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The opportunity of the moment for white people, and how not to stuff it up

As civic action momentum builds in the wake of last week’s events, Hilton Johnson thought it apt to share a couple of thoughts as a white person who would like to participate in this moment, hopefully in a positive way.

1. There is a huge amount of distrust from black people with regards to white people’s indignation and motives for wanting to remove Zuma. Why is this? Well, firstly colonialism and apartheid. And then the small matter of things not really changing much since then in terms of the power relations in this country.

Also, when issues that affect black people and other marginalised (but frequently majority) groups in SA come up e.g. Marikana, #FeesMustFall, continuing white racist outbursts, the plight of the rural poor, land, poverty and the inhuman conditions under which most black people live, etc. you can basically hear a pin drop when it comes to white voices speaking up, reaching out, participating in trying to find solutions. You see, the burden of redressing our unjust past and the many ways in which these power patterns persist sits with white people. Power is not equally shared in this country, and that does not change now that we have a black government. This also does not mean that there is no corruption or looting and abuse of the state. All I am saying is that we need to get our own house in order first, and trust me, there is a lot of work to do on this front, enough for multiple life times. It is not just a case of waking up one day and saying, “I don’t see race!” You maybe get to say that only when you have seen and admitted to all the ways in which our society still functions along racial lines that continue to benefit white people. Actually, we only get to say that when there has actually been some kind of redress. More on that another day.

2. So, the response of white people needs to take this into regard. Sneering at and dehumanising JZ and his acolytes with thinly veiled racialised stereotypes is not the right way to go because it speaks to a broader history of dehumanising black people and acting like they are onnosel. Don’t act like there is not an incredibly painful history here and don’t be self-righteous and insensitive.

Think about what it must be like for a black person who survived apartheid, who fought against unspeakable cruelty that may very well still be persisting in their lives now, and here is a white person giving you the “I told you so!” treatment. No man, that is kak insensitive and downright dom if you ask me. This is MORE painful for most black people in our country than it is for you. Show that you have some inkling of their pain and that, with our history of dispossession and cruelty you are willing to walk beside or behind them in terms of finding a way forward from here.

You may not have spoken up when a great many injustices continued to be committed against black people but that does not mean you cannot begin to change that now. You can show that this is not just about the tanking exchange rate and the impact on your nest egg. Try to think about the effect of this crisis on the majority of South Africans and find ways to support the fight against this from the point of view of correcting these historical injustices and persisting inequalities. Note that when you just respond when the finance ministry is under attack it looks like you are defending the status quo, where you have and continue to benefit. And that needs correcting too because it also doesn’t work for most (black) South Africans. Can you speak to this reality too?

3. How does this look then? Well, start by interrogating and thinking about where and how you act. Does #BlackMonday speak to the concerns of black people? I mean the name alone seems kinda strange in a country of, erm, black and white don’t you think? Do you know who started this campaign and what they stand for? What about the #ZumaMustFall march on Friday? Do you know if the unions and civil society and churches and the poor who will never be given the day off have somehow been *consulted* or asked about what is important to them and how they would like, or are able, to participate? Or are you just ploughing ahead because this is affecting you and the flippen exchange rate which is going to stuff up your overseas trips?

We need to do better than that, I am afraid. In my office we would very much like to do something, to talk about this and find solutions and ways of connecting with other businesses in our building or in our networks. But it is not going to be my voice leading this, telling people what should be done (kinda like how it has gone in SA for the last 400 odd years, no?). The black people in our office’s voices will be heard first and us whities, after trying our damnedest to first internalise and understand their perspective, will take our lead from there. Walk besides, or behind.

4. Also – and here is another little opportunity – black people have a history of being able to mobilise and bring down oppressive states. Whilst I think that currently we all need an “active citizenship” kick up the arse, there certainly is a lot that white people could learn from black people about organising and finding ways of creating movements that can act as a “broad church” for the inclusion of everyone. Don’t storm ahead in this entitled way without giving regard for what it means to truly dismantle a system that functions just for the few. And for goodness’ sake, use it as a moment to learn about our history of struggle and how you can play a role. Don’t sing Kumbaya because it is the only frame of reference you have for a group song along with Shosholoza and Ole ole ole! PLEASE DON’T. Rather be quiet or take the opportunity to engage with and participate in a reality that most white South Africans are likely to – still – know very little about.

