Context Matters: Nelson Mandela and ‘White Genocide’ in South Africa


This article is substituting my ordinary ‘The Chief’s Thoughts’ weekly column because I felt it necessary to clear up some of the controversy surrounding what is happening in South Africa. As many of you have no doubt seen, the libertarian movement in America has recently taken a keen interest in my country, with both Stefan Molyneux and Liberty Hangout having interviewed Simon Roche of the Suidlanders (Afrikaans for “South Landers”) on the question of a ‘white genocide’ against the 8% white minority in South Africa. Liberty Hangout also interviewed Brittany Pettibone who similarly spoke on the topic.

As I am a South African, a libertarian, and someone who works in South African public policy, I think I can offer a much-needed contextualization for what has already been heard. I also write this article because of what I consider to be the most-unfortunate emergence of a fear of individuals from the Third World among Americans, and especially among American libertarians.

Therefore, there is certainly an element of my own self-interest at play here, as I am both a South African and an active participant in the international libertarian movement. But my main motivation is ordinary, everyday honesty. And I believe that the ‘South African Question’ is not being approached honestly by those libertarians now engaging with it. South Africa and its circumstances are being used, in my view, as a tool in the arsenal of certain paleolibertarians who seek to further the ‘Western civilization is dying, look here!’ narrative. I will not engage on whether or not Western civilization is dying, which is a necessary, but separate discussion.

There are two questions I want to address: Nelson Mandela as a communist, and the question of a white genocide in South Africa.

Nelson Mandela

Temba Nolutshungu, a director at the Free Market Foundation (FMF), said while addressing the Atlas Network-FMF Africa Liberty Forum this past week that he found it deeply troubling that Mandela was a communist who professed his support for the nationalization of private property.

Nolutshungu explained that, in response to Mandela’s apparent economic confusion, the acclaimed economist Milton Friedman reached out to the FMF and sent them one of his books with a personal note, which the FMF later hand-delivered to President Mandela. This was during a time when the FMF, my employer, was engaged in a nationwide campaign to ensure the new South African constitution would include a provision which explicitly protects private property – an endeavor it succeeded in and which the FMF to this day considers one of our most important achievements.

At the Rivonia Trial in the early 1960s, whereafter Mandela began his 27-year prison sentence, Mandela testified the following:

“The African Nationalism for which the ANC stands is the concept of freedom and fulfilment for the African people in their own land. The most important political document ever adopted by the ANC is the Freedom Charter. It is by no means a blueprint for a socialist state…

The ANC has never at any period of its history advocated a revolutionary change in the economic structure of the country, nor has it, to the best of my recollection, ever condemned capitalist society…”

He continued:

“The Communist Party’s main aim, on the other hand, was to remove the capitalists and to replace them with a working-class government. The Communist Party sought to emphasise class distinctions whilst the ANC seeks to harmonise them…”


“It is true that there has often been close co-operation between the ANC and the Communist Party. But co-operation is merely proof of a common goal – in this case the removal of white supremacy – and is not proof of a complete community of interests.”


“It is perhaps difficult for white South Africans, with an ingrained prejudice against communism, to understand why experienced African politicians so readily accept communists as their friends. But to us the reason is obvious. Theoretical differences, amongst those fighting against oppression, is a luxury which cannot be afforded. What is more, for many decades communists were the only political group in South Africa who were prepared to treat Africans as human beings and as their equals; who were prepared to eat with us; talk with us, live with us, and work with us. They were the only political group which was prepared to work with the Africans for the attainment of political rights and a stake in society. Because of this, there are many Africans who today tend to equate freedom with communism.”

(The Nelson Mandela Foundation provides more extracts from Mandela’s biography, Long Walk to Freedom, on their website, on this topic.)

Today, around half of all South Africa’s senior government officials hold dual membership with the Communist Party (SACP) and the governing African National Congress (ANC), a fact which the FMF’s executive director, Leon Louw, often laments. This state of affairs, as Mandela attested to Louw personally, was repayment for the vast amounts of funding and support the Communists funneled to the anti-Apartheid struggle. According to Louw, however, and rightly so, this alliance should have been dissolved when Apartheid ended.

The relationship between the ANC and the SACP, and Mandela having or not having formally been a leading member in SACP, however, cannot be seen out of the context of, firstly, the anti-Apartheid struggle, and secondly, the Cold War. The West, quite simply, did not provide the forces which opposed nationalist-socialist Afrikaner domination over 80%+ of the black population, with the same kind of support which the Soviet Bloc did.

