Solve the Boer issue over a case of Scotch

2011-04-23 10:29

If my name was Julius Malema I would send my Afrikaner alter-ego Ernst Roets the classiest case of ­Dalmore scotch available.

The ANC youth leader should get down on his knees and thank the almost born-free AfriForum whippersnapper for taking the Shoot the Boer struggle song to the equality court.

Whatever the judge decides about Roets’s hate-speech complaint, Malema wins.

The youth leader will be celebrated as a hero and as a defender of the precious ANC struggle history if the judgment goes his way.
And he will be hailed as a martyr if the judgment goes against him.

Yes, Malema probably knows that he owes Roets something rare and exclusive, maybe a very exclusive 64-year-old ­Dalmore Trinitas Malt.
Because glory was not the only thing he gave to the ANC youth leader.

Roets’s hate-speech case against Malema forced the ANC’s big guns, secretary-general Gwede Mantashe and Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane, to close ranks behind Malema.

What else could the party do if it did not want to be seen as being disrespectful of its own struggle history and heritage?

Disrespectful to a song that tells the ­story of a youngster who pleads with his mother to allow him to take his bazooka to go and fight for freedom and dignity for his people?

Especially gratifying to Malema must have been the fact that Derek Hanekom and Mantashe, two stalwarts involved in disciplinary action against him in recent years, were dispatched to save his Boer-baiting bacon.

Hanekom, himself an Afrikaner, pointed out that the ANC didn’t ban the former South African flag when bolshy whites ­displayed them at sports events.

This practice died out naturally because white society censored itself and made it politically incorrect.

Balancing the rights of Africans to preserve their heritage and struggle songs and the rights of whites not to fear ­requires more than battles in court.

Various people testified that whites were afraid of struggle songs and toyi-toying ­because they did not understand them.

Education would solve the problem and contribute greatly to nation-building said AfriForum witness Dr?Anne-Marie Gray, who researched struggle songs for her masters degree.

ANC Youth League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu displayed some humorous creativity when he led the ANC’s rent-a-crowd in chanting during a rainy lunch hour.

He did so in the purest Afrikaans. He did it with a smile. And he delighted even the Boers on the pavement.

“Hulle sal ons nie stop nie! Ons is die toekoms!“ (They won’t stop us! We are the future!) he chanted. And hundreds of African voices joined in.

Perhaps Roets can return the compliment by learning and speaking some words in an African language.

Demolishing a case of Dalmore together with Juju would constitute a lekker start.

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