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Tuesday, 21 May 2013 01:35

Do White People Have A Future In South Africa?

Written by BBC News | By John Simpson
Members of the Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB) protest outside the court in Ventersdorp, South Africa, Tuesday May 22, 2012 as they await the verdict in the murder case of two laborers accused of killing their leader Eugene TerreBlanche. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell) Members of the Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB) protest outside the court in Ventersdorp, South Africa, Tuesday May 22, 2012 as they await the verdict in the murder case of two laborers accused of killing their leader Eugene TerreBlanche. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

Apartheid South Africa looked after white people and nobody else. Now some of its white communities face a level of deprivation, or of violence, which threatens their future in the country.

 

Everyone here, regardless of colour, tells you that white people are still riding high.

 

They run the economy. They have a disproportionate amount of influence in politics and the media. They still have the best houses and most of the best jobs.

 

All of this is true but it is not the only picture.

 

Look below the surface and you will find poverty and a sense of growing vulnerability.

 

The question I have come to South Africa to answer is whether white people genuinely have a future here.

 

The answer, as with so many similar existential questions, is "Yes - but…"

 

Read the whole story at BBC News

 

 

 

 

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