CityPress - - Voices - Kal­lie Kriel, CEO of AfriFo­rum

They will never make it be­cause they all like power, are greedy and are used to free things. They will be an­other VBS Mu­tual Bank. Have your say by email to let­ters@city­press.co.za. Or use the SMS line and send your com­ments to 35697 @ R1.50 per SMS

Basil Robin Ndlovu via SMS

This party takes us back to apartheid be­cause it is based on cer­tain peo­ple who speak Se­pedi or Se­sotho. What about the lan­guages like Tshiv­enda, Xit­songa, Seswati and isiZulu? You must think of a neu­tral name. Change it. There’s too much trib­al­ism.


Eastern Cape

No. The chiefs must first mo­bilise for their role to be recog­nised and re­spected by their com­mu­ni­ties and the present regime.

In Mondli Makhanya’s ar­ti­cle “Is the Zulu king OK?”, AfriFo­rum is un­fairly branded as “racist”. With this un­founded state­ment, Makhanya fol­lows in the foot­steps of a small group of com­men­ta­tors with ex­tra­or­di­nary ac­cess to me­dia plat­forms who try very hard to hang false la­bels around AfriFo­rum’s neck. They de­lib­er­ately cre­ate mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tions of our view­points and ig­nore the work that we do in many ar­eas and to the ben­e­fit of all com­mu­ni­ties.

For­tu­nately, most of those try­ing to dis­credit us go so over­board in their mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tions that the nor­mal man or woman on the street can eas­ily see that th­ese at­tacks are un­wor­thy of cre­dence. What is un­for­tu­nately true, how­ever, is that there are still peo­ple who do not know what AfriFo­rum is and what the or­gan­i­sa­tion stands for.

AfriFo­rum’s pol­icy prin­ci­ples are con­tained in the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s civil rights char­ter. Those who go to the trou­ble of read­ing the char­ter will re­alise that AfriFo­rum is a main­stream civil rights or­gan­i­sa­tion that – with­out apol­o­gis­ing for it – in­ter­venes in cases that are im­por­tant to many Afrikan­ers, Afrikaans-speak­ing peo­ple and mi­nori­ties in gen­eral, but also in­ter­venes in nu­mer­ous cases of jus­tice for com­mu­ni­ties from var­i­ous cul­tural groups on the ba­sis of mu­tual re­spect and recog­ni­tion, and with­out hes­i­ta­tion. Th­ese in­clude sup­port in cases, such as that of the Nkungu­mathe com­mu­nity in Nkandla in their fight for a school; Dr Maseru­mule’s fight against land oc­cu­piers; the Dube fam­ily’s search for jus­tice in the case against Duduzane Zuma; Gabriella En­gels in her case against Grace Mu­gabe; and more.

Our lo­cal struc­tures launch safety ini­tia­tives and clean-up pro­jects, test wa­ter and re­pair pot­holes, apart from many other ac­tions to the ben­e­fit of ev­ery­one. The char­ter can be read at https:// www.afrifo­rum.co.za/wp-con­tent/up­loads/ Char­ter.pdf

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