Friday, October 5, 2012

Racist and Offensive Property Names – South Africa - (Where Else?)

John Moodey
John Moodey, DA Gauteng head
Photograph by: Simphiwe Nkwali

John Moodey, the Gauteng Provincial Leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA), made a statement earlier this week about certain property names in Gauteng that are racist and offensive, and that this fact is hindering reconciliation in the province.

"Chief surveyor general Mmuso Riba confirmed to the Democratic Alliance that more than 200 properties exist with disgusting racial connotations, offensive towards certain religions, cultures, traditions or bearing obscene connotations," John Moodey said.

He said such names were not desirable in a post-apartheid society and a national solution was needed.

One example was a farm called Kafferskraal in the Heidelberg district.

"Changing such names, however, is bound by section 93(3) of the Deeds Registries Act (No 47 of 1937) and can only be done through a request by the property owner to the minister of rural development and land reform," said Moodey.

The DA would call on the minister to look into the matter.

"We can never consider nation-building, redress and reconciliation complete while our people still live and work on insulting places like Kafferskraal." – Source

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Do you know what Mr Moodey? It is people with your mentality that have turned this country into a circus, and its citizens into clowns? What is your next step – are you going to insist that people with the surname Kaffer must change their surnames? - (Check The Phonebook - South Africa's White Pages)  In fact, people with this surname are very proud of their ancestrial heritage. Get the book The Kaffer Name in History if you don't believe me!

We all know that the word “Kaffer” or “Kaffir” is today an offensive term for a black person in this country, and that hefty fines can be imposed if the word is mentioned in the 'wrong circles', but REALLY – you’re clutching at straws here in your pathetic attempts to attract more supporters for the DA. Allow me to clarify why I say so, because in my minds eye I can already see the befuddled look on your face.

Shall we start off with getting your priorities straight, especially now that the country is in a horrible mess, or shall we accept the fact that you read the news and already know this?  Have you noticed that the people causing all this chaos happen to be from ONE specific racial group only? I, and I’m sure a multitude of others, feel highly disgusted with what these people are doing, but for the sake of keeping the peace we’re forced to guard our tongue when referring to them. I will not mention the universal name or colour of the racial group, as I don’t want to offend or distract you while you’re reading this, or give you ammunition that will label me a racist.

Let’s just call them strikers. It doesn’t matter how many petrol bombs they’re tossing around or how much damage they’re causing to property, and the economy…  For purposes of this posting they’ll remain strikers, as it sounds better than that 'other' word. Besides – strikers have feelings… Shame poor fellows, working so hard for peanuts!

Are you still with me? – Good!

I agree 100 percent that we South Africans should avoid using the ghastly K-word, at all cost! Besides the fact that it can deeply affront certain sensitive types, who oddly enough happen to be mostly liberal-minded, it can also land your butt in hot water, or in a coffin - as happened with that farmer in Brits, who was stabbed to death by Almond Nofomela.

But here is the crux of the matter (hang on to your seat, with both hands – Leave the mouse!)

It is NOT an offence per se to use the K-word. Neither is it an offence per se to use other derogatory racial terms, such as koelie, hotnot, meid, and so forth. The two avenues of legal action that come into play when someone is offended by these terms depend on the particular circumstances of each case. The one avenue is the common law offence of Crimen injuria, defined to be the act of "unlawfully, intentionally and seriously impairing the dignity of another." The dignitas in Crimen injuria demands the application of a subjective test to determine whether a person’s ‘feelings’- self-respect, self-esteem, and so forth - were hurt, or not.  The other avenue is the hate speech clause in the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act, Act No. 4 of 2000, which does not list any specific words.

The specific clause reads as follows:
  • 10. (1) Subject to the proviso in section 12. no person may publish, propagate, advocate or communicate words based on one or more of the prohibited grounds, against any person, that could reasonably be construed to demonstrate a clear intention to –
  • (a) be hurtful;
  • (b) be harmful or to incite harm;
  • (c) promote or propagate hatred.

