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Title:Rhodesian Immigrants in South Africa: Government, Media and a Lesson for South Africa
Author:Simon, Alan
Periodical:African Affairs: The Journal of the Royal African Society
Geographic term:South Africa
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
Politics and Government
Urbanization and Migration
Ethnic and Race Relations
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/722809
Abstract:This article presents the views and attitudes of a sample of whites who emigrated to South Africa after Zimbabwe obtained its independence in 1980. The vast majority of these immigrants, who were unable to accept the changes, racial integration and consequent loss of white privileges in the new Zimbabwe, held highly negative attitudes towards independent Zimbabwe. Although the sample consisted of four disparate types of immigrants, their views were remarkably homogeneous. The explanation for this is rooted in the public propaganda and censorship practised by the Smith administration. What makes this of contemporary interest is the fact that the current South African government, likewise faced with a rapidly deteriorating internal security situation and mounting external world pressure, is indulging in similar public propaganda and censorship. The consequence is almost certainly going to be a large embittered white population unable to adjust to living in a nonracial society with its concomitant loss of privileges. This time, however, there will be nowhere for disaffected whites to escape to. Notes, ref.