Death can knock on our doors at the most unexpected time. This 82-year-old woman cheats death during a break-in at South Africa. She was shot but the bullet lodged in her Bible, instead of fatally hitting her!
On a Saturday night, Betty Nel woke up to loud noises is her farmhouse just outside Mahiken, North West Africa. She went down the stairs to discover two intruders inside her home. The brave lady threw a doorstop at one of them and this is when he fired a shot in retaliation. Luckily, the bullet Betty and was lodged in her Bible which was laying on a side table beside her bed. Unfortunately, the intruders were able to run away.
According to the Netwerk24, the police are hunting 6 suspects after several firearms and mobile phones were stolen from Betty’s home. Her daughter who is 61 years old and her 63-year-old boyfriend was badly beaten by the attackers in their beds using the pickaxe handle and left them with head injuries.
US President Donald Trump tweeted a month ago that white farmers were being constrained off their territory and huge numbers of them are killed, touching on the overwhelmingly white ownership of farmland in South Africa which is a standout amongst the most touchy subjects in the nation’s post-apartheid history. Trump said that he had solicited Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to investigate the reforms, which have raised apprehensions that the arrangement could have tragic repercussions like in Zimbabwe, whose economy was negatively affected during the process.
Violence against farmers in South Africa is becoming one of the huge problems that they face as President Cyril Ramaphosa is attempting to quicken the pace of land reform. According to reports, the murder rate increase by 7% from 2017 to 2018. Just last week, the President dismissed any fears from his people that South Africa may come under sanctions if the proposal to expropriate white farmers without any compensation will be carried out.
According to Ramaphosa in response to the question that there is no reason to believe that any country would be able to impose sanctions on South Africa for any actions that they take. Says that these actions are constitutional and are lawfully consistent with the international laws. Ramaphosa claimed that South Africa will continue to educate those who are interested in their affairs, and those who may not understand the processes that they have gone through. He said, “And it is for this reason that we respond as we do, not only to the Americans but to whomsoever has a question about this.”
A few days after President Trump’s tweet, Ramaphosa angrily reacted saying, “I don’t know what Donald Trump has to do with South African land because he has never been here. South Africa belongs to all the people who live here in South Africa, it does not belong to Donald Trump; he can keep his America when I meet him I will tell him.” He also shared that white people who make up 8% of their population own 72% of farms while the black farmers only own 4%.
Ramaphosa, later on, said that there was no communication received by his office from the government of the United States of America regarding the expropriation of land without compensation which he said would undo a grave historical injustice against the black majority during colonialism and also the apartheid era.