In 2003, four years after Mandela’s term ended, in a speech reflecting on his term of office (1994-1999), he said:

“It is not a question any longer about whether the world embraces a free market economy. The globalised world in which we live has made it imperative that we open our markets both internally and to the outside world. The free market is not merely an American export; it is the acknowledged route for economies all over the world. Closed markets and command economies are self-evidently inappropriate for our times.

When I was released from prison I announced my belief in nationalization as a cornerstone of our economic policy. As I moved around the world and heard the opinions of leading business people and economists about how to grow an economy, I was persuaded and convinced about the free market.”

White Genocide

There is racial violence in South Africa, and this reprehensible fact should never be under-emphasized nor, worse yet, overlooked. This violence has emanated from both black and white South Africans, with the most recent spate of attacks having taken place earlier this month in our North-West Province, around a town called Coligny.

The story goes that a wealthy white farmer in the area tasked two of his white employees to protect his sunflower fields from thieves from a nearby poor shanty town from stealing his crop. They caught one such youth, a black individual, and loaded him onto the back of their pickup truck to take him to the police station. According to them, the alleged thief jumped off the back of the moving pickup and broke his neck, dying.

The community wanted justice for this tragedy, and believed that the white inhabitants of the town were shielding the alleged perpetrators of the alleged murder, and the police were failing to act. Over the next several days, absolute chaos broke out, with what seemed to be action taken along racial lines. If you’re interested in reading more, have a look at Rian Malan’s controversial summary of the event.

There is, however, an unfortunate narrative of a white genocide presently occurring in South Africa. As a white male Afrikaner free marketeer civil libertarian South African whose whole family bar none lives in South Africa, I seem to be strangely unaware of apparent war crime happening all around me. Now, many will no doubt say I am being ignorant at best, or enabling the genocide at worst (it would not be the first time I am called a ‘cuck’ for not showing ‘solidarity’ with ‘my [muh] race’). But as someone who routinely speaks out against communism and social justice ideology, I am confident in my credentials as a conscious South African who doesn’t allow leftist ideology to cloud matters.

Genocide, as a concept has, unfortunately, been perverted by confused fear-mongers on what is considered to be the ‘right-wing’. Genocide is rightly understood to be a systematic killing of people who share a particular group characteristic; often race or ethnicity. However, these fear-mongers have started to, especially within the European context, talk about things like low birth rates among whites or increasing interracial marriages in the same breath as they do genocide. ‘Genocide’ is now often said to be occurring simply when the white group ceases to be a majority in a given area. Now there may or may not be an argument for why this is a good or a bad thing, but it is not genocide. And in South Africa, there is no white genocide.

As one of my fellow libertarian friends, who happens to be black, Mpiyakhe Dhlamini recently correctly pointed out, the Suidlanders would not exist had there been a real, systematic genocide against white South Africans. Surely, the first victim of a genocide are those who have the infrastructure to resist the genocide, or those who have been warning against the genocide, but the Suidlanders, after all these years, still exists and continues to do their work.

Stefan Molyneux introduced the Suidlanders as the biggest civil defense organization in the world, which is a terrible exaggeration. Virtually nobody in South Africa, including ordinary Afrikaners, knows about the Suidlanders. And I don’t say this to defame them, but it is a simple matter of fact. I also don’t want to dissuade them in their mission, as they are going about it in a perfectly voluntary way which might yield many benefits if in the unlikely event in our future some kind of civil strife erupts. And civil strife is more likely than a race conflict, as the biggest tensions in South Africa right now are between the ruling African National Congress, and virtually everyone else.

The fact of the matter is that black South Africans are being killed in the same violent way whites are, but they are being killed at far greater numbers. Violent crime in South Africa has made us the proud ‘Rape Capital of the World’, as well as a consistent contender for one of the top-5 spots in the highest per capita murder rate in the world. In 2015, for a population of around 55 million, we had 49 murders a day. If the majority of those murder victims were white South Africans, the white population would have ceased to exist years ago.

In the Liberty Hangout podcast with Brittany Pettibone, there were evident misconceptions about the purpose and ideology behind Apartheid, which I found to be unfortunate given the platform. In my view, Apartheid was self-evidently statocentric, however, I might have an unfair advantage in being a South African well schooled in the literature of ‘Separate Development.’

