This is a quick note.
Today I am feeling extremely depressed. What really depressed me and really is bothering me intensely is my discussion with an attorney.
I’M GOING TO TELL YOU ABOUT THE WORST THING THAT IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN IN SOUTH AFRICA SINCE COMMUNIST RULE CAME HERE IN 1994. WHITE SOUTH AFRICANS DON’T SEE THIS THING COMING. IT’S A NIGHTMARE THAT IS ABOUT TO HIT US.
The attorney spoke to me about the new Hate Speech Laws that the Jews kicked off here in South Africa in about 2017. These laws are in parliament now, and he says they will probably become law in the next 6 months. He’s the second Boer attorney to discuss these laws with me. Both of them say the same thing: That I will not be able to survive these laws. My Websites and my activities will result in jail time for me. Let me explain.
These new Hate Speech laws will turn any face to face discussion, or telephonic discussion, or phone message, or Whatsapp or Telegram or Social media message (e.g. Facebook) or Website post or any other form of communication, into a potential CRIME which you cannot win. It will be like the holocaust denial laws in Germany where, the act of defending yourself is ITSELF A CRIME! It is almost, but not quite, like that.
This is how it will work: Anything that you say to anyone could possibly end up as a Criminal Act if the person you are saying it to, PERCEIVES IT AS HATE SPEECH. Until now, South African Law, more or less, strives for objective facts. But in this law, there will be no objectivity. The crime will be based on the FEELINGS of the person laying the charges against you. So, if for example, you say to a person that they are a “pig”, and that person FEELS that “pig” is HATE SPEECH, then you’re guilty.
Furthermore, the sentences for such crimes could exceed the length of a sentence for murder. The South African athlete, Oscar Pistorius, killed his girlfriend and did 7 years of jail time. Well, for Hate Speech, the punishment can be up to 10 years jail time!
So if you say something to someone you know, or it even reaches someone you don’t know (e.g. Telegram, Facebook, etc) – you could be charged with a CRIME which you have almost no defence against! The state can therefore throw you into jail!
Another nasty twist is that whether you say anything about a person or a group or perhaps draw a conclusion about history – this could allow for you to be charged with Hate Speech either by an individual or people representing that group.
Of course, you can abuse it. And rest assured other races and groups will abuse it like crazy.
Both attorneys who have told me about this, told me that once it is signed into law, that in a short time there will be thousands of such cases. They say most people have no idea about this train that is about to hit South African society.
And discussion, or communication, in private or in public, can become the basis for you being charged with Hate Speech.
For malicious people this will be great. But for the vast majority of law-abiding Whites, a NIGHTMARE is about to hit us.
The attorney estimates this will be law within about 6 months. He says there are some groups who will try to oppose it. But so far, he does not see any hope that this law will be softened. He fears the worst. He told me that he, as an attorney, will withdraw from Facebook and even phone systems like Whatsapp because anything you say can be used against you if someone is malicious. It will be based on THEIR FEELINGS and you’ll have no defence.
I am fearing that this could be the end of my time on websites and in trying to get my messages out. This might be the end of my activism and work, and that depresses me a lot.
I will be talking to the attorney in more detail in August about this, and of course, as always, I want to try to find a solution if possible. But both attorneys have told me, individually, that I won’t stand a chance. And that is very depressing.
I will get a lot more detail in August about this.