In a debate that took place on his YouTube channel in August, Renaldo Gouws, a politician in the Democratic Alliance and political-social commentator, hosted Lindsay Maasdorp. The debate is just one of several “Sunday debates” that Gouws has hosted on his channel over the last few months.
Admittedly, often the debates appear to be more like discussions as opposed to actual formal debates with the whole process of opening speeches, rebuttals etc.. Independent of their form these debates are a good means for bringing together representatives of different ideological groups holding to quite different social and political beliefs and convictions. On the 19 of August it was Maasdorp, the national spokesperson for black supremacist group Black First Land First (BLF). Maasdorp is considered an authority in the “revolutionary” movement and is a frequent activist for its cause.
The BLF has made its disdain for white South Africans incredibly clear over the last few months. Maasdorp, for instance, stated that a white person’s existence is “a crime,” a view that meshes well with the party’s view that all white South Africans, due to the land theft and dispossession by white people during colonization and apartheid, are settlers and are therefore all criminals who illegally possess land in South Africa (1). This year, Maasdorp also posted on his Twitter account that: “I have aspirations to kill white people, and this must be achieved!” More recently, Andile Mngxitama, the president of the BLF, asserted at a rally that “For each one person that is being killed by the taxi industry, we will kill five white people… You kill one of us, we will kill five of you. We will kill their children, we will kill their women, we will kill anything that we find on our way” (2).
Many more events fueled by a similar hatred of whiteness and white people could be mentioned, and perhaps another worth noting is from the debate with Gouws within which Maasdorp stated that he would support a rapist as long as the victim was white and the rapist was black. Here is the direct quite made by Maasdorp in the discussion:
“There is no black person in this country that we won’t defend when they come into a fight with white people… Annanias Mathe, the Mozambican brother who was robbing all over the suburbs, white peoples homes, he was raping white women, that’s a reality, he died I think last year or the year before… that’s a reality. Me, I stand with Annanias Mathe.”
For those interested in hearing him, view this short clip from the debate:
Maasdorp’s condoning of such an individual as Mathe and his acts is quite illuminating particularly because Mathe was convicted of 67 of 71 counts of murder, attempted murder, rape, and armed robbery. It is clear then that Maasdorp celebrates violent and traumatic crime when whites are the victims and blacks are the perpetrators. Most strikingly this would include the rape of white women, perhaps one of the most physically, emotionally, and psychologically traumatic experiences a person could have.
1. Friedman, D. 2018. White existence is a crime, says BLF spokesperson. Available.
2. Pijoos, I. 2018. Complaints pour in over Andile Mngxitama’s ‘kill whites speech.’ Available.