The sad heritage of a white minority

2011-09-17 09:10

Heritage Month was launched under the theme liberation heritage in ­honour of the heroes and heroines of the struggle.

Sadly, the heroes and heroines who have led and fought for the ­political liberation of the masses with the aim of improving their lives are judged negatively for their ­contribution to the liberation ­movement, accused of hate speech and expected to pay legal costs.

The tragedy we face as we celebrate Heritage Month this year is one that strikes hard against the gains made in achieving our constitutional democracy.

The defective hate speech judgment presented by Judge Colin ­Lamont against ANC Youth League president Julius Malema spoke in the main to the protection of ­minority rights at the expense of the vast and expansive history of South ­Africa.

Lamont stressed the issue that “minority groups are vulnerable and thus need the protection of the courts”.

Does this not dispossess history’s recollection of 342 years of oppression of the African masses?

The consistency of the judgment is hard to ­follow given what Lamont deems hate speech.

His observations are as inaccurate as they are without historical contextual appreciation.

Lamont asserts ­sexual orientation and the vulnerability of minorities without giving due consideration to the political interest of the very ­defendant group, Afrikaners, whose apartheid ­government previously considered homosexuality a crime.

Lamont’s judgment was an oversimplification of our Constitution, an underestimation of democracy and an oversensational reference to foreign law.

He failed to capture the current, unresolved social issues in society that harbour poverty, unemployment and inequalities in education and health.

Our society, being the most ­unequal in the world, is a ­continuation of the apartheid state with the ambition of further suppressing the ­majority ­socially and economically.

Today, this majority still faces ­economic divisions based on race and the economy still remains in the hands of white-minority capital.

This is the truth of our society. ­

Lamont judged the absence of the collective progress of our democracy and the continuing struggle for economic freedom.

He decided against the full ­emancipation of the majority in ­favour of the white minority.

What has changed?

» Moonsamy is an ANC Youth League national executive committee and national working committee member

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