We are three months out from the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the world is anxiously awaiting the opportunity to celebrate the first occurrence of this soccer competition to be played on the African Continent.
The lone nation capable of holding such a prestigious tournament on the Dark Continent is South Africa, a country that only twenty years ago was the most hated on earth for its system of Apartheid that kept the white minority in power and the Black majority from killing each other.
South Africa. The mere mention of this nation will elicit contemptuous looks of sheer hatred from some who have never forgotten nor can forget the evilness that was Apartheid. Sadly, these types forget that the white people who built and sustained that nation bowed to massive international pressure and handed over the reigns of power, peacefully. a
And yet, others look at the social experiment of handing power peacefully over to a people incapable of such a monumental task of governing a 1st World power that had developed nuclear missiles as an exercise in futility.
South Africa is a nation run by Black people, but unlike Haiti, the current inhabitants of power never engaged in bloody revolution to pacify their land. White people handed it over and orchestrated a melancholy surrender of a nation that arose from the sparsely populated fields of Southern Africa to become a 1st rate nation.
That disgusting system of racial dominance by white people (a small minority representing a tiny island amidst a sea of Black people) was defeated through the combined efforts of international economic isolation, Nelson Mandela and the lack of ability to play rugby in foreign tournaments (read the book Invictus).
So, the picture is painted of a joyful South Africa since the peace between white and Black people was reached:
Nonetheless, the tide could not be held back once the path was decided on. Democratic elections were held in 1994, with Mandela voted in as president and de Klerk as vice president. Mandela and de Klerk jointly earned the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for ending apartheid. Without them, South Africa's rocky road would have proved more difficult to traverse.Crime is a major problem in South Africa, where each day the struggle for existence tallies up 50 people killed daily, the hope of a post-Apartheid peaceful world is an elusive dream. Thus, the 2010 FIFA World Cup being held in a nation known for having crime rates that make Haiti look civilized is raising some eye-brows and the entrepreneurial spirits of clothing manufactures:
The democratic constitution that went into effect on Feb. 3, 1997, guaranteed equality to all, regardless of race, plus freedom of the press, freedom of religion, and a commitment to uphold human rights.
But the nation is still saddled with a lot of baggage from its apartheid past: oppression, poverty, exploitation of the majority of the people, unevenly distributed educational opportunities, dilapidated townships, a 23 percent unemployment rate, rampant crime, a huge gap between rich and poor, and high AIDS mortality rates.
A London-based security clothing company has been blasted for marketing a "stab-proof vest" for football fans planning to visit this summer's World Cup in South Africa.A recent film - Invictus - depicts a fictional world where Black and white people live in relative harmony throughout South Africa and how a simple rugby game created a nation overwhelmed in peace and tranquility.
With as many as 50 South Africans in the nation of 49 million people killed daily, according to official government statistics, security has been a key issue for tournament organizers.
According to South African police figures there were 18,148 murders in the year ending March 2009 and knives or sharp objects were used in about 52 percent of the deaths.But the figures -- which show 50 percent of killings were the result of arguments or misunderstandings and 16 percent the consequence of another crime -- do not identify how many tourists were killed.
Fairy tales are best left to Hollywood, for though the story of that unfolds in Clint Eastwood's film is based on truth, the prospects for harmonious relations between the Black majority and white minority were always going to be icy. Even Black-on-Black relationships would end in disaster as the crime rates largely display a people at war with themselves.
Nevertheless, World Cup organizers are enthusiastic the nation can magically come together again through the power of sport to forget history and enjoy the mind-numbing boredom of watching two teams kick a soccer ball up and down a field. Sports helped bring peace to New Orleans and they can do it in South Africa:
The World Cup will do even more to forge a united South Africa than Nelson Mandela's success in pulling a divided country together through the 1995 world rugby tournament, the chief organiser said on Thursday.South Africa is a dangerous place, only more so thanks to the delusional rants of politicians trying to sugarcoat the unsavory state of many of the nations formerly safe and functional cities that have descended into madness, mayhem and murder:
Danny Jordaan, chief executive of the local organising committee, also said FIFA would introduce special charter flights and direct ticket sales in response to African anger at the difficulty of attending the continent's first soccer World Cup.
"It is always important to further strengthen social cohesion in our country, to strengthen nation building, and I think that in this regard the impact is going to be massive, much more than the 1995 (rugby) World Cup," he said.The story of how South Africa's victory in that tournament calmed white fears, averting possible civil war a year after the end of apartheid, is shown in Clint Eastwood's film "Invictus."
When people see the movie Invictus they watch a film that has less to do with reality than say a science fiction film like Jurassic Park or Poltergeist - more evidence exists for the genetic engineering and manipulation of DNA from 65 million year old dinosaurs than South Africa ever resembling a nation of sanity and unity.
