Skip to comments.How South Africa's dream turned into a grim reality
Posted on 12/12/2012 2:55:26 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
LUSIKISIKI, SOUTH AFRICAThe news arrived in this remote African village at night, like a digital bolt from the star-filled sky landing with the ping of a text message.
It woke Nomkhitha Sompeta from her sleep, sent her scrambling in the dark for her phone, and left her staring into its luminous screen.
Biza has passed away, the message read.
Her brother was dead.
More than 700 kilometres away, 36-year-old Mzukisi Sompeta Biza to his friends had been shot to death with 33 other striking miners in a standoff with police at a place called Marikana, in a massacre that rocked the nation.
Nomkhitha Sompeta, 23, tears up in the telling of it: how she loved her brother, how humble he was, how he sang African spirituals like, I am but a visitor to this earth.
Now he lies buried in the backyard, in a field planted with maize, bean and pumpkin seeds on a slope facing Mpungutye Mountain.
In the weeks and months since that day in August, when riot police unleashed 16 seconds of automatic gunfire into a crowd of protesting miners, a kind of sleeping volcano has erupted in South Africa.
Tens of thousands more miners walked off the job; striking truckers disrupted food and fuel supplies nationwide, and farmworkers in the Western Cape burned down vineyards. As foreign investors scattered, the currency was shaken and the bond-rating agency Moodys issued the country a stinging downgrade.
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Thank God they did, too, or instead the story would have been “25 police and reporters hacked to death by frenzied mob armed with pangas.”
They fired at the moment when it was “us, or them.”
Some of them still had the nerve to say, “Them.” And open fire. Same thing any rational human would do. Pure self defense.
Moral of the story: Moral right (in your mind) will not be much protection when you start running toward police, while waving machetes and calling out war cries.
“Ghost dancing,” African style.
Every black man in America should honor his slave ancestors every day who suffered so he (she) could live in America. His slave ancestors who made a huge down payment for all they have today including guilt tripping whites into affirmative action propaganda and huge welfare programs. The white taxpayer is now the slave of blacks and other poor minorities such as some Hispanics. Asians too who scam our welafre sytsems and there is a lot. He is their beast of burden
Poor, uneducated blacks and wealthy, white liberals both believed that poverty and ignorance would be eradicated in, oh, I don't know, a year or so. The elimination of apartheid and the accession to power of black men would make it so.
But it takes generations to raise a nation into relative prosperity. And that's under the best of conditions. If they'd taken everything the whites owned, they'd still be in the same condition today.
I agree completely. Those are, indeed, requirements of prosperity. Hey, it was a blog comment, not a dissertation.