Firstly, Dozi has been making all sorts of unnecessary racist comments. This D-word has been using the k-word. And by ‘D-word’ I am not referring to his name. I mean he’s a doos. It is because of attitudes like his that the ‘Rainbow Nation’ remains an ideal which describes only South Africa’s demographic variety, not its attitudes. Let us not forget the deaths for which Eugene Terre’blanche was responsible. Rumours are he was killed by farm workers. With his history, combined with his having allegedly refused to pay wages and –gotten into trouble before for physically abusing a worker, many people are surprised he lasted this long. I am not justifying his murder, but one must not lose sight of the fact that this 'leader' was a terrible man in many ways, and to suddenly create Facebook groups in memory of him, where the Boere must 'stand together' tells me people have forgotten what he really represented. Let us not make this about race. Stop, and consider the possibility it was a senseless murder like the countless others that happen in this country. We simply cannot always make everything about race; what will we DO when a white person kills another white person? Because here is a shocking truth: white people kill too. They rape, they steal and they do all the other bad things we seem to blame only on black people [or coloured people, in certain parts of the world] in this country. And yes, racism goes both ways. It is wrong, in both directions. Let us not tie this to Julius Malema. What he has been doing is not right, but this cannot be made his fault. Make connections where there are linked paths, do not get all Nancy Drew on matters that are either far more complicated than you understand, or far more simple than you may think.
Let us not forget the other man who died this weekend, albeit a long time ago: Jesus Christ. He died for the sins of all, regardless of colour. And for those of you ‘Christians’ making racist comments, sitting innocently in church today: that is NOT Christianity. Christianity is Christ’s teachings, and he preached loving one’s neighbour, not loving only those with whom our skin colour or political beliefs correspond. When people cry out that he did not deserve to die like that, I ask, ‘Does anyone?’ But his, like any other, was a murder. A death, an untimely exit and, to some, a tragedy. Nobody deserves to be murdered, and that is what we must focus on, rather than the hype the media and ill-informed people are creating about race, Julius Malema and all the other political bullshit they know nothing about.
Let us not fight violence with violence. Your logic may tell you that this is counter-productive, especially when the primary goal is not peace but victory. Let us not get irrationally scared. This is not war. This is not the end of South Africa, or life as we know it. For all you Afrikaners stocking up on locks, ammunition and racist Facebook statuses, remember this- ‘Imagination, of course, can open any door- turn the key and let terror walk right in.’ -In Cold Blood, Truman Capote