Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Were South African Blacks ever Cannibals?

By Mike Smith
28th of June 2011

Ilana Mercer has a new book out. It is called “Into the cannibal’s pot, Lessons for America from post Apartheid South Africa”.

I have not read the book yet, but shortly will.

The title got me thinking...We know of cannibalism in Central and West Africa, but were South African Blacks ever Cannibals? The answer is yes.

It was Felix Dzerzhinsky, known by his nickname “The Red Terror”, founder of the Russian Secret Police, the fore-runner of the KGB who once told a journalist, “Humans are not much more than animals. Starve them enough and they start eating themselves”.

The barbarism and brutality of blacks in South Africa is well known. Who can forget the terrible necklace murders of the 1980’s and the early 1990’s? Who can ignore the Muti murders, thousand of them every year and almost a daily occurrence in South Africa where blacks harvest organs from live people, mostly children to use in witchcraft?

Now I see the necklace murder method is starting to stick out its head again. In the last few days, in Port Elizabeth, four people were killed “necklacing style”. One person had been arrested. Necklacing involves forcing a rubber tyre soaked with petrol over a person’s chest and arms, and setting it on fire. Source Sowetan

Back to history

During the Zulu king, Shaka’s “Defecane” (the great scattering), he wiped out between two and three million blacks in South Africa. That is right, the biggest killers of blacks in South Africa were always and still are, blacks themselves.

In Peter Becker’s book, Hill of destiny: The Life and times of Moshesh, Founder of the Basotho, he tells the story of how the Basotho king Moshoeshoe founded his hilltop kingdom at Thaba Bosiu (Mountain of the night) in what is today known as Lesotho.

The Sothos were fleeing into the hills to get away from the carnage of Shaka. On page 51, Becker explains why Thaba Bosiu was called “The Mountain of the night”, it is because they reached the mountain during the night after a terrible march during which, Moshoeshoe’s uncle, Peete, was captured and eaten by cannibals...

Say, What? South Africa had cannibals who were so hungry that they were attacking armed black soldiers on the march?

I mean, come on...everyone knows that at the time South Africa was still full of wild animals, no shortage of antelope, why eat humans?

Nevertheless, Allister Sparks writes in his book, The mind of South Africa, on page 103 another shocking reference to this cannibalism amongst black South Africans.

Sparks mentions that amongst others, Shaka scattered the four tribes of the Hlubi, the Ngwane, the Ndebele and the Batlokwa, who became tyrants themselves ruling the Highveld of Transvaal, dislodging even more blacks, driving them up and down and criss-cross over the land, plundering and being plundered. Killing and being killed.

“Not a clan was was left untouched, and across the length and breadth of the central plateau, not a single permanent kraal remained. Cultivation ceased and as food ran out many people crazed by famine turned to cannibalism...”

Then in typical liberal excuse for black behaviour, Sparks continues that it was.”...Something totally alien and repugnant to black South African culture.”

Really? Let us investigate...

He then continues, quoting a Hlubi survivor of the time as he was wondering through the land at the time...

“I was wandering on a path. I saw a man who called to me to stop. He came to me and told me to sit down. He caught hold of my skin mantle. I left it in his hand and ran as fast as I could. He was a cannibal and wished to kill me. Afterwards I met two was dead. The living one was eating the flesh of the dead one. I passed on. Next I saw a company of people digging plants. I was afraid of them and hid myself. When I was still going I saw a long stone wall, not very high. There were people sitting there cooking. I saw human heads on the ground. I took another way and escaped from these cannibals.”

And where was the spirit of “Ubuntu” in South Africa back then? Disappeared off the face of the earth I suppose.

So here we are sitting with a conundrum, a cognitive dissonance, several in fact.

A writer like Allister Sparks wants to convince us that these poor blacks...these extremely hungry and starving people only turned to Cannibalism when they ran out of food, but as I have mentioned, they had their pick of wild animals in their millions, even insects and birds, fish in rivers...there was no reason to turn to cannibalism with such an abundance of food, despite them murdering each other in their millions the animal life survived. Even the Boers lived off the land during the Great Trek.

The bushmen of the Kalahari desert managed to survive in much harsher conditions without ever reverting to cannibalism.

But it is the attack on Moshoeshoe’s army and the capture of his uncle by cannibals that should make us think...

If these Cannibals were poor and starving blacks, they would have been frail, thin and weak, probably poorly armed as well. I accept that they might have been desperate and hungry, but where they stupid enough to take on armed, trained soldiers? Were they strong enough to capture a member of the Royal Family, the King’s uncle who was like his own father to him? I doubt it.

These Cannibals were not starving. They were strong and brutish enough to attack an army of 5000 and take prisoners. They simply loved eating human meat the same way as their cousins from the Congo, where they migrated from.

Today we can only wonder what happened to these Cannibal tribes of South Africa. They were absorbed into other tribes, intermarried and had offspring...

