'Ministry for minority affairs' laughed off

2012-07-04 19:30

Johannesburg - Freedom Front Plus chief whip Corne Mulder elicited peels of unbelieving laughter from delegates at government’s social cohesion summit in Soweto when he suggested that a ministry for minority affairs be established.

Mulder told the more than 1 000 delegates gathered in a marquee in Kliptown on Wednesday that South Africa needed “a dedicated department for minorities” to “help foster a sense of belonging and decrease the sense of alienation”.

He said government needed to foster a country where “no one feels alienated from their country”.

Mulder also criticised President Jacob Zuma’s suggestion in his opening speech that nation-building was at a high point after the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

“We can’t stumble from one sporting moment to the next without creating a cohesive society,” he said, referring to moments like the 1995 Rugby World Cup and South Africa’s Olympic host bid.

“Every time we have a moment of pride but every time it sinks in the sand. It never lasts.”

He said this was why it was so easy for expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema as well as the controversy around The Spear painting, to polarise South Africans.

  • charnelle.bester - 2012-07-04 19:43


      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-04 20:26

      Which Stanford Almanac do you feature in Victor? Not that many 'Victor's to warrant your claim, hotshot ....

      tommy.jones.754918 - 2012-07-04 20:51

      Victor is a troll, pay no attention to him.

      rowen.loretz - 2012-07-04 23:22

      Great idea. The only people oppressed now are the whites, indians and coloureds. DOWN ANC DOWN

      rowen.loretz - 2012-07-04 23:33

      looks like all of them are sleeping, especially Zuma. Helen Zille in the background seems awake. Proof that Helen should rule!

      peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-07-05 06:25

      Victor, YOU are a Modern Day Turd.

      michael.j.anderson.144 - 2012-07-05 08:01

      Victor.. looks like you're outnumbered, none of us believe in u, so fk off

      ThinkingChick - 2012-07-05 09:02

      Not just for whites though. Homosexuals and foreigners too.

      Mondli - 2012-07-05 09:03

      We can not be a country that condones segragation of any form. BEE/AA were put to redress the inequalities of the past. Question is have they worked? Are they still relevant? Even the ANC has admitted they need to relook at the policy. You cannot build social cohesion by making one society feel different to the other. We cannot hide behind apartheid in as much as we cannot hide the fact it's effects are still prevalent in many communities. But why are they still so prevalent and what needs to change should be the questions? We need RELEVANT structures and policies to move SA forward, not political bull crap the ANC & it's opposition are feeding us that further promotes solical & racial segregation we do not want nor need! Look no further than this News24 platform to see how some South Africans are still segregated in terms of social & racial cohesion

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-05 10:19

      off topic, i say employers should start a union, if we are unhappy with our workers and their striking, we go on strike, close up shop, no work no pay, and we picket inside our premisis facing outwards. by law im sure we can do such a thing if approached carefully.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-07-05 10:58

      @thinkingchick YESSS!!!!!

      blip.noodlum - 2012-07-05 12:39

      Peels? Peels of laughter? Sure it's not PEALS? As in bell-noises?

  • loki.scribus - 2012-07-04 20:01

    Says a lot about delegates' enthusiasm for social cohension if they can't empathise with minority groups. It's also says a lot about their personal character as people.

      smili.fication - 2012-07-04 20:22

      Hadeba - You will be sympathizing with the devil one day!

      WysJouMys - 2012-07-04 20:42

      Hadebe, your just sooooooo intimidated by the MINORITY, aren't you? Go figure...

      SarcasticAgnostic - 2012-07-05 09:06

      So you make inciting, racist remarks, wait for a reaction, then delete your own remarks. You're pathetic Hadebe.

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-05 10:20

      their character as people would count if these delagates were human.

  • sharmay.thuynsma - 2012-07-04 20:01 And he's crazy?

      sharmay.thuynsma - 2012-07-04 20:21

      "In July 2010, President Zuma approved five of the seven kingships and their kings were confirmed by the commission, while the remaining two were still awaiting the commission's recommendation on the rightful incumbent for the position of king or queen" Why can't we have a minority ministry then? We already have a Dept of Traditional Affairs.. thats ridiculous on its own.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-04 21:20

      Minority affairs. The name says it all, Salee. Under 16's.