“We were dealing with a tribalistic people!” was one of the oversimplifications I could identify, given that by the time Apartheid was formally instituted, a substantial number of black South Africans have ‘westernized’ – something Apartheid intellectuals readily admitted. That South Africa was “the richest country in the world” under Apartheid is also self-evidently false. When Mandela was briefly discussed, his murderous wife Winnie Mandela was brought up, but in the very same breath as the killing of white people was being considered. What was not mentioned was that Winnie took particular pleasure in torturing and killing black people – not white people – who were seen as ‘sellouts’ to the anti-Apartheid cause.

Unfortunately, I could go on for pages on this particular incorrect and out-of-context account given of South Africa, white genocide, and Mandela’s interaction with communism. As with many other things, that will be the subject of a separate article. In the meantime, feel free to read some of my writing on South Africa, Apartheid, and socialism in South Africa’s context.


Had it not been for Nelson Mandela, South Africa would almost certainly have experienced a civil war. A civil war which the Apartheid government would, no doubt, have won, but which would have led to senseless killing of civilians. In the revolutionary fervor, as in the case of Rhodesia, many white civilians would have been killed in an attempt to force the Apartheid government to surrender. Robert Mugabe and his band of murderous thugs succeeded in doing this in Rhodesia, with the tiny white minority having been almost exclusively cornered in the two major cities of Salisbury and Bulawayo when the war was nearing its end. White Rhodesians had to travel with full military escort, and, when alone on their farms, had constructed makeshift bunkers which the families used as firing positions when the inevitable revolutionary patrol came marching by. This would have been repeated in South Africa had calmer minds, not the least of whom was Nelson Mandela and the last Apartheid President, F.W. de Klerk, not prevailed.

I consider myself a friend of Afrikaner institutions in South Africa. Not because they are ‘Afrikaner’ institutions, but because they are currently setting the standard for voluntary, community-based solutions to the problems facing South African society. These same institutions engage with other organizations, such as my employer, the Free Market Foundation, which is strictly non-racial, and share best practices; and they have done outreach to communities not considered to be part of the Afrikaner community. These Afrikaner institutions, however, for the most, part, do not buy into the same white genocide hysteria doing the rounds online. They are, rather, realistically, concerned about how the Afrikaner is being treated as a minority on political and economic grounds.

This article should not be seen as me saying white genocide in South Africa is impossible. If one looks at history’s most recent genocides, many of the same indicators are present in South Africa. The most obvious indicator is that essentially every major political figure from every major party in this country has in some way scapegoated white South Africans for the problems we face today. The Economic Freedom Fighters (South Africa’s other communist party), which is the third largest party, has a colorful history of calling for violence against whites, often using silly linguistic trickery like “We are not calling for the slaughter of whites… yet” to try and hide their prejudices. But genocide is not as of yet happening, and should such a thing begin, it will not be a broad-based action, given that millions of black, Indian, and colored (mixed race) South Africans are not insane national socialists.

South Africa should not be used as a convenient tool in the arsenal of those who think Western civilization is dying. In South Africa, at least, Western civilization continues to exist as it always has. The Apartheid regime thought itself to be Western, but it was Western in the same way Hitler and Mussolini were Western, not in the same way Coolidge or Thatcher were Western. Our current government enjoys speaking out against the West, and the social justice advocates on our campuses think they are anti-Western, but ordinary, level-headed South Africans continue to embrace the idea of civilization, an orderly society, and freedom. And South Africans, black and white, are engaged in building a small, but visibly-growing libertarian movement which has no interest in seeing either the national socialism of Apartheid return, not the African socialism of the left continue to assert itself.

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Martin van Staden is the Editor in Chief of Being Libertarian, Rational Standard, and Champion Books. He has a law degree from the University of Pretoria. His articles represent his own views and beliefs, and not that of any of the organizations he is involved with.


  1. Interesting. It’s good to hear from someone from South Africa what is going on. Still, I stand by the idea of going to South Africa and starting a back to Europe movement for us whites, a “Whexodus”, if you will. However, when you mention the birthrates thing and race mixing, that can be used for genocide. For example, if you watch the movie “Rabbit Proof Fence” there is a scene with a British man talking about how (through breeding) “by generation 5, the Aboriginal will look exactly like the white British”, or something along those lines. The U.N. Office of the Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide (OSAPG) even defines it as such:
    Genocide is defined in Article 2 of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide
    (1948) as “any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical,
    racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to
    members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its
    physical destruction in whole or in part1
    ; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; [and]
    forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”

    • None of those things are happening in SA. If they are the majority of South Africans are being kept in the dark, The reason for the lowered birth rates is that the young are leaving in numbers. Their children are being born in other countries.

