Whites are in no hurry to say sorry

2015-02-22 15:00

Thursday afternoon. It’s been a helluva week.

The Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, has apologised to the would-be Commander in Chief, Julius Malema, for calling him a cockroach. There’s no signature on her letter of apology, but it’s done. In my book, that’s cool.

The would-be Commander in Chief has apologised to Zeelah. That’s what they call DA leader Helen Zille when she pops in to visit the Commander in Chief, President Jacob Zuma, in his home town of Nxamalala. The would-be Commander in Chief has apologised to Zeelah for calling her a cockroach. Nobody asked him to, so that’s even cooler.

It’s like everybody’s apologising to everybody. Except white people. White people still haven’t apologised for apartheid.

White people don’t seem to be in a hurry to do so, either. Not with muppets demanding that their kids go to whites-only classes and schools running segregated hostels.

And arseholes arguing that a crowd of white kids tying up their mixed race fellow pupil, raping him with a broomstick and filming it is a normal part of school initiation.

I don’t get that. White people act like apartheid didn’t happen. Or happened somewhere else, like in outer Mongolia. Or it was a TV series, like Friends but with bullets, barbed wire and death sentences. Or some kind of slip of the hand, like spilling a glass of red wine on a fluffy white carpet at somebody else’s dinner party.

Truth is, there’s more chance of the Commander in Chief paying back the money than wit ous apologising for apartheid. Way more. Or even acknowledging that it happened, for that matter.

Or owning up to the fact that all of us benefited from a twisted, hate-driven ideology that was aimed at making us fat at the expense of the rest of South Africa. And still are today.

I don’t agree with the Commander in Chief very often these days. I’m a hard voter to please. But he was right when he said, and I paraphrase, that shit started going south when Jan van Riebeeck arrived in Cape Town. The man’s right. Van Riebeeck should have stayed in his pozi.

Even if he didn’t, and if the Khoi and San cats had slaughtered Jan and his crew and burnt the Dromedaris, apartheid would never have happened. Tough for Jannie and company, but it would have worked out way better for millions of black and brown people. It is what it is.

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