So what was this Apartheid thing anyway?
Well, the intended purpose, we’re told, was actually separate development through racial segregation. The theory was that Blacks were not as ‘developed’ / ‘advanced’ / ‘civilised’ / ‘educated’ as Whites, and therefore they should develop at their own pace in separate areas, away from White’s living in ‘White areas’.
Of course one can debate whether this was wise or not, and whether you agree or not etc etc., because if void of hidden agendas, then separate development in itself is not something as evil and sinister as we might think, but this is not the point of the article.
The problem is that along with Apartheid (or separate development) came some other policies and Laws that didn’t seem to have anything to do with ‘separate development’. It gave birth to something not so innocent. The government segregated just about everything, not just living/residential areas, but education, medical care, services, etc.
For example only Whites had the right and privilege to vote. What does that have to do with separate development (if this indeed was all that Apartheid was intended to be)? Also, why were other race groups (Indian & Coloured) also excluded from living in White areas? Were they also ‘uncivilised’ / ‘undeveloped’ / primitive? Why could these other race groups also not vote? So we can clearly see that the original idea of separate development grew into something much more sinister and disturbing.
Now we can start to see how unfair and unjust this system was, and why it was doomed for failure.
The ANC can claim it was their efforts that ‘liberated’ SA and removed Apartheid, and to a large degree, but not 100%, they would be correct in doing so. However, the fact remains this system could never have lasted, and it was destined to crash & burn from the day it was formulated because human beings are resilient and will never accept being treated like cattle or some kind of sub human species for the long term.
However, by far the most evil elements of apartheid began to surface when the ANC started making headway with their anti apartheid efforts. This increased state suppression of human rights of course and lead to the birth of the Armed Struggle around 1960.
In order to ‘protect’ Whites (or was it Apartheid?), the state had to oppose the ANC, and this of course lead to intelligence gathering, arrests, even military combat etc etc. In short, the entire SA military and police ‘machinery’ was used to oppose the ANC, other movements and the anti apartheid movement in general, the latter of course being much bigger and wide spread than the ANC party itself.
It was in this period that many atrocities took place. Many? Yes many, although not as many as the ANC and their followers would have us believe (in fact not even nearly as many as they claim). Unfortunately, the facts have been so distorted and exaggerated to suite political agendas that people are now comparing the apartheid era with genocide and that is absolute taboo of course.
We hear stories of thousands murdered here and another thousand there just because they were Black. This is absolute nonsense and it’s a pity this fictitious propaganda has gained such momentum because the negative impact on people, particularly young Blacks, is so damaging - a pulling off of the scabs of wounds trying to heal if you will.
This brings us to the point of this article: there is just nothing positive that can come from exaggerating the facts of the past Apartheid evils, just as nothing positive can come from denying what did actually happen during Apartheid.
But let’s stick to the facts and whilst we must never forget, let’s not climb on the bandwagon of sensational propaganda.
Question everything, and research, research, research. Don’t just believe the guy sitting in the shabeen wearing his African revolutionary ‘T’ shirt. Question the obvious exaggerations, challenge the empty barrels spewing forth their poison and ask them to reveal the actual recoded source of their information, and tell them they’re wrong when you know they’re wrong. We call this responsible behaviour.
There are many reasons to act responsibly in this regard and I’m sure we can all think of a few at least. But the main reason is this: if you as a South African don’t put an end to this, or even worse if you partake in this senseless nonsense and promote this fictitious garbage, then you in fact make separate development seem quite attractive, and that in turn can support the theory that it’s a reasonable system. How?
Let me explain:
To spread lies and propaganda that turn Apartheid into a much bigger evil than it ever was, in a country desperately trying to heal from that very Apartheid system is absolute treachery and treasonous to say the least. Anyone who willingly partakes in this treasonous behaviour simply proves that some people do indeed belong in their own world far away from more civilised people – i.e. separate development/segregation.
Thus we show that Separate Development is perhaps not such a bad idea after all. But surely not, surely this cannot be so?
Well we can of course reject that theory, but if we do (as I believe we all should), then we better prove the opposite to be true, and that means finding a way to get on together as one nation and in a much better way than we do at present, and in doing so hope and pray that we can show that separate development (segregation) is in fact taboo rather than making it look like a very attractive option.
Politicians and Trade Unions can only determine our future if we let them. The real authors of the future South African story are you and I. Let’s reclaim our country and prove that segregation is taboo. Let’s not through irresponsible actions permit the hint that segregation ever was or ever could be an understandable and acceptable option.
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