Let’s find each other again

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This speech was delivered by the Leader of the Democratic Alliance, Mmusi Maimane MP, at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg today.

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Ladies and gentlemen

Fellow South Africans

Bagaetsho

Dumelang

I stand before you as a child of Soweto, a proudly Black South African, a son of the African soil.

I stand proud to live in a country that is no longer the skunk of the world, proud that out of the ashes of Apartheid a new nation could rise.

I am a product of the Group Areas Act, the Population Registration Act and the 1913 Land Act.

I was born four years after the Soweto Uprising, but the struggle that began at Morris Isaacson High School was my struggle. And the desire to break down the last vestiges of Bantu Education still burns within me.

Because I cannot be free while our people are still in chains. We remain bound together by our shared history and common destiny.

I stand before you as an individual, with the right to decide for myself how to think and how to feel. No pencil test can define me.

I’m so much more than the colour of my skin, but I will never deny who I am and the forces that shaped me. I will never forget where I come from.

Apartheid may be history, but the racism that nurtured and sustained it continues to this day.

Racism demeans us. All of us, black and white.

It opens the wounds of its victims, and exposes the ignorance of those who perpetrate it. It robs us of the dignity that so many fought for.

And racism divides us. Just look at us. At the very moment we need to be standing together, we are being torn apart.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

When I look back, I still marvel at what we have achieved together.

Some said we had no chance. They said our history was just too unfair, too brutal.

They said the scars inflicted by centuries of colonial rule and half a century of Apartheid laws were just too deep.

They said forgiveness and reconciliation were impossible.

And then along came a leader who taught us that our scars would not be healed by more hatred, but only by love and understanding.

This humble man, incarcerated for 27 years for fighting against racial domination, was the embodiment of forgiveness and reconciliation.

He urged us to look beyond our differences and find our common humanity.

And so we did.

Like in a marriage, we made a commitment to each other. Our antenuptial agreement was the Constitution we signed twenty years ago on the 8th of May 1996.

On that day, we vowed to respect each other. We vowed to grow old together. We vowed to stick together, through thick and thin, in sickness and in health.

At first, our relationship flourished. We celebrated each other’s successes as if they were our own. When tragedy struck, we mourned together.

But when the honeymoon ended, we found that we hardly knew one other. Now, after two decades, we sometimes struggle to recall what we saw in each other in the first place.

Because, two decades into our new democracy, it feels as though we are drifting apart.

Part of the problem is that we – as black South Africans – are still made to feel inferior because of the colour of our skin.

And this inferiority complex runs deep.

I remember growing up how we used to refer to successful black South Africans as ‘ngamla’ (a white person).

And I cannot tell you how many times I am told by black South Africans that I have “done well” because I happen to be married to a white woman.

Apartheid was so dehumanising that, too often, even today, white people remain the benchmark that we set ourselves. How can this be?

As black South Africans, we are entitled to ask uncomfortable questions.

We are entitled to ask why a black child is 100 times more likely than a white child to grow up in poverty.

We are entitled to ask why a white learner is six times more likely to get into university than a black learner.

We are entitled to ask why the unemployment level of young black South Africans is well over 60%.

There is a passage in Niq Mhlongo’s novel, After Tears, which captures the hopelessness so many feel. After graduating from university, the protagonist in the story arrives back in the township only to be told by his Uncle’s friend:

“If you’re black and you failed to get rich in the first year of our democracy, when Tata Mandela came to power, you must forget it, my bra. The gravy train has passed you by and, like me, you’ll live in poverty until your beard turns grey. The bridge between the stinking rich and the poor has been demolished. That is the harsh reality of our democracy.”

All South Africans – black and white – must talk about the persistence of racialised inequality twenty years after the end of Apartheid. And, if we believe this government has failed to redress Apartheid’s legacy, we must say that as well.

There can be no conversation more important than this one. It is a conversation we must keep having until the structural inequalities of our society have been flattened.

