How White Supremacy Dominates South African History: A Lesson for Dummies – II

Black people in South Africa may be in government, but they are not in power.

The previous article offered an analysis of colonialism and the historical legacy of white supremacy in South Africa. Apartheid, mainly, requires considerable thought and discussion; you must examine the origins, the effects, and the damage this system caused South Africa. South Africa’s history is noteworthy because its consequences can still be seen in incidents that occur throughout Mzansi today.

 In 1909, General Louis Botha created an act (The South Africa Act) whose intentions were white. In other words, it made no mention of black rights or the importance of ensuring equality for black people. This act established racism and Apartheid in South Africa by segregating and dimming the non-white population. The root of this law was Eurocentric. From the Dutch’s arrival to Britain’s dominance over South Africa’s minerals, this act was crafted by a white supremacist, a descendant of the Dutch. During these heinous years, Apartheid committed numerous atrocities: not only did it oppress non-whites, but people were systematically murdered as well. Despite such racial disparities, black people could not own land, while whites possessed the majority of land and wealth. As a result of Apartheid, the Group Areas Act still afflicts post-Apartheid South Africa. A colour line was drawn between blacks, Indians, mixed-race people (referred to as Coloureds in South Africa), and white people under this act.

 In particular, non-white people were thrown out of their homes and placed in filthy areas, where they were forced to build a life out of essential trash. As a result of this act, when visiting South Africa, you will notice its ramifications: whites have their area, blacks have their site, and Indians have their place as well. There is no need for different races to remain separated anymore in South Africa. However, the consequences of the Group Areas Act can still be seen today in South Africa.

Generally, black people occupy squatter camps, where tens of thousands of people live. In these camps, inhumane conditions prevail; some centers lack running water and electricity, and they have no recreational areas. Can you imagine a pig enclosure? Imagine a pigsty to capture your imagination.

 It is crucial to recognize that Apartheid was a government ruled by whites against those who were not white, especially those who were black. Rivonia Trial was a legendary anti-apartheid trial that rose out of anti-apartheid campaigns. Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, and Govan Mbeki were in the Riviona trial, an Indian, Ahmed Kathrada, and a white man. Due to their opposition to Apartheid, these people were labeled terrorists. Regrettably, the world still believes that what the Rivionianists stood for was a terrorism movement. Mandela was not the only “hero” who rescued South Africa from white captivity. It must be emphasized. Firstly, he was not the only one fighting for freedom.

Despite being recognized worldwide as a hero, most South Africans do not believe that he was one. Instead, politicians suggest that he “sold” black people to get out of prison. So, let’s take a step back and look at it objectively, using a simple way of thinking: Mandela was incarcerated for 27 years. There were anti-Apartheid riots in South Africa five years before his release, and the world stopped doing business with South Africa during that period because of the Apartheid regime. In the wake of Apartheid’s dissolution, FW de Klerk’s hands were tied by his country’s insolvency. In return for Mandela’s freedom, De Klerk offered to end Apartheid and not return the land to its owners, the blacks. The majority of political analysts in South Africa hold this view. As a result, black people were left in their hellholes – poverty, shacks, and poor education.

In another analogy, it would be the same as building a bridge for the liberation of one black person, only to destroy it until the rest of the crew can cross. How difficult is it for a black child to escape generational poverty in a slum such as Khayelitsha or Alexandra? Compared to the average white child in South Africa, who has access to excellent education and healthcare, the world lies at its feet.

Does this constitute fairness or the emancipation of blacks? 1994 marks the end of Apartheid, or, instead, was a tool used to silence the onerous cries of blacks for some time. It’s still crying time for black people! Considering this, why do white people still hold most of South Africa’s wealth? South Africa’s land issue is a “festering sore,” according to its current president. Divisive in nature, it stokes economic and racial tensions. It is perhaps noteworthy that when Dutch settlers arrived during the 1600s, blacks were evicted from their land for the first time. It seems unfair, though, for someone who lives in their own country to suffer at the hands of visitors who came in from outside. The history of white supremacy has forced black people to the bottom of the food chain. Only white supremacists can argue against this assertion. It is a fundamental fact of history that they see themselves as superior.

Because I am tired and I need to rest, I ask that you provide me with a place to sleep at your home. On the following day, I will evict you from your home and have you relocate. A day you had everything, then the next, you had nothing because I thought I was superior to you. Is the house I snatched from you rightfully yours? Yes, absolutely. Dutch colonialism ushered in British rule, Apartheid followed, then unrelenting chaos over wealth and land, which might have been prevented in 1994. Today’s country is in political chaos, with black people struggling in poverty and a world in which hope is few. Black people in South Africa may be in government, but they are not in power.

Lesego Makgale is a Tswana-born South African writer. She was raised in the town of Potchefstroom, where her teachers had a strong influence on her love of literature. Makgale began writing when she was thirteen years old. Four years later, she completed her poetry collection, ode to my dead uncle, which is currently being published in the United Kingdom. Lesego's personality is firmly rooted in humanitarianism. Her passion for helping others is focused on a number of global issues. She identifies mental health, child labour, education, and social and legal injustices as persistent societal irritants. She considers herself a feminist and has been an outspoken supporter of one of her country's atrocities against women: gender-based violence. Her broad outlook on life and being grounded in individuality are concepts that she holds dear because of some of her notable authors, including Charles Bukowski and Oscar Wilde. Lesego is now a freelance writer and editor, with her own website, the publicised journals of lesego makgale, where she openly discusses her struggles with mental health and other issues.

Leave a reply:

Your email address will not be published.

error: Content is protected !!