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Stop trying to unite South Africans

26 June 2014, 14:49

Please stop trying to unite us South Africans.

We are all different, and we come from different backgrounds. We have different languages, different cultures and different ways we go about our lives. We mainly socialize with people of similar cultures and understanding.

Granted, there is a certain level of “distance” between our various communities, but why should this been seen as negative?

Nowhere in the world is national unity pushed as much as in South Africa. I have not seen campaigns in the US trying to force African-Americans with the Hispanic or Caucasians. Sure, BEE was introduced to the US corporate world a while back, yet to no avail. Nor have I seen matters being forced to integrate the Turks with Germans, the Asians/Pakis/Indians with the Poms, the Aborigines with the Aussies etc.

I am not saying that we should not tolerate our fellow countrymen. But there is a big difference between toleration and forcing matters.

Success stories like the Rugby World Cup in 95 & 2007 DID NOT unite all South Africans. It was merely a reason for everyone to party together, and afterwards these exact people went back to their communities and continued with their lives. These events did not account for a sudden increase in blacks moving into white suburbs, interracial marriages or a huge number of BEE jobs being occupied by suitable candidates.

The powers that be should not forget that forcing the matter will result in even more tension between our ethnic groups.

Let people get on with their lives, with tolerance towards others, and one day you will see the nation will be a lot closer together than when forcing the issue.

Let us live our lives with equal opportunity for everyone. I am talking about the opportunities which are available to every South African since 1994. It is up to each person to make the most of these opportunities.

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