Good neighbourliness

2014-02-11 12:37

Many years ago I heard this phrase for the first time. ‘Good neighbourliness’. The speaker was the erstwhile president of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Pieter Willem Botha, also known as the ‘Groot Krokodil’

For about a week or two I was quite impressed with PW Botha’s articulation of how he sees Apartheid. I did not agree with him of course, but felt that he had formulated his flawed argument quite well. I then discovered that he was a copycat. He was in fact repeating the exact words of a man whom many regarded as the architect of Apartheid, Dr Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd. In explaining the concept of separate development, Verwoerd argued that Apartheid is really ‘good neighbourliness’ or conscientiousness. Or politeness if you like. You guys there and we will be here, then everything is neat and tidy and we co-exist in peace and harmony. This is what the naïve Dr Verwoerd wanted the world to think is what he means. Of course what he had in mind was more manageable structure to manage the population and allocate resources. For example: when it comes to education he would allocate as follows: [W] R1211 per child [I] R 771 per child [C] R 498 per child and [B] R 146. Clearly planners were thinking hierarchically and effectively trained those of the lower end as manual workers and those on the higher end as those in charge. You need not be a rocket scientist to understand this.

So to call Apartheid ‘good neighbourliness’ is the work of malicious imposters. Proper and good neighbourliness is to act like the Samaritan did. He really took care of that Jewish man in need. 

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