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- A Stuijt
- Retired South African medical journalist, ex-Sunday Times of Johannesburg.
- “It is time to put an end to the name calling and insults”, writes Nkoana, pointing out in his article on PoliticsWeb that “non-racialism” has always been the leitmotiv of their struggle-heroes, and quoting Oliver Tambo: … South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white…’
BENDOR, Polokwane – 21 September 2009. “I am bitterly disappointed by the raging race debate by some South Africans who are betraying the historic mission our broad liberation movement which was led and guided by our Tambo, Mandela, Sobukwe and Biko, to name but just a few. Is this what we want to bequeath to our children and their grandchildren? Surely, South Africa deserves better. “
“The recent race-loaded rantings by political leaders, commentators, news journalists, church leaders and the legal fraternity concerning the white Canadian refugee, the structure of our economy, employment equity targets, the Hlophe saga and Caster Semenya's gender verification debacle do not bode well for our long-term vision of the building a non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa. …”
- On June 26 1955, the Congress of the People, constituted by progressive organisations, such as the ANC, Communist Party, South African Indian Congress and the Congress of Democrats adopted the Freedom Charter at a conference in Kliptown, Soweto .
South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white…’
“Its preamble, which became the guiding principle of our post-apartheid constitution, asserts that: "We, the people of South Africa, declare for all our country and the world to know: that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white, and that no government can justly claim authority unless it is based on the will of all the people."
In his speech at Bonn in 1986 the late President of the ANC, Oliver Tambo reiterated: "The ANC has grown and developed over the last 74 years into the powerful force it is today because the masses of our people see it as the embodiment of that perspective of a free and peaceful South Africa for all the people of our country, regardless of colour."
The late Walter Sisulu, quoted from the extract of We shall overcome said:
- "The fact that non-racialism is a leitmotiv in the programmes of almost all the forces in the struggle becomes an outstanding testimony of the maturity of their political and philosophical outlook and also points to deeper economic factors that are at play, and which rise above and beyond the constraints of racism."
“South Africans of all political persuasions need to be reminded that the most endearing and remembered legacy of Nelson Mandela and the ANC, at least in the hearts and minds of ordinary people, is the absolute insistence and non-negotiable stance taken in favour of the principles of reconciliation, reconstruction and development, with the concomitant call for national unity and nation building, as building blocks of the new South Africa. One of the founding principles of all the political formations aligned to the congress tradition has always been non-racialism and not multi-racialism.
“Tata Nelson Mandela's first presidential address in 1994 began with a poem from Afrikaner poet Ingrid Jonker stressing the compatibility of holding an Afrikaner and an African identity.
“Moreover, throughout his administration, he undertook high-profile symbolic reconciliation initiatives to convince whites and other minority racial groups that they had a place in post-apartheid SA. On the eve of the 2009 elections, President Zuma assured South Africans that Nation-Building, unity and reconciliation will continue to be the cornerstone of the new administration after elections and called on all South Africans "to build a united compassionate and caring nation and also called for forgiveness.
“The emirate Bishop Desmond Tutu describes in his book, No Future Without Forgiveness, when he writes that:
- "A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good; for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed, or treated as if they were less than who they are."
“According to Steven Bantu Biko, black consciousness articulated itself as "an attitude of mind, a way of life". In various forms and under various labels, before then and after, this attitude of mind and way of life have coursed through the veins of all the motive forces of struggle; it has fired the determination of leaders and the masses alike. And one of the greatest legacies of the struggle that Biko waged - and for which he died - was the explosion of pride among the victims of apartheid. The driving thrust of black consciousness was therefore to forge pride and unity amongst all the oppressed, to foil the strategy of divide-and-rule, to engender pride amongst the mass of our people and confidence in their ability to throw off their oppression.
“In his inaugural speech, the late President of the PAC Robert Sobukwe stated that the structure of the body of man provides evidence to prove the biological unity of the human species. All scientists agree that there is no "race" that is superior to another, and there is no "race" that is inferior to others. The Africanists take the view that there is only one race to which we all belong, and that is the human race. In our vocabulary therefore, the word 'race' as applied to man, has no plural form. We do, however, admit the existence of observable physical differences between various groups of people, but these differences are the result of a number of factors, chief among which has been geographical isolation.
