What is colonialism to us?

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Helen Zille
Helen Zille

Charles Ngwena

Whatever her intentions, the recent public utterance posted on Twitter by Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, reminding the nation of the enormous debt owed to colonialism has generated public debate.

In not so many words, in a nation still healing from a racially bruising past, Zille has been asking black Africans to be complicit in their own historical oppression and show gratitude to a system that was scrupulously built on white supremacy. This sounds incredulous but perhaps not so once we understand where Zille is coming from – her situated reasoning and vantage point.

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