Genocide in South Africa?

Ruth Alexander takes a look at the numbers behind the claim that white South Africans are being systematically killed because of the colour of their skin.

The view is held by some in right-wing Afrikaans circles and has been voiced by the South African musician, Steve Hofmeyr. He has said that the number of white South Africans being killed in racially-motivated attacks would fill a soccer stadium and that white Afrikaners are being killed ‘like flies’.

But these claims of a white genocide are not backed up by the statistics, according to Julian Rademeyer from Africa Check and Johan Burger from the Institute of Security Studies in Pretoria.

(Image: White South Africans protest against racially motivated attacks on whites. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

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Mon 16 Dec 2013 03:50 GMT

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