“In his first State of the Nation Address, former President Kgalema Motlanthe stated that:
- "The ANC based its vision for the country on the principles of the Freedom Charter. This vision is all-encompassing. It does not exclude any single South African. Nor does it allow that any person has any greater claim than any other to being an integral part and component of this; our proud nation. Just as we all have an equal claim to this country, we all have an equal obligation to build a society that is united, democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous." (end of quote)
APPALLED BY ‘DISTASTEFUL PIECE BY ANDILE MNQXITAMA IN THE SOWETAN…’
Mr. Mngxitama makes the following preposterous statements about the current leadership of our country;
“Basically, South Africa is overly concerned about how it is viewed by the white world; and
“Zuma is a President of a racist country that continues to treat black people as second-class citizens. “
In the same article, Mr. Mngxitama makes statements such as; "Our country lacks black soul and mind, President Zuma does not want us to debate racism because it will offend ANC white comrades, that current leaders are mere black colonialists and that they are a white power behind a black mask.”
- “ What a load of crap! “. comments Nkoana.
(Then) “Mr. Jack Bloom, the Democratic Alliance MPL in Gauteng , went a step further and attacked Jimmy Manyi on the employment equity policy targets in an article on Politicsweb (see here).
- “Bloom attacks Jimmy Manyi for believing in absolute demographic representivity at all levels and argues that societies benefit from the dynamism of creative minorities like Jews, the Parsis in India (founders of Tata), and overseas Chinese, who are all "over-represented" in certain key areas. “ (end quote)
Nkoana writes: “If proportional representation is acceptable in all our legislative institutions from municipal to national level, why can't the demographic representation also be accepted in the economic and employment sectors of our country? Mr. Bloom ought to know that under-representation by Africans in other key sectors such as the economic, education, finance and information technology is perceived as an imbalance reflective of their overall political vulnerability.”
He continues: “Equally disappointing are the reported assertions by our learned jurist, Judge Kriegler that; "everybody knows that the only reason Judge John Hlophe was not prosecuted was the colour of his skin".
- (Ed. comment: Here’s Kriegler’s entire quote: “What did the legal profession do in the Hlophe case? Did it insist that this man was unfit for public office? On the contrary, it ran a mile. It knew what the facts were. There is not a lawyer in the country who has studied the facts who doesn’t know as well as I do, and Judge Hlophe knows what the situation was with his secret payment of close to half a million rands. We know! The legal profession looked the other way. And they left me to stand there alone. And I hold it against the legal profession – not because they did me an injustice. I’m prepared, as you can see, to take the slings and arrows again because I believe it has to be said. But I think that it did the administration of justice and the independence of the judiciary and the cause of transformation harm, in not speaking out when it should have spoken out. Because everybody knows that the only reason John Hlophe was not prosecuted last time round was because of the colour of his skin. And the Bar did nothing!
- Wits School of Law, http://constitutionallyspeaking.co.za/can-judicial-independence-survive-transformation-a-public-lecture-delivered-by-judge-johann-kriegler-at-the-wits-school-of-law/
DA racist bastards…
( Also) “The comments attributed to Minister Sisulu's newly appointed legal Paul Ngobeni (left) in the City Press (13 September 2009: 1) that; (quote) "the DA racist bastards are hiding behind so-called parliamentary privilege to abuse my name". (end quote) article
“I am not under any illusion that the scourge of racism can be completely eradicated in just 15 years of our democracy. Racial stereotypes were built and entrenched throughout the 300 years of colonialism and apartheid upon our society. Racism is still embedded in the psyche, attitudes, behaviour, perceptions and perspectives of a substantial number of our people and remains an integral part of the South African reality. It cannot therefore be otherwise, given that we have grown up in a racist society and that our earliest messages about ourselves and others came from an ideology of white superiority over black. “ (…he makes an inaccurate reference to a ‘racist incident’ in the USA, and then continues:…)
“ Racism is not merely the manifestation of prejudice and discrimination between people - it is an entire system, entrenched and deep-rooted, working mainly against black people, depriving them of resources, opportunities and dignity.. It is bolstered though education, religion, media, political power, the economic system and the dominant values in the society. This means that black people in South Africa not only carry with them the hurt of a life-time of exclusion and alienation, but daily experience the brutal reality of racism.
“Having said all that, it does not mean that all black people are incapable of practicing racism, even though they do that from a victim point of view.
“Be that as it may, it is my considered viewpoint that as proud South Africans, guided by our Constitution, must gradually move towards building cohesive, non-racial, caring and sustainable communities. In so doing, we will be promoting our shared values and social solidarity within our communities and neighborhoods. Non-racialism derives from the humanity of the cause of liberation struggle itself and the recognition of the equal value for all South Africans.
“Our democratic Parliament has worked very well in the last 15 years to remove apartheid laws from the statute and replaced them with transformative laws, from the Labour Relations Act, Employment Equity Act, Skills Development, Black Economic Empowerment and so on. We therefore expect some level of rigorous people's initiatives to create a non-racial and non-sexist society. We clearly need to ask ourselves whether we have done what we need to do to overcome the stereotypes that were entrenched over many years by racist policies of the past or we still, unwittingly, pander to those racist and backward stereotypes.
