‘Gevaar’: the radical progression

2011-05-17 00:00

I HAVE been watching the development of our country for years. I left school having briefly felt the breast of a teenage partner at my matric dance and then I went to the army.

There I was taught that black people were coming to rape and pillage the soft breast from which I had recently been wrenched. I was taught to kill them in Afrikaans, which is a much better language for doing that. I finished with that and had (as a white man) to intercede between Inkatha and the ANC, in what was euphemistically called “camps”. We spent many happy hours running from one side of a valley to the other based on information from both sides. Eventually we found a shebeen in the middle with neutral supporters and drank Black Label quarts and did hourly radio checks on how the struggle was progressing. We had to go outside because Chunky, a horribly weightist name for our host, regaled us loudly on the sins of the politicians. I have never had reason to fault him on his politics. Since then I have become educated with degrees and stuff, and developed a discerning disposition to write factually and emphatically on the truth. I feel that I can confidently rant about the decline of South Africa, intellectually and rationally.

It was not the swart gevaar that was the danger. It was the bigger fishcircling the swart and wit gevaar who were circling each other.

It appeared innocuous at first. The benevolent old Colonel Saunders with his white beard and good food attitude, was the first harbinger of consumerism and easy moral laxity in the late seventies. He promised a pleasant meal for those who worked so hard that they didn’t have time to cook. For the driven there were drive-thru’s. Move on TV dinners: the colonel invented eat and run. KFC rules.

Early nineties: in came the Golden Arches, pure synthetics and stepped down for children. Addictive additives made it family custom. My children were raised on Mac Toys with an optional burger. It was consumerism with a conscience. Eat fast, die hard, do it together. I’m not denouncing or detracting, but I doubt they’ll sue, anyway. They’re laughing all the way to the bank.

Now we have the greatest challenge of all — Walmart.

I understand Cosatu’s stance, but I don’t sympathise.

They invited them in. They wore hipsters. appropriated rap and Oprah. They extenuated cool without the work ethic. They mastered hype without substance and defined American style without first-hand experience.

Walmart is an easy way to spend your earnings on middle-class bling from the global village in a pretentious consumer manner.

We worship the United States therefore Walmart cannot fail.

Cosatu understands instinctively, but it has no idea about the true nature of the battle field.

If you think Walmart poses a threat, try Hello Kitty.

The Yellow people are very clever. And like a cheap movie trailer, they are coming.

• George Forder is a part-time writer. He blogs at http://zanclus.blogspot.com

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