We are all beautiful

2011-03-17 15:00

Steve Biko's words could never have been truer spoke, or indeed written. His ideology involves breaking a mindset of feeling oppressed and not able to ever succeed. Away from the message one is told by wider society as to what how the world views an individual and what the world expects of the individual.

The Freedom Charter of 1955 within its basis spoke of equality for all, Black and White. It was never to happen.

Our Coloured Brethren are sitting at the highest unemployment rate ever recorded. Sit at a place of being the WORST off among the ethnicities for unemployment.

The Whites were one tenth living in poverty and most as squatters, but that's jumped by another 200 000. Squatter Whites I can understand, hey it's economics at play. But it just grieves me when the ANC tell a very otherwise picture of Wealthy White people.

I myself have always been from a desperately poor family, scraping by each week for survival all my life until I escaped it all to become an accountant. We used to go to the dumps on weekends to collect rubbish, as our usual "entertainment".  We lived as Squatters on a piece of road works land for years too, LONG ago, before it became trendy for Whiteys to become squatters.  

No BEE and/or AA/EE helped me, while I slogged it out working from a broken-roofed garage doing bookkeeping and studying till late in the evenings for years while living in a roof top. I know too well what eating Imfino, Black Jack leaves and Madumbis is all about. That is why this present system SICKENS ME. How unfair it all is, how very against the Freedom Charter it goes for equality for all, Black and White.

As for this claim of me being European, my mum's Irish. I lived there and just could never assimilate into a culture I felt nothing for. My Dad is from a mixed heritage family himself. I'm cursed because I look White. My family were going into KwaMashu YEARS ago during apartheid to fellowship with fellow Christians, nothing ever happened to us going into KwaMashu back then.

I know my case is not perhaps a past that's normal for other pale skinned South Africans.  But it's certainly becoming the norm.  

And so the ANC needs to be reminded of where it comes from, how it gained international recognition of its claim to protect all South Africans.  

All minorities, AS WELL AS our fellow Black brethren, need to empower all of our heads with wondrous and healing belief that we ALL too are fantastic, able to do anything before US, able to succeed and that we are whole, complete and united. Something the ANC lost a long time ago, woefully.

Steve Biko spoke for the oppressed, and now it looks certain that the ANC wants us Minorities to be oppressed.  We take POWER over low self esteem beliefs and such that the ANC is trying to teach us.

Too all Minorities, study a law degree with UNISA in your evenings. Make our Constitution work for us. End this return of oppression in South Africa. Stop drinking and abusing drugs as a way to stave off the oppression we feel. Tackle this oppression issue head on. 

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  • Mike Webber - 2011-03-17 15:07

    Oi !!! Give this man a Bells!!! The ANC have failed South Africa and all it's people. It's now a black elite party who only care about themselves and the money they can steal from the state coffers! Thieves all of them!

      SimonP - 2011-03-17 15:38

      350 years of ANC rule would regress SA back to where it was in 1652. Then again thats what yoou want isnt it?

      DeonL - 2011-03-17 16:02

      Another story in the news: "SA on the verge of dysfunctional" if this is not failing, what is? TG for Cape Town!

      Charlie - 2011-03-17 16:09

      @ Poliomtondo , Your anc failed you, Your minsters stays in 24 million rand houses and your mother in a shack that is a fail !! 70 thousend black children living with HIV . FAIL. But dont take my word for it wait ten more years and see by that time my children wil be mor qualified than your whole generation and can go work anywhere in the world yours wont even have a traffic light to beg at !

      Jo - 2011-03-17 16:28

      It can still happen - we need to resist how a small group of greedy and bitter people are trying to drive South Africans apart - we are all in this together.

      sean.redmond3 - 2011-03-17 17:22

      @ politonki, you are joking,right?

      Jayjay001 - 2011-03-17 17:24

      As the author, I ask every one of us minorities to speak on behalf of those of us who far from being able to afford computers or even internet access. And for EVERY South African who can see the racial slippery slope South Africa is heading down once again to speak out against this evil tyranny the ANC is taking us to. Far from the ideologies of the fathers that gave us birth of the ANC, far from the Freedom Charter of 1955. Let us call for accountability of the ANC to own up to their racial amendments they have made to the doctrine of the once far more honourable ANC, the party which had the world applaud it for being NON-RACIAL.

