posted on Jan, 26 2008 @ 10:11 AM
Hmm, as a South African I feel compelled to reply to the many misconceptions expressed in this thread.
I'm always pleasantly surprised when a topic regarding my country appears on these boards as it so seldom does, but in each case I am always left
disappointed by the third or second page. People always begin ranting about the inadequacies and chaos lurking in every dark and shadowed chasm
covering the length and breadth of the entire continent, never once staying on topic to actually discuss what information has been brought before us.
I am disappointed both because it ceases to be a discussion of my home, which so seldom takes place here, but becomes an ignorant rant by people who
have never been to the continent about how it has been lost to a barbarism and savagery, for good.
This is not so, believe me, I in fact do live here, and not just in a quiet suburb in a city, of which there exist plenty besides, and can bear
witness to not only sentiment in South Africa, but also its neighboring countries through which I have backpacked, yes! indeed with public transport!
on numerous occasions.
I would like to revert to the newspaper article which, surprisingly enough, is the topic of this thread. The article in question, firstly, as been
pointed out by a previous member, was a letter written to the newspaper and is not an article. Secondly, this is a newspaper from Botswana, not South
Africa, and as difficult as this may be to understand for some, therefore does not necessarily express the views of South Africans, as Africa itself
is not a country but is rather a continent which is divided into numerous countries, of which Botswana and South Africa, although neighboring, are two
South Africa, believe it or not, is not facing an impending doom at the onset of the presidency of one Jacob Zuma as is commonly believed. Indeed, he
is an immoral and corrupt man who can do no good for this country, but! this country has become far too economically stable and sustainable, as well
as racially integrated, for it to be in anyones interests to engage in a fruitless genocide of the white population.
Regardless of how much animosity and resentment these black politicians may or may not hold against the white population, I am willing to bet that
they love their money a whole lot more than they are still angry. And believe me, the politicians in whose power it would be to do such a devastating
thing in this country have far too many vested interests in the stability of the economy to allow them to go and ruin it as has been witnessed in
Something else I would just like to mention briefly, is that South African society, just like American society, is not only divided by racial
distinctions, and not even only by intra-racial cultural differences (ie. Zulu's Xhosa's Sotho's, Tswana's) but most relevantly for this purpose;
South Africa's political and social landscape is divided amongst economic classes. Indeed! There is not a mere uniform rubble of blacks! There has
been a huge increase in the number of middle class blacks, as well as upper class who, as well as the politicians, have forged and made lives for
themselves in the current political system. These people have families and children who have never lived in the Old South Africa, who go to school
besides and amongst all the different racial groups int he country. Again, besides economic interests, far too many people have far too many interests
in sustaining the country as it is at present and continuing to help develop it into a better place to live.
All is not lost, except for the electricity, which is lost.