I have to say I got my motivation for writing after reading the blog by news24 blogger (ProJusticio), The Pope, The Australians, the Japanese all said it --- so just say it
I wanted to comment on his article, but I realize this might be long ……..
Agree with most of his assertion and would like to make some correction on some points. It’s not just blacks that votes along racial lines. Every one that does that.
Racism is alive and well in corporate South Africa. Most black people are seldom given a platform to grow, they are undermined, and made to feel worthless.
That alone keeps the hate alive in black people for white people. a Black friend of mine, u Sabelo once asked. Where are the fellow white Oakes who work with him in the same company, doing the same kind of work he was employed to do, staying while he still stays at his father’s backroom in Soweto?
How can they afford to be living in the suburbs while he can’t even afford a bachelors flat there? To add to this from a personal observation, I noticed that when developers start a housing project, the target market is always identified as black or white, depending on the location, and the affordability of the project, example…I just applied for a house in Jukskei View in Midrand, correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think any white person applied to go stay there. Do you see the picture I’m trying to paint? Whites have their own projects, and so do black. Corporate South Africa is still continuing the policy of Apartheid by ensuring people are still paid, and developed according to the colour of their skins. That practice is killing any chances of any rainbow nation. If we can’t co-exist in one neighbourhood, where are we heading too as a nation?
How come there is still inequality amongst people working for the same company doing the same kind of work? Shouldn’t they make this a starting point in addressing the inequalities of the past. For a black profession not to get his dues has other ripple effects amongst other things. It put his kids on an disadvantage because they cannot go to the same school his white peers kids are going, and that will only continue fuelling the imbalance and the divide amongst South Africans. The tendency with most people I know is the ability to look the other way, and pretend everything is OK. We are a nation of great pretenders. One thing nobody told us is, pretending something (racism) does not exist, will not make it go away. It needs to be confronted from all avenues and with everything we got. Racism should be criminalize.
Some white people might say : OK, what should they do what they not currently doing?
For a start, stop playing victim, and take responsibility for your actions. I know most of you will say you are not responsible for Apartheid, and that you are not beneficiaries of its legacy. The truth is, you might not have been involved in developing those policies of Apartheid, and racial segregation, but those policies gave you the head start you have in life.
Acknowledge that fact, and as another blogger has said in his blog, Apologize for the atrocities of your ancestors, and find ways to help to black person to reach better heights in his life. Those in power, stop using black people as window dressing in your companies, instead, guide them, and make them true employees who can take decision, and help the company, and the country reach its objective. Those who witness someone treating a another person badly, do your bit by reporting it. You’ll be doing this for the common good for all South Africans
The government is also to blame for most of the problems as they lack leadership, busy with infighting, and gagging everyone from Julias Malema to the media, instead of trying to come up with solutions that can makes this country function. We are all happy to ANC celebrated their 100 years in existence, we glad the world cup came and gone, with billions spend. We furious they spend billions of rand buying arms we don’t need. We glad we have a Gautrain used only by the rich, and well to do, while the majority of the people still use dysfunctional public transport systems, we furious there is a e-toll, toll gate systems that will make the poor people even poorer while enriching Australians, all this done without consultation to the public.
We furious our tax money is spend on all this projects that does not benefit the poor people. We gatfol for all new housing development project earmarked for blacks being pushed further , and further away from the place where most of them work in order for them to spend half their lives commuting to and from work, while earning a meager salary that still needs to be used to pay for tollgates, and petrol.
Most of my white friends find it odd that I defend Julias Malema at times. They just can’t understand that someone who has some education, and somehow managing to get decent jobs can understand the likes of Malema. The reason is plain simple. Over 90% of my family are still living below the breadline and still stay in squatter camps. I go to this people almost every week, and I know, and understand their plights. I know what they are going through. Julias Malema represent the only hope in their lives. He is one of the few who dare highlight their suffering, almost 20 years in the new South Africa. He is the only one who doesn’t say get over it, when the poor black people points to the pain they feel due inequality, social injustice, and lack of opportunities. He comes up with suggestions about nationalization of mine, and land grabs without compensation. This might not be the best solution, but he is seen as doing something , which is something no one else is doing. He is coming up with suggestion, and possible solution. He is seen as the only one who cares about them, and is willing to do something about it? If anyone else has a better plan, why don’t they stand up and champion the plight of the poor. Most people chose to stand by the side, and calls Malema names, but they not offering any alternatives as to how to fix the problems the nation has.
If you can spend a day (I’ve spend 2 years in a squatter camp, and No, it was not by choice), you would understand why forgiveness and living together in a harmonious South Africa, with its so called Rainbow nation is such a distant dream if not an illusion.
I will end this with the words
Mayibuye I Africa