While many of the fruits of freedom have gone to the former black revolutionaries who now hold cabinet posts, sit in Parliament, and hold other government positions with substantial salaries and perks, there remain large numbers of blacks whose impatient, and perhaps unrealistic, expectations of the transition from white power to black have not been met.
Shantytowns have not been replaced with affordable housing. Water and electricity and other basic requirements of the infrastructure to support democracy are still lacking for many. Official agencies are sometimes bastions of bureaucratic incompetence and corruption. In Johannesburg, it can take more than four months to get your car license renewed. Some citizens say they circumvent the system by "buying" their renewals – slipping a bribe to a licensing officer.
South Africa has just outpaced India as the country with the highest incidence of AIDS in the world, and critics say the government has been tardy in grappling with the problem.
Though opportunities have arisen for some upper-class blacks to prosper in business, many others still live in squalor. For many, the jobs that they thought would come overnight with democracy have never materialized. Unemployment is running around 25 percent.
Thus the big cities such as Johannesburg have become seedbeds for robbery and violent hijacking, making crime South Africa's biggest problem. Sometimes it is the work of individuals; sometimes the work of organized gangs.
One black editor, while in no way supporting the old apartheid regime, remarks wryly: "There was no city crime or unemployment in the old days. If you were a black without a [residence] pass and a letter from your boss saying you had a job, the police would run you out of town. Today, whether you are black or white, you take your life in your hands if you walk downtown at night."
More evidence exists of ghosts and encounters with the undead than empirical data or observable trends of hope for South Africa and its majority Black population and dwindling, hopeless and hate white minority (underclass).
Thus, Stuff Black People Don't Like puts forward a most macabre prediction that we hope doesn't happen. Speculation has long centered around the theory that once Nelson Mandela passes away, the white minority - already targeted for rape, crime, plundering and murder - will be decimated by vengeful Black people retaliating for years of persecution under Apartheid.
At 91, Mandela is in poor health. The former communist turned darling of the Disingenuous White Liberal world holds the key to a shaky truce that few Black people regard as legitimate in South Africa, and upon his death this peace will be forever shattered:
Granted this article quoted is six years old, however the reality of Black-on-white crime in South Africa (and the United States) does little to dissuade SBPDL of its authenticity.
While former South African President Nelson Mandela, 85, scoffs at rumors of ill health, plans are being made by the nation's Communist Party to slaughter all whites in the country upon his death, G2B sources say.
One of the operations planned entails 70,000 armed black men "being transported to the Johannesburg city center within an hour" in taxicabs to attack whites.
The plans are variously dubbed "Operation Vula," "Night of the Long Knives," "Operation White Clean-up," "Operation Iron Eagle" and "Red October campaign."
Operation "Our Rainy Day" was to be carried out after the death of Nelson Mandela and would have entailed blacks being transported to the largest cities in taxis.
The assailants were expected to "take over" fuel points and massacre whites. The attacks would lead to a coup.
Sources say most blacks in the country are aware of the plans. When racial disputes occur, blacks often tell whites, "Wait until Mandela dies.”
"White people in South Africa can deny it to the end of the earth, but we are in real danger," one resident said. "This is no joke and any person with half a brain can see that this rumor has spiraled out of control."
Many whites are now convinced a vicious campaign of ethnic cleansing will follow Mandela's death whenever it comes. Some are making preparations for retreats.
"I have prepared myself and we have a gathering place where we can fortify for four weeks after Mandela’s death," said one white South African. "If nothing happens it will be a miracle."
Crime in South Africa is so bad that the terror attack on the Togo soccer team in 2009 in Angolo has scared people the world over, even though South Africa is nowhere near Angolo.
Carjackings are a threat, warns the British government. SBPDL warns soccer fans that Nelson Mandela dying could be a threat to your life, not just your car.
Ticket sales for the World Cup in South Africa are abysmal, not because of high prices as FIFA claims, but because of high crime rates, HIV rates and murder rates that plague the nation and those tourists asinine enough to be in the dark about the lawlessness omnipresent.
Black on white crime is a terrible problem in South Africa, only topped by outrageous rates of Black on Black crime.
The World Cup in South Africa could turn out to be a monumental success, to the surprise of everyone. It could be a failure on par with New Coke. If Nelson Mandela tragically passes, it could be an event of unparalleled catastrophe.
Stuff Black People Don't Like would like to request of all readers to send any story on South Africa and the World Cup that they find to SBPDL1@gmail.com
To those who think Invictus is the happy ending that actually occurred in South Africa, pay close attention to the next sentence: South Africa is a beautiful land cursed with the tragedy of false hope and delusional notions of equality that position the nation on a precipice nearing total disaster.
Already, fears of HIV being spread is a concern of constant stress for officials (like in the United States and the CDC, Black people in South Africa have little regard for safe sex).
The 2010 World Cup in South Africa will be a disaster of epic proportions that not even Hollywood script writers can hide. And if Mandela passes away prior to the first kick, well, SBPDL shudders to think of what may transpire.