This conversation is interrupted, however, every time a racist incident hits the headlines and explodes onto social media.

Suddenly, we are back to square one. The injury of racial inequality is compounded by the insult of racism. It is like pouring salt in a deep wound.

No wonder so many people are angry about racism. I am one of them.

So, today, I say: this far and no further. It is time to draw a line in the sand against racism.

Now I know that there are many people in South Africa of all races who truly believe in non-racialism.

I know that the vast majority of white people don’t think like Penny Sparrow does.

And I know that many, many South Africans are playing their part to redress the legacy of the past.

But I also know that, for every racist incident that makes the front pages and trends on Twitter, there are hundreds that don’t.

I know that there are people who talk to each other around the braai as if they were still living in the 1970s.

And we all know somebody who is fond of starting a sentence with “I’m not a racist, but…”

Because, for every incident of overt racism, there are thousands of instances of casual, everyday racism: Talking down to people, laughing when people pronounce an English word incorrectly, not bothering to acknowledge people, believing somebody’s accent is a sign of their intelligence.

These are all subtle forms of racial superiority, and it is time we all acknowledged how damaging they are. Repeated over time, they erode the goodwill that once existed be-tween us.

It is equally important to acknowledge that racism is not the preserve of any one group. To say that black people are not capable of prejudice is itself a twisted form of racism.

As Advocate Thuli Madonsela reminds us:

“Being a victim of systemic racism and structural racial discrimination does not exempt you from being a racist.”

I could not agree more. We all have the capacity for greatness, and we all have the capacity for prejudice. That is what equality is about.

Fellow South Africans.

I still believe that most people in our country – black and white – feel a deep and abiding sense of shared destiny. More than anything, they want this imperfect union to succeed.

And yet we are talking past each other, and we are not listening to each other. When we do listen, it’s like the meaning is lost in translation.

It reminds me of the great poem by Roger McGough entitled “You and I”. It goes like this:

 

I explain quietly. You

hear me shouting. You

try a new tack. I

feel old wounds reopen.

You see both sides. I

see your blinkers. I

am placatory. You

sense a new selfishness.

I am a dove. You

recognize the hawk. You

offer an olive branch. I

feel the thorns.

You bleed. I

see crocodile tears. I

withdraw. You

reel from the impact.

 

Fellow South Africans, we need to find each other again. We need to recognise what we saw in each other all those years ago.

I am not going to stand here and pretend I have all the answers. I don’t think anybody does. What I do know is that any road to reconciliation starts with a conversation.

So, over the coming weeks, as Leader of the Official Opposition, I will initiate a series of dialogues on race entitled ‘Stand Up, Speak Out’ involving South Africans from all walks of life.

These dialogues will not be dominated by public representatives, nor will they be conduct-ed under a party political banner.

People have had enough of politicians telling them how to think and what to feel. It’s time to let people talk for a change.

Having said that, as a political leader, I have specific responsibilities that I will not shy away from. And, as Leader of the Democratic Alliance, I am all too aware of the unique challenges we face as a party.

We are trying to do what very few parties have achieved anywhere in the world. We are attempting to bring people together across the colour line on the basis of shared values.

I want to be clear that this does not mean we must ignore race. When I was elected in May last year, I told the delegates at our Federal Congress “if you don’t see that I’m black, then you don’t see me.”

Racial injustice is real and we need to redress it. We cannot wish it away by pretending to be colour-blind.

I am proud of the fact that the DA is the most diverse political party in South Africa’s history.

I am proud that we stand up for the rights of each individual to be what they want to be, regardless of the colour of their skin.

But the DA is not perfect. No political party is. And I want to be quite clear about where I stand.

We have a duty, all of us, to act against those who engage in racial discrimination and racial mobilisation.

Because there is no place in the DA for people who believe that the colour of their skin renders them superior to others.

No DA member must be satisfied until we have fundamentally addressed the structural inequality in our society. We must build a society based on freedom, fairness and opportunity.

