Whites, blacks cannot wish each other away

IN A few weeks' time a divided - rather coexistent two nations - will be welcoming various soccer lovers from all over the world.

The two nations are the angry blacks and the touchy whites.

The common denominator in this rage manifests itself on racial lines.

One is tempted to ask where we are going after this World Cup, which seems to be the fading glue that supposedly binds us together.

Both these two nations understand clearly that they cannot wish each other away.

Black people know that we cannot drive white people into the sea as the PAC passionately branded most of their slogans.

Whites must also learn to accept the bitter facts that there will be no separate volkstaat as late AWB leader Eugène Terre'Blache had wished.

South Africans have turned to being tolerant when a foreigner raises issues such as revelations that ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela spat on her former husband Nelson Mandela's legacy of reconciliation.

Australian writer John Pilger, in his book Freedom Next Time, raises the same issues of economic transformation that need to be addressed.

No right-thinking person can argue the fact that the current land reform is not working or, rather, it's being manipulated by farmers to frustrate transformation efforts.

As if the mayhem is not enough, we also have a racist's think-tank called Afri-Forum that freely advocates racial rights.

Had there been an adjudicator to settle this confusion, I wonder whose side would be found guilty. One is tempted to ask what kind of South Africa is being handed to the future generation.

Hasani Mabasa, Johannesburg