It is time to get into our collective African laager and decide our route

2015-03-27 17:20

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South Africans should thank Tim du Plessis for coming out so honestly about his Afrikaans heritage and its place in South Africa today – in a manner that was self-affirming of this ethnic group – in a very healthy fashion.

And especially at a time when it seemed like Afrikaners were either ducking cogent political and race discourse or were choosing to project themselves through a neo-verkramptheid (neo-obscurantism) façade that works only at the self-assuaging level of own culture and history; thus lending itself to the exposure of the ugly narcissistic masturbation of the collective Afrikaner ego.

Of course having had a fair share of oppressive leaders and imperial surrogates who were protected by their British, and later American, masters and their egos ballooning out of proportion, Afrikaners inherited a huge skunk complexion.

Nevertheless your piece, Tim, is more than a fresh dissertation on the question of self love, that all of us and the self-hating natives should take only strong lessons from.

We cry that white people are not making an effort to learn our languages, when we ourselves in a free South Africa have hardly begun to make these languages more attractive and romantic to a point that others would die to speak them.

Afrikaans is a new language and has been developing in modern times, thus gaining an advantage of making no other indigenous language a worthy competitor to it; followed only by arrays of patois developing in our sub-cultural settings, like the many variations of regional tsotsi tale.

Yes, Afrikaans was even aided and abetted by government apparatuses, especially during the apartheid rule. Also then, the eyes of these Caucasian descendants became the upper dog, were trained more to compete with the languages of their cousins in the West than that of the native underdog, that it were more convenient to despise than to learn from.

So in the days of democracy let us think more about enterprising our own languages than be set in a rut where only a few, say, isiZulu speakers are prepared to learn other South African languages while cushily perched on very spurious tribal hegemonic pedestals, but are jealous of and accusing Afrikaners of occupying these.

If we are a sufficiently educated people at all, let us begin to fight for the creation of and development of exclusive indigenous schools and institutions and repent from bashing others over the head, such as amaShangaan and amaBhunu.

Also to help create easy access to, for instance, a more user-friendly streetwise lingua franca especially for the benefit of the expatriates, foreign partners in trade, academia and just in the maw of the ordinary folk’s jol.

If in my lifetime or later a new Azaniac dialect is fully and technically evolved to a full-blown language, it will be more owing to Afrikaans as a pioneer than English and isiZulu.

With South Africa being the biggest human melting pot of the future the world is waiting for us to take the lead.

The more English ways, institutions, language and its twang that we bring down alongside imperial statues, the better for this country.

The Afrikaners are forerunners in this African pride and cultural enterprise; so let us all take the bull by the horns.

Let Afrikaner ancestors be saluted for their guts to turn themselves into an additional proud nation on the continent of Africa and for standing up to colonial rule.

So with Afrikaans having made more inroads into all of our individual native languages far more than English; let us openly use it as credible barometer for the creation of future society’s language

Lastly, Afrikaners and those preferring to be called Boers are historically a very closed and a primarily Calvinist society; they don’t rush to meet others outside of the traditional laagers.

Unlike us. Having been historically the underdog of underdogs, we were forced to totally embrace the English and their language for survival; while at some stage in history we had to rightfully fight the imposition of Afrikaans on us.

At that stage, Afrikaans had come to be made quite a nuisance on our gullet and a skunk trying a shortcut to taking over our lives.

It is time to get into our collective African laager, to churn out our future routes rather than agonising and spending much time questioning the Afrikaner/Boer laager and its obvious awkward ways.

When the always almost absurdly gregarious Africans get to live in former white suburbs, they can’t wait to invite white neighbours, into their homes on occasions of the likes of lobolo celebrations and others. Mostly because we psychologically have always wanted to be affirmed by the members of the white race ... and when the Afrikaners refuse to baby sit us in return, we moan to the high heavens.

All because the English colonisers, besides their ruthless ways, also developed the grandest of ways to molly-coddle us, while tying us tighter to their apron strings.

When were you ever invited into some Bar Mitzvah? You are not even welcome to some funerals. If you bothered to check it out clearly, you were not the only one excluded – a lot of white neighbours were too.

Damn it, haven’t you heard of the term “eie sake” (own business)? It is in the Constitution; look it up in the English version.

Man take it from me; you don’t need that. If whites don’t reciprocate invitations and if they prefer to be with their own that is not racism, man, they just want to be with their own finish and klaar.

Where is your self-respect man ?.. Ba ya itsheba ...

’n Volk (a people) need to ginnegaap (hobnob) from time to time, while we sit and vote with our hungry stomachs ... and surprisingly continue to believe we are the sons and daughters of one hugely cursed nigger called Ham.

You are still fighting hard to get out of your slave mentality, which process the ruling demagogues have so ruthlessly interrupted from Black Consciousness teachings and you cannot in any way do much about it, given our present poisoned and seismic dispensation, of more selfish power positioning at the expense of our dignity as a people...

As for right now, long live Afrikaans, long live!

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