|The commotion at Kleinfontein – May 2013|
Cultural villages in South Africa are home to the Pedi, Zulu, Xhosa, Basotho, Shangaan, Ndebele, you name it… They’re all exclusively Black African and no one (not that I know of) has ever made a fuss about these villages being too Black or racist. Neither has anyone ever attempted to dismantle them on the basis that these villages are black-only enclaves.
Virtually all online resources and print media who report on aspects of South African culture and heritage make a point of illustrating the ‘uniqueness’ and ‘beauty’ of these Black African cultural villages. Tourists are encouraged to participate in the authenticity of the various traditional ethnic customs, for example, the building and decorating of distinctive huts, the moulding of clay pots, the weaving of baskets, the crushing of maize, the brewing of beer, ritual dancing and singing, consulting the local traditional healers, and so forth.
This online resource lists the top 10 Cultural Villages in South Africa.
Some of these cultural villages, like the Shangana cultural village for instance - created and built by local Shangaan people, are described as, “an example of South Africa's great cultural diversity.” I kid you not – the quoted words were copied directly from the website www.shangana.co.za.
The “great cultural diversity” at the Shangana cultural village is of course a reference to two different Black African language groups namely, Nguni and Tsonga. The Shangaan tribe came into being when King Shaka of the Zulu, sent Soshangane (Manukosi) to conquer the Tsonga people in the areas of present-day southern Mozambique and Zimbabwe, countries which never were (and which are currently still not) part of South Africa.
Oddly enough though, the ancestors of both Nguni and Tsonga originated further north in central Africa.
In South Africa, White Afrikaners today constitute approximately 5% of the total population. (Bear in mind that the ancestors of this group first arrived in South Africa approximately 360 years ago.) Within this total of 5% there’s a tiny fraction that have a strong desire to defend their own separate cultural identity. Yet, for some odd reason, they are perceived as a major political threat to South Africa’s democracy. Consequently they are often scorned and even demonized by the mainstream media and the liberal idiots who believe everything they read.
Why must there always be hysteria and political turbulence of all sorts whenever this tiny fraction of people wants to preserve and defend their own separate cultural identity?
While it is good news that the small exclusive White-Afrikaner community known as Kleinfontein has finally been recognised by the Gauteng legislature as a cultural community, one cannot help but wonder what dirty tricks are going to be played next to encourage ridicule and contempt in the minds of the clueless masses?