      Eric West - 2011-03-17 18:09

      Agreed! In fact, he deserves more than one Bell's! @ Poloyatonki - it will take far fewer than 350 years of ANC misrule to take you lot back to the age of vine swinging and mud huts, my boy!

  • Mike Webber - 2011-03-17 15:09

    Many others are echoing your sentiments Mr. Author. It's time for us forgotten and ANC regime-oppressed minority groups to come together and make up the percentages in our voting. It's the only way to save our beautiful country from the destructive greedy hands of the black elite ANC party.

  • Charles Kane - 2011-03-17 15:24

    Yes apartheid was evil. Now what? We going to remind all whites of that fact forever so that we may forever have excuses for our failures?? Japan had two atomic bombs dropped on them in 1945 and they responded with zero blame zero hatred and 100% success within 15 years. My heroes.

      Charlie - 2011-03-17 16:03

      Well Spoken

      sean.redmond3 - 2011-03-17 17:31

      They Japanese have work ethic. The ANC members would rather take than work.

      kleindeef - 2011-03-17 18:49

      Yip. What's the bet that they will have the mess they find themselves in right now, sorted within a year. Cannot say the same of Haiti though.

  • Rob Gunning - 2011-03-17 15:25

    Good article. Smacks of the yearning for true freedom and equality.

  • ? - 2011-03-17 15:44

    "equality for all, Black and White" Interesting that no mention of Coloured and Khoisan people in there.How sad it is that we have all these ausslanders in South Africa,white,black,indian,paki,chinese claiming their piece of the cake,yet the real owners of this land sit in poverty,harassed by the Botswana government to force them off their ancesteral land,get sidelined for work by whites in favour of blacks from the eastern cape in cape town. if you are a Coloured person,dont vote for the ANC,we all know where that has gotten us since 1994 = NOWHERE, and stop voting for the DA,the whites will stab u in your back (like it has been for 350 years). Catch a wake up coloured people !

      Mike Webber - 2011-03-17 15:51

      Only the DA embraces all race groups. We are all welcome there. Like the way they welcomed Patricia De Lille because they recognised her leadership and character. It's time for us minority groups to come together and realise who the true oppressors of democracy are. The ANC black elite party does not want you. You are NOT WELCOME within the ANC. As you say, 'wake up'!

      Poloyatonki - 2011-03-17 15:53

      So what do you suggest they do?

      ? - 2011-03-17 15:58

      @Mike Webber, Everyone knows,but not everyone wants to accept facts.The ANC is for black people,the DA is for white people.During apartheid many coloured people were in the struggle against you whites,and now many coloured people are standing with whites in the struggle against black on non-black oppression.But where does that leave the coloured man? Always in the CENTER,ALWAYS coming off second and in many cases fourth best. Im tired of standing with "others",i wont be voting this year,my buddies and I (we are all educated) are starting our own party for coloured people,just like the FF+ fights for afrikaner people,we will fight for our own people.I know whites hate this,and even fear it,but everything must come to an end. As for de Lille,her ID party was losing support,and no,it wasnt a coloured party,it just happened to have a coloured leader,she then joined the DA,to secure her own political future,and the deal that was struck before they merged was to make her the mayor. We are getting tired of supporting white people at the polling stations only to have white firms stab us in the backs. The time for white politics is expiring,your time is running out. p.s. i dont hate anyone,but everyone looks after their own type,right?

      closedeye - 2011-03-17 16:00

      Why is history part of your decision making. Vote for a party that makes a difference not colour as I do think all parties have people of all colour. Dont tell coloured people to catch a wake up, YOU SHOULD CATCH A WAKE UP

      ? - 2011-03-17 16:04

      @closedeye, History is part of my decision making because history is repeating itself in this country,just the tables are turned with coloured people STILL coming off second or fourth best.

      closedeye - 2011-03-17 16:07

      Why is history part of your decision making. Vote for a party that makes a difference not colour as I do think all parties have people of all colour. Dont tell coloured people to catch a wake up, YOU SHOULD CATCH A WAKE UP

      Mike Webber - 2011-03-17 16:14

      Well it sounds like you've got much to be aggrieved about. The point is, where you want to run off on your own, many of us minorities now want to join hands. Saying every white person stabs you in the back is like me saying every coloured person sniffs glue. That's rubbish, and racist! Let's rather unite my friend, the ANC black elite don't want either of us.

      closedeye - 2011-03-17 16:15


      AlphaOne - 2011-03-17 16:17

      But who else is there? IFP? There is always a risk for the non-black/whites

      ? - 2011-03-17 16:22

      @closedeye, The coloured community might be divided now,but desperation due to increased levels of poverty and unemployment will unite us. To hell with white and black politics.

      avaricesa - 2011-03-17 16:24

      Right now, us whiteys are an oppressed minority. Just saying ;)

      ? - 2011-03-17 16:35

      @avaricesa , Since when are whites oppressed? With the lowest unemployment rates,the highest levels of access to private health care,the highest education levels,the highest levels of wealth -how can you call yourself "oppressed" ? Mind answering?

