Upon observations, I happen to have noticed that unfortunately a new phrase founded on nothing but propaganda is under construction. The phrase goes “don’t blame apartheid, blame the ANC”. It is not only aimed at exonerating the brutish apartheid system, a system which is declared a crime against humanity by the united nations, from the troubling socioeconomic ranging from mass poverty, unemployment and inequalities that continue to persist and afflict in particular black south Africans and affect the country in general in our epoch, it is also aimed at not providing constructive criticism with element of patriotism to the current democratic and democratically elected government’s short comings. It is rather aimed at shouting unreasoned and unreasonable intellectually inept emotional negative propaganda even from intellectuals and rants founded on no real logical reasoning and no desire to change the dire state of our nation, rants with the objective of unreasonably trying to discredit and undermine the democratic and democratically elected government.
It is unfortunate but not surprising that this particular propaganda is being spewed and championed first and foremost by the glorified reactionary racist so-called civil society organizations which are hell-bent at preventing transformation, social reconciliation and economy inclusion policies which are aimed at redressing the unfair imbalances of the past. The afriforum and the FF plus, organizations which are unapologetically racist both in their theories and their actions, racist in character, and not even ashamed of coming to the national assembly and preaching to our country about the so-called white poverty as if poverty had developed colors, but again if poverty had developed colors it would still justify my claim that they are racist organizations, for black poverty than would far exceed the number of white poverty, thus it would make more sense and morally sound to advocate for the decrease of black poverty first so that it be in par or less than white poverty before these organizations can start preaching to our country about white poverty
The “don’t blame apartheid, blame the ANC” propaganda aims to shift roles between the evil apartheid masters and the past and living historical heroes belonging to the ANC. It unfortunately wants us to assume that South Africans must be grateful that apartheid existed, and that the existence of apartheid was of South Africa and South Africans own good. It further wants South African to begin to sugar-coat the brutish realities inherited from a merciless and brutal system, realities that continue to be problematic and hindering south Africa’s potential of becoming one of the best countries of this world.
It is unfortunate that these apartheid praise singers do not even genuinely embrace the democratic South Africa or the nation’s colorful flag. These unpatriotic reactionaries are advancing this ridiculous propaganda phrase so as to slowly, with the snail’s pace but surely with the support from certain sections of south Africa, remove all blame directed towards the merciless apartheid system thus exonerating it from the problems it created that continue to exist.
This new found desire and bravery to begin to try and re-write history should never find space in a democratic republic of South Africa. Apartheid should be blamed for all the ills that continue to exist in this country.Siphokuhle Innocent Dludla is a National Executive Committee member of (COSAS) Congress Of South African Students, he writes in his personal capacity
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