Monday, 15 March 2010

'My stomach turned'

by Nicola

2010-03-10 14:22

Dear Editor,

The ANC has said it will “engage” with Julius Malema about singing “Shoot the boere” infront of hundreds of University students.

What if someone were to sing “Shoot the Pedi’s” together with hundreds of Afrikaners? Would the ANC leaders simply want to chat to that person about “saying such a nasty, racist thing”, or would he thrown into prison and the death penalty re-instated?

Many will argue that the word “boer” is a general term, whereas “Pedi” is quite specific. But we all know that “boer” does not refer to “the farmers, regardless of race”, NOR does it refer to “the white people who supported apartheid”.

When used in that context, the word “boer” is quite simply, and very specifically, a derogatory term used to describe a white Afrikaner (and every South African is aware of this, no matter what race they belong to).

Even the Collins dictionary defines a boer as a “descendant of any of the Dutch or Huguenot colonists who settled in South Africa, mainly in Cape Colony, the Orange Free State, and the Transvaal”.

My husband is Afrikaans. When I saw Julius Malema singing “Shoot the boere” on TV yesterday, my stomach turned, my blood pressure rose and my chest felt tight. He is threatening, or at least encouraging others, to murder the most important person in my life.

If he is allowed to say, “Shoot the white Afrikaners”, then he should not take offense if another youth leader replies, “Shoot the Pedis”!

Somehow, I think he would take such a statement as a “declaration of war” and I would not blame him.



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