Facebook muzzles South African human rights campaigner – July 30 2013 – Sunette Bridges, South African human rights campaigner has been highly critical of the powerful South African press group NASPERS over the group’s policy on non reporting of human rights abuses, murders and torture of white minority members in South Africa. Now FACEBOOK is also helping to keep her message out of the public arena.
Since the beginning of 2012 Ms Bridges has been keeping a record of
attacks and murders, most of which of go unreported by the mainstream
press in South Africa and posting them on FACEBOOK.
FACEBOOK has reacted to complaints, thought to originate from NASPERS
and ANC supporters, by deleting her group page and even editing her
personal page. She has been under fire since she started publishing the
attacks which are proving to be an embarrassment to the ANC Government.
The current controversy is thought to have started when another
popular singer, Steve Hofmeyer published an article titled “ My Tribe is
Dying like Flies”.
This sparked off a “Boycott Naspers” movement on Facebook which was
established on Monday 1 June 2013. The membership numbers jumped to over
7,000 in less than a week to close to 223 by 28 July. Others who have
been active in the publishing of victim’s names and criticism of the ANC
and NASPERS have also been in the firing line with smear campaigns and
even threats directed at their lives.
FACEBOOK has also closed another well known campaigner’s page but it is
thought Ms. Bridges, who avoids publishing gruesome pictures but simply
keeps a note of basic details of victims is coming in for a more
concerted attack to muzzle her because of her popularity. She is the
daughter of a well loved local music icon, Bless Bridges who died in
2000 and is regarded by many as a symbol of the Afrikaaner nation.
Sunette Bridges is perceived as a brave, outspoken, caring person who is
deeply troubled by the relentless slaughter of her people and the fact
that it is being covered up, not only by the ruling party but by the
press supposedly representing her own people.
Ms. Bridges has been a thorn in the side of the ANC bringing to light
the fact that over 69 000 white South Africans have been brutally
murdered since 1994 mostly in racially motivated hate killings. Well
over 4000 white commercial farmers have been murdered in the same
period. It is noteworthy that The attackers seldom spare anyone – even
children, babies and the elderly are tortured, raped, castrated,
mutilated and often dismembered while still alive – even family pets are
mutilated. In some cases, only a few articles are stolen, often –
For the past 17 months Ms. Bridges has put names, dates and details to
the statistics which is attracting attention to the plight of her
The NASPERS group was founded in Cape Town in 1915 and is the largest
media company in Africa. The group has interests in Internet, Pay TV,
Newspapers, Magazines, Books and is very powerful with increasing
interests around the world. In 2006, NASPERS invested 422 million USD in
the Brazilian media company Abril S.A. The company also has an ADR
listing on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). In 2012 the online retail
division of the group, Kalhari reported well over a billion USD in
revenue for just 6 months.
NASPERS own Code of Ethics lays out a clear set of guidelines for
business practices and employees but there is a noticeable lack of any
reference to ethical reporting. It does however state that “Through its
various operations, the group wants to be useful to the communities it
serves and use its expertise to that end”. There is clearly a dim view
taken of any community that does not want to be served by the group.
In South Africa it is virtually impossible to make economic headway
without embracing the ANC’s BEE (Black Economic Empowerment) rules which
basically exclude whites from the job market.
This policy has resulted in well over a half a million whites becoming
destitute and recently the ANC prohibited any companies from offering
these people food aid. NASPERS has enthusiastically implemented these
policies although, interestingly the senior management is made up of
white males only.
NASPERS is also in complete compliance with ANC policy of under
reporting black on white violence and the group’s highlighting of the
rare incidences of the reverse have not gone un noticed by the white
minority. To this end Ms. Bridges took particular offence to an article
in a NASPERS’ paper in response to her listings that claimed that white
women in South Africa have more to fear from their husbands and
boyfriends. She countered this with a detailed list of 55 white women
who were brutally murdered by unknown black males since 15 May 2012 to 8
June 2013. Murders that were not reported in the NASPERS press. These
include numerous horrific cases that, in any other country would make
headlines – reports of elderly women being gang raped, tortured and
hacked to death.
The surprise is not that Ms. Bridges is under attack by the powerful,
pro ANC NASPERS but by FACEBOOK. A close look at FACEBOOK’s rules does
not shed any light on why Ms. Bridges’ group page should have been
deleted. It also does not outline any ethical policy that FACEBOOK
should adhere to with regards the allowing of the publication of facts
concerning what has been deemed by the US organization, Genocide Watch
to be a stage 6 genocide of the white minority in SA.
Clearly this feisty woman who has a heart for the survival of her people
is up against some very powerful opponents – both government and
commercial. These opponents, for a variety of self serving reasons do
not want the world to know the truth of what is going on in South
Africa. Sadly FACEBOOK is all too happy to join in this scandalous
activity and dictate what they think a section of their billion member
users should and should not know.