Khoisan must be recognised: Zuma

2011-10-05 19:45

Johannesburg - South Africa must fully recognise the status of the Khoi and San people, President Jacob Zuma said on Wednesday.

"As a democratic government, we cannot fail to address their challenges," he said in a speech prepared for delivery at the National House of Traditional Leaders in Pretoria.

He said from the time of colonisation, occupying European governments had sought to dominate society. One of the results, not documented in history books, was the decimation of the Khoisan.

"During the course of colonisation they were undermined and their character and dignity almost destroyed."

Zuma said a comprehensive national traditional affairs bill had been drafted to cover all aspects of traditional leadership, including the affairs of the Khoisan.

"I ... hope that the bill will fundamentally address the long historical challenge facing the Khoisan."

Zuma said the bill was a clear indication of how the government took traditional leadership seriously. Once interested parties had made their inputs and the bill was passed by Parliament, it would be signed into law by the president.

"We have moved some distance, and are determined to go far in restoring the status of traditional leaders who are revered by scores of our people," said Zuma.

  • rasklot - 2011-10-05 19:53

    "During the course of colonisation they were undermined and their character and dignity almost destroyed."......hold on a sec here cuzzy. They had the crap beaten out of them way before 1652. Hundreds if not thousands of years before that when the "Africans" moved south in SA they forced the Khoisan people onto the beaches. There were not that many left when Europeans arrived.

      emile.eley - 2011-10-05 21:04

      Your concern for my ancestors is so touching.

      Yoni - 2011-10-05 21:33

      Where is the Khoi and the San? They're all extinct just like their language. Dead as a dodo. This is just a ploy to get more votes from the Coloureds and get the Western Cape back, ha-ha! For them to be calling themselves Khoisan is akin to Afrikaners calling themselves Hollanders and Germans, hee-hee-hee...

      Vywer - 2011-10-05 23:14 just proved the point that black people did a lot of damage to khoisan people. My ancestry is khoisan, yes it is mixed with some German and that is not a bad thing, I can claim to be Khoisan becuase I am a descent of the Khoisan people. And for your information Khoisan people are not extinct, there are some khoisan natives in the Northern Cape(where I come from).Do not deny me my ancestry...its not your place to do that.

      daaivark - 2011-10-06 08:05

      and how is that statement useful, THE SRG.

      THE-SRG - 2011-10-06 10:24

      well that pig....if they hadn't deleted my first statement then you would understand the one they left

  • JoooJooo - 2011-10-05 19:56

    Heh heh. Indeed you can recognise the Khoisan. They were the short folk the Zulus kicked out of their homeland. Cant miss them. Oh and Zooomie - go easy on that democratic cr@p, China gonna get nervous, and next thing every other white man and Lama has rights too.

  • Jacobus - 2011-10-05 19:58

    If you recognize the San's existance and rights, you, Zuma, must also recognize the fact that you are a foreigner in their land and are occupying it illegally. You are therefore a setler. Pack up and go back to where you come from, setler.

  • Xavier - 2011-10-05 20:49

    Dear zoomie Just for a second I thought finally you are using your brains and there is something we can agree on and then you said :" He said from the time of colonisation, occupying European governments had sought to dominate society. One of the results, not documented in history books, was the decimation of the Khoisan. "During the course of colonisation they were undermined and their character and dignity almost destroyed."" WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!! since roughly 1000 AD when the bantu's started to enter the Northern parts of South Africa where today's borders are, your ancestors killed the Khoi and San people and drove them away, 650 years before the whites has set foot in the Cape. Please shower head, get your facts straight first, you sound like mugabe who shifts the blame upon colonizers for his own problems he created. I don't agree with everything the colonizers did, they were no angels, but if it wasn't for them south Africa wouldn't have had the infrastructure it has today and you zoomie and your cadres would have still pick fleas for food from each others ass.

  • Chibuli - 2011-10-05 20:52

    Ignorant twit! The Khoisan were decimated by the Bantu - what part of SA history does Zuma not understand?

