LETTER: Black lives matter; a lesson in history

2016-02-04 06:00

Zuko Mndayi’s excellent letter (Blacks vote for the DA at their own peril, City Vision, January 21) refers.

This is my first letter to your paper, but definitely not the last. I will focus on another aspect, though; how capital punishment is used by political parties to dupe the electorate.

The three most important values about how one conducts one’s life are integrity, sincerity and honesty.

If one cannot be trusted, one’s credibility falters, from which one can never recover. Even after one’s death one tends to be remembered by one’s faults. So much more for political parties.

One topic by which we can test if a person is sincere and if he has any integrity at all, is if he supports or condemns capital punishment. This will tell one almost everything about that person.

We had this evil form of punishment in the colonial and apartheid eras. As an example: there is a road called “Drie Koppen Street” in Edgemead. “Koppen” comes from the Dutch word for heads. This was also once the name of the railway station we know today as Mowbray.

In the colonial era, when people were beheaded, their heads were placed on poles to warn others(of wrong-doing). These were three slaves, but it’s uncertain what they did to deserve such cruel punishment. However, this was the order of the day.

Since 1910, when the English and Afrikaners decided to govern our country alone, altogether 4 110 people were executed, mostly by hanging, 136 for their political view. At first, the hangings took place all over the country, and from the 1930s, these were done only in Pretoria.

Of the number of people who faced the gallows, more than 90% of them were Blacks and Coloureds.

That is why capital punishment will always be a racist thing. In America it is so bad that a pressure group called “Black Lives Matter” had to be formed to fight this scourge. Statistics reveal that about 81,4% of the lives lost in the festive road carnage recently, were those of Blacks. Who cares? At the Codesa negotiations it was agreed by all parties that capital punishment should be abolished.

In our very first election in 1994, the National Party had huge posters on the poles proclaiming: “Hang the Murderers! Hang the Rapists!”. The DA soon merged with the NP scraps, other rightwing racists and “confused Coloureds”, today, it has “Blacks”, what a lethal concoction! Their policy on capital punishment was no policy at all, instead they allow their members a “free vote”on “difficult” issues.

They left the door open for a referendum on this issue, should they become government one day.

Mmusi Maimane alluded to this recently. He was heavily reprimanded. Other parties that also strongly support capital punishment are the IFP, ACDP and Freedom Front. The ANC still is the only party that consistently stood by the original decision, in line with world trends, that capital punishment should never ever come back to our country.

Readers should test their churches, sports clubs, and everyone they come in contact with on this matter.

Koert Meyer Welgelegen

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