And no DA member must ever turn a blind eye to racism, no matter how subtle or coded. We need to call people out on their behaviour, even when confronting them makes us feel uncomfortable. We have a duty to stand up and speak out for our values.

Because racists are not welcome in the DA. And if you’re a racist and you are thinking of voting for the DA, please don’t. We are not the party for you.

I will not tolerate racism in the party I lead. This is why I will soon be introducing an anti-racism pledge that every new and returning member will be required to sign when they join the party.

It will read like this:

I pledge to uphold the values of the Constitution, to cherish its vision for a united, non-racial, democratic South Africa, and to nourish this vision in my personal conduct.

I acknowledge that Apartheid was an evil system, and recognise that its legacy remains reflected in the unequal structure of South African society today. 

I reject discrimination in all its forms, and pledge to help root it out wherever I encounter it in South Africa. 

I will not perpetuate racial division, and will never undermine the dignity of my fellow South Africans. 

Instead, I will commit myself to working to overcome inequality and achieving shared prosperity. 

Members found to be in clear violation of this oath will have their party membership immediately revoked, no questions asked.

Today, I challenge all political parties from all sides of the spectrum to do the same. Let us send out a message that racism has no place in our politics.

The DA may be the most diverse party in South Africa, but we are not diverse enough.

We must continue to embrace the rich diversity of South Africa – with all its challenges and contradictions. If we do not, we will not be able to have an honest conversation about our divided past, nor will we be in a position to craft our shared future.

And so, from today, I will require our structures, at constituency, regional and provincial levels, to set targets for the recruitment and development of candidates for public office. These targets, and the progress made towards achieving them, will be reviewed regularly by the Federal Executive.

My objective is to ensure that, by 2019, our parliamentary and legislature caucuses, and our decision-making structures at all levels, reflect the diversity of our complex society. And we will do it without resorting to dehumanising quotas that reduce human beings to statistics.

Finally, in the coming weeks I will introduce a policy document for adoption at our Federal Council that sets out a vision for a fair South Africa. It will contain a focused plan to overcome the structural inequalities that continue to divide us.

At its heart is the recognition that the majority of black South Africans remain locked out of opportunity. The policy identifies the key obstacles to redressing this inequality, including: our unequal education system, skewed patterns of land ownership, uneven access to justice and the concentration of capital in a few hands.

Ultimately, the only way to redress Apartheid’s legacy is to ensure that every child, no matter what their circumstances, has a fair chance to become the best they can be.

This means Black Economic Empowerment that benefits poor black South Africans. It means ensuring that black South Africans benefit from an efficient and sustainable land reform programme. It means a focus on spatial development that undoes the separate and unequal development of Apartheid. It means ensuring that all our children receive an education that prepares them to compete with anyone in the world. And it means building an inclusive and growing economy that creates jobs, so that all may prosper together.

In conclusion, there can be no denying that we stand at a difficult juncture in our history.

But I know we can overcome any challenge if we stand together. We have done it before and we shall do it again.

I draw inspiration from the first treason trial in 1956. We must never forget that black, Indian, white and coloured South Africans stood trial together that year.

They were united around shared values: the ideals of a non-racial South Africa, and the freedom of black people.

We must continue this struggle.

So let us stand together against racism.

Let us acknowledge and confront the harsh material realities that so many black South Africans still face.

Let us find each other again.

Let us build a nation where we can prosper together.

And let us go into the future, as one people, with a shared destiny.

I thank you.

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  • Helizna Kilian

    Please also don’t ignore white and black people in squatter camps. Please pledge to build many, many schools and lots and lots of public housing, to provide basic rights to the poor of all colours.

  • Sad Days

    A good start but I still have a problem. “If you don’t see that I’m black then you don’t see me” Mmusi says. He wants us to discuss racism … well, here are my thoughts … I would respond to him and say “What do you mean by “black” ?”.

