Human rights

2017-03-30 06:02

SOMEONE recently wrote, The first pass laws on the statute books in South Africa was the Hottentot Proclamation Act of 1809 promulgated at the Cape.

Prior to that regulation to limit and restrict movement of the Khoisan were viciously enforced.

“Harsher imprisonment and penalties imposed when 1809 Proclamation became law. The Cape was the experimental area for all the worst forms of oppression and exploitation that spread to rest of South Africa over time. Colonial power was brutally imposed at the Cape.

“In 1948 apartheid was introduced and pass laws imposed which in time led to the Sharpeville massacre. As we celebrated Human Rights Day, we should also remember the first lass laws of 1809.”

Today the DA’s Western Cape premier defends the colonial past. So determined is she that she even challenges her own fellow party members, in particular black members, who have been most vocal about her racist rants and tweets. It’s no wonder people say that the DA is the natural political home of the majority of South Africa’s racists.

Diane Kohler Barnard, Penny Sparrow, Mark Theunisson, Pastor Andre and Andre Slade all have close associations with the DA and all have made public racist comments. Some would argue that the DA’s response and sanction against these individuals is at best a veiled ambiguous threat and at worst an absolute joke given the serious nature of the offences in a country that sits on a powder keg of racial tensions.

As we celebrate our human rights let us be reminded that the Freedom Charter remains the bedrock and foundation on which the Constitution of South Africa sits.

It’s a wonderful document securing and guaranteeing all South Africans of their rights as citizens of our beautiful country.

No one person, race, or group has any greater rights than the other irrespective of their social standing.

South Africa needs leaders who are conscious of the pain and suffering caused by our colonial past and the devastating impact of apartheid on our society to this day.

By her very actions, comments, tweets and statements in the media - the DA’s Helen Zille’s true hidden character appears to be resurfacing.

Perhaps it’s time to retire Zille into the Wilderness as we did with the racist former State President - PW Botha.

Selvan Chetty

• Selvan Chetty is a human rights activist and a senior member of the Active Citizens Movement. He is also a senior member of the ANC on the Lower KZN South Coast.

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