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South African White Supremacist Killed & Julius Malema Responds “I’m not going to respond… I’m in Zimbabwe now”

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So I truly struggled with this post for so many reasons.  The first one being that I am part of a generation that really stands at the cusp of greatness! Not that previous generations did not achieve greatness. They did!  But I like to think that they helped to lay the foundation for my generation to potentially advance humanity even further so that the people of this world are “not judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character“. So while we stand on the shoulders of giants, much lies ahead of us in the way of world peace. Black, White & all colors in between, we are all here to stay. No annihilation of any one group of people can be tolerated in this day and age. Period. Instead, our issues are ideological as in for instance, how do we best solve the healthcare issue because Black, White, we need all need adequate healthcare.

I also struggled because as one of Africa’s youngest democracies, racial integration is still pretty fragile in South Africa. Constant media reports of violent crimes work against the peace efforts of the people of South Africa. They are trying you know and are quick to let you know that, “be as mindful & aware of your surroundings in Johannesburg, as you would be in New York City, London, Paris, Lagos, Hong Kong or Tokyo. Coz it’s real in the field regardless of where you are in the world.

So it is very unfortunate that the South African based Afrikaner far-right leader Eugene Terre’Blanche was killed a week ago by two farm workers over reportedly a R600 (or US$82.60) wage dispute. Not this when the country is working diligently to restore racial integration post-apartheid and when it will be host to the world for the 2010 FIFA World Cup this coming June. People have to be assured of peace & safety even though the perpetrators, the two young men, aged 21 and 15, reportedly turned themselves in to the police after they committed the crime.

It did not help that last month, controversial ANC Youth Leader, Julius Malema sang a song that has since been banned in South Africa. The ANC is reportedly going to appeal this ruling based on the “historical context” of the song… Anyway, the problem with the court ruling is just that. In the absence of political reprimand, the legal courts were forced to step in. Very regrettable because that is censure of speech. Inevitably, this sets precedence for more censure!

Unfortunately the late Mr. Terreblanche, founder and leader of the AWB (Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging) did not endear himself with majority South Africans and with the rest of the world with his racial ideologies. Take a look at some of his rhetoric…

Interesting…well here is some background on the worldwide effort to end apartheid in South Africa. “Have You Heard From Johannesburg” is seven documentary stories, produced and directed by Connie Field, chronicling the history of the global anti-apartheid movement that took on South Africa’s entrenched apartheid regime and its international supporters who considered South Africa an ally in the Cold War. The documentary, divided into three parts (approximately two & half hours long), begins its run at the Film Forum in New York City this Wednesday, April 14th, and ends next week Tuesday, April 27th…

From the Office of the President of South Africa: President Jacob G. Zuma

I have learnt with shock of the brutal killing of Mr. Eugene Terreblanche last night, allegedly by people who were working for him.

Two suspects have now been arrested and police are still doing their further investigations. The Minister and the National Commissioner of Police have already visited the scene.

We strongly condemn such acts of violence. People should use legal and peaceful means to resolve differences of any nature including labour disputes. We should uphold the right to life that is enshrined in the Constitution and abide by the rule of law at all times.

As government, we convey our profound sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr Terreblanche during this difficult time. I have personally communicated to the Terreblanche family and have spoken to Mr Terreblanche’s daughter and conveyed my condolences.

I call upon our people, black and white to remain calm, and allow police and other organs of state to do their work. This is not the time for speculation that can worsen the situation. It is the time for us to unite all of us, black and white and put the nation and the country first.

South Africa belongs to all who live in it, regardless of race, colour and political affiliation. This is the fundamental principle upon which our nation is founded. It is the fundamental principle that will keep this nation together always, united in its diversity.

We said last week during our visit to the Bethlehem settlement in Pretoria West that we need to seriously discuss heritage and reconciliation further in our country in a manner that cements our ties as one diverse nation.

None of our problems are insurmountable, we have come very far already as a nation and we have a great future together.

We just need to be mature and work well together as various parties and groups to lead our people to a prosperous, united and harmonious future. All leaders must act responsibly and work with government to control emotions and anger during this period.

Leaders and organisations must not to use Mr Terreblanche’s death to score political points. Instead, they must work harder to unite our people.

What are you doing to improve race relations in your community?!?!? Please let us know and leave your comments below.

Muchas gracias amigos!

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  • kudzi Zinzombe

    I agree, this is deep-seated stuff which i think will take generations to overcome. Forgiveness is a daily thing

  • Zanele Ndlovu

    Be the neighbour, friend, colleague, roomate, employer, employee, teacher, mother, father, partner, you wish you had. It is so easy to be humble.

    I wonder what it must feel like to be Nelson Mandela (and so many of our unsung african leaders and heroes of peace and integrity), having sacrificed so much for your people and laid down such strong foundations, only to watch it all slip away. It makes you wonder what it was all for.

  • Allegro D

    @ Zanele, exactly my thoughts all that they faught for and what some gave up their lives for is ben taken for granted by 1 man who just cannot seem to say the right things when he opens his mouth…

    Thhe case with “JUJU” is always the same…hate speak, spark publicity and make sure that his name is in the papers first thing in the morning….THEN apolosies as follows “it is highly regretable, what I did, it came out wrong”. how about “I’m am sincerley soryy and take full responsibility foir my actions and will never repeat it again”???