PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Enzo Mpanza
 
Comments: 35
Article views: 1436
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all Enzo Mpanza's badges.
 

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.

Follow on Twitter EnzoMpanza

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
35 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Bolsheviks Partysa
Thuli needs help

The Public Protector now needs all the support that she can get! Read more...

1 comments 39 views
Submitted by
FFP
Stagnation of technology

we as civilization should come down to our primordial reality: the advance of technology cannot go on indefinitely, it has to stop and soon.  Read more...

10 comments 149 views
Submitted by
Mark Whelan
Down with Racism

I abhor racism. Always have, always will. Interestingly, in my recent past, I, too, have been accused of racism. Read more...

0 comments 875 views
Submitted by
Keita
The human face of christian spite

I can’t tell you how often I hear this, both here on News24 and elsewhere. Rational arguments have been made to indicate how wrong those statements are, but it seems they fall on deaf ears. Read more...

206 comments 2348 views
Submitted by
Greg Martino
Does God answer our prayers?

To supplement to our insufficient income, myself and my wife are occasionally given the opportunity to work various trade shows at which my wife's company exhibits at. Read more...

125 comments 1888 views
Submitted by
Ryan_Ruffgrain
Mario’s here. Nothing else matter...

The above title seems an apt proviso for this piece. Of course, there were other matters of some incident in the Premier League this weekend.  Read more...

1 comments 414 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 40% off fashion accessories

Save up to 40% on selected handbags, purses, watches, jewellery and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2000 on top electronics

Get every day mind bowing savings on top electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

As seen on TV - New book releases at only R199 each

Get mind blowing book savings on new titles. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to 50% on Women’s month treats!

Celebrate the awesome women in your life with awesome treats like beauty products, fashion accessories, bestselling books, electronics and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.