So we all know about apartheid and the continuing conflicts that are going on in South Africa between blacks and whites. For the most halls we know that there is a large amount of gun crime in South Africa, brewed by the confrontation between new idealists and those from who still hold very corrupt views. Much of this has led to sceptical views about the way people live in South Africa, as to the poor blacks living in slums and much wealthier others living in gated communities often guarded by the poorer.
Most recently the case to rock South Africa headlines is the case about the para-olympian Oscar Pistorious a continuing case that puzzles many nations as the story (the truth). Although the case is still proceeding, the next pivotal stake in the case is, Henke Pistorius, father is now accusing the South African government of being racist when it comes to White people. With his “Blade Runner” son free on bail since shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, Henke is fed up with the lack of protection given to White people in the predominately Black country.
Interviewed by the UK’s Daily Telegraph Sunday (March 3), Henke said that his son’s gun collection was a safety precaution. “You can’t rely on the police, not because they are inefficient always but because crime is so rife,” Henke said.
With one of the highest violent crime rates in the world, 15,000 people in South Africa were murdered last year, under the leadership of the African Natural Congress. “It speaks to the ANC government, look at white crime levels, why protection is so poor in this country; it’s an aspect of our society.”
Henke, his father, and three brothers collectively own 55 guns. Oscar has purchased at least six firearms, one of which he used to shoot Steenkamp, allegedly believing that she was an intruder. He’s never said that being a minority added to his fears, but the notion isn’t far-fetched.
However, according to the ANC, claims of racism against Whites are false. “Not only is this statement devoid of truth, it is also racist,” said ANC spokesman, Jackson Mthembu. “It is sad that he has chosen to politicize a tragic incident that is still fresh in the minds of those affected and the public.”
Oscar also doesn’t agree with his father. His representatives released a statement distancing him from the controversial claims. “The comment doesn’t represent the views of Oscar or the rest of the Pistorius family. We are acutely aware of the fact that we are only at the beginning of a long road to prove that what happened to Reeva Steenkamp was a terrible accident and that Oscar never intended to harm her, let alone cause her death.”
According to the latest statistics, White people make up for less than 10 percent of the South African population, while Black Africans make up for 79 percent of the population.