There’s no use sticking our heads in the sand any longer. In a column that ran on BusinessLive on Monday, Tim Cohen indirectly pointed out the dangerous reality that has been staring us in the face for a while now: SA has a fascism problem. In his column, Cohen made the obvious yet incisive observation that the vile behaviour of the thugs from Black First Land First (BLF) is nothing new. The world has seen its type many times before, and SA’s most recent incarnation of such a putrid brand of fascism was displayed by the khaki-clad clan of the Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) in the 1990s. During a recent interview on the programme, KykNet Verslag in Gesprek, BLF führer Andile Mngxitama apparently compared himself to former AWB leader Eugène Terre’blanche. It is indeed an apt comparison, as there is nothing less violent and undemocratic about Mngxitama’s public racism against whites than there was about Terre’blanche’s open hatred for blacks. Both men — and their supporters — wore ...

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