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Apology from The Last Contrarian

19 September 2013, 10:09

Dear fellow South Africans,

I would firstly like to say that my previous article was unnecessarily harsh and reflected a momentary state under the influence of which I should not have written that letter. I’d also like to thank Ernst Roets, Deputy CEO of AfriForum, for his composed response  to my article (acknowledging my right to voice my opinion—like all South Africans) and his reasonable request that I hear them out first next time I decide to write an opinion piece involving them.

To such professionalism I can only take my hat off and regret my own ungentlemanly conduct.

I sincerely hope that we can have AfriForum on the panel of a futureUnofficial Debate, as it would be most enlightening—particularly for me—to hear AfriForum speak without any filtering, tarnishing, or 3rd-party interpretation of their message.

I also would like to sincerely apologise to those (AfriForum and the South African farming community) who were unfairly looped into my general tirade against the right-wing racist element in South Africa (to whom I owe and offer no apology). I feel my momentary anger and frustration made me discharge some insults and generalizations indiscriminately and unfairly—for this, I sincerely apologise to anyone who felt offended or attacked by my previous article. Such was not truly my intent, but as we all know, a moment’s carelessness is the seed from which calamity grows...

I’d also like to state it clearly that I am not posting this apology under duress—as nobody has made any legal or extralegal threats against me. This experience has reaffirmed my respect for my fellow South Africans who hold firm to the democratic process evidently still alive and well in South Africa. Freedom of speech, after all, is the pulse by which we can measure the health of a democracy … and that pulse is beating a mile a minute in South Africa; I can now assure you of that.

I aim to transform my raison d’etre to in future better represent all groups in South Africa, and bring them together for discussion rather than divide them through individualistic rants. It is for this reason that I am rebooting The Unofficial Debate and taking it to new heights—hoping that it will serve as the first official platform for all South Africans to meet with and debate each other free from external or interceding interference. (Watch out for an official website to be launched in the near future.)

We are all richer at the end of the day when we get it out in the open and hear the other side of the argument, and that culture of Socratic discussion / debate is what I hope to, hereupon, revive in South Africa.


The Last Contrarian

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