      Loodpil - 2011-03-17 16:56

      Us Boere know what it feels like to be oppressed and what it is to be targetted for extermination. We've been there before. Have you ?

      Jayjay001 - 2011-03-17 17:05

      At the nameless person asking about White people being oppressed, please reread the article. I made reference to more than one tenth of White South Africans living as squatters, and growing daily. Hey, as I said, only economically fair. You see some White people (A LOT OF THE TIME FOREIGN MONEY - Germans, Dutch, British who have bought up half of Cape Town - the locals can't even afford to buy there anymore). I'm NOT speaking on behalf of the Rich White South Africans, but for the oppressed Minority groups of this country who are ALL having it bad under this present system. I suspect you to be one of the ANC agents working full time there on the propaganda board there off Parliament street in the offices there, don't worry Wikileaks will catch your lot out in the end. The digital age will catch out all the criminals now that information gets easier and easier to access. We're living under an oppressive system far away from the Rainbow Nation we believed we were to have. Racism is reported daily, and our HRC are not mad enough to say boo to a goose and end it. What we have is a bunch of painful sycophantic HRC staff who refuse to stand up against racism in this country. It's when our country is finally free from any racism that we will be a Rainbow Nation.

      BOY30 - 2011-03-17 17:08

      @JayJay001. I guess you are in your 20/30. White people did not fight for us. they were enjoying the time blacks were oppressed. When i say blacks i include coloureds. I will keep on voting for ANC because it made a difference in my life. White people are the one who see this country as chaotic. To me is better than pre 1994. I will not vote for the party that will take away BEE,AA/EE. I am enjoying this country. Viva ANC Viva. Phambili nge BEE/AA/EE phambili.

      Jayjay001 - 2011-03-17 17:28

      As the author, I ask every one of us minorities to speak on behalf of those of us who far from being able to afford computers or even internet access.

      kleindeef - 2011-03-17 18:11

      @BOY30 Hendrik! Hendrik!

      ? - 2011-03-17 18:12

      @Loodpil , Remember when the Dutch tried to exterminate us after 3 khoisan-dutch wars? Then u took our land and then the british came and took our land that your forefathers took from us,and now u claim "extermination".Fair enough i sympathise with you because i know what it feels like but i doubd you sympathise with us.We dont have the majority here,we dont have money,we are the most vulnerable to be discriminated against,to be persecuted,to be looked over for jobs,access to education.You have your skills and money,we dont,so dont cry me a river on here.All these evils have been waged against us for over 350 years already.

      Jayjay001 - 2011-03-17 18:15

      hey BOY30 - Yes, I'm 20s to thirties. Just remember there is nothing different then between you voting for an oppressive system hating on a colour of skin, than the former oppressors. It's so sad that our country has to be like this, against the words of the Freedom Charter man. As i was saying to masere: "A society which does not allow competitiveness and allow the best performers to get to the top, which holds people down because of their colour skin is bound to fail. Just ask the Apartheid government all about that. It makes complete economic sense to allow the best and brightest forward, and to encourage competitiveness yet also equality as well, a fine line." Think about it man, we're heading down the same slippery slope. Let's work together towards a Rainbow Nation.

      ? - 2011-03-17 18:15

      @Jayjay001, What right do u have to speak on behalf of ALL minority groups? U dont talk on behalf of me.I speak on behalf of our coloured and khoisan peoples because I come from there,i experienced the white apartheid system,I experience black discrimination against us and I experience how whites stab us in our backs. So dont come here and lump all minority groups together as coloured people are the most vulnerable to be exploited,persecuted and oppressed by both blacks and whites !

