I’m not racist nor have I any prejudice based upon the colour of one’s skin. However, truth must be told that I’m beginning to develop an animosity towards a particular type of Afrikaner. My step-dad was an Afrikaner Boer and during my teenage years I had the opportunity to grow up understanding the wonderful values of family and hard work which are shown in this great culture.
The effects of the Wealth distribution can also be traced to the location a person resides and sure enough that place can be identified as predominately residence of a particular race. Dependent on the race and class will have direct effect upon the unequal access to education, employment, transportation and accommodation. This exposes communities of colour disproportionately to environmental hazards and areas likely to experience anti-social behaviour.
What has happened to the aspirations of Madiba’s vision? How is it possible that in such a short period of time, after we had vowed never to return to the land labelled by racial identity and yet the very reality and tragedy of our present is having to address the racial tension which is dividing our country?
Apartheid was the segregation of people groups based upon the colour of their skin. However I believe it is still alive and kicking in an evolved state. Therefore even in a “non-apartheid” era many are still having things soft – in 2006, it was noted that twenty years on 70% of the land is owned by Whites. Whites make up approximately 4.5 to 5 million, or nearly 9% of South Africa’s population.
Thereby the standard of living increased for the Whites, the provision of and access of good education and jobs, black labour was cheap and plentiful, and investment flowed in as South Africa appeared stable and the economy appeared healthy.
I have recently come to realise that this notion is true and that some parents, teachers, political influencers and leaders in our communities are irresponsible by teaching our youths to hate and continue the struggle.
EFF and Zuma’s Cabinet are contributors to this ideology and a need to grow-up. The EFF are wearing red overalls and berets yet driving the latest German engineering (Grow up!). It is not anyone’s time, it is our country and it’s our time to act responsibly. Stop those in authority preaching their political prejudices by brainwashing our youths!