    I know they were 4 apartheid race categories that had specific criteria, including the pencil test, to determine which one you fitted into. When you say you are “Black”, are you saying, if apartheid still existed, then I would be classified “Black”. Of course, the response then is … but it doesn’t exist and hasn’t for 26 years.

    So again, what makes you “black” and me “white”. Is it the colour of your skin. It looks dark brown to me. Certainly not black, like coal. And mine is light brown, not white, like paper.

    “Let’s do away with racism”, you say. But then you say, “I am black and you are white”. Who says ? Who decides ?

    The ANC in their government Gazette in 2013 said “a black person is defined as someone who is African and born in South Africa”. It seems to me therefore, that all Afrikaaners should be defined as “black”. And your wife is also “black”. In fact all South Africans are “black” according to this official SA law.

    So again, what do YOU mean by “Black” and what to you is “White” ? Do you want us to call your child “coloured” ? The truth is, you can only have race categories if you have laws defining those categories, and that means bringing back apartheid style race classification laws.

    You can’t call for people to not be racist then insist on categorising them based on skin colour.

    The solution is easy. Everyone is African, everyone is South African. Skin colour is irrelevant. It is the only way and it is time. And the bonus, without race, the ANC will crumble.

    Herman Mashaba seems to be getting it … I think it is time for the DA to really become non racial and embrace a colour free New South Africa, where skin colour is barely noticed.

    What about it Mmusi ?

    • Human7002

      Having a law that classifies people on race and then ask people not to be racist. Is like giving a blind man sight and asking him not to open his eyes….its just not going to happen.

    • Sad Days

      I must say, I commented above having only read the speech. I have just watched the speech – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mWlczRilNw&feature=youtu.be – and I recommend all to see it as well – it takes on a whole new energy. Mmusi nailed it. He looked Presidential, he looked like a person all South Africans could vote for.

      The ANC’s strategy for this election year was to build race fires. It was apparent as the year started that they had an agenda to be racial arsonists. Scouring social media and manufacturing outrage over isolated incidents. They know that if they can build black fear and hatred of the white man, they can win votes.

      This speech by Mmusi shot them down in flames. That tactic can no longer work. No longer can the ANC call Mmusi a puppet or the DA a white party. This was a speech to capture the hearts and votes of uncertain voters who are disillusioned with the ANC but who have been brainwashed to fear the DA,

      I feel the DA can go further, as indicated above, but today Mmusi showed all South Africans that there is real alternative to Zuma and the corrupt ANC, that South Africa doesn’t have to become the next Zimbabwe. Mmusi showed that there is a strong alternative party with a dynamic leader who can make South Africa great again.

      Well done Mmusi and the DA – the Rainbow nation is being resurrected … if enough South Africans buy into the dream, South Africa can be saved and we can have a government we can be proud about again in 2019.

    • lolly

      This Young Leader’s Speech,needs coolheads of South Africans, and prosperous will be that of SOuth Africans believe in his leadership, DA grow more and up

  • Human7002

    Dear Hon. Mmusi Maimane

    In response to your heart felt plea.

    To address the needs of one person, we have to look past the needs of another…. The world is a complicated place without any easy solutions and I commend your attempt at righting the injustices you perceive. I think to often we look at the symptoms and adjust the medicine accordingly while the causes often remain overlooked or yet undiscovered.

    To see that we all find each other we must ask ourselves, what is it that shapes me and my future? Now this may be difficult to see at 1st for the are a thousands upon thousands of things that influence us all. But what you will find common in that theme, is that ultimately it is us that are effected by all these things, so it becomes our choice as to how we let these things affect us.

    I too often see slandering and ego masquerading thinly veiled as an attempt to be perceived as radical, revolutionary, righteous and politically correct. Now for some this may be acceptable and I suppose whom am I to judge for I have not walked in those shoes. The question I would like to ask in light of the choice you are asking us to make. What happened to my choice between right and wrong? and when did this choice start becoming less important than being perceived as politically correct? for a small sacrifice on morals today can lead to an unreachable solution in the future.

