“Aside from the Aborigines in Australia, the African black is the most underdeveloped, barbaric member of the human race on Earth… Who is my enemy in South Africa? Who murders, robs and rapes? Who are these creatures? The blacks!”
If those words shocked you as much as they shocked me, wait until you hear that they are not words spoken pre-1994, when South Africa made the transition from an apartheid government to a democratic government. They are words that were spoken very recently, by a 57-year old man, and reported in the Mail & Guardian Online. That is however not the least of it. The horror gets worse.
These words are part of a standard lecture, which is given by this 57-year old man, named in the article only as Jooste. It forms part of a regular training program that a group, known as “Kommandokorps”, runs for young Afrikaans boys. A training program to which parents voluntarily send their young boys, aged between 13 and 19. A training camp which is focussed on teaching young boys to love the old South African flag and the old South African anthem, and to hate the black person.
I don’t think anyone needs me to explain how horrific this report is. I do however have two things I would like to say:
Firstly, is there not a strong case to be made that the organisers of these training programs, and those who work for the organisation, should be charged with child abuse? Their behaviour surely cannot be considered any less harmful, than what children are exposed to when they suffer physical and verbal abuse.
Secondly, we need to pray.
Pray that the 1500 children, who have apparently already been exposed to these evil training programs, will be healed from the devastating impact that these programs must surely have had on them, even though, sadly, they may not even realise it.
Pray that these camps will be closed, and that no more children will ever suffer any further abuse by these people or other like-minded people.
Pray that those who setup these camps will be healed.
Pray that our country will be healed.
If you want to read the Mail & Guardian Online article, you will find it here »