The South African Institute for Race Relations says this week that the young white men -- aged 24 to 34 have mostly left the country now, and that there now are many more older white men than younger ones - when the reverse is the case in normal societies without wars.
There are two main reasons for this demographic oddity: the relentless murder campaign waged by heavily-armed, well organised black male gangs against white farmers: the latest murder toll is 3,038; together with the mass exodus of white, working-age families from South Africa ever since 1994 -- and which Digital Journal has also often reported about just recently. here
This week's Newsweek
feature article by Scott Johnson , headlined "Fleeing from South Africa
,' asks: ' Fourteen years after apartheid, why are the best and the brightest leaving Africa's most successful state?"
He writes: "The South African government doesn't keep reliable emigration statistics. But even as the global financial crisis has caused emigration from most other countries to slow, a number of recent independent studies show that mass departures from South Africa are ongoing and are sapping the nation of its skilled and best-educated young citizens.
"The most dramatic figures can be found among South African whites, who are leaving at a pace consistent with the advent of "widespread disease, mass natural disasters or large-scale civil conflict," according to a report by the South African Institute on Race Relations," he writes.
Destruction of an entire ethnic minority:
What Newsweek doesn't say however, is that more than 90% of all those 'whites' who have left, are actually Afrikaans-speakers, close-knit, often deeply religious members of a very distinct ethnic minority who view themselves as an independent nation, with their own language, culture and a very unique history. This exodus of 'whites' thus also marks the dissipation, the destruction of an entire ethnic minority in South Africa which has lived there since the 17th century. The young generation of Afrikaners is being forced out of the country of their birth, and not only face the heartbreak of leaving their beloved continent behind them forever, but also having to leave their aging parents behind.
"Some 800,000 out of a total white population of 4 million have left since 1995, by one count," he reports, adding: : "...this wasn't supposed to happen.. but (emigration) has been accentuated by a violent crime epidemic, serious political upheaval and economic globalization. A poll conducted last May among 600 people of different races, ages and genders (in South Africa) found that 20 percent were leaving the country'.
Crime, murders, rapes:
"The primary driver for emigration among all groups, but especially whites (...) is fear of crime. With more than 50 killings a day, South Africa has one of the highest per capita murder rates in the world." For the South African police statistics, which alas are not maintained very well, see
Rape in South Africa as if it's a conflict zone
He continues: "The same goes for rape—ranking the country alongside conflict zones such as Sierra Leone, Colombia and Afghanistan. Future Fact polling indicates that more than 95 percent of those eager to leave South Africa rate violent crime as the single most important factor affecting their thinking. (see our previous reports on the rape epidemic in South Africa here
"Lynette Chen, the ethnic-Chinese CEO of Nepad Business Group, is the only member of her family left in South Africa. Her parents departed in 2002 after being carjacked—twice. Her brother, also a victim of crime, followed suit shortly thereafter. "They're always getting homesick," she says. "But they won't come back unless the crime is reduced."
White farmers attacked:
"Another largely unnoticed problem is the growing number of attacks on South Africa's white farmers. As in neighbouring Zimbabwe, some ... appear to be racially motivated. The result is that white farmers' numbers continue to decrease...' (see our previous report here)
"Then there's the problem of affirmative action, which many whites feel limits their opportunities for advancement and which keeps many émigrés from returning. "You can attract people home, but there are still the same concerns when they get here," Chen says. "Crime and lack of job opportunities if you're not the right color." see
The SAIRR spokesman Frans Cronjé slammed the Newsweek article's as 'putting South African in a poor light', especially over its comment that 'white South Africans leave the country at a pace consistent with the advent of "widespread disease, mass natural disasters or large-scale civil conflict,"
However, he also felt that the Newsweek article raised a very important issue, and that it created awareness of the fact that so many white well-educated citizens have left the country.'
"The article shows the seriousness of the brain drain - and that the underlying causes must be urgently addressed,' Cronjé said.
He also confirmed that most of the country's white South Africans aged between 24 to 40 have already left the country - some 750,000 -- since 1994. An entire generation of whites basically have now left the country, and there indeed are many more older white men, aged above 60 years, than young ones left in the country.
And now, a second wave of young emigrants is also beginning to leave, he said: young coloured and Indian families; together with the recent graduates among the black middle-class, are also departing.
However managing director Martine Schaffer of the Homecoming Revolution - launched by a South African banking group to try and lure its best customers back to the country -- slammed the report as 'last year's old news', describing it as sensationalised, inaccurate.."
Although her organisation does not maintain any registers to back up her claims, she says there is no real brain-drain. There was a brief exodus from South Africa after the election of Jacob Zuma as leader of the ANC, xenophobic attacks, and Zimbabwe's economic crisis, ' she told the Afrikaans weekly Rapport today.
However, she denies that there has been a steady exodus of whites since 1994. And, she claims that due to the global financial crisis, many now are clamouring to return. see