Racially obsessed President
ONE WONDERS WHETHER our President is “losing it,” as the students say. It’s a pity, because then we’ll have two of them – one of each side of the Limpopo.
It might look funny, but Mbeki’s tirade against whites, who are considered racist because they complain about crime – the word “kaffir” was used repeatedly in the report – is cause for serious concern. It makes me think of the way in which African leaders of bankrupt countries create a despised enemy on which to focus all the animosity of their supporters, so as to divert the attention from their own failure and disgrace. That’s exactly what President Robert Mugabe did with Zimbabwe’s white farmers and the Hutu government of Ruanda with the Tutsis.
Is there any civilised democracy in the world where its president accuses and attacks a racial group in racially abusive terms? Or where the Minister of Agriculture and Land Affairs is the commercial farmers’ biggest enemy and insults and accuses them every time she speaks in public?
Nobody wants to sound like an alarmist and support ridiculous scare stories concerning the future, but you can’t help noticing the similarities.
What we see and hear about Mbeki aren’t the carefully considered words of a reconciliatory figure who treats all the people in the country as equal citizens. It’s the behaviour of a racially obsessed politician who’s choking in his malice toward a group that he sees as critical of his inability to run the country.