Race to the Finish

Is Julius Malema  the only person prepared to tell the truth around here?

Julius bemoaning the under-representation of “Africans” and/or “black people” in the economic cluster:

We [black people] cannot just be reduced to security and the very important issue of economy is given to minorities…. Minister of police, minister of intelligence, minister of justice — [they are] all Africans. But in the economics cluster, it’s minorities. We welcome that (the appointment of Gill Marcus to the SARB) … but we would have expected once again an African child to occupy that strategic position …We need to build confidence in the markets that Africans are also capable of handling strategic positions in the economic sector. As quoted in the Mail & Guardian

Now Julius Malema is the court jester and his words have been repudiated by the king in clear and unambiguous terms:

“We have never looked at things in terms of race and ethnicity but, rather, in terms of people being South Africans” – Jacob Zuma, a few days later.

But it is clear that the clown is not just a clown. His function is to reflect the rump of ANC – or South African – thinking, especially when that thinking is out of line with the constitution or unacceptable in the sort of liberal democratic traditions the ANC has come to prefer to espouse. Thus, the contention is that many in the ANC (and in the intelligentsia the party consists of and represents) are as unhappy as clown Julius is with the fact that the profile economic ministries are in the hands of “whites”, “Indians” and “coloureds”.

I can imagine someone who has known South Africa primarily as the post-Apartheid miracle-with-cool-game-reserves flabbergasted by this stuff.

Whites, Coloureds, Indians and Africans – WHAT ARE YOU SAYING? I thought you were all Africans! Those are defunct Apartheid categories; made up scientific nonsense.

Well sorry to disappoint you, but every South African above a certain age, no matter the colour of their skin or the kink in their hair knows exactly what “race” they are and EXACTLY what “race” every other South African they meet is.

GIll Marcus slaved away in the depths of the ANC’s exile in Lusaka and Trevor Manuel fought policeman in the streets of Cape Town and Pravin Gordhan moved the cadres of operation Vula from place to place and Mac Maharaj was a master of disguise in the great war against the Apartheid beast, but they are not “black people” or, as Julius Malema would have it, they are not even African children.

And it is true. They are not. And only Julius Malema is prepared to say aloud the thing that everyone knows.

All these people derive from groups rigidly defined by the Apartheid state (and the colonial state that it evolved from). All those groups were significantly favoured in comparison to the group defined as “African” by that state and its predecessors. The ongoing consequences of this definition and favouring/retarding survives in the the cultural and economic structure of this world and in the heads of our citizens.

Julius Malema is a politician, obliged to talk in political generalities and abstractions. There is no room here for individuals escaping the categories and weight of their past. Each one of these people, and a myriad others, are seen as representatives; and for Julius and for millions of other South Africans, what they represent is their “race” as defined by Apartheid.

It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t struggle against this, assert non-racialism and the constitution, berate those who claim status as “victims” or those who claim superiority. It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t shield our children from the corroding effects of this “knowledge of sin” which burdens every South African above the age of about 30.

It just means we all understand the awful court jester. We wish we didn’t, but we do.

11 thoughts on “Race to the Finish

  1. Julias Malema is an intelligent young man who is prepared to speak his mind; Yes,what he is saying about the South African Cabinet ministries is true,No economical position is held by a real African in JZ,s cabinet. I love JZ, but I understand he is human too.In RSA we have a tendency of giving white people higher posts,look at soccer;most RSA clubs have white coaches even the national squad. Even after liberation we don,t trust our own. Let,s wake up, South Africa,we may have physical liberation, but our minds are still colonised. We live,talk, behave and even follow a white man,s religion. Now it is the time to liberate our minds and be proud of ourselves without being racist. The truth is that we can,t wish away reality, at least we still have Julias Malema,s of this world who can speak out their minds.

  2. Nic, Excellent artcile. No punches pulled. You show a real understanding from the heart of the South African psyche (poetic licence on my part).

    If I can throw my usual curved ball and add data, which does does not derogate from yours and hopefully just adds more colour(!).

    “Well sorry to disappoint you, but every South African above a certain age, no matter the colour of their skin or the kink in their hair knows exactly what “race” they are and EXACTLY what “race” every other South African they meet is”

    I submit that white South Africans, never really knew who they were and still don’t know who they are and the fake race classification act and group areas act (and all the others, for that matter) reversed that dillusion back on them and abused countless other people in the process.

    eg if you were led to believe that your ancestors were trailer trash, you might eventually start to behave like trailer trash. What if the truth of your ancestory was far more magnanimous and open hearted, maybe you would rise to the occasion and behave with the appropriate decorum and respect for all people.

    GENESIS 21:8 And the child grew, and was weaned: and Abraham made a great feast the [same] day that Isaac was weaned.
    21:12 And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called [(I)saac’s sons – Saxons].

