You're a meddling foreigner. You're an outsider to the cause. You didn't fight in the war. You're a racist bastard. You've been duped by the Western media (you twit). You're a British imperialist. You're a terrorist. You're a pawn of the Antichrist …
Mouths are frothing, eyeballs bulging and embolisms erupting as South Africa reels from its latest assault by the forces of evil: Max Du Preez's remark that President Mbeki is a ‘womaniser’. Once again the news is not in the news: the news is the news.
An email interview with Debora Patta, the journalist who heads up e.tv’s 3rd Degree. ‘After a show on racism at a whites-only resort, I received the most vitriolic hate-mail I have ever seen, including somebody saying, “You deserve to be raped.”’
In 2000, Monique Strydom and husband Callie were among 21 holidaymakers taken hostage in the Philippines by militant Islamic separatists. ‘We started every day not knowing if we’d be alive that evening. It’s a feeling so terrifying you cannot imagine it.’
British busybody Peter Hain slated white South Africans as ‘whingers’, but maybe the Uitlander has a point. ‘Whingeing’ is a social pastime that offers perverse, kinky pleasure … otherwise why do it 24/7 despite its ostensibly irksome subject-matter?