      Sharmay - 2012-07-04 21:25

      Provide a legitimate mouthpiece for minorities in parliament. One that doesn't get jeered at because it doesn't prescribe to the majority's opinion. Even Whites have a place in the new SA. It would seem that most of these people downing Mulder's idea think that only Whites are a minority. What about Coloured, Asian, Indian and Khoi-San etc South Africans? Don't they also count?

      WysJouMys - 2012-07-04 22:03

      Ag maserwhatthef^% hou jou bek as jy nie opgevoede opinie kan lig nie.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-07-05 11:02

      Nope, they don't even care about the poverty-stricken blacks... so why would they care about the rest. All they care about is lining their pockets

  • jeffrey.jones.357 - 2012-07-04 20:08

    "Freedom Front Plus chief whip Corne Mulder elicited peels of unbelieving laughter from delegates at government’s social cohesion summit in Soweto when he suggested that a ministry for minority affairs be established.' So a guy makes a serious suggestion at this indaba to foster social cohesion and the responese is laughter and jeers. No hope for this summit, never was and this proves it. I hold no flag for Mulder and the Freedom Front+, but the response is pathetic. If you disagree, put forward your arguments against, or don't you have any?

      WysJouMys - 2012-07-04 21:07

      So is land reform, nationalisation, AA, BEE, BB-BEE,juju, showahead, and YOU.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-07-04 21:24

      To me it is a cleare indication that the ANC is dishonest in wanting sosial cohesion in this country all they want is racial hate and by that way they want to stay in power! But they are domned to fail.

  • wayne.fisher.9404 - 2012-07-04 20:28

    I think it is a brilliant idea,even America with a 200 year democracy saw a need for a department for minority affairs,the only snag will be how do we define minorities,by colour or language

      art5SA - 2012-07-05 03:09


      Mondli - 2012-07-05 08:26

      wayne, in USA it was the minority who were opressed not the majority, hence the need to address minority issues to redress the past inequalities

  • ramohapelwa.berries - 2012-07-04 20:42

    South African nation is a product of many streams of history

      smili.fication - 2012-07-04 21:28

      Probably the wisest thing I have actualy heard on this site so far.

  • dusty.rhodes.5 - 2012-07-04 20:43

    Its quite interesting to see all my postings on this article have been removed, on my very first time as a blogger on news24, even though i made no racist or sexist statements, but just my views and real life experiences. Whats even the point of this blogging oppertunities? My message to every white and coloured person, make a tremendous effort to emigrate before its to late, and believe me, time is running out for both of us. Take care !

      Tony Lapson - 2012-07-04 20:49

      If it was a response to another persons comment, they are capable of deleting the thread.

      azande.futhi - 2012-07-04 21:40

      @dusty, I'm glad to realise I'm not the only one suffering the same. Interestingly, the comments responding to mine are still there.

      justin.hawthorne.750 - 2012-07-05 07:46

      Dusty, I find it sad that your comment and all the resulting responses have been deleted. It was the most damning comment thread against the majority without hate speech. News24 taking sides...

  • thapelo.maleka.94 - 2012-07-04 20:43

    department of minority vs trevor noah. I think department of minority cn win awards.

      chriswesley.perumal - 2012-07-05 19:50

      Thapelo little boy, swopped your garden fork for a stolen laptop?

  • thapelo.maleka.94 - 2012-07-04 20:44

    department of minority vs trevor noah. I think department of minority cn win awards.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-07-04 20:48

      When a person loves their own joke so much, they have to post it twice...

  • nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-07-04 20:46

    And the ANC want minorities to feel part of SA and help to make everbody to be proud of being a SAfrican? Is this the way to react to a positive proposal? And black people are not racist? What a joke! But I am more wise than that becouse I can read and some comments made by intulectual black and I don't mean only schooled blacks but clear headed blacks don't feel like that. With the last named group we will built a better SA

  • zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-07-04 20:48

    When are the schools opening???

