JZ’s visit to Orania is insulting

2010-09-18 14:06

I am not sure what the purpose of ­President Jacob Zuma’s visit to Orania was.

I am worried that it seems, at least in the eyes of the president, that his ­mandate is that of reconciling with other races who refused reconciliation and ­integration over the past 16 years.

When former president Nelson ­Mandela visited Orania, I understand that his intentions were within the ­broader agenda of reconciliation.

But I am lost with regard to Zuma’s ­visit and his assertion that the people of ­Orania are still prepared to engage while retaining their culture.

I thought that was enough of a joke, but then he went on to say that my hard-earned tax money should be used to build houses for this lost community.

This conduct by the president is highly insulting to the majority of those who fought and suffered for freedom.

The majority of sound-thinking people who voted for an ANC government led by Zuma are eager to hear how the ­president will create jobs for them; build houses, roads and sanitation; eradicate poverty and starvation; and ­ensure that the wealth of this country is shared among those who live in it.

They are not interested in him visiting a faction of about 800 people who are ­defying a democratic system and a ­constitution that ­accommodates ­everybody.

I believe that the president is ­joking about engaging and building houses for this community – unless, or course, the money will come from his own pocket.

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