    The majority of white South Africans (English and Dutch) are remnants of the saxons (as in anglo saxons etc), whose descendents followed Moses out of Egypt and made the Covenant at Mount Sanai etc etc and while in South Africa, broke that covenant in a myriad of ways and are now paying for it under the curses of that Law. Will they and everyone wake up?? (in time!!)


  3. Phil;
    By quoting the Bible You do exactly what the Afrikaners did, they justified their oppression of the African People by using the Bible. All racists (not meaning You) justify their actions by quoting the bible. That is why I and most of the former oppressed in ZA dont use the bible as the point of reference because it makes other people think that they are superior to others.
    The God that I pray is not the god of Afrikaners or israel, but the God of all Human kind if there is. The God who doesnt give other people the right to oppress other people. The God who sees people as people not according to race. My intention is not to offed anyone, but to clarify some issues, Thanx

  4. Dear Stanley, I have to say you are absolutely right. The Bible has been used and abused and prophesied as such. God never gave anyone the right to oppress and the carriers of it have done exactly that. In His eyes everyone is equal. But they (witnesses of the Bible) will have to pay for their action, quite shortly in fact. Notice 11:7 “KILL them”

    Revelation 11:3 And I will give [power] unto my Two Witnesses (Isa. 43:12), and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred [and] threescore “days”, clothed in sackcloth. (42 months of 30 “days” each = 1260 “days”, each day for a year – Num. 14:34; Ezekiel 4:6; Dan. 12:7).
    11:4 These are the two “Olive” trees, and the two candlesticks (Ephraim and Manasseh) standing before the God of the earth.
    11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire (gun-fire which looked as though it) proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
    11:6 These have power to shut heaven, that it “rain” (spiritually) not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over “waters” (ch. 17:15) to turn them to blood (reds), and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.
    11:7 And when they shall have finished their Testimony (the 1260 “days” ended on 9/Dec./1917 – the day that Jerusalem was liberated from Gentile domination by Israel – British forces – Ezekiel 25:14), the beast (system – Satanic) that ascendeth out of the Bottomless Pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and KILL them.
    11:8 And their dead bodies [shall lie] in the street of the Great City, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified (Jerusalem).

    To me the Bible is true and the religion is false (abused the Bible), so frankly I do what you do (pray direct) and I stay away from churches.

  5. Phil;it took me 4months to respond on your comment. I am impressed about your knowledge of the holy book.
    Sure. There is nothing wrong with the bible…. But the problem is the hypocrites who abuse it,
    Thanx for making me aware of that.

  6. Malema is a lighting rod for the tensions and divisions in our society – you capture this vividly. How ‘South Africans’ (assuming for a moment we can transcend our inherited racial categories) deal with a Malema, and what he represents, is equally crucial, I suspect, for the kind of society our children will inherit.


  7. The analogy of the book given at the end of the article is reversed conveniently. The moral dilema is faced by Malema and black South Africans who lost numerous generations to white rape, and are now being asked to love them and protect them. Malema is the only one calling it as is… there needs to be some restitution, and so long as there are poor blacks in who can’t afford food or clothing in significant numbers, and no reparations are being paid, you shall have a Malema.

    The best way to shut him down or others who will rise in his place to fill that vacuum if it is created, is to actively, publicly, demostrably, and with PLENTY white humility extend olive branches, through marriage, reparations what ever methods one can peacefully use to diffuse tensions and effectively preempt these VERY legitimate demands…

    Pretending blacks are stupid and suffering some kind of mass amnesia about centuries of white brutality, and potificating illogic while sitting on the spoils of the great theft of their souls, sweat and land is suicide… This is not America, where whites are the majority and Indians and blacks can be swept under the rug…. justice is a strange and persistent weed.

    Wisdom calls for effective strategy. To answer Nic… for those who have personal lives to live and what a guarantee? Here is very pragmatic advice that Whites should have used when they first landed on the continent to guarantee ownership peacefully and justly… Cleopatra and others from the past used such methods, but seems like we have lost touch with shrewd and peaceful alliance that minimizes political risks when we want to acquire other’s resources for ourselves…. Sharing (Men and women marry each other for these reasons everyday. Families marry each other for the same reason… and if Blacks are not human enough for you to use your loins like normal people to become part of the family and its property… the don’t think that sentiment is lost on blacks… it isobvious… you can’t claim stolen property as your own, no matter how much you “improve on it while you have it and oppress the owner”):

    Advice for those who want to rest their minds forever:

    Let your children fight for you… Have 3 babies with a black woman, and become the father of African children. No one will be able to kick you out. Your children can then go into power and fight for you… Free advice every white male should follow… free advice every white female should take and run with… it is easy, immediate and makes perfect sense from an evolutionary standpoint as well, adaptation for survival. Let your seed become African. If you are too racist to consider this… you deserve what you have coming…. for Justice is a strange weed hard to kill… The Party is over, join the NEW house where the party is at…

  8. Sorry – This was a response to a different article. I pasted here by mistake and can’t figure out how to delete it. Parts are relevant to this post, but the preamble is especially confusing here… apologies.

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