5. Lastly, remember that the only chance we have of ending this current crisis is if we stand together, and white people have a lot to learn about that. The longer we run around pointing fingers without taking personal responsibility for where we are the longer we will keep this painful cycle going. Don’t be dom, just be lekker.

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52 Comments
  1. Noodle says

    Thank you. Thank you. We needed that.

    1. VOX LIES says

      I have my suspicions that this was NOT WRITTEN by ” HILTON JOHNSON “ but has been created by the VOX team to instigate a race debate.

      1. Steve says

        What a silly statement, thoughtless and divisive yet again. face your assumptions and the fear behind them. to say you have missed the point is an understatement of note. That was some of the best advice I’ve seen written in a long time.

      2. Oros says

        Of course it is. This page is owned by George Soros’ Open Society Foundation which sponsors race hate campaigns across the world including Black Lives Matters. Just click on their ‘our supporters’ button right at the top of the page.

        1. Kevin says

          Fuck off Oros. Once again completely missing the point of the article or what Steve said. YOU are the problem. Steve let this numchuck talk to himself.

  2. ld says

    awesome! finally telling them what it is ,..what happened to marching on sturdy or sunday! here in Brasil all marches are held on sunday and saturday to make sure people show up and everyone uses their leisure time for good! and i also agree,..many of my white friends posted the issue about the rands more about the fact that that trip for summer is going to get a bit more expensive,not that people that earn way less ,are going to need to stretch much more!

  3. WEST says

    “The longer we run around pointing fingers without taking personal responsibility for where we are the longer we will keep this painful cycle going. Don’t be dom, just be lekker.”

    Jeeez this is a poorly thought out article, the author should take his own advise -_-

    1. Oros says

      This website is owned by George Soros’ Open Society Foundation. They sponsor race hate movements across the world, including Black Lives Matter. I suggest you look him up to see what an evil individual he is along with his shadow government.

  4. Salvin Hirschfield says

    I find your article sad and hypocritical!
    Just because a person, “white or black” dare point out the fact that we have a president that has gone rogue, must not be made the bearer of the bad tiding! The ANC made a great start in the transformation of this country – under the leadership of Mandela till Mbeki, Why must we all be to “tippy toe” when it comes to the blatant indiscretions of the current president? And please, don’t label me as a “white colonialist” just because I [and so many other SOUTH AFRICANS, of all colors, religions, etc, as well as our highest court (Constitutional Court)] dare point out the fact that we have a president that has gone rogue.
    Perhaps you can focus on writing an article targeting the ANC NEC and NWC to do their jobs: to not ignore the rules and constitution of the ANC but to have some back-bone and stand up against the Zuma cabal!

    1. KenW says

      @Salvin- absolutely- this goes BEYOND black white and pointing fingers- this is NOT aracial issue this is a moral issue… The black people I work with ( and they are all black) have the same sentiment about Zuma..

      Indeed this could be a sort of “healing” opportunity but lets not harp back to that racial issue- it gets us nowhere!

      And in your defense regarding being labeled “White colonialist..” well the article is poorly considered- lets see now; The trigger point of all this was… wait for it!! the sacking of a well respected and adequately skilled NON WHITE finance minister ( shock and horror!)… so lets not even bring the colour bar thing in here “mr author of the article”.

      But to be fair to said mr author, Whities can learn a thing or two about activism and protesting from the blacks… whites can be very complacent and sit on the sidelines and wail about the woes of the government without actively doing something about it….

      1. Linda Way says

        Well commented! Don’t complain if you don’t take action and yes it is a shame that the march is on Friday but because of public transport issues I do believe that more people prefer to March when they can actually get there.

