The Boers used human resources as though they were part of the animal kingdom. They turned their Black slaves into a part of nature. It was a breech of hubris, a lack of reverence, that did not discriminate human life forms from animal life forms.
In the act of such irreverence the Boers also usurped the role of god in their relations to the African natives – the more conventional form of hubris.
The question is how did the South African Boer culture differ from the plantation Southerner in the ante-bellum United States?