Sharpeville day must be replaced by Marikana day

2015-07-09 06:00

R. Munisimay’s letter (We need an apartheid museum) in last week’s Fever refers.

Let me enlighten Munisamy on the history of apartheid and what may have triggered it off. In 1948 after the National Party took over, a riot of a magnitude worse than Sharpville erupted in Durban when a black child was thrown off a moving bus by an Indian­ conductor.

Indians were hacked to death and their shops were looted. This lasted for a long time and had to be stopped by the army. I saw a photo in the Natal Mercury of a black man with a sickle in hand chasing an Indian man, a frightening site for me at the age of nine.

Munisamy must in his or her next letter explain the Caste system in India, which to me is tantamount to apartheid, and state whether photos of the 1948 massacre will be displayed in his museum. It is time that Sharpeville day be replaced by a Marikana day. This massacre is worse than apartheid. Is it another xenophobia attack - I don’t think it is if black brothers of South Africa fight black brothers of South Africa.

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