    2. JEnny says

      Hear hear . Well said. I personally need direction as to what to do to “fix” the problem .
      In the absence of any other ideas, on Friday I am joining a march!

    3. Concerned citizen says

      missed the point

      1. Oros says

        The point is that this website is paid for and owned by George Soros and his Open Society Foundation. They sponsor various race-hate groups all over the world. Just click on the ‘our supporters’ icon right at the top of the page to see for yourself.

        1. Kevin says

          No, the point is that Oros is trolling and spreading fake news. Thats the best the right wing idiots can come up with

  5. Samantha says

    Thank you very much – really useful guidance about finding a respectful alignment with our more affected fellow citizens of colour, and remembering how much shifting whites still need to do

  6. Rebecca says

    Brilliant Hilton. With you all the way. Thanks

  7. Anonymous says

    All I see in this article is arrogance. “Think about what it must be like for a black person who survived apartheid…”

    So you’ve thought about it and come to know their pain?

    You can’t even make a point without resorting to vulgarity.

    Instead of “thinking” about people’s pain, why don’t you go out and help them?

    Only cowards sit in their armchairs and try to take the moral high ground.

    1. KenW says

      agreed!

  8. ROSE says

    Thank you so much for this. It’s incredibly useful for passing on to friends who assume that being advised to take a supporting role in this moment, and not the lead, means being shut down or told not to participate. This leap of illogic demonstrates the true depth of white entitlement to calling the shots in any situation, regardless of whether there are others more qualified to do so.

  9. Selebe says

    What a ridiculous article. Do you even realize what Zuma has done to this country. How badly he has fucked things up for everyone ane you dare sit on your fuxking high horse and point fingers? Fuck you you overly sensitive generalizing twat. Get real! Get of your horse! Stop blaming other people

    1. Oros says

      Look up George Soros’ and the Open Society Foundation on youtube. They sponsor this website and dictate the content. It is all designed to stir racial tension. Don’t fall for it.

  10. Gareth Griffiths says

    I’m sorry but while understanding what the writer is getting at, I don’t really relate to his statement “things not really changing much since then in terms of the power relations in this country”. Sorry but that is pure nonsense. There is no way you can compare South Africa today with what is was in the later 80’s or early 90’s. Black people control the government of SA completely due to being in a political majority. That is AT LEAST 30% of the economy of SA. Plus a substantial amount of the formal private sector economy plus almost 100% of the informal economy.

    The writer sweeps aside the advances made in healthcare, housing, electrification, water& sanitation etc. In year 2010 the country was the darling of the world with the FIFA World Cup. All it took was a global recession and the actions of a single leader and his cronies to bring it all to its knees. Big issues – but that’s all it took and 7 years later we are kaput.

    “Power is not equally shared in this country, and that does not change now that we have a black government. ‘ What is he implying? That white people are still in control? The reason that many white people behave as they do is because they are a threatened minority. Their influence is diminishing, not increasing! Greed is the only thing that is increasing in SA – along with poverty.

    Finally, what is this writer, Johnson, trying to imply? That mass action is what will unseat Zuma et al? That what he terms “white people” have to behave more like (his view of) black people in order to get change? Dream on brother. Mass action and violence never changed anything. What changed SA during the De Klerk era was economic realities.

    1. Chad says

      …and a leader that admitted defeat

  11. Name says

    “Or are you just ploughing ahead because this is affecting you and the flippen exchange rate which is going to stuff up your overseas trips?” – This sentence shows me that either you are completely ignorant of the subject you are writing about, or deliberately misstating (or selectively stating) the facts in a questionable attempt to accuse the people fighting against the greatest threat our democracy has ever faced of frivolity.

    I think your suggestion that white people are only allowed to take a more passive role in the discourse is reprehensible. No South African should allow themselves to be instructed to “walk beside, or behind” anybody, on any issue, ever. I am opposed to an evil man, his evil deeds and the evil system that keeps him in power – and no argument you’ve made came close to convincing me to take a back seat on this one.

