Please don’t test our patience!

Two weeks ago, a significant number of South African whites took to the streets in protest of what they called an escalation of killings targeting farmers, specifically white farmers in South Africa.

The event was called Black Monday and the majority white South Africans who attended wore black.

Images in the media showed that a small group of black people also joined the protest carrying posters. In Namibia, a small group of whites also joined the protest in solidarity with their neighbours.

One editor even noted that a group of black workers at a supermarket in Swakopmund (a predominantly German town on Namibia’s west coast) also joined the movement and wore black.

There is nothing wrong with protesting.

After all Africa belongs to all those who live in it and our constitutions on the continent bestow upon all, the right to protest and air their concerns.

But, by mid-morning on that fateful Monday, it all became clear. Our white “brothers and sisters” showed their true colours.

Images of many wearing or carrying the apartheid flag started surfacing, followed by video clips of these protesters singing Die Stem (the infamous South African apartheid anthem).

Mind you this is 2017, 23 years since the fall of apartheid and these so-called fellow Africans consciously decided to insensitively remind us about their white supremacy, that they could not care less about the pain we endured at their hands and that they, in fact, do not want to peacefully coexist with us, black Africans. Later that day, think-tanks and other sober-minded researchers in South Africa poked holes in the farm murders’ narrative and exposed the fact that the numbers could have been inflated to paint a picture telling a story of how white South African farmers are being deliberately targeted.

It also became clear that the numbers being quoted as farm murders targeting white farmers only, actually included all farm attacks, regardless of the victims’ skin colour.

This drew many of us to one conclusion: these protests under the guise of farm murders actually bore political motives.

But the authenticity of the statistics is a discussion for another day. For now, we are calling on our “brothers and sisters” to start acting African and embracing Africa for all its benefits and its shortcomings.

We have observed with concern that whites, especially in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe are only Africans when it suits them or when it is convenient to them, while they continue to fight tooth and nail to preserve their privileged status among their former servants and those they oppressed politically and economically.

Our founding fathers, Sam Nujoma, Robert Mugabe and Nelson Mandela have been proponents of reconciliation and pleaded with us to embrace and live with the whites as our brethren.

But we are of the opinion that for far too long, blacks are the only ones who have been giving and receiving nothing in return.

First, they were oppressed on their own continent, dispossessed of their land, stripped of their natural resources and subjected to live undignified lives in abject poverty and squalid conditions.

Yet our so-called brothers and sisters elect not to see how much we have given up for them and still have the audacity to remind us of their oppressive days.

It is time white Southern Africans decided whether they really and genuinely want reconciliation and continue living in harmony with us as Africans.

November 2017
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