“Indeed, we need to confront what may be an uncomfortable question whether as South Africans, black and white, we are, under the same flag and under the same anthem, marching separately, even pretending, at times, that the other does not exist. Whether we like it or not, South Africa truly belongs to all of us.
Over 90% of whites regard themselves as patriotic South Africans:
“I am quite convinced that a majority of South Africans, regardless of race or political affiliation, supported our athletes (Caster Semanya, Mbulaheni Mulaudzi and Khotso Mokoena), the Springboks, Bafana Bafana and the Proteas during their different moments of glory.
- “According to the recent surveys, over 90% of whites in this country regard themselves as patriotic South Africans. We cannot therefore continue to racially polarize our beloved country and its people simply because a tiniest minority is still determined to habour the concept of racial stereotypes. “
“That there are racists in South Africa cannot be denied, but they in the minority, and South Africa cannot therefore be branded as a racist country as asserted by Andile Mngxitama simply (because) a minority of South Africans still practice racism. I agree fully with Advocate Ngoako Ramatlhodi in his article (Sunday Times, 13 September 2009:12) responding to Judge Kriegler's challenge to the Judicial Service Commission on the Judge Hlophe saga that:
- "Nation-building is a long process, which we must approach in a responsible, delicate way. The historic wounds are still bleeding. Our country needs to be assured that good race relations will be constructed on the basis of justice for all - in particular, justice for the victims of apartheid. ‘(end quote)
“Desist from irresponsible and racist utterances…”
“The right to express our views is enshrined and guaranteed in Chapter Two of our Constitution and we are entitled to robustly engage and debate on any topical issue. In exercising such a fundamental right, we need to desist from irresponsible and racist utterances, name calling such as labeling other fellow South African as racist bustards, buffoons or lunatics simply because they hold different views to ours.”
David Nkoana, Bendor, Polokwane – READ ENTIRE ARTICLE - http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71619?oid=144289&sn=Marketingweb+detail
- Now works at the Premier’s office, Limpopo province: http://www.limpopo.gov.za/premier_page/overview.asp
- (former Chief Executive Officer of Northern District Council) was appointed general manager: administration and human resources, Lepelle Northern Water Board at R500,000 per annum in March 2002 on 5-yr contract by its chairman Mr I W (Willie) Modisha - SA Association of Water Utilities- http://www.dwaf.gov.za/communications/Q&A/2002/Question%20No-896-MP.doc
- David Nkoana on Caster Semenya: “The entire community of Limpopo is behind you. Don't worry about ill-brought-up people who are determined to destroy your career. - David Nkoana, Kananamoletjie” http://www.int.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=6&click_id=174&art_id=vn20090915035208762C624480 http://www.sundayindependent.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=&fArticleId=vn20090915035208762C624480
Sowetan: ‘Mzanzi is not putting our people first’: http://www.sowetan.co.za/Columnists/AndileMnxitama/Article.aspx?id=1061892
Paul Ngobeni - background: http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71627?oid=143163&sn=Detail
Judge Johann Kriegler on judge Hlophe in his speech, “Can the independence of the judiciary survive transformation?” Wits Law School: http://constitutionallyspeaking.co.za/can-judicial-independence-survive-transformation-a-public-lecture-delivered-by-judge-johann-kriegler-at-the-wits-school-of-law/
- Excerpts: Spend a night in the New Law Courts, as they used to be called. I would be frigtened. They’re dirty. In fact, they’re filthy. To some extent it’s excusable because part of the building is a building site, it’s under construction and there are shutters and such-like. But by and large the building is ill-maintained, neglected and, in some places, dilapidated. It’s not that easy to get from the ground floor, if you’re a member of the public, because there are one and a half lifts that operate. You’re lucky if you take the one lift. If you take the half lift, you may have a longer journey than you anticipated. Or a longer sojourn on a short journey. The courtrooms are ill-lit because many of the lights don’t work. They are oppressively stuffy because the air-conditioning generally doesn’t work. And the Lord help you if you have a call of nature in that building. Between my wife and myself we searched the public toilets . . . and not one was in proper working order. Don’t talk to me about lavatory paper or a wash basin with taps that function, I’m talking about the bare essentials. Now, you cannot tell me that the Department of Justice, which insists that it wants to take over the day-today management of judges’ lives, can stand on that track record and say that it can do the job it is aspiring to take over from the judges. It is a disgrace. The court building in Pretoria is slightly better. I haven’t recently visited any of the others, but when I was in Pritchard Street the other day, I was strongly reminded of the Temple of Justice in Monrovia in Liberia. The stacks of files and the broken windows were reminiscent of one another. On the notice board just outside the entrance to Judges’ Chambers in this impressive eight-storey building in downtown Monrovia, there was a notice. A typed notice, over the signature of the Chief Justice, in which he said that it had come to his notice that litigants and practitioners were bribing the judges of his courts, and his patience was exhausted and this should now stop! I’ve worked in Kenya for six months. And the common talk among practitioners there, and the litigants, and members of the political parties is that it’s much cheaper to buy a judge than it is to pay a lawyer’s fees. The judiciary has no status, no recognition, no authority, no legitimacy. Can we come next door to our northern neighbour? I needn’t say any more than that the smartest 4×4s are seen in the parking area of the Supreme Court judges of Zimbabwe. The destruction of a very fine institution, which was the envy of many African states and certainly at one stage had a track record, under Telford Georges and Enoch Dumbutshena and Chief Justice Gubbay, was an admirable track record. It is today an apology for a court. Let us not think that we are too good to go that way. There but for the grace of God go we. At this stage still, the difference between the South African judiciary and the Zimbabwean judiciary is the difference between Mandela and Mugabe. But Mugabe and Mandela are old men and there are new people in charge nowadays and that distinction is perhaps no longer as valid as it was….