The descendants of these Cannibals are today working in your garden, sitting next to you at university...and taking care of your children.

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Anonymous said...
I actually remember reading in a news paper, in the early 80's, Bishop Tutu appealing to the masses that they must not eat the people that they were necklacing. If memory serves me right, they would break pieces off the burnt "mpimpi" and eat them to show the others how brave they were. It was something to that effect. Dingo 


  1. The color black will forever stand beautifully. No matter how negative the comments may be it will find positive...we will forever stand tall with pride...and nobody will break us down...even the slave master's cracks and whips never broke us tell me what are words. What is cannibalism...u know I grew up a hungry kid with almost nothing on my plate but I never ate not human flesh...don't remember my mother bringing any. If u are really serious about knowing how we live....go to the townships and the rural areas where u left us squashed and stop writing bullshit

    1. Black is beautiful and always will be. We need not reply your self-defeating and poisoned shallow minds filled with grains of inferiority complexes. Shame, taking comfort in racism and failing to take account for your thoughts and actions in an ever-changing world. Black people never ate each other, they had wars just like Europeans and Asians did in the past. Most importantly, black people had culture and they never indulged in homosexuality. I can bet you are looking for relevance in this bullshit but your song is sickening and a far cry from realities of today. Black is and always shall be. Deal with it..If you can't, go hang a million times.

    2. With you 100%!!

      This is complete bullshit, written for the sole purpose of stirring hatred. It pains me to think people would read this and take it seriously!

  2. There was a lot of complaining in the white community of South Africa recently when an episode of carte' blanche aired and they were documenting how a white family in Pretoria left their humble yet comfortable home on a plot in the east to go live in Mamelodi, a township just adjacent to their home, for a single month. Why did they do this? Experience, Understanding maybe? I don't know. But upon their return they were lambasted by their own people for stepping into the world of "the other". Now I would ask: ''What's a month compared to a lifetime? Funny thing is all they had were good things to say about this ''other''. They were looked down upon because they wanted to know what it means to be black in modern day South Africa. A well meaning black person moves into a predominantly white communiity anywhere in the country and suddenly "die swart gevaar is hier'' they're taking over again. Soon they'll be renaming our streets, raping our children and, heaven forbid, EATING them. After centuries of the development of your people (whom I consider my equals, just me, it's my individual personal opinion) to this point of Great Evolutionary Superiority, with all the wonderful advances in your thinking, understanding and abilities to derive meaning and value from what you as a living entity have experienced up to this very point in your life, what is it that you actually know about me?

  3. If any of these guys have any sort of serious education, point them to me and I will show you idiots. For one thing for them to be grumbling so much, it means they are not that well off. Now to any thinking person what kind of white man did not make himself "black savage" proof rich when they were in power with all those advantages. I state that it is the one of low intelligence with no wisdom of any kind, hence their mutterings. If one of the people who contributed to this.... had been successful and had his success taken by us then I would listen to them and maybe correct them where they are wrong but any WHITE WHO DID NOT MAKE MONEY DURING APARTHEID IS SIMPLY TRASH, and I challenge any of you to any IQ test.

  4. Hmmmmm...Who squashed you into townships??.....The same people that squash you into squatter camps today???

  5. its a group of people , i wont say white cause i would be insulting some of the good citizens of this great country... these are A BUNCH of LUNATICS WHO express their mental disorders on paper.. this is not a book ts memoirs of a sick delusional unstable prick .. who instead of writing educational books and help build our great nation... they continue trying to mentally manipulate the minority who are gullible enough to take them into account or consideration...

  6. White South Africans will always be negative about the black South Africans. Maybe by turning my grandparents into slaves and making them feel inferior was not part of your definition of cannibalism. You know nothing the history you referring to was written by someone who didn't understand a native language.

    Stop smoking what ever you smoking cause your kak makes no sense

  7. Fuck u Editor!! This is pure shit!!

  8. wow so much hatred...all this so that you can say i'm white and you're black. It shouldn't matter...people are people, love them.

  9. racist gutter journalism

  10. I am an African , not because of my dark skin but because I was born in Africa, a white man born in African is also an African ,he can never be European. So the way I see it if we want to make this great country ( South Africa) be enjoyable socaily and economicaly for all of us, we need to stop pointing fingers and start working to make this country great. Remember this politicians will always be politicians even jesus surfered in the hands of politicians, they only look at what they can gain,regardless of colour. So let's stop all this useless hatred and do our best to make South Africa great.

  11. Funny how you people react so quickly on stories like this? Asians are the ones who get descriminated the most just because they take most of the worlds populations and oh they eat EVERYTHING??? Honestly. This writer isn't being racist but rather questioning what has happened to the once called "cannibals" in our country, wouldn't you like to know? You can SOOO EASILY say people are "racist" without thinking in terms of basic knowledge.