  12. Shivani says

    Great article, however I think there is a real misunderstanding between what people think other people think (if that makes sense) going both ways. I don’t think white South Africans are only concerned about the exchange rate. I think most South Africans (regardless of race) are concerned with the lack of morality in government, the lack of commitment to serving the people that elected them, the lack of responsibility and accountability. I also think people are angry at the removal of the finance minister, because historically the treasury has always been a sector well looked after by competent people. This gives trust to the international community and the business community. A stable economy is vital to ensure the prosperity of all South Africans, including the poor. Keeping a competent finance minister is more about protecting the economy for the good of us all than merely for the exchange rate. The impact of the downgrade will be felt by all, no one will be spared regardless of race or class. It’s not about maintaining the economic status quo, but actually creating an economy that encourages social change. A weak economy cannot do that, because we’ll have less investment (less money) to put into the country and higher cost of borrowing, again less money, and the cost of everything imported and sold in SA will also go up, again less surplus cash – this situation will not help anyone, instead it will make it worse for everyone.

  13. PC Paw Paw says

    The sum total of my “white privilege” was that I could do mathematics when I finished school and I could play on my dads computer. But I failed at university. Lucky I made money with my computer talent. But then I had to give everything to a black guy for BEE. I am sorry that some people of my grandparents’ parents generation fought hard for my culture, because they were oppressed by the British. Do you know what? The British never said sorry. It’s a tough life. Can we just move forward without this sorry-a** kissing? Our ancestors stuffed us all over equally.

    1. simon says

      Not completely true it is well known that the multi racial mass demonstrations in cape town, jhb, dbn, in 1989 were ONE of the signals that helped to convince de Klerk and his government that a lot of whites no longer supported apartheid and would give support to moves towards democracy.
      In a way it maybe that we are at a similar junction in our history. The question is are we on the 1948 side (there were also mass demonstrations by blacks and whites then) or the 1989 side? Nevertheless we should do what we can on Friday – it may assist the 70 odd ANC MP s required to swing the forthcoming vote of no confide nce. Do not underestimate their challenge especially that of possibly having to find an alternative livelihood if things go wrong and they get fired. Not many people can quickly find alternative employment that pays as well as an MP these days.

  14. Greg says

    Let me make this comment – in the ‘white’ population are people with education and skills very suitable for ‘building’ our country, alleviating poverty, improving infrastructure, etc. I have offered my services to government’s myriad departments, as have many in my profession, yet because we are ‘white’ the government has legislated me (us) right out of the equation. We are prevented from putting our skills to good use. If our ‘black’ brothers and sisters want to see ‘white’ mobilization then unlock the door because your world will improve beyond your imagination. Otherwise as marginalized citizens we sit on the outside and simply look in.

  15. Barend says

    The white nation of africa are no longer interested in having a relationship with our black counter parts, for you have taken a first world country with gold an oil reserves to last 20 years state utilities to give jobs to millions of people and you turned it into another African joke. The only way we see ourselfs is to rule ourselfs. The little racist outbursts that occured is not even a comparison to the mass out killings of our kin. Our children are not save, they cant even go to a university without being attacked raped or murdered this is not freedom. Rahter vote for selfdetermination of each nation that is the only way forward.

  16. Mafitoto says

    Writer is absolutely right .They are are afraid of Radical Economic Transformation. Look at them ,they always blame “Blacks ” when they engage in marches .Now they are not fighting against our President but they are fighting for transformation which will take place very soon since Pravin is axed .

  17. Trouzer Jazz says

    Radical Economic Transformation probably wont affect me as a white person. Cant black people see that white people hate Zuma because he is corrupt and incompetent, not because he threatens our lifestyle. Im angry with Zuma because Radical Economic transformation wont succeed at all with him in charge, it’ll be a disaster like every thing else he’s bungled his way through. He couldn’t organise a piss up in a brewery. I want Black banks, Black financial institutions, Black sports heroes and wealthy happy Black families enjoying life. Im also sick of poverty and suffering in South Africa. who isn’t? Stop with this constant narrative of suspicion towards White peoples motives. Our motives are clear, get the thief out of the Union Buildings. It doesn’t matter what colour the President is, just do a good job and we will stand behind you. (Also, this guy who wrote this article speaks for himself, not me, I am not an apologist anymore) You cant live your life in permanent apology for what a previous generation did. At some point you have to get on with things)

  18. KVH says

    This article is weak, poorly thought out and not set in the present.

