Sunday Independent today, 3 June 2012, said an Afrikaner group Volksraad Verkiesing Kommissie (VVK) which, according to the report, you are a spokesperson of defended its insulting of us black people during its protest outside Delmas Magistrate Court where Enock Mbele and Lazarus Mabena appeared on allegation of killing a care-giver and a 5-month-old baby in Mpumalanga.
According to the report, group members held placards that said (translated to English by the newspaper): “Black cowards – leave our women and children alone”, “Rob, rap, kill: we are finished with black South Africans” and “Barbarians leave our children alone”.
And just when I thought some whites would understand how some of these words (baboons, barbarians, Kaffirs, monkey) hurt SOME blacks – VVK members went ahead (out of anger and frustration, I suppose) and opened old wounds from apartheid – an era where it was okay and part of their being as whites to utter these words that were solely meant to belittle and demean a person of a darker/black skin.
When DA condemned these racial slurs, you accused it of denying the reality and of “downplaying the racial basis of these killings in the country”, according to Sunday Independent. I hope you were not quoted out of context as some people have a tendency of claiming they were.
You were further quoted in the report as saying your members “believe(d) that should government heed our call [as Afrikaners] for a separate state or republic for the Afrikaner community, there will be harmony in the country and the killing of our people will end”.
Err, you’re joking, right?
How is that possible (wanting an Afrikaner state) when these poor blacks are already struggling to get back their land from some of you, land that they were deprived of during apartheid era? That’s quite a dream, I tell you, especially when we are no longer under an apartheid government although some still do not see any difference when it’s compared to this “democratic” government we now are under. Sad indeed, isn’t it?
Well, Mr. Kruger, with due respect, maybe there will be harmony if you and your lot moved to Dutch. This is because you lot seem to believe there is no black-on-black murder, which actually exists. But asking that you consider moving abroad (as your likes have done in the past) won’t be solving the high murder rates of both blacks and whites. Or will it? Nah, I doubt.
Try Google allegations against Richard Mdluli and many others and you’ll see. Of course Mdluli remains innocent until proven otherwise by a competent court of law, and not by some court of a Public Opinion and Analysis as we South Africans tend to do.
Or maybe Mr. Kruger those members would not know of this because of the mode of media information (Afrikaans, I suspect) that they rely on for information? But still.
Between you and me, the problem with some Afrikaners like those is that when one of them is killed they want the whole country to listen to them but when one of us blacks is murdered (by a person of whatever colour by the way), they keep quiet in their little faraway farms and some highly-secured houses in the suburbs – a tendency that makes a lot of black people think that indeed their lives are – as it was in apartheid – still as inferior to those of their whiter counterparts.
Maybe the minute they (and we all blacks, equally) start condemning all killings as long as it is those of a human being irrespective of their colour, then you (and we blacks too) will see and probably experience the harmony you so long to live under.
So, let’s stop these racial slurs (of course they will always be there, if not suspected to be there, and will continue to being uttered in private).
Let’s condemn the killings of all people – black and or white – just as we do those of (black and white) rhinos irrespective of their gender.
A not-offended-when-called-kaffir South African
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