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'The Distancing ourselves' syndrome

16 July 2014, 12:19

Rene Smit's post is offensive. Can you imagine, a White guy posting a picture of Dr Hendrik Verwoerd and the authors of Apartheid and the caption poking funny at Blacks and why they were NOT all killed?

With that kind of post, the ANC would be at the Equality Court and frothing at the mouth about it. Now, i would like to see how this meeting with the Jewish Deputies ( well, I have never understood what that means- Jewish Deputies!) will pen out.

But, I digress now. My post is about the "distancing ourselves from things/people". Is distancing ourselves from someone who comes from within us mean we do not share the same sentiments? Or is it a PR exercise? I think the problem we have in this country is: DISTANCING OURSELVES!.

When acts of racism erupt in a University, they distance themselves. Without trying to find out what environment have they put across that breeds such people/acts. When striking Union members vandalise and sometimes kill people, the Union ' distances itself'. Rather than verying which of its members are doing this and dealing with them effectively, they would rather portray themselves as "Not like the killers/Vandalisers". It is a really bad form of cope-out.

This kind of cope-out, plays itself out in the open in our society. In the Media, in the ANc, in the DA, everywhere. It is this childish way of dealing with serious national matters that sees us tittering on the brink of being hostages to crime. The government's response to murders, is: We condemn these barbaric acts. The society where these people come from ' distances itself' because they would rather these kind of people are not part of us or are not like us.

When Marikana started, way before the forty-four people died, there was violence and the Unions " distancing themselves". We hear everyday about allegations of corruption against our leaders, but they come out and " distance themselves from these RUMOUR". They would rather not deal with this!

Now, back to Rene Smit's post. The ANC has consistently tried to portray Israel as Apartheid or even worse. The previous Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs actually 'banned' purchases of Israel goods. Jessie came out last week. The Moslem organisations came out. So, with that kind of tempo and sentiment, why would Rene not try this stunt? Followers are sometimes like kids. They keep " testing the waters" and if the 'Party' does not come out strongly and condemn and take action, it goes on. Julius Malema 'tested' the waters while in the ANC. He kept on making the leash longer and longer until he broke away.... Only then, the ANC realised.

I am hoping against all hopes that we are not importing the Israel/Palestine altercations onto our own streets and backyards. Tempers are flaring up in RSA.

Therefore, it will take more than ' distancing itself' for the ANC to try and calm the Jewish fears in South Africa. Because right now, I am sure if you were in their shoes, you would 'feel this'.

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