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29 January 2014, 05:30

DA merges with AGANG, huh! Neo-colonialism?

Yes! You can imagine, that was the kind of reaction I found myself projecting. But, after remembering Ramphela’s  rooted  experiences on anthropolgy, aka “white man’s view of Africa”.  It rather came as a shock to learn that Ramphela’s AGANG still see  or affiliate to the idea that white man can provide what is neccesarily needed to take the country forwrd.

The question that probably lingers in the minds of many South Africans now is , whether Ramphela’s AGANG will be able to have its voice heard in the midst of the white’s only allerged representative party, DA in Africa?

Looking at the background of South African anthroplogy where Ramphela hailed from, there seems to have never been an agreed solution to the unequal representation of South Africans, mainly blacks by the anthropological reports of South African cmmunities and history.

Most scholars within that field agree that the production of the body of knowledge of South Africa about anthropologists is biased and that it places white man’s interpretation of South Africans as the most appropriate report of real South Africa. In short, anything that is from South Africa by a black South African cannot be trusted or be regarded as objective.

South Africa is full of political parties. One wonders what could have driven Ramphela to merge her AGANG to the DA, given the historical background of the DA. Could it be that Ramphela followed DA based on its record of advancing women for presidential candidate?

Or could it be that her amount of knowledge gained through out her studies of biased representations of Africa in general placed whites as good candidate for taking South Africa forward?

With all these questions on my mind, I am reminded of Prof Nyamnjoh’s 2012 article entitled “Potted Plants in Greenhouses: A Critical Reflection on the Resilience of Colonial Education in Africa”. In the article he argues that, “education in Africa is victim of a colonial and colonising epistemology. Whatever appellation we give it, this epistemology takes the form of science as ideology and hegemony (Nyamnjoh 2012: 1).

When one sees a political party which has convinced the ordinary South Africans to follow it because its leader has a background of what many perceive as good education, joins forces with the party like DA which without any doubt many South Africans still see it as a voice of the colonialists whom Nyamnjoh talked about in his article makes one wonder whether AGANG had in the first place the interests of the blacks in heart.

Prof Nyamnjoh continues and say “With rhetoric on the need to be competitive internationally, the elite have modelled education in Africa after educational institutions in Europe and North America, with little attempt at domestication. This journey, endowed with the mission of annihilation or devaluation of African creativity, agency and value systems, leads to an internalised sense of inadequacy. It has compelled Africans to “lighten their darkness” both physically and metaphorically for the gratification of colonising and hegemonic others ((Nyamnjoh 2012: 1).

Why AGANG of all the political parties in South Africa chooses DA party? Could this be what other scholars termed “neo-colonialism”?,  where colonialists use black people like Ramphela to rule and dictate the production, consumption of the body knowledge in South Africa? 

DA is no doubt in this merge the colonialists who have means of production which Ramphela’s AGANG sees as necessary to reach and use to win elections. Would Ramphela be able to control the pressures that will come with the adoption of the DA’s assets?  

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