Apartheid never existed! – All those who defended it is dead, we only have Comrades against Apartheid left in SA
Just where are those who defended Apartheid? Almost two decades after apartheid the legacies of it remains glaring as it violently protests demise. Yet everyone who voted for Apartheid claim a liberation struggle role and credential that speaks to their non- involvement in this UN declared satanic system that have perhaps eternalized the polarized state of this country.
It is becoming sickening that there is no one who can boldly say I believed in apartheid as a system, I voted every time for its upkeep, I benefitted from it and have been afforded much because of it. Discourse in South Africa today is also skew because of this aspect, apartheid is dead killed by the democratic vote of 1994, and all those who voted for it also died so we are led to believe. Every time you talk or hear our fellow “white” brothers and sisters speak it is the same story, of how they fought against apartheid, how they opposed it, how they played this or that role.
It left me asking the question who then kept apartheid alive, who underwrote the draconian system with capital, who paid for its lunch if I may ask in such proverbial sense?
Listening and reading one is confronted with views from, there was never an apartheid only a separation of people informed by cultural preferences. Others contend apartheid is long dead and ought not to be blamed for the mess of South Africa anymore. Whilst I can agree that there are some serious blunders made in the post-Apartheid context for example the Arms deal, that an ANC led government must own up to.
Yet I cannot accept that apartheid’s legacies are obsolete, I cannot accept that apartheid’s influence on every visible and invisible aspect of our collective soul and being was almost in magic wand fashion waved away, when Nelson Mandela walked through the gates of Victor Verster Prison (now Drakenstein) in 1990. Nor when we voted the first time or when we crystallized a constitution later.
To argue it is obsolete its legacies in education, in land, in the economy and every facet of our society does not exist is to prove deceptive even mendacious. I have observed our “white” counterparts have their blood boiled when one seeks to blame apartheid, yet they claim they never defended it. I guess it’s glaringly cynical to argue apartheid is dead and all its legacies obsolete yet simultaneously argue that you fought against it when you have been a benefactor. I guess those who claim they did not defend apartheid, voted for it, but fought against it must tell us why their bloods boil when an enemy of theirs is blamed today later.
Perhaps if we admit and prove honest as to who kept the system afloat, then true healing may come.
So apartheid never existed it must be reduced to one of the African mythology stories equal to the story of the “Lost City”, Sol Kerzner’s invention. Apartheid never existed because no one in South Africa defended it, no one in South Africa ever voted for its parties and systems. No one ever benefitted economically from it that they still wealthy because of it.
I guess we truly fought, all 48 million of us against apartheid. I just want to know who then was the enemy who send our leaders to a banished life on Robben Island. Just, who arrested us, who locked us up to rot in jail?
Who smacked and kicked us when Kallie “die Bek van Boomstraat” Knoetze or Gerrie “pap handjies” Coetzee lost against a Big John Tate from Tennessee. Who doomed us to a race defined, infested, classified and driven education system. Who forcefully removed us from our District 6, SophiaTown, and all other places and dumped us in a Kaapse Vlakte?
Who invented the inhumane system that made all houses in Soweto owned only on a 99 year lease scheme designated by numbers instead of street names? Who designed the roads of Mitchell’s Plain with 5 inlets of reinforced roadworks to ensure whenever there is an uprise the entire township is sealed off with militarized caspirs and nyala war equipment? Who ran the special branch police, who led Koevoet?
From where the budget for a Wouter Basson chemical warfare artillery? Who denied others to have access to the economy, who designed the public health system that we now struggle to fix? Who through the creation of economic arms like Spoornet, Telkom etc, ensured job reservation for one sector of our society?
Who killed Matthew Goniwe, Fort Calata, Sparrow Mkhonto and Sicelo Mahlauli? Who manhandled our African sisters, aunts, goggo’s and nieces? Who tortured us and who kept us locked up under section 29 law?
I guess all the aforementioned is the figment of our collective erroneous imagination in typical Harry Potter fictional embrace, for apartheid never existed because we can’t find anyone who is willing to say I voted for it.
We only have comrades in Post-Apartheid sense. So we are lied to and deceived yet those who claim they never defended it equally get angry if we say we are dealing with apartheid’s legacy they remonstrate we must stop blaming “beloved” apartheid when they fought against it.
Yet the Jews keep telling us of a Auswich and gas chambers, and the death of 6 million Jews at the hand of a Nazi system led by an insane and possesed Adolph Hitler who had Germans supporting him. In South Africa we are told shut up, stop complaining about apartheid, by the very ones who claim to have been diametrically opposed to apartheid yet they want us to forget. To them we retort today, tomorrow and forever we refuse to forget, we shall not be brow beaten to belief apartheid never existed and that it was not supported by “white” South- Africans the same who today claim they opposed it and have struggle credentials. The same who all of a sudden know exactly how democracy works and want to dictate the meridian of such in constitutional sense.
Does it have to do with the invention and reinvention of self so as to always benefit? For today in sunny South Africa, if newspaper comments are interpreted one may know that apartheid’s defenders live today with a constitutional right and voice, and apartheid is locked up in two mundane low rank officers Eugene De Kock and Ferdi Barnard, whilst the others tell us they were comrades, and equally become annoyed when one blame our history of apartheid to have a visible legacy, the same we are still trying to undo.
Clyde N. Ramalaine