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Created by John Eipper on 03/16/18 1:48 AM

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Expulsions from Italian Africa post-WWII (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 03/16/18 1:48 am)

I am very sorry for the problems which Timothy Ashby may face with his property in South Africa (13 March). Let us hope that nothing bad happens.

However, does the fact that the new South Africa (after the Great Mandela) voted for the confiscation of white-owned land without compensation come as a surprise? Unfortunately. after confiscation, expulsion may come next.

A similar situation developed immediately after the end of WWII, when the Italians were thrown out of Africa under the benevolent eye of the victors.  See my post of 13 January 2017.

Many Italians were living in Africa in 1939: 50,000 in Egypt, 96,500 in Tunisia (according the French census but 150,000 according the Italians), 16,000 in Morocco, 115,000 in Libya, and 166,000 in Italian East Africa. Practically all were kicked out, but to be honest the Negus Ailè Selasiè defended the Italians.

Then the French people were also kicked out.  The nice fellow here was the great Leopold Senghor.

Finally in South Africa we had the magnificent Nelson Mandela, who gave hope to all the world with his actions. Other than these three gentlemen, there has been a long list of corrupt and racist leaders.

The Black Homeland Citizenship Act of 1970 was devised to protect the white British and Boer minorities. Theoretically the policy could have worked if the Homelands (Bantustans) had been drawn according to workable borders surrounding large and sufficiently united areas. In reality only Transkey was efficient and reached a kind of independence.  All the others were unacceptable Homelands of small isolated areas or leopard spots. See for instance Kwazulu, a real insult to the Zulu people, or even worse Bophuthatswana.

By the way, the Homelands in South Africa were supposed to number 9 in all, besides the three mentioned above, there were Lebowa, Venda, Gazankulu, Swazi, Basotho Qwaqwa and Ciskei, together with other Homelands in South West Africa. How the plan was presented can be compared to the ridiculous idea of a Palestinian State by Israel.

For sure, under the leadership of Julius Malema, South Africa will become a new Zimbabwe and eventually the black population will have to emigrate too. Do not worry, as the lousy Italian government, with the support of Bishop Bergoglio, has kept the borders open for whoever wanted to enter, even if in Italy there are no possibilities for housing or work (millions of Italians are already unemployed).

JE comments: Not much optimism from Eugenio Battaglia, but I must air one curiosity: why do you refer to Pope Francis as "Bishop Bergoglio"? Wouldn't that be like calling Trump a real-estate huckster, or Mussolini a newspaperman?  (And Eugenio, is there truth to Francis's Wikipedia biography, which says his father emigrated from Italy to Argentina in 1929, to "escape" from Mussolini?)

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