South Africa is a country of people from various backgrounds. We went through a lot of strife and suffering to at last embrace each other and I think I speak the mind of many South Africans when I say we now deserve peace. Whatever or whoever brought us together, has done so for a purpose that is great enough to overcome fear whose sexy name, discrimination, gives some cowards a sense of community.
I use the name cowards not in disdain, but in compassion for their suffering because I know that fear is a serious illness that has killed and continues to kill more people than any other disease. Every unnatural death was caused by fear, either of the victim or the perpetrator. At micro level, Fear has caused accidental deaths and suicides. At macro level, fear has caused killing of loved ones, ethnic deaths and even the killing of a nation by another.
This is because fear breeds anger, anger breeds hatred and hatred causes endless killings. It’s a very debilitating disease against peace and harmony, but South Africans have proved that fear can be cured.
My heart goes out to the ‘Red Octobians’ for allowing cowards to capitalise on their fear for the sake of maintaining public image. From my childhood I’ve always viewed Afrikaners as Africans and many people I grew up with have never described Afrikaners as ‘whites’, but rather as Africans who isolated themselves from their fellow brothers and sisters for some spurious course, which no one ever thought need to be attacked.
If you can ask any African about the difference between amabono and abelungu you’ll understand what I’m talking about. Whites known as Makgowa or abelungu is used to describe people admired for their affluence and actually there is no real pigmentation attached to the noun when an African uses that term.
For lack of a better way to describe how Africans feel about Afrikaners, let me say this: the word amabono and the word ba(tswana) are actually similar when looked at from the perspective of bapedi, is similar to the name zulu from the perspective of people who were once called mash’angani and is the same as Australians when looked at from the perspective of English speaking white South Africans.
From this perspective, to think that an African would actually kill an Afrikaner just for the sake of being Afrikaner is totally insane. It never happened and it will never happen; look deeper and you’ll find the true cause. Just look around there is evidence everywhere: Whites and blacks in South Africa have intermingled so much that it was even impossible for apartheid to separate us. We are one and together we will create a unique nation that even America would admire.
I said my heart goes out to those who participated in the red October, in the same way to those who call themselves 100% tribalists, because it is sickness that threatens the healthy nation that we are as South Africans. Whatever the trauma you went through, share with fellow South Africans and you’ll see how strong we are together.
As we venture toward total liberty, there will be many questions such as: Should we then call ourselves Africans? Which language should we speak as one nation? There is no easy answer, but together we will find that answer.
Personally, I think it is debatable. My view of Thabo Mbeki’s ‘I’m an African’ speech is that currently we’ve advanced towards unity in diversity and must never slide back into ethnicity and tribal hatred. We need to look at ourselves from a continental perspective whatever that continent is called.
I have no qualms to use words from a language called Zulu, Sepedi, Setswana, English, Afrikaans, IsiXhosa or whatever language, but for as long such what I speak is not called isiZulu, Sepedi, Setswana, English, Afrikaans, IsiXhosa, not beacuse of fear of becoming Zulu, English, Afrikaner, etc, but because of the history for their naming.
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