This is a wakeup call on our South African History of land
In South Africa
By DANIëL LOTTER
(We commence this article several paragraphs from its original form.
TRUMPET P.O. Box 141 Rondebosch 7701 South Africa)
Thabo Mbeki under-scored his term of office by branding the White persons in this country as “settlers”. These accusations are merely continued parrot-like by his successor.
This is no different from what Black South Africa is doing to White South Africa. Through the hate-filled propaganda of: “You stole our land! You made us into slaves! You keep us poor!” The demonize the White South African into some sort of monster.
Through legislation such as Black Economic Empowerment and Affirmative Action they effectively create a barrier blocking the White minority from active participation in the economic and social development of a country which the White man has inhabited, cultivated, developed and defended for 526 years, ever since Bartholomeus Dias planted his first padrao on the coastline of the southern tip of this continent.
Through portraying the White South African as a racist, inbred idiot walking around in khaki shorts and mistreating all and everybody around him, the White man in South Africa is made into a typical scapegoat for everything that is wrong.
The White South African, by developing and expanding his cultural heritage, his religious beliefs and his entire orientation did not conform to the standards of Africa.
His refusal to accept the absolutism of chieftainship as a form of government, he refused polygamy on basis of religion, he refused to pray to the ancestors because he was a Christian, he refused to leave his social orientation of the individual being a building block of society behind in favour of an African belief that society defines the individual. In short he refuses to betray himself.
And in being what he was, the White South African developed a country of industry and infrastructure. He turned South Africa into a country where the first heart transplant could happen, where enough food was produced to export to other countries, where gold and diamonds were mined and wealth created. And this all happened in less than 200 years (between 1780 and 1980).
In the 3000 years since the end of the Stone Age, the indigenous people of Africa could not manage to create an infrastructure, could not mine or produce export, could, in fact not succeed in building anything higher than one story and could not write down anything as reference for future generations, because they could not manage to master the art of writing. In fact, when the first Europeans arrived on 6 April 1652 it was 1974 years after Ptolemi 1 who built the magnificent library at Alexandria – and in Southern Africa the indigenous people could no more than a few rock paintings and a clay pot with patterns on it.
Today, this development, this contribution of the descendants of Europe has become a threat to the Black South African. He cannot compare. He has no contribution that can remotely compare to what the White man created and therefore he has to fall back on what primal instincts tells him to do: Destroy that which is a threat to you!
It is against this background that White South Africa is demonized as a slaver and murderer who stole land. Let us put this in perspective: In the first place, the Europeans who came with Van Riebeeck had no intention to stay at the Cape. We can clearly determine this from the repeated applications for transfer to Batavia or Amsterdam made by almost every Company servant. The few men who decided to make this their homeland, did so because they came to love the land.
They wanted to develop it grow here. And in the written evidence, left us by the men who did not intend to stay and therefore had no reason to lie, it is written down over and over again that the Europeans settled on uninhabited land. They exchange land for cattle and money and traded with the nomadic indigenous people.
The company decided to import slaves. I emphasize IMPORT, because no indigenous person in this country was ever put into slavery! In actual fact, the slaves who were brought in from Madagascar and Batavia and Ceylon and East Africa were the ancestors of an entirely new group of people: The Colored nation of South Africa who adopted the customs and culture of the European. Ever wonder why they did not adopt the custom of Africa? Because they were not exposed to it, that is why! Nobody at the Cape ever set eyes on a black person for 130 years before the first Trekboere met the Xhosa in the Valleys of the Amatola around 1770! The WhiteSouth African was a new nation, born in Africa. This nation called its language, Afrikaans, after Africa. This nation called itself Afrikaners – after Africa.
The Black man established himself in this barren land now known as South Africa a full 174 years AFTER the White man.
Colonialism in South Africa ended on 31 May 1961 when the country became a Republic. White minority rule was not colonialism, because the White South African belongs here – you cannot colonize your own country.