It’s obvious who really owns the land
WE SEEM to have accepted the false narrative that South Africa’s modern history started in 1652, when Jan van Riebeeck landed at the Cape.
This view is conveniently espoused because it ignores the landing of the Portuguese in 1488.
The obvious intention of this is to dismiss the first “war” on South African soil between the Khoisan and the Portuguese, which emanated from a situation where the Portuguese refused to compensate the Khoisan for their cattle and other produce, as well as to drive them off their land because they were considered to be “savages”.
Needless to say, the Portuguese were heavily defeated and never set foot in the Cape again – Saldanha as they called it then.
The reason why this is important to remember, is that had the Portuguese defeated the Khoisan, our history, language, religion and culture would have been entirely different – similar possibly to those of Angola, Mozambique and Brazil.
A few years later, Bartholomew Diaz got shipwrecked in the Mossel Bay area, where he came into contact with some of the other Khoikhoi tribes like the Gourigua, Attequa, Hessequa, etc. And some inter-breeding took place.
Another serious lie that has to be dispelled is that the Khoisan people were decimated, first by several outbreaks of smallpox epidemics and later by a deliberate process of scalp-hunting.
This annihilation narrative presupposes that all the Khoisan people were concentrated in the “Cape Town” area, which is untrue.
A simple enquiry into the spread of the Khoisan people would reveal that they were to be found throughout the land. In fact, to avoid the smallpox scourge in the Cape, large numbers of them had moved north. Some as far as Namibia (the Basters of Rehoboth).
It’s obvious why this lie had to be perpetuated, which was for it to fit into the “empty land” settler narrative. Which allowed them to steal, without conscience, the Khoisan’s land, cattle and other livestock.
The argument was that “savages” weren’t deserving of such a beautiful piece of the earth.
Studying the history of the Khoisan, would reveal that they were very wealthy by the standards of the day – owning thousands of head of cattle.
Also a common sense understanding of the time would convince one that neither the Dutch nor British could have arrived here with cattle on their flimsy vessels in those days.
Anyone who believes that, would be capable of believing anything. And yet that is what is generally believed.
Because of the Khoisan’s inter-breeding with the white settlers – Dutch, Brits, Portuguese, French Huguenots and Moravian missionaries – their physical features obviously changed and are now referred to as “coloureds”.
This does not alter the fact that the majority of “coloureds” today remain the dominant carriers of the Khoisan genes, and can therefore lay claim to that heritage, which goes back thousands of years in this country.
So, in responding to the land claim question and whose land this is – the answer is obvious.
Ronald Dippenaar Eldorado Park
FORGOTTEN HISTORY: The Khoisan people were wealthy by the standards of the day, owning thousands of head of cattle.