    The marches regarding JZ or government is for the betterment of the people, black and white. It has nothing to do with political or racial affiliation. You speak of the poorer segment of the population and yet, how on earth have they remotely benefited and prospered from all of the legislation that only lines the pockets of the upper echelon of our society? So many things to be said regarding this….

    However yes, I do agree with the pain and hardship experienced by the older generation throughout apartheid and the knock on effect to the up and coming generation. It is not Ayoba, if we are going to use slang.

    Do your homework on true current affairs regarding the entire nation and do not go on and promote some BS ideal that the white man is, once again, to blame for everything current. For that, you may look directly at Mr President with his almost 800 counts of fraud and corruption and his reshuffled cabinet cronies.

  19. Trouzer Jazz says

    I think that the time has come for the “taboo” of white political dissent to come to an end. For 20 years our opinion has been regarded as suspicious and for the most part invalid, surely to move forward and grow, all opinions should be considered? Im also not going to just ‘sit down’ because i’m a white man. Its foolish to discard someones perspective because of their gender or race, that would be making the same mistakes the previous generations made.

  20. Joshua Cox says

    Great article. I agree with most of it, except that at in time not seeing race or colour is proposed as a good thing. That’s a bit of nonsense in my view. There is nothing wrong with seeing race, the problem is when the colour of your skin has a significant impact on how you are treated and the opportunities you can access.

  21. Phil GALPIN says

    I totally understand where you are coming from. However, from the comments that have been left before, you have very few ‘soul-mates’ in the SA community. That is the reason why, after 7 years living in SA, we left to return to Europe. We gave up a fairly high standard of living (SA) to live in a country (France) where ones fellow human beings are of equal value, not commodities to be used and abused. I say of living in SA that it ‘sears the soul’ in that you have to balance your own standard of living (pool, abundant food, maids etc) with the knowledge that most/many (I don’t know the statistics) people go hungry.
    Don’t ask fellow whites to understand a black perspective, it is beyond their comprehension. They will also become aggressive and tell you why you are so wrong (or threaten to punch your lights out, whichever is usual). I can only suggest, if you don’t want your ‘soul seared’ get the hell out. It is possible to live elsewhere and, if you tone down a little, you will make excellent friends and lives.

    1. Beta says

      Thanks. Finally a voice of reason

  22. Bot says

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  23. Mafitoto says

    Where were whites brothers when we marched against the banks who manipulated our currency?no where to be found . If you are saying let’s fight together as a rainbow nation against corruption be there. We cannot be threatened by captains of industries who refused and failed to transform the economic to the benefit of all.

  24. Clive Dennison says

    Insightful.

  25. Menzi says

    Saying that I am only concerned about government irresponsibility “because it affects my next egg” is not only wrong, it is insulting. I am concerned about it because I live in this country and I want the best future for ALL SOUTH AFRICANS. How can I have an enjoyable life when every day I see the pain, suffering, neglect and need in my countrymen? How can I feel good when I think of children whose futures are being stolen away from them?

    But in a sense this article plays into what the government is doing to try and stop or denigrate the protests that will happen tomorrow: the line is going to be that the march and all anti-Zuma protesters are the ‘minority’, are ‘protecting the interests of WMC’, and so on.

    What the government and many ‘captured’ media sources are very effectively doing to SA at the moment is classic “divide and conquer”. Using race as the dividing tool. And we are so susceptible to it, because it touches all our nerves and deep-felt hurts.

    And so while the government continues this irresponsible course, we all turn on each other.