      • Exactly, they are leaving because white people have been put under a program of White Genocide -by-force-assimilation, within which there is a lot of murder and rape included. This is all part of the systematic racial targeting that is being perpetrated upon ALL White populations worldwide. This is White Genocide in a nutshell.

      • It’s not only the young that are leaving:

        Google white millionaire numbers decreased in the country, slipping from 36,600 in 2007, to 21,200 in 2015 – 42%.

  2. Libertarianism is a self-defeating and utopian philosophy that will never have the support of the people and will never work, especially in Africa. And yes, there is a genocide against whites in South Africa. Whatever you want to call it, white South Africans are being destroyed and forced to flee because they are politically and economically disenfranchised and are targeted by crime. Eventually they will be destroyed, and you should not be an apologist for their destruction.

    • Good points. There’s a term for what white South Africans are suffering; it’s called White Genocide, and this is exactly why they are now on Genocide Watch at Level 6.

      I used to be a libertarian back in the 90s and I can tell you outright that these people are almost ALL anti-white to the core. They have an incredible contempt for white people and our needs as a people. Make no mistake the whole open borders movement is designed to target White countries and ONLY White countries with massive non-white populations so as to force-assimilate white populations, and that’s White Genocide.

  3. The White Genocide is happening simply because White people are FORCED-minoritzed in every one or our countries; We are then FORCE-integrated with the non-White populations that are being FORCE-flooded into White countries and living spaces. White people cannot go anywhere and be free of this FORCE-integration and Force-Assimilation. This is what we mean by White Genocide, and it is being FORCED on ALL White countries and ONLY White countries by those in charge.
    These same anti-whites call this process ‘Diversity’ or ‘Multiculturalism’ but White people now understand that ‘Diversity’ and ‘Multiculturalism’ are both just codewords for White Genocide, pure and simple.

    The words “immigration”, “tolerance” and “assimilation” are being used to PROMOTE a program of genocide-by-force-assimilation against White children.

    Remember, genocide does not have to be immediately and massively violent to qualify as a genocide. If you specifically target a distinct group of people for a racial force-assimilation for example, that is the deliberate destruction of that group, in this case White people, ie, White Genocide.

    According to International Law, open borders, FORCED integration, and assimilation is GENOCIDE.
    Except they don’t call it GENOCIDE when it’s done to White children.
    Then they call it “multiculturalism”
    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White

    • Because your people’s way of life is not different than ISIL. Whites don’t belong in South Africa, Black South Africans didn’t want your people’s culture or your people’s way of life. Please go back to Europe and Black people will leave Europe

  5. The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide 1948, defines genocide as “any of a number of acts committed with the intent to destroy in whole or in part a national, ethnic, RACIAL or religious group: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; DELIBERATELY INFLICTING ON THE GROUP CONDITIONS OF LIFE calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part.”

    A genocide does NOT have to be violent
    This is why we keep telling you people that Diversity, Open Borders, and Multiculturalism are all just codewords for the ongoing program of White Genocide

    It’s White geNOcide

  6. “Genocide involves the attempt to achieve the disappearance of a group by whatever means. It does not have to be violent, it could be a combination of policies that would lead to a certain group dying out.”
Malcolm Fraser (Prime Minister of Australia 1975-1983)

    Force flooding EVERY & ONLY White countries with MILLIONS of non-Whites and FORCE assimilating them into all aspects of white society IS the intentional targeted destruction of White people’s societies, that is, White Genocide.
    Nobody’s doing this to ANY Asian or Black country. This ‘Diversity’ is being forced upon ALL and ONLY White countries and living spaces. This is why we always keep reminding you that ‘Diversity’ is just a codeword for White Genocide, and,
    Anti-racist is a codeword for anti-White

