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Let's get this destructive hatred out of our system

By unknown | May 29, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Africa is haunted by a gory past, which is something that now affects stability to such an extent that sports people are wary about travelling across the continent.

Africa is haunted by a gory past, which is something that now affects stability to such an extent that sports people are wary about travelling across the continent.

The recent spate of "hate attacks" against foreigners reminds one of the sad tales penned by Adam Hochschild in his book, King Leopold's Ghost.

We have been sadly behaving very un-African, let alone being diabolically xenophobic.

Those who are concerned about their safety in other countries cannot be faulted for being uneasy.

This comes after about 56 foreigners were killed, some maimed with others displaced because they are supposed to have "stolen our jobs", are responsible for crime and are occupying our RDP houses.

Much as poor communities argue that these are their main gripes and thus the "hate attacks" against fellow Africans, it is still not good enough a reason for the attacks.

Granted, courts have indeed sentenced some foreigners for serious criminal offences.

But have we forgotten our own "made in SA" izinyoka, highjackers, serial rapists and serial killers?

By the way, some RDP houses are sold to foreigners by South Africans who also acquired them under false pretenses.

Jokes aside, it is actually peculiar that we have not started blaming our foreign sisters and brothers for global warming.

I still remain unconvinced that acts of violence justify why a child must (decidedly or otherwise) be made to witness his dad being hacked to pieces with pangas.

Let us not forget that Africa does not tolerate the nonsense of hacking people's limbs in Rwanda, Burundi, the Congos, Sierra Leone and Somalia, nor the "necklace" killings.

Africans should do themselves a favour by desisting from behaving like modern day Adolf Hitlers and Leopolds.

These leaders from the supposed civilised West murdered fellow human beings in millions out of hate and greed in order to gain power.

History tells us that Hitler killed about six million Jews and we have been reminded time and again in the form of movies, books and commemorations that we cannot afford to forget those atrocities that took place in Europe between the late 1930s and 1940s. Hitler's agents are still being hunted down even today.

The Belgian king Leopold, on the other hand, stamped his authority when colonising the Congo region by reducing a population of about 20 million people to 10 million over 40 years in the 1800s.

Since the territory (Congos) was almost 80 times the size of Belgium, Leopold cunningly used Africans against other Africans to ensure control.

Meanwhile, in part, The OpenDoor Web, says: "The British Consul in the 'Congo Independent State', Roger Casement, produced a famous report in 1903, in which he revealed how Congolese natives were being systematically mutilated (hands, ears, noses cut off)."

This is the part of a history that normally gets the "let sleeping dogs lie" treatment from our user-friendly African leaders, lest they offend the so-called West.

Dear Sports Indaba readers, let us therefore get rid of the "hate poison" from our systems.

Methinks our brothers staying in places like Ramaphosa or Makausi ought to take their anger out in the form of protests to the Union Buildings, if not parliament. That's what our mothers did in the past.

Whichever way you look at it, Home Affairs, the department of housing, including shifty politicians and some police, are to blame for the anger because of their well-documented corrupt activities.

Now look at the Hitler and Leopold mentality we have to deal with!

This after watching the recent thrilling Africa Cup of Nations tournament that was hailed by Fifa bosses.

Naturally many Mzansi people felt proud to be associated with that event as the main sponsors, MTN and Standard Bank, are our companies. Today, however, other African countries doubt our loyalty to the continent.

Can somebody tell us why President Thabo Mbeki's government celebrates Africa Day yet doesn't recognise it by having it as one of our public holidays?

How long are we going to treat this all-important, bonding day as if it's some European-designed Valentine's day?

We need to contribute in building a peaceful Africa so that our clubs and teams like Bafana Bafana can only be regarded as enemies on the pitch but treated as brothers after the game.

Yes, this is what used to happen to the Jomo Sono-coached Bafana Bafana in Burkina Faso in 1998. God bless Africa!


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