  • antonvanzyl - 2012-07-04 20:53

    Come and live in London, the id..ts do not achieve positions of authority easily, and when found they are quickly removed.

  • Saleé - 2012-07-04 21:05

    Tse-he! Shame, I can't belief they laughed at him. Can you imagine being laughed at and then having that reported on? Poor guy. It should teach him to say funny things in in Soweto :-)

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-07-04 21:40

      Are you also one of those who claimed not to be a racist and want sosial cohesion in your beloved country A tru ANC cader!

      Saleé - 2012-07-06 14:22

      If I understood the question, I would happily answer you. Apologies, but your grammar, punctuation and spelling is somewhat too confused for me to understand what you mean.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-04 21:18

    What is meant by "majority" and "minority"? ( Please reply without using the words "white" or "black" or "political" or "culture" or "religion" ) The person with the most credible answer will be in the minority, and can go home earlier. If nobody replies, then everybody is in the majority and everybody stays after school to try to figure this out.

      azande.futhi - 2012-07-04 21:47

      Majority is the group that voted for ANC. Clear?

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-04 21:56

      Excellent reply Alvin. You may go. Collect your knife and your weed at the principal's office before you go. Azande: Expand on the concept of "group". Come to the front. Lead the brain storm. I am just going to see that cute teacher down the corridor. Make as much noise as possible. No. There are no books for you to look up in.

      azande.futhi - 2012-07-04 22:01

      @maserati, what is it that you failing to comprehend from my simple definition. Or you are just too obsessed with hearing race and stuff for something to make sense?

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-04 22:20

      azande : Looks like you want to keep the class here till midnight. All I asked you to do, is to explain what you mean by "group" . What are the identifying features, how can you define it, is it a subset of another, is it a constant or a variable etc... I asked you to involve the rest of the class in this brain storm while I went on to do some important research of my own. And all you can come up with is something about an obsession with race?? This is really disappointing. I will now go see the other little one down the other side of the corridor. You'd better have something more substantial and credible when I come back. I mean when I return.

      ThinkingChick - 2012-07-05 09:05

      A minority in this country is not just about race. Sure that's a part, but also included under minorities would be homosexuals, fringe religions, atheists, foreigners and anyone else who is not one of the sheep.

      wayne.prince.1257 - 2012-07-05 15:38

      @Azande. Is this the same "group" who marched only days after the 'Spear' painting of Zuma, yet 7 months into the year, non of the people in that "group" marched when children in Limpopo still have no books to learn? is that the "group" you talking of?? clever boy It's called priorities and your "group" has got it all wrong

  • Boemo - 2012-07-04 21:26

    lol! eish!

  • anneck.cranke - 2012-07-04 21:37

    Jacob Zuma with that knob on the top of his head: THAT'S a huge laugh! This idea of Mr. Mulder should be seriously be considered - the white minority in South Africa have every bit as much say as... the ANC! Don't Australia have something similar?

      azande.futhi - 2012-07-04 21:43

      this is south africa. it will never happen.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-07-04 21:59

      Azady yes becouse you are just as dishonist and racist as the ANC!

      ThinkingChick - 2012-07-05 09:07

      It is not just whites who are a minority - many races, religions, people of other ethnicity and homosexuals need protecting and informing before it all goes to hell.

  • thando.ramncwana - 2012-07-04 22:03

    Hahahahahahahaha......ROTFL......i want a Range Rover Evoque.....

      june.april.148 - 2012-07-04 22:06

      Im sure Jacob eish he has one for you.

      chriswesley.perumal - 2012-07-05 19:54

      thando girl, plse get back behind the dishes

  • jones.mkandawire - 2012-07-04 22:33

    Not a bad thing at all mate but its got to be one in the shadows since there is enough democratic ministries representing all SA citizenry in national government. Other than that ask youself why you feel alienated

      azande.futhi - 2012-07-04 22:39

      Interestingly Zille and DA are not feeling the alienated. He really has to check the mirror. He's probably living in the past that Mr De Klerk is missing. The past of "weeping for lost fortunes".

