Offending the boers
THE ANC is spending money on posters urging people to work together. At the same time they are paying lawyers to defend their right to publicly sing about killing the boers.
The Brits called my ancestors boers and no one has ever told me that this has changed or taken on a different meaning. Furthermore, numbers tell us that between General Buller and the end of the armed struggle in 1994, no one was very good at killing boers, but recent form shows a distinct improvement. Yet somehow the ANC doesn’t think that we boers should find any of this offensive.
Has the ANC decided what is and what is not going to offend someone else? It certainly puts a different spin on working together, one that has convinced this boer and his family, some of whom supported Nelson Mandela’s ANC, that they have no place in the ANC of today. I also wonder about those tame ANC boers who sing along. The words “gutless” and “opportunist” spring to mind.
C. G. VAN HEERDEN Athlone, Pietermaritzburg