Racial Insults are being hurled at our people


“…It is these colonial and imperialist processes which rendered Africa a colonial territory in which her peoples were subjected to indignities and killings, administered by foreign powers ironically claiming to be democratic and civilized.

Just when we thought that the project of reconstructing Africa and South Africa in particular was on track we woke up to a nightmare of Peter Mulder who, like his ancestors, told all of us that “Africans in particular never in the past lived in the whole of South Africa. The Bantu-speaking people moved from the equator down while the white people moved from the Cape up to meet each other at the Kei River. There is sufficient proof that there were no Bantu-speaking people in the Western Cape and North-western Cape. These parts form 40% of South Africa’s land surface”.

As if that was not enough the DA went on to make racist pronouncements to denigrate our people, who in the main were blacks and Africans and gave them a status of refugees in their own country, mistaking the Western Cape as just another State which exists outside of a unitary South Africa.

As we were still trying to find creative ways to engage with the insults hurled to our people, the DA became even more aggressive. They decided to march against COSATU, using the African youth to advance their racist and neoliberal agenda.

Like their colonial forebears who used the divide and rule strategy, the DA used the strategy of setting the black working class against each other on a programme that is intended to exploit them.

UTata uMandela warned us when he wrote an article entitled the Shifting Sands of Illusion in June 1953. Speaking about the DA of that time he said that they, “though apparently democratic and progressive in form, are essentially reactionary in content. They stand not for the freedom of the people but for the adoption of more subtle systems of oppression and exploitation. Though they talk of liberty and human dignity they are subordinate henchmen of the ruling circles. They stand for the retention of the cheap labour system and of the subordinate colonial status of the non-European masses together with the Nationalist Government whose class interests are identical with theirs. In practice they acquiesce in the slavery of the people, low wages, mass unemployment, the squalid tenements in the locations and shanty-towns.”

Comrades when these things happen, the whole principle of non-racialism gets questioned, when it starts to look as it is Blacks and Africans and a few whites in our ranks who have the responsibility to work for peace and non racialism.

Just recently we also woke up to another racial slur when De Klerk told the world that not all aspects of apartheid were morally repugnant and that there was merit in the notion of ethnic groups living apart”.

This is not the first time De Klerk abused the trust given to him by our people. He showed similar dishonesty during the CODESA negotiations, leading to comrade Mandela saying that “even the head of an illegitimate, discredited, minority regime as his, has certain moral standards to uphold. He has no excuse, because he is a representative of a discredited regime, not to uphold moral standards … that his weakness is to look at matters from the point of view of the National Party and the White minority in this country, not from the point of view of the population of South Africa”

Recently we woke up to yet another insult, when the president of the ANC and the country was depicted in the most denigrating fashion in the name of art and freedom of expression.

We have been once again forced to relive the memories of Sara Bartman who in 1810 was taken from Cape Town to London and later in 1814 taken to France, and became the object of scientific and imperialist investigation and medical research that formed the bedrock of European ideas about black female sexuality.

Like Sarah Barman who was put in a museum for Public viewing and entertainment for the masters, the denigrating picture of our President was put in an art gallery for public viewing and entertainment.

We were reminded and forced to relive the painful colonial period in which the image of black people in the white mind focused on outrageous depictions of individual blacks and their assumed cultural practices.

During that period dozens of graphic artists and illustrators prospered as racial commercial artists by drawing such images to sell products and to illustrate show bills and magazines.

Even though we have been provoked to the extreme we must not make a mistake of responding in a racist fashion; we have a responsibility to stand on the side of honour and honour the principle of non-racialism as the core principle of our revolution.

Ours is to build a non-racial, non-sexist, united, democratic and prosperous South Africa….” Read more


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