  26. Lyd says

    Always playing the race card. The white South Africans did not do anything regarding the current matters. Zuma did this. I bet you continue to give him support with a hope of benefiting from your so called loyalty. It must be fear eating you up , when you benefitted a lot and your little net is threatened you come up with these excuse. You must think people are stupid and not intelligent enough to make their own assessment and have a full understanding of the situation. People feel the threat as much as you feel the threat. It is their democracy to express how they feel without being manipulated by being reminded of the past. People want to looked forward. the future is more important without discrediting the history that was meant to shape our future. Yes it was meant to and it was going that way until some one took over, you know who. Your dear friend. He completely changed things not for the better. People want to be loyal to ANC but not Zuma, but it seems ANC is Zuma. therefore, no one to to be loyal to ANCZuma. I am sure if he drops his 5c igo and resign then people will continue being loyal to ANC. He is very calculating and that’s because of his fears.

  27. Mafitoto says

    ANC is not Zuma. Let’s wait for his time. Those who resigned they don’t have to think they are irreplaceable and no one will be a minister forever.

  28. Trouzer Jazz says

    I dont think anyone marched against the banks manipulating the currency, balck or white… How am I as a white protecting the banks anyway? I hate the bank, just like everyone else. Its a little narrow minded to think that whites love banks. Where are you being fed your propaganda? Also its a bit racist to think that just because im white Im all for everything capatilist and want poverty to persist in South Africa. No one want poverty and suffering, The only thing Im against in 2017 is a corrupt, evil, incompetant president. Im not against any of the systems that the ANC want to impliment, just impliment them properly, dont screw it up for everyone, which is exactly what he is doing.

  29. E says

    This article lacks any real insight and smells very much like an apartheid tactic itself, to stir trouble and purposefully misunderstand the point in an attempt to disrupt democracy when it threatens to make a stand. I don’t feel any skin coloured guilt about anyone who is suffering in this country.
    It must be embarrassing for black people to hear these-back-handed-colour-coded excuses. The politics of this country is rotten to the core. If you keep insisting that colour is the difference then you walk the fine line of one day having to admit that black people can’t run a country.

  30. Schalk says

    If there were an individual who had the distrust of me based on completely arbitrary qualities I happen to share with someone else they didn’t like, I’d assume they were insecure and give it a run if given a one on one opportunity to win them over and find some common ground. Failing that, especially if the person doubled down on their opinion of me and doubled down and used the attempt against me and claimed I was disingenuous, I would probably withdraw from interactions with that individual and go interact with individuals who enjoyed my presence and who I could interact with to mutual benefit.

    This is just plain patronizing and has been discussed to the point of boredom.

  31. Sean says

    What then was the promise of a rainbow nation.?What then of what Madiba taught us? Is it not only the ability to stand for what is just regardless of your skin colour. Is it not, to judge a person by their character and not skin colour, is it not to recognise and have learnt that the repression of any race group in the name of anything is evil. As one of the writers here has said, how long will be continue to tear one another apart by judging someone before knowing them? My fellow South Africans, if we cannot learn to love one another, it doesn’t matter who our president is, we will remain a divided nation forever trying to legislate the hearts of our people. As another writer said, if you are not prepared to have your heart seared (I would rather interpret this as softened), perhaps France is the best option for Mzansi and yourself…

  32. Doug says

    Great article. Thanks for the heads up. It has been an insightful week of understanding the other side of the divided South Africa we live in. I just wish my white brothers would have a little more empathy… we would be a lot better off as a nation. Thanks. And I will be right behind you at the March tomorrow.

  33. Peter says

    So i have a few qualms with this article, they are many and wide ranging. The core though would be does this ‘shut up and tow the line whitey’ mindset need to be internalised by all of us who are racially caucasian but are african born and raised? Can I not stand next to my fellow man who is black and know that this is more his fight that mine, as these leaders we both want gone have pretended to be his saviour while doing nothing to change how his life is, and not belittle who I am at the same time?