  • ProudlyKhoiSan - 2011-10-05 21:25

    Im flippin irritated, both whites and bantu played a huge role in the decimination of Khoisan people. Zuma is simply trying to afford more power to his people(pardon the use of this reference),the proposed bill is about traditional leadership and Im sure its main focus will not be the khoisan so lets cut the diplomatic crap. further more,africans where not savage before colonisation,they cooked their meals,they washed,had abodes etc. but had no interest in innovation and improving their ways of living.Im sure over time this would have changed,so pardon me if I dont think the advantages of colonisation outweighs the alternative.

      daaivark - 2011-10-06 08:06

      Well said. People are so wrapped in their own small agendas they forget to reason.

  • Trueblue - 2011-10-06 06:26

    Although Zuma's recognition of the Khoi and San is most welcome, it's a pity he does not want to acknowledge the role of the Nguni's i.e. the Zulu, Xhosa and Swati, role in the decimation of these people though conquest and slavery. In his own language there are words of Khoi origin which were adopted through the colonialisation of the Khoisan tribal areas by the Nguni in their quest for more land. Every word in Zulu, Xhosa, Sotho or Swati with a click in it comes from the languages of the Khoisan. By the time the Europeans arrived the San and the Khoi had been displaced, absorbed or decimated by the Nguni.So, it's good to strive to protect these groups, but it's time to take responsibility for the actions of one's own people against others instead of blaming the one and only scapegoat - European colonisation. Nguni colonisation was just as harsh, and equally as brutal. At least European colonisation left a rich legacy of written languages, advanced infrastructure, education structures and much more that we should be celebrating instead of tearing down. Not much was left for the Khoi or the San in the areas colonised by the Nguni except their rock paintings and petroglyphs, which prove that they were there thousands of years before any black man or white man set foot in this country. This sudden change in rhetoric by the ANC must be their new deal to get whites, Coloureds and Indians to vote for them. Get real, the ANC is still corrupt and doesn't like us.

      Shafiek Fiekiejoe Joseph - 2013-09-23 21:22

      The Khoi and SAn along with Cape Malay and other slave descendants fought togetther with Nguni to overthrow Apartheid enforced on ngunis.They aslo were against slavery and colonialism.There is unwritten History...check amongst the people for details.Was slavery and slave killings adressed in the TRC?It was only about blacks...sadly! :(

  • daaivark - 2011-10-06 08:04

    Hey. So how about recognising the status of the Dalai Lama, oh fat one?

  • letsee - 2011-10-06 09:02

    Full agreement

  • Badballie - 2011-10-06 09:56

    As a cultural minority they are legally entitled to official recognition and a homeland, we did it for the Jews in the middle east it would be racist not to do it for the Khoisan who have more right to their own sovereign state than even the German/Dutch cross breeds we call Afrikaans.

      phathuchicos - 2012-02-21 18:01

      Amen to that

  • Gaina - 2011-10-06 11:19

    Old Jacob sucking up to the people who were deliberately sidelined by the ANC in the past, just a build up to the elections.

  • Andrew John Dietrich - 2014-04-11 17:28

    It's not about time that the crawlers invading the khoisan inheritance land but it is the time of God that make this differance between the rulers who rules on the khoisan's land for decades,what was will be sais the scipture of God and wot he gives to the Khoisan people can no invader claims,the must go all back where they come from,the northern regents.the Khoisan will soon rules they Kingdom until Jesus comes.believ it or not.....

      Andrew John Dietrich - 2014-04-11 23:47

      Briefly Mr Zuma said,Khoisan must be recognised by all the other bloodsuckers who invaded the Khoisan Kingdom from the 14th century the zuly's and xhosa's and the in the late 1652 the European killers who murdered the khoisan people,today this bloodsuckers will still rule on the khoisan's soil,does it make sence zuma,you stole hundred of millions of rands from the khoisan to build ur kingdom but justice will prevails very soon.....

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