In the light of the above, I would be keen to know how the chief surveyor general, Mmuso Riba, is going to prove that each and every (200 plus) property names in the country, such as Kafferskraal, Kafferskraalberg, Kafferskraaldam, Kafferskraalleegte, Kafferskraalshoek, Kafferskraalspruit, Kafferskrans, Kafferspan, Kafferspoort, and so on (click here for the full list), has impaired the dignity of others, or in some way harmed others, incited harm, or propagated hatred?

We know that the people back then never had any evil intent when they named the places Kaffer-whatever, and could never have foreseen that it was going to be considered racist and offensive in the future. Yet, you crazy liberals are teaching today’s kids the opposite.  You realize what you’ve now done? You’ve given the poor chief surveyor enough work to keep him busy for a lifetime – not to mention the wasteful expenditure involved when the government decides to implement your idiotic proposal.

Mr Moodey, it is people like you that are progressively destroying a beautiful heritage in this country. I’ve noticed that you also speak of names that are offensive towards certain religions. May I ask what they are? Are we going to see God taken out of place names, such as God’s Windows, Godwane, Godwanerivier, and Godwintoh

I presume that place names such as Devil's Creek, Devil's Gulley, Devil's Hoek, and Devil's Knuckles, are safe for now.

You should try visiting places like Aasvoelhoek, Aasvoelkrans, and Aapkloof sometime. I’m sure the DA will find a charming connection with these places.


whiteson said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Tia, the truth as always. Thanks for giving this Moody moron a good lecture. He is an utter idiot. Far from reality. They, k's, had already f%6$ed up this whole country, he's helping too. And it's also true, we cannot ignore this man.

bryan said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Paged through a book some time ago,and took the publishers details at the time...A KAFFER BOY IN AMERICA....same old nonsense,victim,etc etc,he ends by saying...HE LONGS FOR HIS COUNTRY,SOUTH AFRICA TO BE FREE THEN HE CAN GO BACK HOME {GIVE UP ALL THE HANDOUTS}after 1994 I wrote to his publisher to let him know that he can ...come back now,and to let me know when he leaves America ,heard nothing ever,typical of all of this type,not forgetting the two{one Indian male from Durban and African female from joburg} shot back here to be English accented news readers,came with much acclaim,neither lasted long,went quietly,one popped up at CCN the other??

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Well just look at that man's face, it says it all. Goffel. The DA can go to bloody hell, you too Mrs Zille, keep dancing lady.I am afraid the few of us right thinking people left in this God forsaken country are way outnumbered. Yes last night did you notice all the pale faces at soccer city stadium watching our useless springbok/protea team against the ALL BLACKS, ha ha serves them right for loosing. I looked at the mighty pale face crowds and said to my wife: spot the black face, normally one would say spot the white face in the crowd. Rome is burning, but we pale faces WILL go to Soweto to watch ruckby ne. We are sheeple and cowards with no back bone, insread of boycotting the game and showing our discontent with this thieving, corrupt ANC so called government. We could have made a big statement that all is not well here for the whitey's in our wonderful Rainbow Nation.sic. Ag man I give up. I hope the boere enjoyed the skaapkop, chicken feet(run aways) at Mamma Thembu's retaurant and the Carling Black Label at the shebeen's, to celebrate diversity, not celebrate winning but drowning their sorrows. I hope many of their cars were missing after the match, Ha ha, most of the whitey's from Pretoria and Joey's were there, the criminals could have had a field day breaking into their houses while they were at the match. Imagine the stands were allmost empty with a few pale faces and a few darkies only, imagine, what a message that would have sent to this country and the world, I can dream can't I.

to kaffir or not to kaffir that is the question said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

They have to change the name of plants aswell eg

Kaffir lilly
Kaffir lime leaves

People nowadays don't even say cafetaria, believe it or not, cause of the obvious kaffer phonetic is the word cafetaria.

Why don't the ask the arabs to delete that word from their lexicon.

What idiots

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

It seems that the DA are just as dangerous as the ANC.

They are nothing but a more efficient form of the ANC.

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