According to Zelda la Grande criticizing Jan van Riebeeck is a “go at whites”

According to Zelda la Grande criticizing Jan van Riebeeck is a “go at whites”, her comments via Twitter “I’m SICK of Jacob Zuma‘s constant go at whites every few months. Why can’t we co-exist without it having to be at the expense of one another” were made following President Jacob Zuma‘s statement (as quoted by the SABC) “Jan van Riebeeck’s arrival in Cape Town was the beginning of all South Africa’s problems.” Google+

Apartheid South AfricaIt is important to note that Zelda la Grande’s outburst is hardly warranted as President Jacob Zuma‘s comments are not historically inaccurate.

Jan van Riebeeck was not a humanitarian but a Dutch colonial administrator and an industrialist who came to South Africa in search for exploits.

Even more importantly President Jacob Zuma‘s comments, from the perspective of the native South Africans of the period prior to Jan van Riebeeck’s arrival, are fair and accurate.

We have all learned that Jan van Riebeeck’s arrival did not bode well for the people who already living here.

The following years after his arrival up to this day have marred in chaos, land grabbing, pillaging, segregation,  racism, inequality, capitalism, tribalism, vanity, greed and the list goes on.

A lot of things happened between 1652 and 1948 but it is without a doubt that little if any at all were positive for the native South Africans of the period prior to Jan van Riebeeck’s arrival.

As history attest, from 1948 to 1994, South Africa went through the darkest and most evil period in modern times. A system legally rigged (by people who referred to Jan van Riebeeck as their founding father and put his now disputed “face” on stamps and bank notes) in favour of white South Africans and against none white South Africans.

The people who called Jan van Riebeeck their founding father refused to acknowledge that a black person was a human being, prevented none whites from getting quality education, from playing a role in the running of the country, from enjoying the basic human rights, from having an opinion – an entire country (overwhelming majority) was held hostage and enslaved by few.

Today South Africa belongs to all who live in it; you can come and go as you please, go to any school, live anywhere (legally anyway), trade with whoever will have you, practice any religion, practice any profession you choose, and so on – perhaps this is the true definition of freedom.

Zelda la Grande is suggesting that pointing out the negative impact Jan van Riebeeck had on the lives and the future of none white South Africans is an attack on white South Africans.

Her assertions are misguided and unnecessarily emotional; none white South African may not, in good conscience, hold Jan van Riebeeck as a positive figure in their lives or a figure who had a positive influence in what was to become their future.

If Zelda la Grande had stated that she hates President Jacob Zuma, some criticism would have been leveled against her – I personally would not have cared – and she would have received some praise.

However to claim that President Jacob Zuma saying “Jan van Riebeeck’s arrival in Cape Town was the beginning of all South Africa’s problems” is a “go at whites” is indicative of a deep racial discomfort she may be harboring.

Her assertions today clearly indicate that in the future the condemnation of apartheid will be deemed a “go at whites”.

Zelda la Grande was a personal assistance of Nelson Mandela – the late former apartheid activist, Robben Island inmate and first democratically elected President of South African after the fall of the ruthless apartheid regime which gripped the country for nearly 50 years.

 

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