Dutch and Flemish students visited Afrikaner squatter camps in 2010; foreign journalists are increasingly interested in reporting on the growing ‘poor-white problem’ in South Africa… So why can’t the Afrikaner poor get food-aid from overseas …despite these harrowing pictures? The ANC-regime denies them food-aid because they are ‘whites’ … but why does the rest of the world follow suit?
August 30 2010 — South Africa’s 3-million Afrikaners are in increasingly desperate straits, with nearly one-third now living in dismal squatter camps where they are denied government benefits, government food-aid and medical care – and by law, are also denied access the job market…
Solidarity trade union’s charity Helping Hand said in a recent letter to SA President Jacob Zuma that without urgent government subsidies and food-aid, many Afrikaners will start dying of starvation and poverty-related diseases – very soon.
Reports of babies and elderly Afrikaners dying of malnutrition are already emerging this year, amongst others reported by Dutch investigative journalist Saskia Vredeveld in her documentary “Poor whites in South Africa’, filmed in Coronation Park near Johannesburg and screened on Dutch IKON-TV earlier this year. She reported details about the death of a newborn Afrikaner baby – from hunger.
Solidarity’s letter also includes a series of pictures taken of some of the more than 650,000 homeless, impoverished Afrikaners.
There is growing interest from abroad in the so-called ‘poor white’ problem. Dutch investigative journalist Saskia Vredeveld and Australian photo-journalist Dean Saffron were only the latest of a long line of foreign journalists who have reported extensively from Afrikaner-poor camps this year.
- Saskia Vredeveld reporting from Coronation Park, Johannesburg: “Poor whites in South Africa” – Source
- Dean Saffron, documentary photographer – Source
And a group of Dutch and Flemish students also visited the Eagle’ s Nest-squatter camp in Pretoria North. They visited the camp with its 100 poor residents and played a traditional Afrikaner sport called “Jukskei’ with the residents as part of the Dutch-South African Society youth-exchange programme. Dr Danie Langner, executive director of Helping Hand, said it was ‘very important for (foreign) students to be exposed to all the realities in South Africa, including the large number of Afrikaners who are now falling into permanent poverty and destitution. The students experienced at first hand the reality of the (more than 650,000) Afrikaners who have to survive without water, electricity or food-supplies each day. This squatter camp’s hundred residents live in horrific circumstances in which they are exposed to the elements each day”.
The three-week visit by the Dutch-speaking students was sponsored by four universities, the Afrikaner League, the Afrikaans Language- and Cultural society, the Federation of Afrikaans Cultural Associations, Solidarity and the Foundation for the Empowerment of Afrikaans.
Source – Zuid-Afrikahuis
They played cute Afrikaans games with the children to ‘show the similarities in cultures’ — but WHERE IS THE FOOD-AID FROM THE NETHERLANDS AND BELGIUM?
Defenceless elderly Afrikaners are slowly starving to death
Above: It was reported for instance, that Sarie Rossouw was living with her husband Hennie in a Pretoria squatter camp and was badly malnourished. She was only visited once in an entire year by an ANC-regime social worker. Her frail husband Hennie, 70, tried to look after her as well as he could: but it was reportedly ‘difficult without health-care and without regular food supplies. While the Rossouw couple may have been helped by then… where’s the food-aid for the other hundreds of thousands of poor Afrikaners?
Sixty-three percent of the residents in Pretoria’s 77 white squatter camps and tent-towns alone, are older than 60 years. There is only one social worker for every 4,000 South African resident. A total of 2,100 cases of dire poverty amongst whites are currently being investigated in the town Centurion by its Council for the Elderly. In Pretoria, an average 1,000 cases are reported of whites being abused and left uncared, in dismal conditions. Yet the government’s National Youth Development Agency (the former Umsobomvu Youth Fund) still rules that disability benefits are not granted to such impoverished, elderly Afrikaners.
Senior citizens find it increasingly difficult to live alone in their homes. General frailty, rising living expenses and vulnerability against crime are some of the reasons why they seek alternative accommodation. Old-age homes are only an option for those who receive a state pension, are frail and do not own property or have alternative sources of income. Senior citizens who receive a private pension, however small it may be, are not subsidised by the state and must pay the full unit cost in an old-age home, unless they are frail. The monthly unit cost could amount to R4 000,00 to R5 000,00 per person. Many of these elderly frail people end up in squatter camps.