To compare Rhodes with Peter Mokaba is blasphemous

2015-04-13 14:36

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AfriForum, as the custodians and vanguard of Afrikaner supremacy, will do anything to preserve the status quo – even go as far as depicting themselves as victims.

I find it nauseating that its deputy chief executive, Ernst Roets, in “Statue anger reveals gross double standards” (City Press, Voices section, (April 5 2015) chose to depict Afrikaners as victims without even mentioning the atrocities they committed against blacks.

Him not rejoicing at the events leading to the students’ victory on the (Cecil John) Rhodes statue was a tactical choice. As an Afrikaner apartheid denialist and vanguard of Afrikaner supremacy coupled with his intellect, he knew that the removal of apartheid symbols wouldn’t be limited to the enemy of the Afrikaner but would extend to his ancestors too.

I find his comparison of the evil master (Rhodes – consciously omitting his evil ancestors from the equation) with heroes of Peter Mokaba’s calibre hypocritical and blasphemous.

Mokaba was a revolutionary who fought for the liberation of the oppressed black majority, who lost land and mineral resources to the likes of Rhodes and Roets – their war was for stolen property.

We know our history as black people and so does the world, so depicting yourselves as victims won’t gain you any sympathy.

I think the statue matter is 21 years late but better late than never.

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