Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
I FELT disheartened by Charles Mogale's "Longing for the day when black and white truly unite" (Sowetan, July 1 ). The article testifies to two realities.
The first is the writer's ignorance and prejudice about the mindset of whites. I will never dare refer to Bafana as "our boys" because my mind has been conditioned to avoid such terms - even in the most natural and innocent situations.
How many "Free State farmers' wives" has Mogale met who "all along probably thought soccer was an inferior, unsophisticated sport played by uncivilised blacks riddled with disease"? I do not know any.
Does he know that baking and eating "smileys" is an honoured Afrikaans "boere" tradition?
Why should whites join the ZCC or adopt "society uniforms" when they believe that real Christianity exists not in uniforms, but in the hearts and minds of people born again?
Why should whites (also?) first stay away from work and afterwards explain their absence - instead of arranging beforehand for leave to attend to family responsibilities without causing disruption at work?
Why is Mogale elated at having found whites in the same dismal hospital as blacks - instead of kicking up a hell of a noise at the deterioration of all government health services due to lack of competent management, cadre deployment and lack of professional ethics?
The second reality is Mogale's failure to understand the dilemma of whites who try to be true to the principle of "strength in diversity". I am still waiting for someone in a position of authority to admit that whites did make a positive contribution to the development of this country.
DC Coetsee, Stompneusbaai