South Africa: Tell us Why?
White South Africans are often accused that their "sense of superiority", their "white privilege" is the reason why the multiculturalist New South Africa and the Rainbow Nation is a failure. It is unwillingness of the white man to share property and wealth that is the cause of all the misery.
Now, if we look at the recent history of South Africa, we will discover that power was not won by struggle as the ANC and the rest of black South Africa claims. Political analysts and experts such as the late dr F van Zyl Slabbert are unanimous in this: The apartheid government could easily have hangedon to power for at least another 15 years. The hand-over was voluntarily done through a majority "Yes" vote by white South Africans in 1992.
And with power quite a number of other things were wrapped up in the parcel.
25 years later we need to assess what was done with that and then comes the question: Tell us why we must give even more? Tell us why we must respect what black majority government did with what was given to them? Tell us why you deserve even more trust, even more opportunities? Tell us why you think we don't have the right to say: "Enough now. We walk away and take care of our own future. We now demand self determination."
Tell us why:
You were given power and you corrupted government with it.
You were entrusted with education, transport and health. We sit with matriculants who pass with 30%, we have patients bleeding to death on hospital floors while nurses have a tea break, we have a public road system which was the best in Africa, now hardly suitable for any vehicle and we have trains constantly set alight.
You were entrusted with a heritage. National heritage sites such as Augusta Manor House, Bloemfontein Town Hall and numerous statues were burned and destroyed. Places and streets were renamed after people who had no link with them at all. Our language were removed as a language of tuition in higher education centres founded through the existence of that language in the first place!
You were entrusted to make our sports teams internationally competitive. Through your quota systems you turned us into the laughing stock of the world.
You were handed a civil aviation company which were one of the oldest and most reliable in the world. You bankrupted that. You were handed Denel, the Post Office, Eskom, Sars, Transnet, Iscor...all functional and profitable. You bankrupted that, sold it off to Indians and Chinese, looted it and ran it straight into the ground.
Everything you received were destroyed, corrupted, bankrupted and compromised. And the only ones you tried to set up in 25 years became a failure - such as VBS Bank.
And now you claim that white arrogance is the reason why there is a lack of respect for black majority government. We don't disrespect your government because it is black, we disrespect it because it is dysfunctional, corrupt and incompetent.
So, tell us again: Why do we need to keep giving you more and more opportunities when we have seen what you did with what we already gave you?