Red October, brought to you by DA, FFP and AfriForum Coalition

2013-10-13 17:30

As a person who always has an opinion on everything I told myself I won’t Blog or say anything about Red October. But through reading other blogs, columns and tweets I thought I should add something that most of us choose to ignore from the message the Afrikaner community was sending.

What is more puzzling to me is the silence from our leading political parties like the ANC, DA, FFP and groups like AfriForum. Why were they so silent when they are so reactionary in most matters regarding race policies?

Their silence is not only puzzling but reveals their inability to compromise votes for truth. Oh better yet, shows some political parties were represented in the march.

Everyone who has had an opinion on the Red October March only focused in one message and ignored others. One message we focused on was the group’s claim of “white genocide”, the slaughter of white people by South African blacks.

I won’t dwell on that, many have read and know that claim holds no ground. Crime affects all of us, not only whites.

What I want to draw people’s attention to is a message most of us choose to ignore, a message that has silenced political parties.

Red October marchers were calling for the end of “racist Black Economic Empowerment” and “Affirmative Action”. This they said deny them opportunities and gives an unfair advantage to “these lazy black people”.

In radio and television interview Steve Hofmeyer complained about how these policies take Afrikaaner or “whites” deserved places in Universities and in job placements.

How their children graduate and find it difficult to find jobs because “these blacks” are always picked over them.

In our selectiveness, we ignored this and only rebutted “white genocide”.  This message was ignored by most because they share similar views with red October marchers. Comments on this Blog will prove this correct.

While a majority of White South Africans were against the Red October March, I can’t help but to think that still the majority of white South Africans think Affirmative Action and Bee policies are oppressive towards them and that they should be scrapped.

DA’s inability to condemn the march is not because they respected freedom of expression. We all do, we all acknowledged that the group has the right to protest and express their beliefs even though we dont support them. They were exercising their rights.

DA was unable to condemn the march because they are also against Transformation policies such as BEE and Affirmative Action. This is not thump sucked but can be seen through their policies.

While the ANC wants to intensify Transformation, as seen in the last month’s summit on BBBEE, the DA wants to replace the policy with “Diversity Economic Empowerment” instead of “Black Economic Empowerment’. It’s also the same case with Freedom Front Plus which totally rejects all transformation policies.

DA’s Youth Organisation has been in opposition with SASCO in Universities calling for the removal of Affirmative Action in admission policies. This is also visible in AfriForum’s youth recent campaign. AfriForum, like DASO and Red October participants think underserving blacks take their places in Universities; thus calling for the death of Affirmative Action.

In all, Red October was not carrying and entirely new misguided message. It was carrying a message widely shared by most “white” student organisations and political parties. A message we see daily in comments on News24.

So while everyone was waving crime statistics that prove systematic slaughter of whiles, they forgot to mention the need for the transformation of our economy through BEE and Affirmative Action.

While most South Africans are concerned about the poor implementation of BEE, no one rejects its intended use. It is through these policies that the number of black graduates increased from 85 000 in 1994 to over 150 000 in 2012.

We also forgot to remind the red October marchers that for the first time in 2011, the number of Black graduates exceeded that of their fellow white South African. It really made no sense that white Graduates exceeded blacks in a country dominated by blacks.

Now because of transformation policies we have over 1 Million graduates in the labour force as compared to 1994 when SA had only 450 000 which was dominated by whites. And that the black middle-class has risen to over 4.2 million in 2012.

What we ignored is that despite all of this growth in the number of black graduates and middle class. White South Africans still earn 6 times more than blacks. While black unemployment is over 30%, white unemployment is below 6%. And that relative poverty for blacks stands at 42% while that of whites stand at just 1%.

Of course, the DA or its youth organisation, AfriForum and Freedom Front Plus would not  condemn the Red October March because they will be forced to talk about the transformation policies they all reject.

ANC’s silence is unknown, could it be possible that they think they would govern in The Republic of Orania? Well, last I heard, Freedom Front Plus and the DA enjoy majority support there.

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