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The Perils of Being Black

09 January 2014, 08:11

It’s been two days since the release of the Matric results for the year 2013 and yet there’s already been much controversy surrounding the credibility of the results. The country’s opposition party and so called “white party” (The Democratic Alliance) has called for an independent audit to verify the authenticity of the National Senior Certificate Matric results. This is a call well within the DA's rights in accordance with the General & Further Education and Training Quality Assurance Act.
The DA, the ruling party in the Western Cape has enjoyed positive Matric results for the past decade or so, leading the other provinces in the Republic by having the highest percentage of students getting through our high schooling education system. However the Matric results of 2013 tell a different story. Not only has the Western Cape Province lost its first place in the standings, it has been completely swept off the podium resulting in outcry from the leaders of the Western Cape questioning the credibility of the results.
How convenient? Suddenly that traditionally black and ANC led provinces are improving and beating the odds, there is a flaw in the marking system? This reminds me of the Paralympics in London where the controversial Oscar Pistorius who came in second place in a major race (The first time I had personally witnessed  him not win a Paralympics event) claimed he had been disadvantaged as the other contestants had more advanced blades than he had. How ironic coming from a man who had to endure a legal battle to compete in the traditional Olympics. This represents a similar tale to the DA’s latest reaction to the results
Both these persons, the DA being represented by Helen Zille represent someone who is not gracious in defeat as they are in their winnings. Or perhaps the issue is slightly different with the Madam. I remember back in my high school years, being the only black that took accounting in the school, the moment I excelled in the subject, the more foul play on my part was suspected. I was not the only victim of this; my other black friends also became closely watched in tests and exams once they started excelling. Students from other races would often ask if we had cheated, it was as if education and intelligence was not meant for black people. No way could a black beat us without leverage.
I know that I have possibly just played the race card, how unfortunate as this also personally frustrates me. However, I’m tired of being a victim of indirect racism and when I fight it I’m told “there we go, typical black playing the race card.” 

I’m aware that results can be manipulated, but why wasn’t this brought up by the DA when they were still leading the pack? Is it that the ANC led government is incapable of achieving something positive even for a singular year? I understand that as it is pre election time, there is a higher risk of manipulation of results but to be bitter to an extent where innocent kids from the Top three provinces are not even congratulated on their results?
It is interesting to also note that a key province (KZN) to the success of the ANC in the upcoming election finished in a disappointing position of 6th place. Surely the ANC should have been smart enough to manipulate these results too.
Perhaps some will concur that I’m just being racist or that I’m ignorant. But the issue remains, the DA are not just a bunch of sore losers, that’s something I can forgive but what they are is a party that still believe blacks are incompetent fools that cannot be trusted.

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