Last night’s coronavirus news broadcast by eNCA was contentious. News anchor Sally Burdett obviously intended discrediting Reyno de Beer from the Liberty Fighters Network (LFN). He lost control, made a fool of himself and his movement. This discusses what happened, mentions the anti-lockdown permit LFN has issued, and expresses my personal unhappiness with conspiracy theorists and Media that doesn’t get us the facts we need.
THE ANTI-CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN PERMIT
The LFN recently made itself known when it challenged the coronavirus lockdown in court, and won the first round. The case will go to the Supreme Court of Appeal though De Beer claimed that part of the LFN’s application had already been won.
Burdett obviously took offence to the LFN issuing a permit to its followers to disobey lockdown regulations. LFN has legal argument that should be heard but marred its credibility with almost insurrection speech within that permit:
“In the event that the Government, or any law enforcement agent, attempts to enforce or prosecute in relation to the invalid DMA Regulations against the holder (or his family, business or workers), LFN will consider such action as retaliation of the Government against LFN and its supporters and as politically inspired. Any Permit holder (or his family, or workers) arrested in terms of the mentioned invalid DMA Regulations shall immediately be considered as a political prisoner and LFN will immediately alert the United Nations, African Union, BRICS, SADC, European Union, Amnesty International, the Government of the United States of America, and other international bodies for assistance and to call on our supporters to find refuge in embassies and consulates of any other country for protection and becoming political refugees.”
ENCA’S BIAS DOESN’T MAKE IT WRONG
Sally Burdett may have reduced Ryno de Beer’s talking time, and his volume appeared to have been lowered, but De Beer became his own worst enemy. Most of South Africa will now see LFN as a conspiracy theorist organisation. It doesn’t help that white right-wing nationalists, Cape Party supporters, and local Donald Trump supporters have made him their hero.
I’ve long being critical of Media, such as ENCA, that doesn’t report on DA corruption. It means they’ve chosen a side which isn’t journalism. Additionally, our Government deserves criticism for some of its handling of the coronavirus threat. However, Burdett is 100% right to treat the virus seriously.
WHY ARE WHITE MEN THE BIGGEST CONSPIRACY THEORISTS?
In the morning, before ENCA, De Beer lost my sympathy for the little guy fighting the system when he appeared on Jerm Warfare, a semi-liberal Youtube channel [view at the bottom of this page]. De Beer told people to take off their masks, saying it as if it was a joke. Covid-19 isn’t a joke.
I may not agree with children returning to school but understand people needing to return to work. I despise smokers but it was farcical of our government to attempt to control addicts. People should be allowed to order whatever they want online. There’s reason for court action but there’s bigger picture wherein half a million people are dead globally.
I’m disturbed by the fact that it’s mostly men of my skin colour that have become absurd covid-19 denialists. What is it in my culture that makes white men the biggest believers in arse-raping aliens, Satanic Royals, the blue-skinned lizards that rule us, David Ike, Michael Tellinger and the Illuminati? Why are we so dissatisfied with our lot in life that Bill and Melinda Gates have to be devils?
Regards those with a history and continued presence in our country, De Beer cannot only accuse but must provide evidence for claiming:
We are sure that the COVID-19 measures in our country were backed by above others the Rupert and Oppenheimer Families and therefore protest action against the business activities associated with these two families will commence soon.
It will be interesting to discover if the Liberty Fighters Network has, as De Beer claimed, 101,023 members. Did he intend that as fact or as a joke rebuttal at being asked what he may have considered to be a diversionary question. If a joke, how many are there? It’s relevant in view of how many people may spread the coronavirus.
SHEEPLE vs ‘SHEEPLE’
De Beer’s illogic reminds me of the globally influential Edward Bernays. He changed the word “propaganda” into “public relations”, got the USA to eat bacon and eggs, introduced celebrities into politics, gave us soapies.
One of Bernay’s grandest schemes was for the tobacco companies – he made it socially acceptable for American women to smoke which then affected the world. His first action was to make being thin glamorous because women needed to smoke instead of eat. The second was having a group of sexy women light “torches of freedom” at the 1929 Easter Sunday parade in New York. When they lit those ‘cigarettes for feminism’, the Media were waiting with their cameras.
Telling South Africans to remove their masks to stand up for their freedom is the same as those women who were abused for chauvinistic profit. We should be allowed to surf and work, but why should we be so indecent that we disrespect the rights of our fellow citizens who are afraid to die, or be carriers who kill their family. Telling people that they’re “sheeple” if they obey coronavirus regulations hurts the real sheeple argument, and obeys Hitler’s propaganda advice which is “to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach.”
I particularly dislike conspiracy theorists because they make it harder for activists such as me who fight real political conspiracies. Imagine if they directed themselves to righteous causes that could practically improve our lives.
Ryno de Beer is wrong to treat the virus as a hoax, or pretend his position is for Man to reclaim his liberty. He should rather focus on his good work fighting for the property rights of individuals.
Sally Burdett was wrong to not allow De Beer to explain what part of the court order he was granted isn’t being appealed. It would help South Africa if ENCA did a feature. Without it, the line between a divided South Africa will thicken with emotion instead of fact.
- Read: My April letter to President Ramaphosa about the coronavirus.
- Video: ‘Mask-refusing LFN judgement supporter makes fool of himself in shop’
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This is #Day 13 of my 100 Days of Activism against Corruption.