Ernst Roets

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Ernst Roets in 2016

Ernst Roets is a political activist, writer and filmmaker in South Africa. He is Deputy CEO of the civil rights organisation Afriforum and the CEO of the film production company Forum Films.


  • There is also much frustration about the supposed severe levels of white supremacy at this university. Yet, we are having this discussion on the campus of a university with a black vice-rector and a black rector and a black chancellor, in a municipal ward that has a black councillor, in a city with a black mayor in a province with a black premier, in a country with a black deputy-president and a black president. Despite this, we are somehow discussing how white people control everything.
    • Speech by Ernst Roets, Deputy CEO of AfriForum on 26 August 2016 at the Racism Dialogue, facilitated by the South African Human Rights Commission, in the Equitas Auditorium, University of the Free State. Published on the 31st of August 2016 by AfriForum [1] (Title: Racism is not our biggest problem)
  • There is a very clear upward variance in farm attacks and farm murders after high-profile incidents of hate speech
  • Our analysis of five incidents of hate speech from high political leaders against farmers indicated that farm murders in the months following these incidents increased by an average of 74.8%
    • Article by IOL (Title: Afriforum's Ernst Roets says kill the Boer song increased farm murders) [2] Published on the 29th of June 2018
  • The biggest historic fallacy of our time is that white people stole the land
    • Article by ENCA (Title: Land was not stolen, says Afriforum's Roets) [3] Published on the 6th of September 2018
  • Sometimes people don't want to hear the truth, because they don't want their illusions destroyed
    • Article by Daily Maverick (Title: The age of rich, entitled assholes) [4] Published on the 10th of September 2018
  • Two decades after the destruction of the Anglo Boer War, the Afrikaners didn't blame the past for all their troubles. They baked and sold koeksisters, they started companies, they organized fundraisers to build schools and universities... Entitlement ideology increases poverty.
    • Article by The Citizen Newspaper (Title: Stop being entitled and bake koeksisters, says Ernst Roets) [5] Published on the 12th February 2019
  • Its just plain racist to say the colour of your skin determines if you are a legitimate owner of land
  • Our leaders should stop singing about murdering people
  • There is a climate in which violence towards farmers is being romanticized by politicians
  • We believe there are important reasons why the US should take a stance on what is happening in South Africa
    • Article by The Citizen Newspaper (Title: Violence against farmers is romanticized by SA politicians, Roets tells Israeli TV) [6] Published on the 18th of April 2019
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