The Afrikaner Shanty Towns Of South Africa



Finbarr O’reilly of Reuters reports: “At least 450,000 white South Africans, 10 percent of the total white population, live below the poverty line and 100,000 are struggling just to survive, according to civil organisations and largely white trade union Solidarity. South Africa’s population is about 50 million. …”

“South Africa’s unskilled whites find themselves on the wrong side of history, gaining little sympathy from those who perceive them as having profited unfairly during the brutal apartheid years.

Trade union Solidarity says there are around 430,000 whites who live in squatter camps. Around the capital Pretoria alone there are 80 squatter settlements. There are over 2,000 much larger black squatter camps across South Africa.

Formerly comfortable Afrikaners recently forced to live on the fringes of society see themselves as victims of ‘reverse-apartheid’ that they say puts them at an even greater disadvantage than the millions of poor black South Africans.

This feeling of victimisation and abandonment by the state has forged at the camp a collective sense of fatalism, isolation and firm reliance on their Calvinist religion. Each of the camp’s ramshackle huts and tents is adorned with religious paraphernalia and an Afrikaans language bible.” …

Finbarr O’reilly’s photojournalistic effort was featured in the New York Times too where one reader wrote correctly as follows:

Lower middle class people living close to the line have been discarded by the governments Black Economic Empowerment policy which forces companies to hire people with black skin.
After the 1994 elections a lot of white people lost their jobs and have clearly never recovered. The BEE policy has resulted in poor performance across the board especially from a governmental service delivery perspective, as highly skilled and qualified people with years of experience were replaced by people who were black but lacked the necessary qualifications or experience.

As usual, Adriana Stuijt, a pro-Afrikaner activist living in the Netherlands, posted the most poignant post at the NYT:

“The important point completely missed by the photographer and by the journalist is the fact that these aren’t ‘whites’- these are Afrikaners, a 3-million-strong minority. There are two kinds of ‘whites’ – the wealthier mercantile English-speakers who can flee the country with their British passports when times get rough; and the Afrikaner artisan-working class, which have no familial ties to their Northern-European roots and have a very difficult time emigrating to other countries. I am also appalled at the fact that the photographer took pictures of these very young and vulnerable children: Afrikaner children are being widely targeted by kidnapping gangs in South Africa. Basically these Afrikaners, being poor, have clearly lost all their privacy-rights as far as this photographer was concerned. Did the man at least make a donation to the only private charity which is allowed to help these Afrikaner people by law, namely Helping Hand of the Solidarity trade union movement? The ANC-regime denies these Afrikaners all food-aid, and many also are denied the right to medical care in public hospitals. Many of these Afrikaner women give birth inside their own shacks without any medical help. And according to a recent documentary by Dutch investigative journalist Saskia Vredeveld, they are so chronically underfed now that the newborns are beginning to die of malnutrition.


My book is timely. Last week, I completed Into The Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons For America From Post-Apartheid South Africa. It’ll soon be off to the publisher.

7 thoughts on “The Afrikaner Shanty Towns Of South Africa

  1. Richard


    Are Afrikaner- and British descended whites really that separated?

  2. Greg

    We will never hear of this from the American media. Poor white people? You must be kidding! I am looking forward to purchasing your new book.

  3. james huggins

    Appalachia in the dark continent. But, nobody cares. These homeless, nationless dregs of South African society don’t have a chance. This situation is a classic precurssor to revolution but the Afrikaaners are too few in numbers and can’t count on the remainder of the whites who are just trying to get along. I hope the Americans will start to pay attention to all this, but I doubt it.


    Many of us who read Ilana’s Blog may not realize that our economic, educational, and skill status has come about in less than 100 years. One of the Comments made in response to the 1st or 2nd Link stated that “all cultures are equal…”. Hardly. We, the people of the world, are staring into an economic abyss because the culture of socialism, communism, and corruption, along with retribution for past sins, are turning us into “THE FORGOTTEN MAN”. Afrikaners have been forgotten. Let us all remind ourselves that “THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS” and so is the Earth. Start asking yourself how long your children can remain ignorant of economics, politics, robots, nano-technology, space, and bio-tech? Today’s kids are being duped by the educational machine about hard science, history, and standardized tests. They will be the next Afrikaners inhabiting shanty towns and they will die a miserable death unless they can adapt, innovate, and overcome. I’m a Detroiter and I’ve witnessed, firsthand, a once proud civilization’s coming destruction.

  5. Jamie

    Why aren’t Afrikaners hiring their own? If for nothing else domestic help? I read all the time about the black gardener or nanny helping murderous, thieving scum enter their employer’s residence. Hiring an Afrikaner for this work might keep you safer and give them a hand up, yes? Or are poor Afrikaners not willing to work as cheaply as blacks?

    [Exactly what I told relatives, including the curious part about the maid seldom being harmed when the family for which she works is bumped-off. “Their answer: We didn’t know there were Afrikaners wanting to be domestics and gardeners. Where do we find them?”]

  6. Myron Pauli

    10% First World and 90% Third World ===> Third World.

    Question – other than possibly Botswana, are there ANY nations in the African continent which have improved over the last 50 years (1960 – 2010) of “anticolonialism”?

  7. Vrye Denker

    Myron, I guess it depends on who you ask. Many “Africans” will tell you that their situation has improved greatly since “losing their shackles”.

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