Whites are privileged. Whites are racist. Whites are the cause of all of South Africa’s problems. White monopoly capital is the reason for lack of transformation in the economy. Whites own 90% of all land.
You might have heard the above statements before at any given time, if you follow the ramblings of our president. In fact, you’ve probably heard these statements more times than you care to recall and have by now, become obliviously numb to the repetition of them.
Most of these statements however, lack any supporting evidence and are factually incorrect. You won’t find mass condemnation of these statements, because although they are deeply divisive and demonizing of one race, it has become accepted as the norm for politicians to gain popularity with the misuse of them.
However, when Helen Zille points out the undeniable fact that colonialism in South Africa brought with it technology, medicine and infrastructure, she is lambasted from all sides, with vociferous condemnation because her comments are deemed as deeply offensive.
Any mention that farm murders are politically and racially motivated is shot down with disdain, but we’re ok with politicians flirting with genocidal promotion.
If South Africa is meant to be a country that belongs to all who live in it, then I’m afraid that we have a much bigger problem than any of us would like to admit.
We have ministers who have almost single-handedly, collapsed the social welfare system, heads of SOEs that award themselves millions in salary increases and a government that has proven time and time again, that it’s only priority is self-interest and the protection of a one man wrecking ball, who has done more to damage this country in his few years as president, than anyone could do over a number of decades.
But hey, you can’t say that because inevitably someone, somewhere, will take serious offense.
As long as our priorities are as skewed as they are now, this country is going nowhere.