Dear Maimane: You had me fooled. An open letter
Mr Maimane, you had me (and a lot of white people) fooled. Here we were, feeling happy and content about the new leader of the DA being a nice young “colour blind” man, leading a group of people who thought that you were genuine.
What a disappointment! You are no better than the president who you want out. It is all about power isn’t it? Your actions are just the same as those you despise. It is people like you who like to dig out the bad apple called “apartheid” and polish it up again just so that nobody forgets it once existed. Whatever happens, apartheid must be the cause. We try to teach our children to take responsibility for their actions. Penny should (and does) take responsibility so why should the rest of white people be held responsible for her thoughtless remark? I thought more of you than this immature reaction you display.
Were you on the beach on that day that will now never be forgotten (because you or somebody like you will always dig it up and polish it), or were you lounging in your pool in a nice house, you, one of the “…product(s) of the Group Areas Act…”? (You rose above your legacy. What kept your contemporaries from also doing that?) We all know it was a thoughtless thing for Penny to say but why take it so personally and now you blame all white people? That is really not fair. You took a wrong turn with your reaction Mr Maimane, and I wonder if the DA can still afford you? Somebody in your position should be able to handle Penny’s remark in a more mature way. There are many black people who say terrible things about white people but it seems you play deaf to those remarks. You maintain that only white people are racists. Velaphi Khumalo said :”I want to clean this country of all white people…. Yes I know he is suspended BUT “with full pay”. It seems a black person is allowed to make these kind of remarks just to have a nice paid holiday. Where is your outcry about racism?! There are many more examples of this kind of hatred.
The remark you made revengefully (in anger!) “ I’m angry because when I go shopping at certain shops white people are shopping and black people are working” . What do you mean? Should they rather beg on the street corners? Didn’t they apply for the job? Shouldn’t they be happy for having a job either as a packer, a person working at the till, a shop assistant, the store manager? – the jobs which are NOT available if your skin is white. The shops are not the only place you will see only black people working. When did you last visit you bank, go to see a film, go to the airport, renew your driver’s license, have anything to do with a government department? etc etc. Have you given it a thought that nobody is forcing them to work there? (wherever it is). Don’t they do shopping as well? Who prevents them to start their own business?
While our country is in turmoil and our currency down the drain, you decide to put oil on the fire (or did you do it without thinking about the consequences?) “When I look back, I still marvel at what we have achieved together”. When I watch TV I see what you mean by this remark. People (races) working, playing and socializing together but then you contradict yourself. “We (black people) remain bound together by our shared history and common destiny”. ??
I am angry too. Angry that you didn’t handle this “setback” in our race relationships in a mature way. The difference in our anger is that I am practically a nobody while you are the leader of a political party. I think you kept the anger inside and were just waiting for the right moment to “let it out”. The way you handle your anger is alarming. You use the word “anger” ELEVEN times in your letter to Penny Sparrow. A person with so much anger is practically a time bomb waiting to explode. Can you/the party afford that? You should go for anger management. A psychologist once told me nobody can “make me feel inferior without my permission!”
You speak about the leader (“the humble man”) who taught us that “our scars would not be healed by more hatred” but what are you doing other than just that by jumping on the racism wagon together with all the other racists and keep pouring oil on the fire. I fail to see what you mean by mentioning that black South Africans told you many times you have done well by being married to a white woman. Is it another accusation against white people? Who cares that you are married to a white woman????
Why do you want all the answers for your uncomfortable questions from us? Your statement: We are entitled to ask why a white learner is six times more likely to get into university than a black learner. I am also entitled to ask: why do learners burn down their schools, steal the computers, drop out in high school. (High school drop-outs among black learners is a well-known term). Why are schoolteachers always on strike? How many times do we see on the news learners lying around because their teachers are on strike?
Your statement: We are entitled to ask why the unemployment level of young black South Africans is well over 60%. Don’t you think you should ask the honorable president and his predecessors about the high unemployment rate of black and white South Africans? You contradict yourself Mr Maimane!: “ I’m angry because when I go shopping at certain shops white people are shopping and black people are working…”
You are wasting your and our time, and playing with our (black and white people’s) future by focusing on racism. Why don’t you rather focus on the lamentable control of crime, the meagre education system ( Hopeless minister of Education), the scandalous state of hospitals and clinics, blatant corruption, etc etc, rather than divide by stressing racism. Do you think your attitude will bring the different races in this, our beloved country together?
In this way I can go on and on but I want to give you only a few statistics: In 2015 there were 793 attacks on Afrikaners. 7000 whites were murdered since 1994.
I want to add some interesting quotes from Ayan Rand. “Ayn Rand was a Russian-born American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter. She is known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism. “Wikipedia
“A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” Ayn Rand
“Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).”
“Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion–when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing–when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors–when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you–when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice–you may know that your society is doomed. Money is so noble a medium that does not compete with guns and it does not make terms with brutality. It will not permit a country to survive as half-property, half-loot”
― Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
Issued by Anneline van der Gryp