An unarmed White family were threatened with gang rape and murder if they didn’t hand over their guns and cash during a violent home invasion in South Africa:
The men entered through the kitchen door, grabbed Peter and started strangling him. They tied his hands behind his back with masking tape. “The men asked my father if there was anyone else in the house. My father told them that his son and his family were upstairs. The men then dragged him upstairs.”
Matt, his wife and his three children, a son of 15 years, another son of 10 years and a five-year-old daughter, were busy playing cards in the lounge upstairs.
The men barged in and ordered the family to lie down on the ground. They were tied up with masking tape and cloth was stuffed into their mouths and taped over, except for the youngest child.
The suspects then started their long night of intimidation and torture. “They started asking us where our guns and cash were. We have never owned guns. We don’t believe in firearms. We told them we not like other farmers. Our family runs an HIV orphanage and is entrenched in helping the community around us.”
The suspects did not believe the family, so they placed a plastic bag over Peter’s head and started suffocating him. The suspects did this twice while cross-questioning the Bakkers. “They started saying they going to rape my wife and my daughter if I didn’t tell them where the guns were.”
The worst part for Matt was when they took one of his sons away to get keys to open a locked door. “My heart sank, as I couldn’t see what they were doing with him. Then they brought him back. The room is my wife’s music room. They didn’t take anything from it. All they wanted was money and guns.”
Next they took Peter into another room and told the family that they were going to kill him. The men started ransacking the house. “I think they finally started to believe us that we didn’t have these things. They told us they were going to go after their informant, who was someone who used to work for us.”
Matt’s eldest managed to subdue the suspects after he spoke to them in fluent siSwati. “I think this helped us, as they seemed to calm down when they heard he could speak the language.”
The suspects then tied up the family with electric chords and left in their white Audi station wagon. “My father’s legs were not tied up so tightly, so he managed to loosen them and hopped over us. We were relieved to see he was alive. He then started biting through my daughter’s masking tape as they had not tied her with wires. This took about 10 to 15 minutes. Finally she was loose and managed to get to the kitchen to get a knife. It took about another 45 minutes for us to free ourselves. I had no more feeling in my hands.”
He said the police recovered their vehicle in KaMagugu. “The last we heard from them was when my bank alerted me on Sunday morning that my bank card had been used in Hazyview. We assume they were on their way to Bushbuckridge.
“We, as South Africans, need to learn the concept of ubuntu. We are all human beings who share suffering, pain, joy, happiness. We need to help our brothers and sisters and care about one another. South Africans have so much love to give, yet our news is filled with all the negativity and hatred. Let’s focus more on doing the best we can, individually, to heal this country instead of bemoan our troubles.
“We all experience suffering in one way or another, but we can only heal through helping others. Archbishop Desmond Tutu said, ‘We are wired to be caring for the other and generous to each other’,” concluded Matt.
So the moral of the story is that all White South Africans should learn to speak siSwati so that they can convince Blacks not to rape and murder them during home invasions that “go wrong”. And yes, it’s easy for a White to preach “ubuntu” to fellow Whites after narrowly escaping this violent event with their lives, but “ubuntu” had nothing to do with whether or not these Blacks decided not to rape and murder these Whites.
Blacks certainly do not believe that Whites are their “brothers and sisters”; Blacks reserve those terms only for their fellow Blacks. And contrary to what Black bishop Tutu may contend, Whites have been exceedingly generous with Blacks for the last 300 years, and what have they gotten in return? Hatred and violence. Rather than exploiting and repressing Blacks, Whites tried to uplift them and care for them with schools, hospitals, and all kinds of important infrastructure, and all the Blacks can do is keep their hands out and demand more until Whites have nothing more to give, including their lives.