      Jayjay001 - 2011-03-17 18:51

      Nameless - don't come pigeon hole me thanks, My Irish family wanted NOTHING do with us kids because of my Dad's Coloured blood, as I( said in the article. I'm blood of the Khoi, as are MOST of the pale skinned people of this country, it sued to be a big secret in the past. Something tells me though that you're very much part of the ANC propaganda online propaganda machine working overtime. Because I know the feel of our Coloured people, who now want NOTHING to do with the ANC. I'm around my Coloured brethren daily, I am very much a part of helping the people of the Cape. And we all can see full townships unemployed because of racist ANC policies. So DON'T come play Coloured, when you're nothing but an ANC agent. Otherwise you'd be too aware of what's being discussed right now by the people of the Cape.

      ? - 2011-03-17 19:30

      @Jayjay, Im very much coloured thankyou very much.Sorry to hear about your Irish problems,nevertheless,only a few white south africans have khoisan blood since most whites today are descendents of people that arrived here within the last 200 years or so. Im not an ANC agent,dont know how u came to that conclusion since i wont be voting for the DA nor the ANC,but u sound very much like a DA agent,trying to be a coloured person. Your party knew what that black guy said about an oversupply of us in the western cape,so why did they and the FF+ wait until a few weeks before the election to break this news to the coloured community? Tell your DA to stop playing with the emotions of coloured people,we're sick and tired of whites stabbing us in the back.Your DA wont get far,and the ANC wont get far either,its a stale mate. We're in the process of registering a party,your DA and white politics are coming to an end in south africa,without our vote.

      ? - 2011-03-17 19:39

      @Jayjay, Im very much coloured thankyou very much.Sorry to hear about your Irish problems,nevertheless,only a few white south africans have khoisan blood since most whites today are descendents of people that arrived here within the last 200 years or so. Im not an ANC agent,dont know how u came to that conclusion since i wont be voting for the DA nor the ANC,but u sound very much like a DA agent,trying to be a coloured person. Your party knew what that black guy said about an oversupply of us in the western cape,so why did they and the FF+ wait until a few weeks before the election to break this news to the coloured community? Tell your DA to stop playing with the emotions of coloured people,we're sick and tired of whites stabbing us in the back.Your DA wont get far,and the ANC wont get far either,its a stale mate. We're in the process of registering a party,your DA and white politics are coming to an end in south africa,without our vote.

      kleindeef - 2011-03-17 20:31

      @nameless Just afew questions. Please answer each one very shortly and truthfully. 1) Why on earth are you so hostile? 2) Does it help to be hostile when debating? (yes or no) 3) Do you really believe that another party based on racial identity will be feasable and taken seriously? (yes or no) 4) Were you perhaps not chosen for a promotion recently? (yes or no) 5) If yes for question 4, do you feel you were entitled to it? (Yes or no) 6) Are you a racist? (Yes or no) I ask these questions because I find it difficult to fathom these little rants you have. If answered truthfully I minghtunderstand your point of view a bit better.

      ? - 2011-03-17 22:02

      @kleindeef 1) Im not hostile,but ANGRY on the way this country is being raped by the state,both in the past as well as now. 2) I stated that I am not hostile 3) Oh yes.It has nothing to do with feasability,but about protecting your own people from whites and blacks 4) I run my own firm and it is successful,the problem lies with past and current practices from whites and blacks (today) which makes our people dependent on them,and wide open to abuse 5) n/a 6) I am a realist and not a racist.Its quite obvious that our people are the most vulnerable to exploitation,abuse,neglect,persecution,racism and exclusion.

      Jayjay001 - 2011-03-18 01:55

      Anonymous - This was in this same column "I stand for NO political party, I stand for JUSTICE, TRUTH, FAIRNESS AND FREEDOM, something the ANC forgot a LONG time ago." - You set up a political part for minorities which runs on the Freedom Charter and we're all the way with you. Well people like myself and all the rest of the previously or presently disadvantaged minorities. I don't need help, thanks, I've done reasonably well for myself, but I help EVERYONE who I can. I want Malema's request that Anglo American gives 60% of the shares to the government of South Africa, just as they give 51% to Botswana (look at those same people, all middle class, being educated and everyone's happy). I'm no fan of Malema (but sometimes I think he's nothing but an uneducated big mouth). But touches of socialism works wonders in Europe, most countries help their citizens out. I'm NOT DA, I wish we had more options. But we don't. But I'm NOT voting for a party with such a racist agenda such as the ANC, full bloody stop. I'll see who i vote for, but if we had a working class political party which cared about every last citizen of this country's young child and gave them the best opportunities as they have in first world countries, well then I'm in full support of them. DA irritate me as they seem focused on middle class people. We will see, there's enough time to get a political rally of an ANC type political party for the minorities, NOT this ANC as it stands.