  • pieriewaaier.zooms - 2012-07-04 22:42

    Please, no! No! NO!. This Mulder oaf must have taken leave of his senses. Yet another government department (the 39th!) to which yet another ANC cadre would be appointed & at least another 1000 to waste our money, go on repeated overseas trips, acquire a blue light brigade of the top range German luxury cars and 4X4's, etc. etc!? And for what sensible purpose? Feeding the nanny state? We are quite capable of looking after our own affairs, thank you! So, go play in the traffic!

  • duma.pewa - 2012-07-04 23:53

    would this be a minister of recycled apartheid? going back to the principle of seperate development? how about a volkstaat? stuck in the past.

      SarcasticAgnostic - 2012-07-05 14:55

      Does the term BEE mean anything to you?

      chriswesley.perumal - 2012-07-05 19:56

      Eish duma, daai tor trek alweer die verkeerde tou!

  • Gerry Klos - 2012-07-05 01:58

    South Africa is the only country in the world where the majority has to,protect itself from a minority. Makes one think!

      Parlo Damane - 2012-07-05 07:17

      thats because the minority abused the majority for a long

      chriswesley.perumal - 2012-07-05 19:58

      Alvin, i think this pikanien talks about a long slong! remember thats what they best at. ?. Breeding

      Pixie86 - 2012-07-06 06:01

      Yeah, makes one thing about all the terrible things the minority did to the majority and the disadvantages the majority was put under

      wehan.victor - 2012-07-06 09:53

      @pixie, makes me think how weak the majority must be to have themselves oppressed by the minority...

  • martha.stclair - 2012-07-05 04:57

    how about a government that does its job and looks after ALL South Africans... I know its a radical idea, but you never know, it could work!

      Parlo Damane - 2012-07-05 07:14

      he is mad, he wants a system that was used in the apartheid regime (house of representatives). the FF is always trying to divide the country instead of uniting

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-07-05 08:56

      The only reason it was really laughed off was if they created this department the ANC would admit to their racism...

  • Parlo Damane - 2012-07-05 07:22

    that nonsense will never happen an to the idiot that accused the ANC of being racist plz give me evidence

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-07-05 10:40

      BEE & AA

      jackal666.daniel - 2012-07-05 13:59

      Seems you never got your textbooks up in Zimpopo! Idiot!

      chriswesley.perumal - 2012-07-05 20:00

      Parlo, finished washing my car?

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-07-05 07:49

    this is how the racist ANC feels about minorities, they couldnt give a fucI<.

  • Rory Neil Price - 2012-07-05 07:55

    Agree one day won't be any whites left, after all one can have a Black Lawyers Association and if you a Honkey you can't apply, why not, ahhh if it is for whites, coloureds it is racccccist

      ThinkingChick - 2012-07-05 09:09

      I am going to keep repeating this until someone understands - minorities in this country are not only identifiable by colour - take homosexuals, for example. Now that is a victimised minority, as are whites, coloured, foreigners and anyone who is not a sheep.

  • ThinkingChick - 2012-07-05 09:01

    If a ministry for minorities served minority races, ethnicity, religions, atheists and sexuality then I would be all behind it. This country is splintered in so many ways - corrective rape, an ANC that believes it is the party of god, hatred of minority races emerging - from straightforward fear of foreigners to a general hatred of whites (also encouraged by the ANC). I fail to see why protecting minorities would be a bad thing.

  • Allan - 2012-07-05 09:26

    In every country in the world groupings feel that they are superior or not as good as another group for which ever reason. The socialist ANC is trying to sell to its members that we are all equal and with it the ENTITLEMENT to an equal share of everything which not a realistic expectation. This has not and does not work in any country on the planet how do we expect it to work here? Social cohesion is a human right to associate with whom ever you would like to and in the same way not to associate with. It is not up to the state to force any group into a social cohesion with another group as the ANC has tried to do through BEE/AA legislation.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-07-05 09:37

