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Unterhalter’s treatment shows SA is still stuck in apartheid mode

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Unterhalter’s treatment shows SA is still stuck in apartheid mode

It’s time our interactions were based on each other’s bona fides, not racial nativism, but that takes leadership

Columnist

Where are we in terms of race relations almost 30 years since the end of legal apartheid? We should be concerned by some truly disturbing events in the past few days. The one is the announcement that AfriForum is linking up with a conservative coloured grouping, allegedly to build self-reliance in this community. An outspoken white, Afrikaans, ethnic group is looking to bruin Afrikaners to lift themselves from poverty. Why is such nonsense surfacing and why would AfriForum even care about those they deride as kleurlinge? For one, it fits perfectly within a racial backwardness that accepts the old classification systems as real. In other words, there are Zulus and Sothos and coloureds who need our development attention as ethnic groups.

Not as South Africans, but as categories of people labelled by their apartheid nicknames. In the distasteful words of one of the its leaders, quoted on Politicsweb, “AfriForum has already established partnerships with, among others, Zulu, Barolong, the AmaBhele and other cultural communities”. That’s right, a throwback to way back, as the kids say, for these apartheid-era dinosaurs.

The Cape Forum does little to disguise its federal motives – Cape Town for the Cape, a coloured/Afrikaans Bantustan, in other words, with the helping hand of AfriForum. Let me put this bluntly for the province of my birth: what the Cape Forum and AfriForum are about is quite simply to marginalise the African from development in favour of an Afrikaans/coloured grievance against a perceived black nationalism. They must be stopped in their tracks...

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