      kleindeef - 2011-03-18 09:33

      @nameless Thanks for responding. I do apreciate it. Herewith further debate. 1) Im not hostile,but ANGRY on the way this country is being raped by the state,both in the past as well as now. - Most people are angry. The problem with anger however, is that it clouds one's judgement. 2) I stated that I am not hostile - Thanks for clearing that up. 3) Oh yes.It has nothing to do with feasability,but about protecting your own people from whites and blacks - I disagree. If something is not feasable, it is doomed to failure. 4) I run my own firm and it is successful,the problem lies with past and current practices from whites and blacks (today) which makes our people dependent on them,and wide open to abuse - It is totally great to have your own firm and making a success of it. W.r.t. the second part of this statement I have to disagree. We are all dependent upon each other, a rock solid economy and education. 5) n/a 6) I am a realist and not a racist.Its quite obvious that our people are the most vulnerable to exploitation,abuse,neglect,persecution,racism and exclusion. - This may be true. I cannot really say, because I live in Gauteng where the coloured community seems to be on the up. When you generalise(eg. white people abuse coloured people)it sounds pretty racist to all and sundry. You sound fairly intellegent, and surely you do see the error in some of the statements you posted on this thread. Please do not see this as an attack on you personally.

      Felix - 2011-03-18 15:46

      Nameless one, you are the path to the dark side. Your life will always seem like a battle.

      Win14 - 2011-03-19 01:58

      Oh Nameless One, where do you fit in under the heading "we are all beautiful"? It seems to be offensive to you. My heart goes out to you - you should be a very happy person, full of love and all. After all, you truly belong here, you are not some or other nomad, migrant, im-migrant or whatever else we others all are. You were born and bred here, sired by travellers who left you behind and told you to make the best of it and to create your own identity. That's a tough task indeed and you are still battling with it. But after the Vorsters and Bothas you and yours are now free entities and can in fact determine your own destinies - so why don't you? Don't feel ashamed of some initial failures like Boesak and others who couldn't resist the bling. That's only natural for everybody at first. It's the famous learning process, and you have the power to do it better and faster than the Zumas and Malemas, but for South Africa's sake: DO IT ! Don't wait in the wings and moan and groan. You are the future. Whites and Blacks are finished and are actually waiting for a Phoenix to rise from their ashes! They created you and would both be willing to surrender to a progeny from their combined loins as their new ultimate leader and destiny. So I ask you: can you already offer such a paragon from your midst at this time?

  • Ross - 2011-03-17 15:53

    We are all beautiful but some are more beautiful than others.

      Felix - 2011-03-18 15:45

      Kerry Mcgregor!

  • Jo - 2011-03-17 16:27

    It can still happen - we need to resist how a small group of greedy and bitter people are trying to drive South Africans apart - we are all in this together.

  • MactheKnife - 2011-03-17 16:30

    We have been saying this all the while, ANC has forgotten about the Freedom Charter once they have taken power

  • Ccsignor - 2011-03-17 16:47

    We all know they have copies of the freedom charter printed on toilet paper at Luthuli can guess what some anc members are doing with it right now...

      Chibuli - 2011-03-17 21:13

      Yep, stealing it!

  • Nicola - 2011-03-17 17:10

    Author, how can we "make the Constitution work for us" when it is THE CONSTITUTION that oppresses us?? Section 9(2) of the Bill of Rights - which forms part of the equality clause - provides for "constitutionally acceptable affirmative action". In the case of the Minister of Finance v Van Heerden, Justice Moseneke of the Constitutional Court concluded that there is no onus on the state to "prove the fairness of discrimination", as long as the intention of their actions is to redress the imbalances of the past. He went on to say that Section 9(2) "should not be seen as creating an exception to the requirements of equality but rather than it merely affirmed that the state had a positive duty sometimes to take corrective steps to ensure the achievement of the goal of equality." IN OTHER WORDS, as long as you are discriminating against a white and in favour of a non-white, YOU ARE PROTECTED BY THE HIGHEST LAW OF LAND IN SOUTH AFRICA. Notice how this apartheid legislation is cloaked in language that uses past oppression to justify current oppression? Keep in mind that people who validate oppression often believe that they have a right to do so because of a past grievance against a person or government who falls into the category of people that are currently being oppressed. White South Africans are fair game in this country BECAUSE of the Constitution! What is "beautiful" about that?