    I agree, as it stands the minority has been muted. Government does not know how we feel, what we can offer or anything, because it really does'nt care. It is high time that we do have a voice, the minorty have a lot to offer, we can help government improve we can help uplift the poor in ways that the poor can help themselves instead of relying on government handouts. It is time government started to recognise that they need to shape up, they have failed badly on all fronts. Its time for them to take stock and work with the people. Blacks and Indians and coloureds have had 18 yrs to uplift themselves. There are a lot of black people and indians are the main people that have taken the opportunity to uplift themselves. Coloureds again I believe although given the chance have been sidelined with the white people. At the moment there is nobody to speak for the minority and so therefore I believe at this stage we need to have a representative who will work with government and therefore be our voice and hopefully it may be heard. After 18 years I think its time for government to stop their arrogance and come to the table. As South Africans we deserve a better life for all irrespecive of colour. We work and live side by side, its government that is hampering the problem because the people have now seen how they operate and their shortfalls, maladministration fraud corruption and maladministration. They are trying to cover up their devious actions, blaming apartheid.

  • justin.pretorius - 2012-07-05 10:45

    Some countries have this, why can't we? It is time

  • Dennis - 2012-07-05 10:47

    Of course it was laughed off because the government doesn't care about our affairs. Having a ministry would be forcing them to admit that we have "affairs" in the first place.

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-07-05 14:56

    as if there was a minister for bantu affairs in the days of old

      john.doeslough - 2012-07-05 16:36

      So just because the apartheid government didn't do it then it's not worth doing now? Stop looking back at the past for excuses,instead come up with constructive ideas for the future

  • bashin.monyela - 2012-07-05 20:04

    Are minorities and majorities defined by race? If so, what about a black homosexual, or a white transgender atheist? What a white anc supporter or a black guy who identifies more with white/asian people, indian christian, white muslim or a colored wicken ? Chinese/oriental people are economically black so how about them?

      LanfearM - 2012-07-06 13:25

      Exactly bashin.monyela! I so agree with your comment! We should stop thinking along racial lines in this country! It is the only way we will ever go forward and all prosper.

  • Pixie86 - 2012-07-06 06:07

    Are you kidding me? The minority in this country alienate themselves! They don't want to integrate. They still believe they're superior and are always insulting to the majority calling them breeders, stupid and uneducated. Send a white man to the township and just see what a warm welcome he'll get. Didn't you see that when the rugby was played in soweto?

      LanfearM - 2012-07-06 13:24

      Well yes. Then why haven't they organised other rugby games at Orlando stadium etc. again? I thought it was brilliant the times they did, but after the soccer world cup it never happened again. What a pity. A great opportunity has been lost. There are also more than one minority in this country! Not all of the minorities are white. There is an Indian minority, a Coloured minority, an Asian minority. All three of these are quite substantial and for some reason people always forget about them and only harp on about black and white. And Pixie86, not all of the white [or other] minorities talk or feel that way about the majority. Stop generalising.

  • mokgadi.deborah - 2012-07-06 06:49

    Is this a joke or what? We will only think about that kind of ministry as soon rich and poor people, black and white can stay together in townships and surbubs as South Africans. The goverment should refrain from selling land to developers and only sell a portion of it. The rest should be given to the majority who have been forcefully removed from their land and dumped in the towships. Then minorities will understand equality.

      LanfearM - 2012-07-06 13:21

      Firstly, we already to live together in the suburbs at least. I have more than one black African neighbour. Secondly, I agree with you about government and land. They should distribute some of the more than 30 million hectres of land they have to those that don't have land.

  • nav.chan.5 - 2012-07-06 15:35

    Hmmm ... a "Ministry for Minority Affairs". That would be "Whites Only"? Come on, even in the vestiges of desperation, surely, anyone with ANY common sense, would realize that this is another attention grabbing headliner to add some sort of credence to fringe parties. Not that I agree with the ANC in its present incarnation, but it's not like they rounded up the Apartheid followers and gassed them. There has to be some sort of prevailing sense of pragmatism from all ends of political control and oversight.

      SarcasticAgnostic - 2012-07-06 18:57

      Black editors forum? Blacks only?

  • sango.jika - 2012-07-06 17:47

    minister of minority this guy is on crack.

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