We’ve deceived ourselves with this rainbow nation ?fallacy

2015-02-15 15:00

In the past few weeks, South Africans have viewed and read about a series of ugly racial incidents that have disappointed (for want of a better word) many of us.

The Curro incidents and the “Northern Cape four” (still amused by how white perpetrators are always given better names by the media) were scenes that were never expected in a democratic country with a black majority.

South Africans have been deceiving themselves with this rainbow nation fallacy.

History can attest to the fact that since the release of Nelson Mandela, blacks have and continue to be the only people in support of reconciliation, while whites have and continue to be antagonists.

The truth of the matter is that Curro-type schools are all over Mzansi and discrimination is practised under the guise of language. From preschool to secondary school, white people still use Afrikaans as a reason for the continued segregation of people.

Compromises have been reached since February?11?1990 and most of them have been made by the black majority. True to their nature, whites have failed to compromise and accept English as a medium of instruction in schools and at tertiary institutions. The continued use of Afrikaans and the continued support of it by the ANC-led government creates a fertile ground for the mushrooming of Curro-like schools.

This practice is, unfortunately, supported by the basic and higher education departments.

It’s unfortunate that in this day and age, when linguists are using language to unite the world, an arrogant minority with the backing of the governing party is using it to divide a nation, a nation which – at one time – carried the prospects of being a rainbow nation.

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