    To conclude my point, we need to learn, every single one of us…that when we describe the choices people make and the presentation of their ideas we must acknowledge that their conclusion is based on their choice in their hearts. A choice that ultimately is either good or evil….if we must fight for South Africa and all its citizens, we need to know that we can never police ideas or emotions, so no rules or policies will ever work. We must affect a change of heart for it is only when man changes his heart will his mind see the things that are good for him.

    You change a mans heart and you will forever change his filter, and his filter is his life.

  • Elmari Atterbury-Nell

    I must admit that after reading this I am filled with much fear.

    As a white South African small business owner I still see no future in this country.
    The current government took away all our business with their extreme BEE approach. It seems that the DA is heading the same way.

    What about the white genocide happening in this country? People are brutally murdered every day just because they are farmers. But you say nothing about that.

    You talk a great deal about not being racist and not condoning any form there of, yet just like the ANC you really mean NO WHITE PERSON IS TO BE RACIST TO ANY PERSON OF COLOUR. But since the Whites are white – regardless if they were even born when Apartheid started – it’s okay to be racist to them. It’s okay if they don’t have work. It’s okay if they are killed and made feeling inferior.

    I am really disappointed in you, Mr. Maimane, I am.
    I really thought that in you we found a truly fair man. A man who will stand up for what is right and good for ALL South Africans.

    Guess I was wrong.

    • Justin Plunkett

      I’ll not invalidate your feelings of fear, however the ‘White Genocide’ is a myth. The stats disprove it. https://africacheck.org/reports/are-white-afrikaners-really-being-killed-like-flies/

      • Elmari Atterbury-Nell

        Really? Let’s give these stats then to my aunt and uncle who actually live and work on a farm and have to deal with these brutal attacks in their district on a weekly base.

        Do you close your garage doors at night, Justin? Because they can’t. It has to stay open in case attackers are waiting for them. They can’t even sleep in peaceful darkness at night as they need to have security lights on around the property all night long.

        Don’t come with a piece of paper when you have no idea what is happening out there.

        And yes. You cannot “invalidate” my fears. Justin. As you know very well they are very real and very valid.

        • Justin Plunkett

          I empathise with your family, of course crime is dreadful wherever and whoever you may be. My comment above does not say that white people never get murdered. It says that white people and black people are being murdered, and the belief that white people are being ‘exterminated’ in a genocidal campaign is simply factually not true. It may feel like it, and I’m sorry that you do. This however doesn’t make it true. Please separate your emotions from statistical and scientific analysis and understand that I’m not attacking you, I’m suggesting that you do a bit more research before continuing to promote the ‘white genocide’ myth.

          • Elmari Atterbury-Nell

            Justin, I guess it is just a matter from whom you got your stats.
            I mean really, whose to say the article you so gallantly shared with me is true and just? Did YOU do Your research? Or are you using this article as the base for your claims?
            This article by the looks of it, was written by a very bias journo. Who has it in for a singer. Come on my friend, you and I both know too many white farmers are being killed for no apparent reason. The excuse of burglary is not even being given anymore.
            And when the president of a country tells, nay sings, to his people to go kill the white people you really want to tell me it will not have an influence? Are you that naive?
            BUT my dear friend, the point of my comments was that Mr Maimane did not address ANY of the issues that made me as a born and bred South African feel anymore welcome in my own country..

            And of course I will get emotional. One tends to get emotional when you love something and you want the best for it. South Africans are My people. This MY country. MY home.

