Another ugly story in our history
A COUNTRYWIDE heat wave, soaring temperatures, the suffering masses of people and the cooling inviting beaches in South Africa — what relief this near Utopian scenario.
And then throw in the obnoxious, degrading, dehumanising evil called racialism.
Let us begin with Clifton Beach in Cape Town. This is a pristine beach all South Africans have an inalienable right to cool off at. Yet they were driven away by hired guards. Racism and grand apartheid march on? There were protests and marching. They slaughtered a sheep to cleanse the evil of racism, so they believed. Support this ghoulish event or condemn it, it remains an expression of bloody naked anger.
So all you racists, let me educate you about another period in our ugly history. This happened in Durban instigated by the Broederbond Afrikaner rulers and subtly supported by the honourable English, hiding behind the skirts of the former. Indians, blacks and coloureds dared not step on the beach for fear of arrest and prison. To wet their feet or walk? No. But here is the greater insult. The white racehorse owners trained their cherished horses on the shore, splashing water as they sprinted. How they enjoyed this! But the insult does not end there. After the training, enter the Indian workers all housed in magazine barracks close to the railway barracks, and attached to the municipal cleansing department, to do their job — pick up the horse droppings, put them into bags and depart promptly before they indulge in an accidental dip.
I ask all those reading this letter to compare their thoughts of the Durban episode with that of Clifton. The same? I bet! How disgraceful. While South Africa in this year of votes, prays for unity, cohesion, ubuntu and real democracy, we must look back and attempt to build a bright future.