      Jayjay001 - 2011-03-17 17:36

      Hey again Nicola, I understand whay you're saying, but Rome wasn't built in a day. Once we have the law on the side of the minorities (which is already partly there) then we need to fight flaws we see in the constitution all the way to the High Court. We simply CANNOT accept things they way they stand, something has to give. It's the reversal of oppression all over again, and we've had enough. Beautiful I wrote in reference to Steve Biko's quote, not in reference to the constitution. And it's to do with feeling one is beautiful instead of accepting belief systems imposed on the individual by the wider society, thereby walking towards a successful life, away from feeling one is always to lack opportunities. It's a mind set change. Because there are plenty of squatters I know, Black, Coloured and White, who simply accept status quo and resign their lives away to poverty forever. I'm asking people to learn to overcome such thoughts and to rise up to success.

      Jayjay001 - 2011-03-17 17:41

      And Nicola just back to your clip from our national legal framework, be careful of misreading into the article. The word "sometimes" is placed there amongst your quote on purpose.

      Nicola - 2011-03-17 18:18

      Jayjay001, howzit again! I apologise and retract my last statement because I knew full well that you were not saying that discrimination against whites is "beautiful". On the subject of Justice Moseneke using the word "sometimes" in his judgement, I am certain (from your previous posts) that you are familiar with the concept of legal precedence. For those who are not, what it means is that the judgements made by the highest court in the land are, in essence, Law (alongside actual legislation) because all lower courts, including the High courts and Supreme Courts, will be forced to refer to the outcome of their judgements in any case brought before them. What that basically means is that there is absolutely no point in any white person taking a case of racial discrimination against him to court, as long as that discrimination is to the benefit of a non-white. That is why Universities are not afraid to openly exclude white students who have scored the best marks, for no reason other than their skin colour. That is also why employment agents openly have "AA-only" (ie. non-whites only) filters for jobs on their websites. Because it is legally acceptable in SA to discriminate against whites - full stop. And unless we can AMEND THE CONSTITUTION (dahhhh, not in a million years), that is not going to change.

      Jayjay001 - 2011-03-17 19:04

      Howdy Nicola - I know what you're saying, but am I not a case of someone who succeeded in spite of all odds against me? And I have not even begun to elaborate on even far more odds which stood against me. I'm definitely not trying to open my life for people to pry into, but you get the spirit of what I'm saying. My Dad had a vw combi and used to make furniture and sell it by the side of the road, I can't begin to describe the pitiful sight of an old run down situation it was, but he managed. Sometimes all we have is faith, hope and self belief combined. My concern is that many Minorities just accept the current situation. Many fellow Black South Africans I personally know feel very differently to the ANC, and aren't racist. When we all stand together on this one fundamental issue our country will change. Viva freedom for ALL South Africans

      Nicola - 2011-03-17 22:27

      Jayjay, I think that, thanks to your attitude to life, your experiences have made you both a stronger person and a person who can empathise with those who are trying to claw their way up from the bottom. I am sure you know how it feels to treated like a "white n*gger" by the people who are supposedly "your kind" and you therefore hesitate to join in when your "brothers" are trampling on the next guy that they have decided is inferior to themselves. But it hurts even more when a black person does not give you a chance before assuming that your success was handed to you on a plate and expecting you to PROVE that you are not a greedy, selfish racist. It doesn't just make you angry, it is disappointing because it gives the guys you stood up to a platform to look smug and say, "I told you so, you stupid k*****-lover". Thankfully, you seem to have managed to avoid becoming cynical and have remained positive about the future. I am trying but sometimes I admit that I find it just too d*mned difficult.

