South Africa: ANC govt has virtually abandoned racial reconciliation

South Africa: ANC govt has virtually abandoned racial reconciliation, by FW de Klerk, former president.

We have indeed succeeded in removing apartheid — which was the most egregious breach of the human dignity of the great majority of South Africans. By the time that we handed power to our new constitutional dispensation we had successfully repealed all the remaining apartheid laws.

However, what human dignity do the 40% of our population who are unemployed — or the millions of young people who have been failed by our education system — have in practice?

We have failed dismally to achieve equality. South Africa is a more unequal society than it was in 1994 — and to our shame is now the most unequal country in the world. Inequality has also grown within all our communities. Levels of inequality within the black community are almost as high as they are in the country as a whole. …

No tolerance of Afrikaans:

Afrikaans is unlikely to survive as a language of tuition at our public universities …

Our highest court has stigmatised Afrikaans as a language of “discrimination, oppression and systematic humiliation of others” – as though languages can be the bearers of the faults of their speakers — and despite the fact that a majority of Afrikaans-speakers were themselves victims of apartheid.

Even more troubling was the 2016 judgement of one of our Constitutional Court judges that “cultural traditions rooted in the racist past” “belong in the dustbins of history where they ought to be buried.” This led two of his fellow judges to draw the implication that “any reliance by white South Africans, particularly white Afrikaner people, on a cultural tradition founded in history, finds no recognition in the Constitution…” This is devastating.

If you deprive people of their history and their right to culture you are inexorably also depriving them of their right to human dignity – and, indeed, to humanity. …

Anti-white racism on the rise:

Perhaps our greatest failure — after our very poor record on equality — is our failure to promote non-racialism.

It is a matter of the deepest regret that, in my opinion, South Africa can no longer be regarded as a non-racial society. Indeed, it is probably once again one of the most racially dirigiste societies in the world — a society in which the prospects of individuals are once again increasingly determined by the colour of their skin, rather than the content of their character. …

Our government has virtually abandoned the great tradition of promoting racial reconciliation that was exemplified by Nelson Mandela. Instead, it now consistently pumps out negative stereotypes of white South Africans

  • whom it labels with ‘original sin’;
  • whom, in some statements, it evidently does not regard as part of “our people”;
  • whom it says are not “the rightful owners” of land to which they hold legal title;
  • whom it blames for all of the continuing problems of the country; and
  • to whom it refers as ‘colonialists’ — as aliens who do not really belong in South Africa.

It is extremely dangerous when governments and political leaders in multi-cultural societies begin to propagate such stereotypes — particularly when the propagators often believe them with incandescent intensity.

It seems to be globalist policy that Africa is for Africans, while white countries are for everybody.

hat-tip Stephen Neil