      • Louis Snyman

        Your shared article’s facts are based on, and I quote “The number of white murder victims in a police analysis of murder dockets”. If you know anything about analytics and statistics, you would know that this is certainly NOT a measure of race-based murders (genocide). During WWII, a total of 5,933,900 Jewish people were killed by the Nazi’s Final Solution of a total 8,861,800 who lived in Europe pre-WWII. This is an astonishing 67%. Applying your logic, 5,933,900 Jewish people were killed out of an estimated 85,000,000 total people killed. This gives you 6.9%. Does this mean the Holocaust was a myth? Maybe YOU should do a bit of research…

    • Markus

      What part of this text makes you think Maimane would be okay with black on white racism, or condone ill treatment of whites? Genuinly puzzled. This is a man who leads a white majority DA caucus in parliament, who is married to a white woman. Obviously, when he condemns racism, it goes both ways.

      • Elmari Atterbury-Nell

        The part where it is not mentioned at all. This text is from a black leader to black people. Not from a leader to The People

  • Sharon Viljoen Smith

    I get what you are saying but you really are not looking forward. It is about time colour is left out of all dealings with all people of South Africa. Yes racism is a problem which I believe can be squashed by a government that does what is best for the whole country. A government that does not line it’s own pockets but does what is best for everyone. Encouraging every person to do their best for themselves and for their country and not expect everything to be given free and just because they want it. All schooling should be the same for all children from preschool to high school what you want to do afterwards apply for a loan and work hard get your degree then work hard to pay it back. This will make a strong nation that can revel in their self achievements. Stop blaming the past move forward to make the most of this beautiful and diverse country.
    I am interested to hear what your plans are to unite and move this country forward into prosperity and equality.

  • ingrid van den berg

    “My objective is to ensure that, by 2019, our parliamentary and legislature caucuses, and our decision-making structures at all levels, reflect the diversity of our complex society.” So, at the end of the day, the DA intends applying racial quotas to all positions within the party. That does it for me, thank you.

    • Dominic Przybylski

      I’m pleased if you were disillusioned by that speech. Farewell.

    • Markus

      No quotas. Read it again.

    • Michelle

      What happened? Did you stop reading at that point? “… And we will do it without resorting to dehumanising quotas that reduce human beings to statistics.” And he DID address black racism, you are just selective in what you hear/read.

  • Malcolm

    Trying to copy the ANC now and playing at their game. Maimane, 3 months ago, I looked at you and saw a black man full of potential. Someone who could take this country forward and make us all proud. Today, I see a black man that copies the ANC plays the media game and the race game. Yesterday you gave me hope. Today you are a bitter disappointment. Don’t try to counter the ANC ‘s loser rhetoric. Ignore their childish ways and get back to doing what the DA does best. Serve the people of South Africa, and be accountable and transparent.

    • Markus

      ANC would not be caught dead talking about unity and have a catch phrase like “lets find each other”. So I have to conclude that you don’t know what you’re talking about.

      • Malcolm

        I have to conclude that you don’t have a clue what you are reading. Your response to my comment is in no way relevant. The future of South Africa and its people are not based on catch phrases, which Maimane is good at making, but rather on good, sound governance and service delivery. The DA have a tendency to start acting like the ANC and start acting politically correct, making Obama speeches etc around election time. The whole racism bandwagon is just part of a national hype at the moment and the DA, through Maimane are just grandstanding and being opportunist on the current bandwagon. Its irritating, immature and below the normally high standards that the DA maintains.

  • Malcolm

    The big problem with this speech, is that it won’t stop the real racists from voting for the ANC. The vast majority of Black Africans will vote for the ANC, simply because the ANC is perceived to be a black party and the DA is perceived to be a white party. “if you’re a racist and you are thinking of voting for the DA, please don’t”. Well there is a statement that will definitely secure the ANC votes, if there ever was one. All the black racist will keep voting for the ANC simply because you just asked them not to vote for the DA. My advice to Maimane is to get back to service delivery. Obama speeches are lost on Africans. We need action, not speeches.

    • Dominic Przybylski

      I think you need to support another party.

      • Malcolm

        Only the ANC doesn’t allow their supporters to criticize them when they deserve it. Maimane is playing the race card. This is normally a strategy played by the ANC to lure black votes. If this is the strategy Maimane plays to win votes, and if the DA, like the ANC don’t want to listen to criticism, then that’s the point when I will consider voting for another party. I want my party to make a difference. I don’t want them to just sound politically correct.

