In another twist involving the public protector’s office‚ the Minister of Co-operative Governance an.
AS BLACK people, we have developed a sense of self-hatred and alienation.
This is evident from the way we treat fellow black African people. We do not take care of our towns, we litter and we destroy everything that is ours.
This attitude of inferiority has become a way of life. We act in a self-destructive manner even when we know better.
We need to get rid of this inferior mentality that is destroying our society.
We have failed to recognise what is good and beautiful about us as Africans. We need to learn that it is okay to celebrate and to love who we are.
The images we see in some of our newspapers are constantly influencing our attitudes. They portray Africans in a very negative light. We watch films that portray other races as heroic. We encourage our girls to play with "whites" - which then become the standard of beauty.
It worries me to see black parents buying white dolls for their daughters. We should get the message across to our daughters that being black is a good thing.
Our people battle the harsh realities of life. We cannot be dominated by ignorance, poverty, unemployment, HIV-Aids and crime. Now is the time to rise above this quandary.
We are not the symbol of poverty, mental inferiority, emotional incompetence and laziness.
We need to liberate ourselves and restore what was taken from us. Our self-worth, our dignity, our identity and our pride.
My appeal to our black business people, black scientists, preachers, teachers and leaders is to turn within to develop our communities so that we may rise as a people. Let us lift the masses of poor, suffering people up from the mud of poverty, despair and ignorance. We are not sub-humans, incompetent and inferior.
Busi Herbstein, Edenvale