    • When are you going to ever learn Fool? It should tell you just how much Black people in South Africans are willing to risk to alleviate themselves of whites. We want you and your ilk gone. All around the world and especially in Africa are people becoming increasingly impatient and vengeful in response to the parasitic white colonization. When will you understand, nobody will miss them or any of the hatred and disease they bring, then charge for the cure. They would rather go back to grass huts and shit in holes rather than to have to deal with evil esau beasts of Revelations. No one wants their colonization. They’re dying in Africa by sun and climate alone. As well as New Zealand and Australia. It should tell you just how much whites are willing to risk to maintain what’s not theirs. If it weren’t for sunscreen they would have been wiped out already. The world would be much more peaceful without the inventors of racial hatred, everything they brought is now the reason for their downfall. The white Americans have disrespected Islam and projected their never ending hatred on Muslims. In response, radicals are devastating Europe. They’re hatred for black, Hispanic and Muslims only brings these groups together in larger numbers. The hateful race is dying out. Soon the world will be peaceful again.


    1 – FORCE flood EVERY & ONLY WHITE countries with MILLIONS of non-Whites until White children are forced to be a minority.

    2 – FORCE assimilate them into all aspects of White society.

    3 – 24/7 push interracial marriage in the movies, t.v shows and media.

    4 – Instill as much fear into the Whites as possible to not object to their own genocide by verbally attacking them “RACIST”“NAZI”“WHITE SUPREMACIST”, get them fired from their jobs, threaten them with violence them etc.

    The interesting question that you anti-white libertarians have to grapple with now is: HOW THE HELL ISN’T THIS A WHITE GENOCIDE???

    The bottom line is that ‘Diversity’ is just you anti-white codeword for White Genocide.

  8. This is absolute nonsense. Thankfully you allow free speech, because if people were free to speak they would speak about South Africa, they would shout it out to the mountains the lies that have been told. Cuba was held up as the model to emulate by Mandela. He advocated up till 1990 the nationalization of basically all the wealth of whites – they were to be Soviet slaves working for Moscow.

    Check this Youtube video:


    The ANC was in an alliance with Joseph Stalin already in 1927.

    Google african national congress JT Gumede alliance Joseph Stalin 1927

    That’s 21 years before apartheid. Martin van Staden. Never lie to yourself, never lie to others, for it is cowards that lie!
    Here’s the ANC boasting about their alliance with the USSR:

    Google anc org speech oliver tambo meeting representatives parties and movements participating celebration 1987

    “Comrade Gorbachev, our profound appreciation of this support. Permit me to repeat the ANC`s pledge that never will it be said that this friendship, this support, this alliance in struggle was to no avail.”

    It is an absolute lie that the West weren’t interested in what Mandela had to say – in an unpublished manuscript Mandela reveals that the ANC had sought the help of Communist China for arms as early as 1952. Google Mandela’s unpublished manuscript.

    Furthermore in the 1950s, the government caught Mandela with a manuscript entitled: ‘How to be a good Communist.” written in his own handwriting. The South African Communist Party today, one of the world’s oldest Communist parties claim he was an active member of them and that the Soviet Union would never have given Mandela 210,000 Soviet-made hand grenades, 130 tons of explosives in 1961 and more if he hadn’t been either a top ranking member or a secret member of the Communist Party. And how was the cost of those arms to be repaid?

    There’s tons of more evidence. The ANC’s most important document calls for the nationalization of all farmland, banks, mines, factories and more by 1955. Google Freedom Charter.

    Was Mandela the freedom peaceful non-violent loving individual the media wants to portray him? This video was taken just before they launched the 2nd intifada in Israel that killed 10,000 people.


    The media in South Africa is NOT free – you may not post comments on the most visited media websites or openly criticize the president in the media – the media fear the president. The television stations are ALL basically dependent upon the government for financial survival and no new television stations are allowed since the end of apartheid. There’s MASS unemployment, MASS corruption, whoever this man is above is a disgrace. Either he doesn’t know the facts or he is hiding the facts from people. He’s a disgrace!

    They killed us – the Soviet Union planted 60 million landmines in Southern Africa. 60 million. It was no tiny conflict. And they are oppressing the whites at a level UNHEARD off in the world. The Affirmative Action laws are the worst in the world – they expect 90% of the employees must be black of companies that have greater than 50 employees.
    The Communist Party members have jumped from 5,000 in 1990 to over 200,000 in 2017.
    Wikipedia South African Communist Party.

  9. Writer straw mans his argument against white genocide occurring in SA, then gives an anecdotal account where the black thief dies (fails to mention the thousands of white farmers brutally murdered in SA). Bias confirmed.

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