Dear Mr Jacob Zuma April 2, 2009Posted by baldricman in News.
Tags: afrikaans, afrikaner, anc, jacob zuma, racism, south african, tribalism, white, zuma
Dear Mr Zuma
Some of your recent comments to Afrikaner leaders in Sandton have left me quite confused, and I would like to try clear up a few things. Let us for a moment discuss the criteria for being called a “True South African”.
Firstly, what are the criteria for being called an Afrikaner? Does speaking the language at home make you Afrikaans? Or do both my parents need to be Afrikaans? Do I need an Afrikaans name? What about my grandparents? Perhaps I should have taken part in the Great Trek? Maybe I shouldn’t have been born in KZN… It might be good to put together some kind of simple Pencil (and paper) test that Whites can do at our nearest Home Affairs office.
Because I speak English, and I’m white, does that make me not a true South African? In fact, if I’m white, but I’m not an “Afrikaner”, what am I? I’m not sure I belong to any tribe, which I’m aware of. To be honest, I never thought I’d have to come up with a name for it, other than, well, just a “South African”. Should I instead try including all the “original” nationalities of my forefathers? (How many generations should I go back?) Perhaps I’m incapable of contributing to South Africa’s wealth anymore…
Is that really what you want? Is that really what South Africa needs?
I work hard, I pay all my taxes. I pay my speeding fines promptly. (And when I speed, I do so without the assistance of blue lights) I’ve never been convicted, charged, or even accused of a criminal offense, Mr Zuma.
I get involved, like many others, in charitable organisations. And I don’t mean the Lotto. I stand up against common, everyday racism – definitely not as much as I’d like, but I’m just not always as brave as I’d like to be. It might be rude for me to point this out, but you should know I have spent a greater percentage of my life on South African soil than have you, Jacob Zuma: I have never held a passport. But I need to know: will I lose my authenticity one day if I get a passport?
One of the greatest strengths of our proud Rainbow Nation is the acceptance of all cultures. Yet in your statement, your divine wisdom on the authenticity of South Africans, are you not, in effect, stating that only people with easily identifiable, easily traceable, and easily “nameable” origins are worthy of staying here?
Most of your comments to the Afrikaner leaders in Sandton, as reported, were very encouraging. Your acknowledgment of their efforts and contributions to South Africa were highly appreciated, I have to say. And I’m proud too, though as a rule I avoid congratulating people purely on their parent’s or kinsmen’s achievements, or their nationalities for that matter.
I just don’t understand why you had to polarise those views, completely unnecessarily, and “divide” the “whites”, with a silly statement like this. If it was on purpose, which I’m sure it wasn’t, I pray that White South Africans all see past this most base and primitive tactic of divide and conquer. But like I say, I don’t think this is what you meant…
So, Mr Zuma, you say “Afrikaners are the only true white South Africans”.
How should I respond to that?
It’s interesting to ponder what would be said about me if I uttered any of the following:
“Zulu’s are the only true black South Africans”
“Durban-based Indians are the only true Indian South Africans”
“Hindu’s are the only true religious South Africans”
Because, Mr Zuma, none of these are any more insulting or ridiculous than
“Afrikaners are the only true white South Africans”
See this article for more info on JZ’s comments