I have been reading other News24 users articles and letters
and then the comments that follow.
The interesting discussions that flow from them and often
times the race card that flares up. Many times someone who I assume to be white
would make a comment that is demeaning, or a person I assume is black would
assume the assumed white person was racist... and that how the fight started. I was reading “Maid
in South Africa (a domestic story) “by s1zwe and it actually got me thinking.
We live in a modern society;
we are (relatively) civilised and (relatively) intelligent. It would be logical
to assume that the mess we have in South Africa is the cause of something.
Something happened and the result is a mess.
Many things have been
bandied around and the blame game played.
“Look at the
rest of Africa, they CANNOT run a country and black can’t prosper on their own”
is exactly the shining light of prosperity, it is easy to blame colonialism,
but for how long? Sure the colonials just pulled out and didn’t educate then
populace...but when Belgium offered 15 year training, schooling and general
upliftment package to teach Congo to manage itself it was rejected. So who is
to blame then? And 60 to 70 years down the line we are talking about a minimum
of three complete sets of self educated (by their own government) of school
learners. Add a 3 year university degree and you should, in theory have a
highly educated productive, self sustaining society being able to compete with
the best of the best the world has to offer.
But we don’t,
Africa is a mess, nowhere in Africa can you see a vast improvement over colonial
days. Nigeria and Angola have some of the richest oil deposits in the
world...lovely countries aren’t they? Oh, it is the western capitalists I hear
some whisper... Then train your people, send them overseas, bring them back
smarter, create a local oil company (there already are), nationalize the oil
fields and give it to locals... oh wait, they did this too and it FAILED. So
what is the solution?
This one, as
all South African know is very popular in sunny South Africa. And you know what?
I tend to agree
to a point. The Nats created a system with a first world country locked inside Africa.
The first world country exclusively for whites. 90% of those politicians are
dead now. Did they honestly think the black “problem” was just going to go away?
They created a system doomed from the outset, it would wasn’t a question of if
it would fail, it was a question of when. The Nats made sure the black people
were under educated, made sure that the biggest portion of the population got
the smallest slice of the pie.
It is a
generally accepted fact that the better educated a person is the fewer children
they have. The Nats KNEW the birth rate of the black population, they KNEW
those days already that uneducated people have more children...unemployed
people WILL do crime. But it was fine because as long as they could keep the
black in the townships and the homelands it wasn’t the white mans problem. Yet
still the Nats chose to use the Bantu education system. And then have the check
to try and force them to learn it in Afrikaans? I as a white Afrikaner would
have done exactly the same as the people did in 1976 if the ANC decided that I
or my children MUST be taught in ZULU/Xhosa/Sotho etc.
So we can
blame apartheid then?
No we can’t.
While democracy started in 1994 the general black population had the opportunity
from middle 1990 to start getting to grips with a first world country, to self improve,
to grow and prosper?
To WANT to
improve themselves. Thieving and corruption by government officials doesn’t
help either. But that’s another rant.
So the next
question born out of the above is then: Why does “Africa” want everything for free?
That is the
colonials and apartheids fault I am sorry to say.
something for free, just don’t want a vote, or want to live in that area, or
want to educate yourself”
blacks got more free handouts under white rule than under “democracy”. And you
think whites in South Africa are any better? Many are quick to say they have
worked for it etc. Yes they have, but don’t dare say they were handed anything
on a platter, they will claim the complete opposite. Yet the fact is the Nats spoon-fed
the whites just as much as the blacks. Safety, good infrastructure, good
education...name it we had it.
educate, others say mindset change
Some say the
whites in Europe and blacks in Africa... where must the coloureds go? And I
hope the black chase the Indians and Chinese back to Asia.
FIX it either. The sad sad truth is we are screwed and no one is going to be
able to fix it. There is no education that will uplift everyone. There is no
economic system we have in the first, past or present, that can help the world,
and Africa in particular cope. Capitalism is based on greed. Socialism drags
everyone down to the lowest common denominator. Communism is even more extreme
socialism. Fascism without the racist genocide hatred doesn’t exist. Dictators
look out for the people that look out for them.
people, but until some major mindset shift happens to the world we are screwed.
There will be pockets of prosperity, there always has been.
solution to our problems in the world hasn’t been invented yet.