A lot of sore thumbs

2009-09-11 16:28

Path: /Published/CityPress/2009/09/06/CP/Texts/maxcanada.xml Creator: system Last Modified by: system Print Chanal: CityPress Edition: CP Publication Date: 20090906 Section: Features Folio: Page Ref: 21 Book: Source: MethodeTHE one phrase we South Africans use more than any other people in the world

when we look around us and remember what things were like 20 years ago is “Eish,

how the wheel has turned”. I remember what a sterling supporter Canada was of

the anti-apartheid movement in the 1980s. Among other things, they strongly

supported the alternative newspapers of the time that had to do all the

truth-telling, because the mainstream papers were too scared: New Nation, New

African, Weekly Mail, South, Vrye Weekblad.

But, eish, how the wheel has

turned. Now the Canadians give asylum to a white South African ­because they say

his life is under threat from those very darkies they tried to help to get into

power, and only because he is white.

Brandon Huntley would stand out like a

“sore thumb” if he was sent back to South Africa, an official of the Canadian

Immigration and ­Refugee Board has declared.
Yeah, right. All 4.5?million of

us pale ones stand out like sore thumbs here in the far south. Even the ones in

the cabinet. When the Bulls play the Stormers at Loftus Versfeld, there are

60?000 people standing out like sore thumbs in the stands.

Hey, here’s an

idea. We are all so uncomfortable with the racial terminology we have to use. So

instead of talking about “whites” or “nonblacks” or “mlungus”, why don’t we

start calling all white South Africans Sore Thumbs? Like the old apartheid

government changed from calling black South Africans “natives” to “Bantu” and

then, may the Lord bless Connie Mulder’s “plurals”, because he became the

minister of plural affairs instead of bantu affairs. I would prefer to be called

a Sore Thumb long before someone calls me a Plural. We can even abbreviate it to

ST – or does the white trade union Solidarity ­already have copyright on


Eugene Terre’Blanche can ­rename his little movement the Seer Duim

Weerstandsbeweging and do some rebranding – SDBW sounds more like an advertising

agency than a band of brandy-and-coke ­Plural Haters. And the thumbs-up sign can

be the new sign of Boer ­power.

Next time Julius Malema wants to attract

attention he can castigate the Sore Thumbs for not pitching up at one of his

jaunts. He can even get some alliteration going by calling them Sore Thumb

Settlers. “White” is such a harsh word.

The news24.com blogger calling

himself The Third Wors wrote this week: “I thumb my nose at you Mr Huntley. When

the temperature around you starts dropping like Gauteng mall shoppers on a

Sunday morning and the ice freezes your behind to a park bench like a possessed

Sars official had gotten hold of it, you will miss the land of rainbows and

rattling machine gun fire.”

I think we’re better off without Huntley. Not

because he is a brazen opportunist and liar who rubbished our good name in North

America, but because he is clearly a man with no ambition. Canada is not only

the most boring place on earth after Australia, it is one of the coldest as


Any self-respecting Sore Thumb would have gone to the Seychelles or

Mauritius and made his lying ­argument for asylum there.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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.


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.