Robert Gerrard devoted much of his life to history. At the end of it he showed us a glimpse of the future:
British historian who spent almost 20 years working as a tour guide in South Africa specialising in the Anglo-Zulu war has died after a savage beating by armed robbers at his home.
Robert Gerrard trained under David Rattray, the most celebrated historical storyteller in the region and a close friend of the Prince of Wales.
Mr Gerrard later became the resident tour guide at Isandlwana Lodge in KawZulu-Natal, with his home overlooking the hillside where one of the region’s most famous battles took place.
Both men met the same fate: Mr Rattray was gunned down in his home by armed intruders in 2007, while Mr Gerrard was tortured and left unable to walk after armed men burst into his cottage in February this year.
The Royal Geographical Society Fellow and former British army officer died last week following complications from the multiple injuries he sustained, including brain damage, a shattered pelvis and severe burns, his family said on Tuesday.
His sister, Sally Gerrard Fox, relates what happened to Mr. Gerrard when he arrived home one evening:
“They beat the living hell out of him, smashed his head into the floor, tied him up, poured boiling water over him, fractured his pelvis in seven places.”
They also broke his finger in the process of stealing a signet ring.
“Afterwards, he was shattered not only that this had happened but the brutality behind what happened, the lack of clear reason for it.”
Although the identity of the attackers will never be known, this having taken place in the social justice utopia of South Africa, it is likely that anyone with a PhD in Victim Studies could expound righteously at great length on the reason for the savagery.
The future is also unfolding closer to home. Here is what happened when what appears to be a pack of “protesters” came upon a lone Caucasian in a Charlotte parking garage:
— Libertarian Queen (@LibertarianQn) September 22, 2016
Let this be a reminder that anyone who tries to disarm you is trying to kill you.
On tips from ABC of the ANC and Sean C.