    All I want is to be able to listen to the statements from politicians from my homeland talk about the big issues, the poor, employment and social justice and not have that feeling that if i were to stand up in front of them and say anything i would be ripped to pieces just for being white and daring to enter this arena of conversation. Not all of us white africans are evil colonial sympathisers who must be viewed as the enemy when we say we won’t grovel for forgiveness for sins we know were committed in our name. We know those deeds were wrong and cannot be glorified but must we tear ourselves down so that others can take a place above us? Aren’t we supposed to be equal and have an equal share in the future of the country

    I suppose we cannot walk hand in hand towards a better country until those whites who still see anyone other than their own as the Schwarz enemy from across the frontier or traitors to the racial ideal. Or even when there are those who would use this ignorant and antagonistic attitude to demonise an entire people group to suit their own plans, it’s not like that has never happened before. Take what example you want, there must always be a bogeyman to get people to rally against.

  34. Carla says

    As a white person in this country, i am frustrated. Not because the currency is under threat, not because i want to continue my privilege, but because i don’t know what i can do to help. I am tired of hearing about how privileged i am and how i must apologize for the privilege. I am happy to do that, but it is not enough… Fifty lifetimes of apologies will not be enough. Awareness of my privilege is not enough. I need to do something, but i am at a loss as to what that may be. Please please give me an action… Apologies and awareness is not enough. Ladling on the guilt for something that i have as much control over as colonialism is wearing. Give me an action. What can i do to help rebuild this country to be truly inclusive ?

  35. Yster says

    This article is spot on, being Indian and having come from a family who was very active in the struggle I think it’s time that both white and non white stopped following who we see as leaders of our cause blindly. corruption, racism fascism are all concepts that flourish only because a minority are able to monopolize on the sheep like approach of masses, Madiba Malcolm X, Katrada, Martin Luther King, Salahudeen were all men who stood up against those who used their power to monopolize, racialize and divide people only to fill their pockets and the wallets of those who follow their ways. Zuma, and the apartheid government have something in common that we seem to miss, neither care about the masses and cared only to fill their pockets. Difference is that Zuma and company come from a history of having nothing but poverty and hardship, sadly as weak leaders, now that they have been set free and are in a position to help those who also suffered the same legacy, they concern themselves more with ensuring that they nor their families ever have to again endure such economic hardship. This has been the case with far too many evil and selfish African leaders when colonialism ended, where good leaders with their heart in the right place had worked hard these typical selfish individuals mobilized the uneducated masses by making them believe that they will deliver the promised land, force the great African leaders out and swooped in to drain the economies with no regard for the poor and the poverty stricken, jz n company r no different but than again nor was pueten or any of the ‘leaders’ who have done so across the globe. They rape n steal the country blatantly dry, create factions as they know the devil has long proven that divide a people and u will concur them, in this day and age it’s not concur and take the land but concur and own the economy. Gupta s too operate in the same way, but does that mean that all white or black or Indian or Russian or Chinese men are bed, No it means that human kind has the potential to be good or evil and where allowed to prosper by the masses who blindly agree to what they told, for eg whites are still racist or black are too dumb to know better, these dogs prevail. We need to as people, human beings, mamals, wake the F up and see people for who they are, struggles for what they are and differences for what they devide.
    Save our souls, a cliche to us these days.. But who will and what will save our souls and better yet those of generations to come, saved from genocide, racism, civil conflict and the insanity of oppression, none but us, nothing but unity and no less than humanity. Humanity for black, white, blue, green, Jewish, Hindu, Christian, Muslim, athiest, buddast.. Stop our minds from infestation of the power hungry men who spread lies and deceit creating divide between good men to fulfill the desires of their greed, be it power, wealth, land, people or world domination. And how do we stop them, be true to our inherent good human nature as we were born with, not the filth that was indoctrinated into us making us feel better than others or lesser than others.. Be true to who we were created to be, good people not a people driven by the ways of the devil.. Who we know preaches devide and concur!!

    1. Denis Delport says

      We are marching because of the absolute corruption that taxpayers money is not being used to uplift those poor black, that you so eloquently put it, while the thief enjoys abject wealth along with us sidekicks… I think whoever wrote this has definitely lost sight of what is really going on in their own country…

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