I was born in Johannesburg in 1981 as a white child and was smuggled back to my home in Botwsana. My father wanted me to have South African citizenship as he was denied it due to his standpoint against the armed forces and violence in general. Despite his views, I knew nothing of it.
I grew up playing with the children on the farm that we where allowed to live on, not knowing anything about colour or race. In 1985 we moved to Johannesburg after my father was allowed a South African citizenship, thanks to FW de Klerk, and he managed to get a good job with a transport company. I still knew nothing about apartheid. Our gardener taught me how to tie my shoe laces. Most people today tell me I do it wrong but it's the right way as far as I'm concerned.
My mother refused to teach me how to tie them so she bought me Velcro north stars. Only the Gardner took the time to show me. There where bully's in our town house complex in Edenvale and he told them to get lost whilst I played with my Thundercats. It really upsets me that I can't remember his name.We moved to Malawi when my father was transferred and I enjoyed the most amazing years of my life! Walking together with black people who where educated and honest.
Having school friends from all backgrounds. Never hearing any derogatory words about race. Going to play at my Kenyan friends house and enjoying a supper that I had never been exposed to before. My friend from India who had the best comic collection. My friend frame Scotland who taught me about rugby. We were all the same. Just kids trying to figure out why New Kids on the Block where better than Michael Jackson.My father fell ill and we had to move back to South Africa around 1992. It was hugely traumatic for me as I left many friends in Malawi. Despite this, I knew my Dad would get better care in South Africa.
To summaries the next 20 years...My father lost the battle with cancer. I still live in South Africa and have started a family of my own and have recently been through my own battle with stage 3 cancer.
I love this continent. I love it's people. I love the fact that it hasn't yet been tamed.Central African black people are all proud intelligent people who know exactly what they want out of life and work hard to achieve it. Yes... White people have oppressed many african people's and taken much of what rightly belongs to them, but they have introduced some good. Surely healthcare and modern farming methods (amongst others) are worth something?
My point is this:The Central African people, who never experienced apartheid, remain a proud, educated, confident people who take full advantage of their circumstances without stooping to corruption, are everything my love of Africa expects. Unfortunately, apartheid has sucked out all the confidence and dignity from the South African black people. They have been stomped down into the dirt. Poor education and hatred for the white man has been cemented into their culture.
They would rather support any black government rather than a white government for fear of another apartheid.Can we blame them?
It's going to take many generations for South Africa to 'normalize.' Many years for racial divides to close. Please let us all assist this process by understanding where our issues come from. Please think twice before replying to a post on this site. Think "am I helping to unite my country, or am I dividing it further?"
Africa is a stunning place! We are so lucky to enjoy the huge biodiversity that we so often take fore granted. I love his place. My whole life is rooted to this continent. My ancestors are buried here and so will I be.
Please let us all do whatever we can to unite our people, black, white, colored and Indian, for we are all Africans. There are far more important battles to be fought... Such as rhino poaching, rape, corruption, etc.
Long live Africa and her wonderful people!
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