This is a very nasty bunch who started this Page. (Link posted below). They are like fascists against free speech and are on a hunt to shut down any person or group or Page that claim that there’s genocide in South Africa.
They call whites all kind of derogatory names and belittle any who dare to post about the farm murders. They trash anyone who is an advocate for the cause of those who are being tortured, raped and murdered. But even worse is the fact that they troll through Facebook and Google on the hunt, taking screenshots and reporting all members to newspapers and law enforcement, as being racists and guilty of hate speech.
We don’t as a Page berate other Pages and Groups as policy but we think it wise to warn our followers not to vent here on our Page in a way that these witch hunters can find and report you.
Be on the lookout please for anyone you find on this Page who makes frequent comments on the Page we have copied as a link to below.
We know some of our fellow Pages are following this Page to ensure they do not incriminate our followers and admin.
Please beware that globally right now your rights to freedom of speech are being stripped and ANYTHING THEY THEMSELVES DEEM AS RACIST IS BEING REPORTED.
By all means say that you are angry, speak out against Communist Marxist/Leninist Socialism. Say that you are appalled by the viciousness of the attacks. Cry out for the world to know the truth but please be very cautious about what you call these perpetrators. Remark on their behaviour as being evil, barbaric, vicious, hateful, revenge based, even go ahead and call their behaviour out as racist but do not call them directly any of the above or worse.
The online group promoting hate speech has swelled to more than 1 500 members in less than two weeks. WARNING: Prejudiced and strong language.
The Citizen has been tracking a worrying Facebook group started by an anonymous user that has been pushing a racist and violent anti-black agenda, and which on Saturday referred to Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema as a loudmouthed “k*ffer”.
Usage of the k-word word in an abusive manner is in effect illegal in South Africa, which estate agent Vicki Momberg recently learnt after being imprisoned for merely using the word on policemen in 2016.
However, this is only one small part of what happens in the group, which was originally started as a private group called “Die Waarheid/Truth About Blacks”, but it has since changed its name to “Suid Afrika vir Volk en Vaderland” while also changing its settings to secret.
Nevertheless, we were able to join quite easily, no doubt because we have white and Afrikaans-sounding names ourselves.
Although the primary person who runs the group is effectively anonymous, going by the pseudonym Boeremeisie Retief (complete with a fake profile picture of a sexy blonde girl that appears to have fooled many men), most of the users who have joined the group and who post offensive racist comments in it are not anonymous.
The other administrator is a certain Flippie Potgieter.
The group describes itself as a place where the truth about South Africa and black people, especially relating to government failures and farm attacks and murders, can be discussed. Since its inception on 27 March, the group has attracted about 1 500 members. It has also started a WhatsApp group chat.
By pure coincidence, one of the members of the group was messaging The Citizen this week to ask us why we supposedly don’t report on farm murders (which is not true) and don’t take it seriously (also not true).
Prominent issues raised in the group include farm attacks and murders, concerns about race mixing, former president Nelson Mandela’s reign in which he alleged incited terrorism, general celebration at the death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and numerous references to neo-Nazi beliefs and tributes to Adolf Hitler.
One post refers to the Boeremag as political prisoners and calls for their release.
There have been numerous calls for mobilisation and questions about which of the men in the group are willing to fight and die for their rights, particularly by killing black people. The men with military training are accorded greater respect.
Although they don’t outright call for war to break out, they appear to believe it is inevitable and the administrator tells one member that when that happens black lives will inevitably have to be taken.
The group appears to be a perversion of concerns in South Africa about crime and the growing sense of anger among some white landowners that they may have to cede land ownership to government through expropriation without compensation, which Malema has become the biggest proponent of.
The members also share posts of racist actions and statements from black people, which are posted in apparent justification of further racism and hate speech.
Almost every post either borders on hate speech or fully embodies it. The comments that follow, which are often made by people using their personal accounts, are regularly just as racist, or even more so, than the original post.
One post, for example, took exception to a black man joking that he’d given a white man a lift on the back of his bakkie in a supposed reversal of the normal power roles in rural areas.
Members have also been incensed about the alleged sanctification of Madikizela-Mandela that has been taking place since her death on Monday.
Take a look at some of the screengrabs from the group since its inception (pardon some of the dodgy Facebook translate phrases, but you’ll get the general idea).
On 2 April, Boeremeisie Retief was blocked from accessing Facebook for 24 hours. This set off yet another host of racist comments from both herself and her supporters.
The group’s very existence breaches some of Facebook’s terms and conditions. It has somehow slipped through the cracks of Facebook’s policies to prevent prejudice and hate speech on its platform. It is difficult to get comment from Facebook on how they monitor these things, but according to its own policies regarding what page names are allowed on Facebook, the first point made reads that page names cannot include “terms or phrases that may be abusive or violate someone’s rights”.
Facebook is, however, generally more concerned with removing a page name if it infringes on a trademark already owned by someone else. There are reportedly thousands of racist or prejudiced and groups already on Facebook and which continue to exist.
According to Facebook, no content may infringe on or violate anyone else’s rights, or the law. Facebook can remove any content or information posted if they believe it is violating these precepts.
Although the Hate Speech Bill has not yet officially been passed, the comments witnessed in the Suid Afrika vir Volk en Vaderland group nevertheless go against the constitution.
“No person may publish, propagate, advocate or communicate words based on one or more of the prohibited grounds, against any person, that could reasonably be construed to demonstrate a clear intention to – be hurtful, be harmful or incite harm, promote or propagate hatred,” according to the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act 4 of 2000.
Admission into the Facebook group is screened according to race – there are no members of colour and black Citizen team members who attempted to join the group were not admitted.
Until Saturday, there were numerous warnings among group members that they should refrain from using the k-word (with numerous veiled alternatives being suggested), but that clearly became too much to resist.
It’s unclear whether Facebook will continue to allow the group to use its services.”