Best of Voices: Henri van Breda and that 'Starry Night'

2017-08-14 16:14
Henri van Breda arrives at court. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Henri van Breda arrives at court. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Like Joubert Conradie, the truth died on #BlackMonday

I have closely followed the coverage of Monday's protests and spoke to colleagues who were on the ground. It is simply untrue that the majority of white people who participated in #BlackMonday to grieve Conradie's death were rabid racists.

At the Cape Town march, in which Conradie's widow, children and friends participated, only one old South African flag was spotted on a woman's biker jacket. The woman lives in Kraaifontein – a lower middle-class neighbourhood outside Cape Town – and not on a farm.

Of course she and others who carried or wore the old flag at marches elsewhere should be exposed and condemned. But to make them the centre of #BlackMonday, as the ANC and EFF have done, is simply disingenuous and, I would argue, dangerous, writes Adriaan Basson.

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Condemning those who fly the invisible apartheid flag

We have deleted apartheid. There is no "undo" option. But some of its non-statutory elements are alive in different guises. The hoisting of the apartheid flag is one of them.

The most dangerous representatives of the apartheid mentality are, however, not the ones who come out and hoist apartheid flags in full view of the public. Those have been, and will continue to be, condemned for what they really are: lunatic extremists.

Those who pose the real danger are those who hoist the invisible apartheid flag, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

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The ties that bind us: Henri van Breda and that 'Starry Night'

In the almost 60 days he has been on trial for allegedly axing his family to death, Henri van Breda has quite often arrived at the Western Cape High Court wearing a tie depicting Vincent van Gogh's iconic painting Starry Night.

Most of his other ties bear stripes and safe colours. This one dazzles with its shades of cobalt blue and yellow.

It's hard to miss.

As much as Henri wants to escape, he is trapped in the witness box until he can provide answers, writes Jenna Etheridge.

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