  • Dominic Przybylski

    Magnificent speech. I had tears in my eyes. Wasn’t sure about Mmusi until now.
    I’ve been having fun with ANC supporters who ask what happens if white racists won’t vote for DA? My smug answer is black non-racists will.

  • RJ

    You know what yes maybe we need a new President. But do you know what we need first?? To get God back into our lifes. Get God back into our Country. Get our Humanity back. What will a new president do if we don’t have that things?? God created us Equal. Equal in his eyes. And politicians and Government took that away. They created us and we went along. Thunking that we are not equal to one another. We are all equal in everything but apartheid and ANC took that away. By Dividing us all.

    The Black People hates us for what were done to them in Apartheid. When they were divided from us as White People. For years of struggle and everything. And us as white people hates them for what is happening now through the ANC. Because now whe are divided from the Black People. But in Gods eyes we are one. He made us. He made us all the same. We all have feelings, blood, senses everything. The only thing that are seperating us is our skin colour.

    But why are we fighting about skin colour. Why are we killing each other? Why aren’t we equals??

    Because God said so? No. Because we said so? No. Because the Government said so. We are followers. What ever ANC, DA, EFF say, we follow. But what ever God the creator of us all say, we turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to. In Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

    But we don’t follow Gods Rule. We are all neighbours if we are Black, White, Brown etc we are each others neighbours.

    So for me we are giving the government what they want, because they want us to hate each other. They want diversity between us all. You can hear it through the speeches and songs they like to speak and sing.

    From me first we need to let go of the past as the past is not creating our future but it is creatinfg our down fall.

    Second we need to get God back into our lifes and together with that also our Humanity. We need to all respect each other. Then we can create a better equal South Africa!

  • Malcolm

    “white people remain the benchmark that we set ourselves. How can this be?”
    With this statement, you raise a good point. Most people set themselves a goal. I can guess that white South African people don’t set themselves a goal to be like any other race or culture. We do however take note of other nations successes and try to learn from them. Germans are know for their engineering skills and perfection for example. The Japanese, Chinese etc are extremely productive and set high levels of production performance. We look at these people and try to learn from them and their own unique skill sets. We do not begrudge their superiority in their fields, but seek to learn from them in order to improve ourselves. Every nation is superior to another in their own unique skill sets, and strive to continue to improve themselves. What we see in South Africa, is different to the rest of the globe in that Black Africans in many cases, see themselves as inferior and begrudge those that they see as superior. Read the book, “Capitalist Nigger”. Its written by a black man and gives you a good explanation into the mindset of a black man. It makes claims that whites, blacks, Asians etc are all uniquely different in mindset.

  • Johannes

    Now its the time were whites peoples must be forced to respect and to abandon their racist behavior Mmusi or we should do to them what the Islamic extremists are doing to the west,don’t you think that will be a good idea to deal with the the newphews of the wests?

  • Mac Steynberg

    Nonsense. Not racism. Fear. Ever heard of “rooi gevaar” and “swart gevaar”? We were afraid of communism and its attrocities and black rule that we saw to our North with its corruption and incompetence. I voted YES gleefully in 1994 believing that we could escape.

  • Dupont

    If someone is not qualified for a job, it doesn’t matter if her is black, pink, blue. It just does not work. Education. EDUCATION for all, that is the priority here. These things take time. You cannot expect people to be hired just because a regime has changed. We need to focus on the young adults born after 1994. They are the ones who have the freedom to chose to follow the education of their choice. And schools should bee free for all and all the incompetent teachers should be sacked and replaced!
    God bless South Africa.

  • Hendrik Jordaan

    Swearing an oath to be in a party that has shown by that very oath to be essentially just like the ANC/EFF with another window dressing. Makes you think. But good luck to the members and voters.