      Jayjay001 - 2011-03-18 01:37

      Heya Nicola, I've been through many stages of thought processes in my evolution of thought regarding this whole situation. It's a crazy situation to have to live in hostility all the time. Hardly fair, and ironic that it happens. I think the important stage to get to is where one doesn't number one let it affect them, this is the complicated part. As it's not easy. But what's easy is saying within yourself, I'm not that person that you claim I am, I refuse to accept it and your thoughts have no power over me. This takes practice, but you get there, and once you're on the wave length you're smiling. Because people can come with their attitude but it washes over yourself. Look up positive affirmations by people like Louise L. Hay. Breaking thought cycles is what it is by this simple process. Those I told you so types I never even contemplate, I think it's crazy to think that our country could survive the economic meltdown we were having due to sanctions, South Africa HAD to change, it was just nicely marketed but below was a whole messy story. And no pro our previous regime person can EVER convince me otherwise, we were bankrupt up to the rafters. Nicola, as someone who has two passports and who can live away, the reason why we all return is that we're South African through and through, I'm half Irish and while Ireland is greener than anywhere else the grass figuratively is NOT greener on the other side, try positive affirmations - they work amazingly!!

      MnrFotograaf - 2011-03-18 08:55

      The constitution is worthless as it so difficult to actiually get the CONcourt to rule. It's expensive and even when cases do make it there, it get drawn out and some judgements just defies all sense of justice. It is time that ordinary people can get in there and have their cases heard at no cost. This few judges are not upo to the challenges we face.

      Nicola - 2011-03-18 09:05

      That is excellent advice, Jayjay, thanks. What you went through is not "for nothing" if you can help even ONE person to avoid the same kind of emotional pain. Well, I am sure you can tell from my profile picture that I am (1/8th) Irish! However, the native Irish would argue that I am not even a fraction Irish because my great grandfather, who moved to SA in the early 1900's from from County Monaghan, which is north of the Republic, had a Scottish surname. So, most likely at least one of his ancestors was a British protestant (English or Scottish) immigrant to Ireland who was granted land and title, in exchange for keeping the "filthy, immoral Irish Catholic natives" under control. So, it seems that wherever my ancestors went, they made trouble and treated people like cr*p. Oh and if I return to England? They'll say I am not a native there either because I was born in South Africa, so I should rather "go home". "Home". Whatever that means ...

      Jayjay001 - 2011-03-18 11:19

      Mnr Fotograaf - That's where the power of the people come into play. This whole issue remains a mind block. Minorities remain downtrodden as the ANC government is trying to imprint in the minds of the people of South Africa, and less so the world, that only one ethnicity have right over all in South Africa over others. Hence our TV station's focus on one subject. It's a mindset change we need, before anything. We should not have even have had to have considered emigration, the Freedom Charter said very otherwise. And we're South African, no matter what our skin colour. It's all in the head, we're either powerful or powerless. Hence my reference to Steve Biko, and to overcoming oppression. Once we can get all minorities to change their mindsets then we're onto a winner, and then people will have the self belief to go and unwaveringly stand in front of the Concourt and say NO WAY TO THIS OPPRESSION, END OF.

      Jayjay001 - 2011-03-18 11:42

      Heya Nicole - Ireland is far more complex than the world lets on, for one What is Irish? Most Irish have British blood, especially of the eastern side of Ireland who have far more British blood than Culchie blood. Only now true stories of how the Catholics secretly killed the Protestants in the Republic went on, on people who were not necessarily evil or bad people (read the book The Secret Scriptures by Sebastian not sure of the rest but google will help). The issue is that this world is swamped with emigrants. Just as the Irish took independence, and Africa too, Ireland went through 80 years of mismanagement, corruption, constitutional power of the Catholic Church over the country (like unbelievable power ... peadophile blah blah and all the rest) cronyism and AS IN AFRICA there was mass emigration LONG AFTER INDEPENDENCE. It seems than independence allows for years of chaos every time. Don't get me wrong, I'm happy NOW that Ireland's independent. But just a clue into Africa and Ireland. Two of my Irish friends are Protestant in the Republic of Ireland. They have lived quite peacefully and happily in Catholic Ireland. And they're proud of their uniqueness. At the end of the day, the Catholic Church would have held Europe in the dark ages for millenia if they had their way, technology and the modern world can be said to have been inspired by Protestantism, and while protestants killed Catholics, Catholics killed TONS of protestants, who's all perfect?

