Friday, April 3, 2009

Can someone hurl a shoe at Zuma?

"Of all the white groups that are in South Africa, it is only the Afrikaners that are truly South Africans in the true sense of the word." - Words spoken by ANC president Jacob Zuma

Don’t tell me that Zuma made this statement just to please the few Afrikaner folk he was addressing at the time. This was a deliberate and wicked attempt to stir up animosity and division between the white English and Afrikaans voters, in the hope of dissuading Afrikaans whites from voting for the English DA.

I happen to fall into the category of being a half-English half-Afrikaner Whiteman. I do not hold two passports. I have one identity document which clearly states that I am a South African citizen born in South Africa. Although I find Zuma’s statement a bit offensive, and would love to chuck a shoe or two in his direction, I am not going to delve too much on this subject, because that is exactly what Zuma’s intentions were. The ruling party is hoping to stir up the old Boer-War-Concentration-Camp memories between the English and the Afrikaners again. It happens every time we have a National election, and every time a few white English and Afrikaners get all uptight with one another, all for nothing!

Here is an extract taken from the Mail and Guardian Online:

ANC president Jacob Zuma spent the day on Thursday wooing the Afrikaans community, a move he insisted was not mere electioneering.

"Our being here today is not because we are campaigning. We are here because we are engaging with the Afrikaner community which we believe is important in terms of this country," he told the group, comprised of agricultural, women's and cultural organisations.

At the meeting at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg, Zuma said: "Of all the white groups that are in South Africa, it is only the Afrikaners that are truly South Africans in the true sense of the word."

With the audience leaning forward in their seats, he said: "Up to this day, they [the Afrikaners] don't carry two passports, they carry one. They are here to stay."

Zuma was heartened by what he saw at the private Afrikaner enclave of Orania in the Northern Cape and delicately broached the apartheid era with a touch of humour.

He said the Afrikaners were "innovative" in their approach to complaints about apartheid, giving it new names, like "separate development", whenever there was a grievance.

Zuma sought to explain his remark that the ANC would rule until Jesus returned, saying this was a "political expression".

"Talking about Jesus is not abusing his name, its actually saying historically this is what the ANC is all about," he said, summing up the day's talks with the community.

No harm was intended, he said. "It's just a political expression that we [the ANC] are strong and will be strong for a long time." Read more >>


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