The murder of the Mozambique taxi driver and its aftermath is busy flooding the international news papers. Many of these papers, like BBC have their own section and the comments coming mainly from the UK indicate the temperature of their politics and their knowledge of South Africa. In fact the existing knowledge of this country is rather thin.
What is interesting is that knowledge of their own country is just as thin too.
Interestingly is that very few of the people, as can be gathered know very little about SA. Very many know about the corruption and criminality which is embedded into our nation and culture and the government has little to say. Many of the comments attack White South Africans in that they believe the White South African wants the power they had 20 years ago returned to them.
Very few know that South Africa was under the power of British rule and the acceptance of Apartheid up to 1961. They were the masters. I believe very few white South Africans want this country returned to them while it is in the state it currently is. In certain quarters South Africa is accepted as one of the bed fellows when it comes to aide Britain in their wars: WW1 and WW2.
What is conveniently forgotten is the damage the UK perpetrated during the South African war and the Korean war. Most believe that apartheid is still alive and well and deride the symbol of the “Rainbow nation”.
One claim is that hundreds of school children were shot dead during the 1976 riots. (There were too many fatalities but not hundreds) Some claim the world is calling for justice but very few calls are made in Palestine and other African countries. Many admit that the old South Africa was the breadbasket of the continent and that today the farms have become deserts and Africa is starving.
True: Africa may be starving but that is not due to the absence of apartheid but rather to the absence of know-how which has been available for centuries
Many of the problems in Africa are/were caused by tyrants and shaking off that legacy will take another few centuries before it is corrected.
Some commenter’s are acutely aware of the crime and criminality in Africa and South Africa in particular. Africa is associated with rampant crime and criminality: We have seen the consequences when the seeds of revolution were sown.