      Nicola - 2011-03-18 13:51

      Jayjay, you are right about one thing: Ireland is as complex as SA. I lived in the Republic for a couple of years myself, so I know. Emigration is a problem because even in nature, when an animal moves into another animal's territory there is friction until one party leaves or dies in the conflict. Of course, we use our intelligence to work things out in a civilised manner but our instinct to evict newcomers from our land remains strong. My ancestors thought they were securing a better life for their children when they moved to Africa but they did not think about the families they were displacing. My great great great grandfather's family moved from London to Port Elizabeth in 1820, when he was ten years old. In 1823 his father was murdered by Xhosa's on his farm. His mother, who was pregnant at the time, died "of a broken heart" a few months later, leaving behind five orphaned children. Here's a quote from his journal, written in 1844, during a time of relative peace with the Xhosas: "For my part, I could not see that our family had any reason to rejoice at the coming to this country. We left a comfortable home in England where my father was well-to-do to come out here ... to be murdered by (blacks), thrown out by the government to sink or swim the best way we could". How different things would have been if he had stayed in England? The ANC would have been happier, I'm sure, because he and his siblings went on to have many white children, including my grandmother's father.

      Jayjay001 - 2011-03-18 19:24

      Hey Nicole, I do hear what you are saying, but this is your life. In a world of people moving everywhere, no way one has the right to racism. No matter how much they try and gloss it up. You are your own person, not your grandfather or anyone else. You are you. I am typing from a cell phone, busy on a Friday evening and having a breather, so excuse the typos! But lose not faith, positive affirmations all the way on to success, however you wish that to be.

      Nicola - 2011-03-18 20:25

      Thanks, Jayjay, have a great weekend!

  • MnrFotograaf - 2011-03-18 08:52

    I agree, if we use the laws, then we can make a huge difference to our own situation.

  • Sword&Cross - 2011-03-18 20:14

    J NEPGEN, For the Good Lords sake, STAY AWAY FROM JIMMY MANYI & KULI ROBERTS. They will remove your teeth before "forcing" you into oblivion, with retrogressive harsh labour laws, which in turn will eliminate your income, then place to stay and then all chance of a future - UNLESS of course you decide to take a few "pavement gazers" zonked out of their minds on ANC ministerial drugs and teach them sustainable GUTTER GAZING instead. THE NEW RACIST ANC BLACKS have zero interest in any minority or majority - ONLY TO ENRICH THEMSELVES AS QUICKLY and FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE during their gap they can use racism for. With your eurocentric ties, you should be SCREAMING IN A GROUP in Trafalgar Square about the demise of the Rainbow Nation as the ANC destroy it around us all.

  • semaj - 2011-03-20 08:08

    Everybody should cool down and apply some thought in the midst of this flaming row. We are actually going to be voting for local governing representatives, not a goverment. It is beyond me why national politics should be involved. However, if your ward has been badly managed, or in fact your entire area for that matter, by politically (nameless) sycophants who have been hopelessly inefficient, now you have the opportunity for change. A municipality should be run by the best possible people who will not bow to any political pressure, but serve their population to the best of their ability and NOT the will of the national ruling party, taking heed of the needs of the local community. Finished!

      Jayjay001 - 2011-03-20 14:13

      May each subject be dealt with on their own, this is a specific and very relevant subject here in South Africa. A topic of how poverty does NOT discriminate, unlike the message of the ANC. I'm NOT here to ascribe to the DA, what's to happen in this shifting of economic powers is that we'll have a colourless working class party, and a colourless middle class party. As it stands all we hear is race this and race that here in South Africa, I'm putting a face to a forgotten group of peoples' by BOTH the Capitalist ANC and DA. I believe there are blogs and letters discussing which political parties to vote for, within the fact that local elections are on their way. By all means, feel free to check them out and comment at will.

  • Rev. H-Cubed - 2011-03-20 12:15

    Excellent article. This is why it is every citizen's duty to vote for effective administration, and remove from office those who leech public money for personal benefit. All we require is for our leaders to use our funds wisely, and it seems the incumbents are either unwilling or unable to fulfil this one simple mandate.

  • Orca - 2011-03-20 13:18

    Racial minorities don't count in post-1994 SA and never will in the future. Their only purpose is to pay taxes. If you haven't fathomed that one out by now, you are pretty stupid.

  • Eles - 2011-03-22 12:16

    Until the day people no longer look at colour, we are not liberated. People need to do three things, focus on education, responsible family planning and vote with their heads. Vote based on performance not loyalty - holding a political party accountable is sadly the only way people will do their jobs. What makes the rest of us work hard apart from pride? The very real threat of not keeping your job if you don't perform - sadly this doesn't seem to apply to SA politics. If you or I just told our employers what we were going to do instead of actually doing it - how long would we keep our jobs?

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