- … From where I look at the judiciary today, and the way I’ve been watching the Judicial Service Commission, this ethnic / gender balance criterion in section 174(2) of the Constitution has become the be-all and the end-all when the JSC makes its selections. And if it isn’t the be-all and end-all, at the very least it has been elevated to the overriding, fundamental requirement. It overrides subsection (1) of section 174, and I believe that that is a breach of the constitutional mandate. The constitutional mandate instructs the Judicial Service Commission in section 174(1) to appoint people that are appropriately qualified. That’s a precondition. That’s a mandatory requirement. And then subsection (2), as a rider to that, says: and in doing that, have regard to the racial and gender balance on the Bench. And it’s for obvious reasons that the Constitution, while mentioning the transformational criterion in subsection (2), demands in subsection (1) as the primary and essential requirement that appointees be appropriately qualified.
- Now these two essential factors, the one absolute and the other discretionary, have been turned on their heads. (…) ‘Do the members of the Judicial Service Commission realise how unfair it is to the litigating public to provide judicialofficers that are not competent to do the work?” (…) Latterly, of course, the Judicial Service Commission has taken a turn for the worse. Nowadays, it not only asks you whether you belonged to a particular organization, but it recently asked a senior member of the Pretoria Bar, a man with a very large practice who was prepared to give it up to go on the Bench, take an enormous knock in income, they grilled him because he was a member of the Conservative Party when it used to exist. And not only was he faulted for this but he was asked if he’d ever apologized for having been a member of that party. Furthermore, a politician sitting on the Judicial Service Commission saw fit to cross-examine this man about the manner in which he had conducted a particular defence and suggested that he had been dishonourable because he hadn’t put someone in the box in a criminal case where he would have supplemented gaps in the prosecution case. That’s what the JSC has come to…(…) a senior practitioner of that court was asked – clearly not to elicit an answer,but to humiliate and to hector – whether he thought he would enhance the ethnic composition of the Bench. And of course, the answer to that must clearly be no. But that’s not what the JSC is there for. It’s not there to humiliate practitioners. And I know from personal conversations with several members of the Johannesburg and Pretoria Bar that they will not allow their names to go forward for appointment to the Bench because they are not prepared to be dragged through the mud. That impoverishes the judiciary endlessly. And that is in the name of transformation?
- I suggest that transformation can never justify that kind of conduct. I should actually just add as a footnote that the gentleman in the Eastern Cape wasn’t only asked whether his appointment would darken the hue of the Eastern Cape Bench, but why he had never belonged to Advocates for Transformation. I know of people in Johannesburg who tried to join and were unsuccessful because their pigmentation was too low. Right. These weren’t the only instances… (…) There has been a deafening silence from the legal profession while politicians were attacking the judiciary and individual judges. It has been left to courageous journalists to step into the breach and to defend them.
- What did the legal profession do in the Hlophe case? Did it insist that this man was unfit for public office? On the contrary, it ran a mile. It knew what the facts were. There is not a lawyer in the country who has studied the facts who doesn’t know as well as I do, and Judge Hlophe knows what the situation was with his secret payment of close to half a million rands. We know! The legal profession looked the other way. And they left me to stand there alone. And I hold it against the legal profession – not because they did me an injustice. I’m prepared, as you can see, to take the slings and arrows again because I believe it has to be said. But I think that it did the administration of justice and the independence of the judiciary and the cause of transformation harm, in not speaking out when it should have spoken out. Because everybody knows that the only reason John Hlophe was not prosecuted last time round was because of the colour of his skin. And the Bar did nothing!