IThapelo Mpotoane Gauteng am one of those who thinks the time has come for the black man to stand up. We need to have our own agenda. We need to do things on our own without depending on white people. We keep on complaining about how racist they are, yet we keep on following them – we follow them to their schools; we follow them to their hangouts ... you name it.
What stops us from building our own best schools, our own best restaurants?
Regarding Gareth Cliff, I think he is racist. If he wasn’t, he would have stood up against any racist statement or utterance, rather than telling us about freedom of speech. Zwai Western Cape No, blacks are not cowards – but they are too respectful and polite. It is not easy for us to jump up and fight someone, as it is not in us to deliberately hurt people. But black people still have that inferiority complex because of our past. Mandla Johannesburg Duma Ka Ndlovu is perfectly correct. Blacks are so submissive and docile, despite all the oppression and humiliation of the past. Not all whites and Indians are racist, and/or look down on black Africans. But their silence is deafening. They should be more vocal than anybody in this regard. My greatest fear is that blacks will rise up and say “enough is enough”, which is a big possibility. I hate chaos and conflict. I urge all good whites to stand up and shout before it is too late. C Dombo Northern Cape Black people are indoctrinated by the white domination in this country, especially because they are not economically empowered. Money is power. White domination is in the form of an economy they control, so they think they can call blacks whatever they want. Blacks are called by all sorts of names, but they are still reluctant to fight the minority group that occupied this land illegally. Joshua Johannesburg I totally agree with Duma. Black people are cowards and suckers for everything white, and are very cruel towards each other. They’ll never get respect from other races because they’re weak ideologically and psychologically, and have no aspirations and desires. In the South African context, blacks were the only ones who believed in the forgive-and-forget nonsense of the “rainbow nation”. Ntsundeni Madzunya Gauteng Yes, I totally agree with Duma. Africans are still oppressed and need to be liberated mentally. After 21 years of democratic government rule, economic inequality has worsened. Africans are the poorest of all groups, despite being the majority by far. Sbonga Ntshangase KwaZulu-Natal I partially agree with Duma. But in the case of Gareth Cliff, I beg to differ. Cliff said nothing harmful or contrary to anyone’s rights. Hence, he won his case in the high court. Even we blacks are racist. We shouldn’t misinterpret the true meaning of racism. Sekwati Mmamohlofe via SMS There is a saying that goes “Sehlare sa motho ke lekgoa” (Blacks can only do well when there is a white man behind them) and that is very sad indeed. Duma Ka Ndlovu is right. Blacks are not only hypocrites but cowards too. They, or we, do not see anything wrong with Gareth Cliff supporting racist comments. We also do not know what Cliff and his white friends say about us behind closed doors. We are happy to take selfies and flock to those auditions and, come Sunday, we eagerly wait for the programme to air. We should boycott the show. Nsukuzonke Gauteng The whites are using black people to remove the black president from office. Cliff is a racist. MR Mana Eastern Cape I agree fully with Duma. Look at the quality of our representatives, both in Parliament and local government. Some people in those positions are there because they are the friends or puppets of individuals holding positions, and their duty is to defend their masters and vote the way they are told, not according to the needs of those who voted for them. In spite of it all, we seldomly utter a word against this misrepresentation. Lolo wa Moeletsi Gauteng I vehemently agree with Duma. Enough is enough. We should boycott the show until we are heard. We must kick racism out. I am black and proud of myself. Reverend Mzwandile Maqina Eastern Cape Our people are definitely not united. I wouldn’t go so far as saying they are cowards, but they are confused and not able to define themselves, since they ditched black consciousness with the advent of democracy. Black person, define yourself.