothsaying—say, to do the devoured justice?

These days, white South Africans are told to accept their obligation to give up ancestral lands they are alleged to have stolen. Should not the relatives of cannibals who gobbled up their black brethren be held to the same standards?

The Bushmen—First Nations of Southern Africa—have been barred by the Botswana Bantu from claiming their ancestral lands in the Central Kalahari. Where’s the international uproar? And should we not be discussing intra-racial reparations? That would be my own Swiftian proposal.

Citations are in “Into The Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons From America From Post-Apartheid South Africa” by ilana mercer.

 
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  1. I am aware that the San, as the only original inhabitants, have declared independence from the South Africa and announced Whites were welcome within the kingdom.
    A number of years ago, I recall seeing map graphic of migrations into South Africa. I am unable to find it currently, as I suspect it doesn´t fit the narrative. The Zulus are originally a Bantu tribe that was the first to migrate to/invade SA in the mid 16th century. The arrival of the Portuguese was supposed to have been a factor. The Dutch were establishing themselves in the South about 50-60 years later. The Bantus, according to the map graphic didn’t start migrating/invading until after the Dutch had started moving inland.
    If the San are the only original inhabitants, who are the Bantus, including the Zulus, to be claiming anything in South Africa, and pointing fingers at North Americans for our treatment of “native” Americans? Either you are conquerors through invasion or you aren’t.

  2. @Truth

    that would be:

    the (((Pulitzer))) Center.

    as to Elana (((Isaacsohn)))-Mercer and her hand-wringing about the ongoing dispossesion and massacre of Whites in SA,

    the SA Jews – including she and her family – led the charge to make it happen.

    • Replies: @Realist
  3. 216 says:
    @Truth

    If Russia is not a democracy, because Putin wins every time; then neither is South Africa because the ANC wins every time.

    A white conservative President should have an equal chance of winning as a black socialist President. That there has been no rotation in power in a quarter century (in an Anglosphere! country), is clear evidence that whites are indeed repressed.

    • Replies: @Truth
  4. Realist says:
    @Haxo Angmark

    the SA Jews – including she and her family – led the charge to make it happen.

    It appears she is contrite. She doesn’t need to be condemned in every comment…nothing is gained.

    • Agree: byrresheim, Rogue
    • Replies: @Jim Bob Lassiter
  5. Truth says:
    @216

    How much chance would a black candidate had if unseating P.W. Botha?

    • Replies: @216
  6. 216 says:
    @Truth

    Mr. Botha’s government was placed under crippling international sanctions, and condemned from the commanding heights of Western culture.

    Mr. Putin’s government has also been placed under sanctions.

    No one has put Mr. Ramaphosa’s government under sanctions, even though he is aiming to destroy property rights, and his Vice President has been credibly accused of running death squads. And let’s not forget that the number of whites is in absolute and relative decline, even though they probably pay a majority of the taxes.

    No American political party has ever won more than five presidential elections in a row, and it was done during wartime. The ANC has won five elections in a row, and the Constitution does not provide for mid-term elections, while having a longer frequency between elections.

    The proper position for the West is to impose sanctions until a government of national unity is installed that includes conservative parties on a basis proportionate to taxes collected.

  7. imbroglio says:

    Ilana could say the sky is blue and some nitiwit would say the sky is (((blue.))) Compare the scenario here to the British settlement of what became New England on the heels of several centuries of native strife.

  8. The Tribe has played all sides in South Africa including the Stone Age Bushmen.

    Diamonds and gold drew lots of (((fortune-seekers))). However, gold was in the Boer-run Transvaal Republic that was independent of the British. Thus, businessmen (((Alfred Beit))) and Cecil Rhodes tried to effect ‘regime change’ through the failed Jameson Raid. This led to the Anglo-Boer War and the deaths of thousands of women and children in British internment camps, which angered many back in Britain like Emily Hobhouse.

    After the Brits annexed the Boer republics (South Africa Act 1909) (((Ernest Oppenheimer))) built the local mining industrial complex (MIC), specifically the firms Anglo-American Corporation (chromium, gold, manganese, platinum and vanadium) and De Beers which is key to (((Antwerp’s diamond district))).

    The MIC imported hundreds of thousands of black workers from other parts of Africa much like the Empire, Inc. and the flood browns from the south.

    Even before South Africa buckled under U.S. sanctions, the powerful Oppenheimer family through Anglo-American, began talking black leaders in exile out of nationalization.

    After 1994 the MIC bribed these black leaders with stock options. One of them is the current South African president Cyril Ramaphosa, a former trade unionist, who is worth about $550 million. Ramaphosa’s bother-in-law Patrice Motsepe, another proxy of the MIC, is even much richer at over $2 billion.

    Ironically some of these black leaders like Nelson Mandela were groomed by Eastern European Jews like Joe Slovo, his wife Ruth First and Ronnie Kasrils of the South African Communist Party who tended to be marxist unlike their capitalist co-ethnics of German descent like Beit and the Oppenheimers above.

    South Africa’s neighbor Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) also gave in to pressure from (((Henry Kissinger))).

  9. Alden says:

    How about Illana acknowledging the role of both S African Jews and the international Jewish community in destroying S Africa;especially her father? 140 years ago the Lithuanian and other E European Jews had 3 major immigration destinations; Palestine on on the northern tip of Africa, S Africa on the southern tip and the USA. By 1910 the USA was conquered, by 1948 Palestine and by the 1990’s S. Africa.

  10. @Realist

    Perhaps some more elaborate admissions, explanations and apologies are in order. Think David Horowitcz.

    • Replies: @Realist
  11. Realist says:
    @Jim Bob Lassiter

    Perhaps some more elaborate admissions, explanations and apologies are in order.

    She appears to disagree. As I said….nothing is gained.

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