- Under the auspices of it’s Chinese overlords, South Africa cracks down on Christians and ethnic minorities.
- South African Government looking for solutions, only to cause more problems during COVID-19.
- China set up it’s own police stations in South Africa, raising concerns about it’s intentions.
- Food aid distributed to white minority communities seized by the ANC government.
South Africa – As Chinese imperialist adventures spread through Africa and the Balkans, Churches in South Africa are still forced to be closed as the pandemic spreads among citizens. Recent attempts to open up churches to help aid the hungry and vulnerable have been denied by the local government. In an open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa, evangelists pleaded that the restrictions on churches be lifted. Reverend Kenneth Meshoe, leader of the African Christian Democratic Party has sent a letter to request the President to open churches for relief work. Tucker Carlson and President Donald Trump were the only prominent Americans to call on the ANC government to back down with it’s ethnic cleansing program against white farmers in South Africa. However under the auspices of communist China and the outbreak of COVID-19, a crackdown of note is taking place against ethnic white and Indian minorities.
Unfortunately, this comes after Meshoe has tested positive for COVID-19, and the leader have been in isolation for 45 days already. “Churches are being stopped from doing what they have been doing for 30 years and more while people go hungry,” Meshoe told NEWS24, a South African media source. But as the country already started its phased system to open certain economic sectors and lift extreme restrictions, many like Meshoe feel that legislation is keeping people from receiving necessary aid.
As many in the country still rely on churches for their daily meals, some fear that government-sanctioned food and aid will never reach those in need. On 23 March 2020, the president in cooperation with government entities established the South African Solidarity Fund, a civil entity supported by donations from citizens and businesses.
But as the fund gain traction and support, the government tried to centralize the distribution of food and parcels to communities. The government will use the donations from the fund, to help support poor and vulnerable communities. The tight centralisation on food parcel distributions has caused a backlog of delivery, and some fear it might even get worse.
The civil rights organisation, AfriForum have decided to take matters into their own hands. As the organisation also battle with the severity of the pandemic, their efforts have seen tons of citrus and other fruits been delivered to almost 20 Care Homes in the Pretoria region.
The organisation is working with a network of local family farmers such as Saai and Solidarity Helping Hand. “There is no legal basis by government to have food distribution centralized. Civil society has a role to play in times like these; we will continue to fill this role,” said Ian Cameron, Head of Community Safety at AfriForum on their website.
As local authorities and government try and build trust in citizens some feel that it’s inner administrative problems that are causing backlogs on service and aid delivery. Further frustrations have toiled up, as the ruling government are constantly receiving backlash from other political parties on how it’s handling the crisis.
John Steenhuisen, leader of the Democratic Alliance has sent a written petition to the Managing Director of the IMF, Ms Kristalina Georgieva; stating that money received by the IMF will be used in a racially discriminatory way. “[…] I implore this international body to ensure the South African government and instruct it to stop using IMF monies in a way that discriminates along racial lines, and exacerbates racial tension in South Africa,” told Steenhuisen in a media release on their website.
BEE and Chinese rights in South Africa:
Chinese are considered black according to South African law, allowing them to benefit from generous BEE schemes and to be exempt from harsh affirmative action aimed at white minorities. But with all the local upheaval, many citizens are still questioning the big role China has been playing in the country before the pandemic. As more and more people are seeing influence from the Chinese government in South Africa, some argue this can be the reason for poor national support for the local government.
In October 2018, it was reported that the Chinese government has opened 13 new Chinese police stations in the country. The outrage came after Lt. Gen Liziwe Ntshinga, Eastern Cape Police Commissioner were pictured with two uniformed Chinese policemen at the opening of a new police station.
Although investigations claim that these are only community and police cooperation centres to work with local authorities, some feel these stations are used to protect only Chinese citizens living in the country and are a way to infiltrate national institutions. “These co-operation centres are NOT police stations and are NOT manned by the South African Police Service staff,” said Colonel Priscilla Naidu of the Eastern Cape SAPD in a media briefing in 2018.