Isolation only creates temporary protection and denial is not a weapon.
Forget government statistics. Half our town’s residents are unemployed and much of the other half are living on low wages. South Africans are getting pissed off. I fear for our country more than i ever have before. No matter how much i’m against it, minorities will be the first hurt by unbottled rage.
White people need to start embracing the country as it is and not how they wish it still was. We are not Europe. We need to act like South Africans.
A change in attitude applies to other races too. Accept that i am white and was born here. I am South African too! Start looking for what we have in common, not for differences all the damn time. It’s appalling that i’ve heard threats that “white houses” in Knysna are going to be seized. The majority of working class whites i know are poor. We’re just trying to survive. We rent, we don’t own. Most of my mates, like me, don’t even have a car. To identify riches with white skin is a gross mistake. And to think that wealth is a sin is another – not if it was earned fair and square (and everyone wants to be rich!). Abuse is a different story, one perpetrated by every race against every race – that, along with corruption, is an inheritance from capitalism and, sadly, human nature.
As i’ve repeatedly said here at the Knysna Keep, i’m not so much interested in DA versus ANC bullshit (both ways) but more in politicians who lie or don’t do the job. The DA has been incredibly dishonest in Knysna and Plett.
Just because someone is a member of a political party doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t question it – hell, they should question even more! On a national level, it’s ridiculous that ANC members aren’t vehemently protesting against corrupt police, the gravy train of ANC leaders and BEE policies that don’t help the poor. Similarly, in a local context (which is more important to me as i live here so i will be most critical of those currently in power), DA members should not continually attack the opposition if they haven’t questioned the actions of the DA which has made many errors the past year (that indicate that if they were ever in power nationally, would be as questionable as politicians across the world). It’s that often repeated (but not listened to enough) adage, “power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
I want the DA to uphold their election promises by being transparent and honest. I’m sick of the sick media spin that has nothing to do with democracy and justice, has nothing to do with public servants serving the public, and has nothing to do with being South African.
Note that i make no profit from opposing (in fact, the opposite happens). I’m a white citizen of Knysna who, like the public, has been grossly betrayed.
All of us need to insist that our elected leaders do their damndest to represent all. And if they don’t do their job, we should “fire” them because our very livelihoods, lives and humanity are at stake.
The violent history of Africa insists we learn from past mistakes. If we don’t, tragedy will hunt us. Lying, local politicians, no matter what party they belong to, must be booted, prosecuted and replaced before they hurt us all.
[This is not an article. This was not meant to be a blog. The comment section at JEF got interactive and heated. I copied my comments, with some editing, from there]