We have made it clear at Weekly Xposé that we encourage open and free debate. One of our columnists, Kim Heller, wrote a piece on Monday called If whites had a moral compass they would have given back the land already. This column has generated debate and has been shared widely across social media platforms. One response, which in itself has taken the form of a full column, was sent in to Weekly Xposé via the comments section of the original piece. For your convenience, the original column is placed beneath the response. Here is a response to Heller’s column from a white South African. We encourage you to comment on our opinion pieces and partake in debates. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spare your tears, Kim, as I will shed a waterfall of tears for my fellow Africans
By: Dan Boshoff
Will you shed tears then for the real victims of radical land transformation? Those, the poorest of black poor, who will be squashed under a broken economy? That aside for a moment: Let’s reflect.
You shoot yourself in the leg: You cannot hope to achieve land restitution nor transformation without the emotional buy-in from both sides. If you would like whites to become morally obliged, you have to allow for emotional room in which they can confidently identify as African. Only then will there be the moral confidence to relieve themselves of the burden of their ancestors. So then, at what cost will you insist on ethnic nationalism? At what cost will you insist that African skin is only black for the purpose of your romanticised, Fanon rhetoric?
You see, you misunderstand the realisation that actually needs to happen. There needs to be mass wokeness amongst whites in which they realise that they are the same type of African as the Africans around them. Only then will they understand what it is that their ancestors did to their FELLOW Africans and what they perpetuate in Africa today.
Your ethnic, pigmented agenda is a colonial hangover. You identify by how colonials taught us. Black and White. African and not. As such, your words are a meaningless echo of sentiments already written, quoting colonial stalwarts whose relevance are of another century and struggle. Break from those old words. Think anew. There will no mass moral white realisation, despite your keyboard warfare insisting on our alienation.
White South Africans need to accept themselves fully as African. This can only happen when black South Africans accept their white counterparts as African. Only then will we deal with this very African problem and only then will all Africans, white and black, speak about the land, and how we should push forward in our country.
Spare your tears then Kim. Because I have a waterfall of tears for my fellow Africans, black and white. For this here is my African struggle and you will not alienate me from it.
If Whites had a moral compass land would have been given back already
By: Kim Heller
- “For a colonized people the most essential value, because the most concrete, is first and foremost the land: the land which will bring them bread and, above all, dignity.” – Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth
I am a foreigner. A settler on stolen land.
I don’t understand whites who claim that they are Africans. For we have robbed Africa and its people.
Like every white South African, past, present or future, I am a child of privilege. The beneficiary of a loyalty club dating back to 1652, which still rewards us daily, at the expense of our “fellow” black South Africans.
Last week, in my column, I wrote of the vast expanse of white wealth and the unrelenting sweep of black poverty that stains our post-democracy horizon. The after-birth of colonialism and apartheid which mother-nature, even at her most devilish, could not have delivered.
Yet the looking glass of white South Africa is never casts upon its own creation – black poverty and inequality – which is birthed on the back of forced, brutal extraction of land, cattle and labour, in the advancement of white power, accumulation and dominance.
If white people in South Africa had any moral compass, we would have returned stolen land by now.
I wrote last week about how the ‘apartheid after-party of plenty for whites’ must end.
In the President’s State of The Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday evening, he stressed the need to work together as fellow South Africans to “transform this country into the land of plenty for all, where the nightmare of apartheid will just be a faint memory of the past”.
He quoted the words of former President of the ANC, Walter Sisulu, who in 1981 said, “it is inconceivable for liberation to have meaning without a return of the wealth of the country to the people as a whole”.
What is inconceivable to me is that 23 years into our democracy, white privilege still remains king in a stolen land where less than 10% of arable land has been returned to black South Africans.
The ANC government has been far too timid on the land issue and whether the ruling party is able to move South Africa out of the shadow of “racial supremacy and exploitation” is still to be tested in the ordinary plains of our country.
What is inconceivable too, is that white South Africans have shown little resolve to end their economic feasting. They have failed to move beyond rasps of punctuated outrage on Penny Sparrow-style racism, or crumb offerings towards restitution.
White South Africans must now boldly admit culpability for atrocities committed under colonialism and apartheid by their forefathers, reparations must begin in full force and land must be returned. It is not only a transformation imperative – it is a moral obligation.
The Rainbow Nation has long gone into extra time. This is a storm warning. I will shed no white tears for you if one day your land is forcefully taken back from you.
– Kim Heller, media and political strategist