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The revolution is brewing

Blacks remain marginalised 23 years after apartheid as the mainstream economy, markets and resource capabilities are very much still in the clutches of whites.

The State of the Nation address and every political campaign thereafter’s undertone was and is that of radical economic transformation.  A cliché linked to this rhetoric is “white monopoly capital”. White monopoly capital aka capitalism. 

It was the great and late Fidel Castro who said: “Capitalism has neither the capacity, nor the morality, nor the ethics to solve the problems of poverty.” These words cut deep into the heart and minds of the marginalised. Some of us are so blinded by our poverty and suppression that we look to the oppressor for the answers to our freedom and emancipation. 

Current occurrences across South Africa illustrate a brewing undercurrent of revolt… quite a few studies conducted proved the following true: when injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty. Just refer to Coligny, Eldorado Park, Reigerpark and Elsies River to mention a few. These are all red flags which indicate that soon the revolution will be at full force. Tata Madiba once said: “When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”

The forgotten people with nothing to lose are the most dangerous creation in any society. The biggest factor of a revolution is the disparity between the haves and the have nots. Is this not a true reflection of SA, a handful of whites are extremely wealthy and the majority blacks are living below any kind of living standard. Inequalities between the masses and minority (black and white) have persisted despite the post-apartheid rhetoric that created an illusion of equality, with the minority of blacks holding power and wealth. 

The time has come to reap what 50 years of apartheid has sowed. And the fruits are not poverty, it’s not inequality or slavery. Let us take what belongs to all blacks and stop being apologetic or asking the puppet masters if we can please have our land back. The revolution can only start when you change your mind set. Educate our people, as a nation, that without knowledge we shall perish. We can only be free when the illusion of white supremacy is eliminated. Salute

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  1. Coloured communities in the townships of Eldorado Park and Ennerdale took to the streets this week to protest about what we have grown familiar with, poor service delivery and lack of housing in their areas.

    My personal opinion is that the Coloured community must now refocus on reworking their way back into the broader black community rather than always portraying themselves as poorer and marginalised cousins.

    I have to state upfront that the way I look at society might land me into trouble as some readers may not agree with my views. However, I feel that Coloureds and black intellectuals, academics and politicians need to shape our common destiny, and destroy the pillars of colonialism and apartheid to create a single identity.

    Coloureds although they share almost all the characteristics with the African population, heritage and culture, they have always been treated as a separate ethnic group from their black family. The origins of this separation are quite unfortunate in that they created a false picture that Coloureds are better off compared to their darker-skinned counterparts. This false sense of superiority, in my view, created a psychological wall in the manner in which members of the community locate themselves in both the social and political spaces in South Africa.

    Treated as distinguished second class citizens by the apartheid regime, Coloureds speak mostly Afrikaans, a language which they share with Afrikaners. Coloureds therefore exist in a toxic “bubble” dominated by a generally racist upper class white race. The white community tend to isolate themselves and complain about everything black in SA. They also feel serious nostalgic, they miss the old days before the country “went to the dogs.”

    The Boere community tends to also be inward looking when it comes to their interests. Take the issue of language for instance. The Afrikaans language and political identity have a white character and do not include Coloureds. Notwithstanding the fact that both communities share a language, with Coloureds as a dominant group in terms of numbers – they are not included in this self-determination and right to use Afrikaans.

    It doesn’t end there. The Afrikaans bubble is dominated by white intellectuals and capital. Coloureds therefore do not enjoy any privilege in leading any discourse to influence or shape the anything happening within the bubble. In fact, Coloureds are treated with suspicion and contempt in a space that is reserved for the members of “die volk” (Hitler’s version of the aryan race). Those driving the separate identity of the Afrikaner community are clear on race, culture and inter-racial relations. In terms of the latter, they see themselves as superior and the rest as pagans.

    The reality of the Coloured community is that they find themselves in a space of “isolation” between blacks and the hostile volk. One author says, “Politically, when issues of race, culture, or class, come up it’s seen from one of two perspectives: the underprivileged black perspective or the over-privileged white perspective.” Of course, Coloureds may be a distinct community but is it necessary for them to be located outside the broader African community?

    But they nevertheless wish to stress their white heritage more than their African one. It is not common to hear a Coloured person taking pride in being of Zulu or Sotho descent. Rather, you will hear them say: “Coloureds or ‘people of colour’ from South Africa have more of a mixed heritage than most people on the planet; they can trace routes from Holland, Germany, India and Saint Helena.”

    This is not to say this is wrong but their preferred DNA prioritises whiteness over the rest. They are caught in avoiding the stigma associated with the black race. Unfortunately, when they go abroad they find it hard to explain why they should not be considered black. Benni McCarthy, Steve Pienaar, Andile Jali or Aaron Mokoena get hurled with bananas at stadiums like the rest of the black race. I guess Benni would identify with Emanuel Adebayor, a Togolese.

    Coloureds carry the language of white supremacy Afrikaans and a culture that resembles that of the large black community surrounding them. Even in terms of features a majority are the same as the African community.

    They also live side by side with black communities: Cape Flats (Bontheheuwel-Langa), Soweto (Noordgesig-Orlando), Pretoria (Mamelodi-Eersterus), and Durban North (KwaMashu-Newlands). As to be predicted, they share family relations, language and culture.

    The problem lies in identity and aspects of culture. Not that there are no huge overlaps in the cultural heritage as seen in music and sport, but there is a great tendency of wanting to keep the Coloured and black communities as separate. There is also a very dangerous narrative that propagates that the socio-economic status of Coloureds is somewhat better than that of blacks. All statistics show that Coloureds are better educated, salaried or heather compared to blacks.

    But reality on the ground talks otherwise.

    It is in this context that people in southern Johannesburg engaged in violent protests. The suffer from the same malaise as the rest of the black community: poverty, unemployment and inequality as well as diseases and social disorder. However, leadership in these communities favour to pull Coloureds out the broad socio-economic and political discourses and debates to create discontent. For example, the voting patterns in Coloured areas tend to be different from those of mainly black areas.

    In honesty, government and political leadership have not helped the situation with reckless and unguarded statements. The Coloured community perhaps is seen as “privileged” from their second class status of the past. Perhaps this has something to do with the perception that that they are marginalised: “not black enough and not white enough”.

    Coloureds should not accept that they are still being seen by the ruling masses as being “second class” or privileged and last in line when it comes to job opportunities, tenders, etc. However, this cannot happen in isolation. They must reintegrate within the broader political struggle of the black race.

    Being black is not equal to losing identity or privilege. You can still be black with your Coloured, Zulu, Venda, Tswana or Swazi heritage. The character of a black is signified by identity, not by the hue of your skin, colour of your eyes or accent.

    Coloureds have a rich history and heritage and suffered just as much as any black person when the plague of colonisation took over.

    We are the same, aren’t we?

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