Of­fend­ing the bo­ers

Weekend Witness - - Opinion -

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

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