Friday, 11 April 2008

PC/CP update

Further support for the previous post on PC totalitarianism has just arrived from South Africa. David Bullard, a regular contributor to the Sunday Times in Soutrh Africa and a keen enthusiast for the Rainbow Nation before reality smacked him over the head has been fired for a ‘racist’ (there we go again) column.

Editor Mondli Makhanya. (a Black Empowerment nobody parachuted in to the top post at the paper) said the column was "not in accordance with the character and values of the Sunday Times. It's not about censorship [good God, of course not! Perish the thought!], but about the fact that the column was not in accordance with the values to which our country and its constitution adhere"

Here’s what the column said:

Bullard's column, titled "Uncolonised Africa wouldn't know what it was missing" describes what South Africa would have looked like had the "evil white man" not come "to disturb the rustic idyll of the early black settlers".
He wrote: "There are no roads because no roads are needed because there are no cars. It's 2008 and no one has taken the slightest interest in South Africa, apart from a handful of botanists and zoologists who reckon that the country's flora and fauna rank as one of the largest unspoilt areas in a polluted world.

Bullard describes how, never having been exposed to "the sinful ways of the West", the various tribes of South Africa live healthy and peaceful lives, "only occasionally indulging in a bit of ethnic cleansing".

"They live in single-storey huts arranged to catch most of the day's sunshine and their animals are kept nearby.

"The dreaded internet doesn't exist in South Africa and cellphone companies have laughed off any hope of interesting the inhabitants in talking expensively into a piece of black plastic.

"There are no unsightly shopping malls selling expensive goods made by Asian slave workers and consequently there are no newspapers or magazines carrying articles comparing the relative merits of ladies' handbags.

Bullard writes: "Life is, on the whole, pretty good, but there is something vital missing. Fire has been discovered and the development of the wheel is coming on nicely, but the tribal elders are still aware of some essential happiness ingredient they still need to discover.

"Then something happens that will change this undisturbed South Africa forever. "Huge metal ships land on the coast and big metal flying birds are sent to explore the sparsely populated hinterland.

"They are full of men from a place called China and they are looking for coal, metal, oil, platinum, farmland, fresh water and cheap labour and lots of it. Suddenly, the indigenous population realise what they have been missing all along: someone to blame. "At last their prayers have been answered," the column ends.

And for this he was fired.

Anyone still doubt that PC is CP (Communist Party) in a fetching shade of black?


Anonymous said...

Fucking liberals will be seen as a more destructive force than the communists in due course

Anonymous said...

Bullard used to be a liberal too!

Anonymous said...

How can we hope to understand the world of affairs around us if we do not know how it came to be what it is. A.L.Rowse

The Legacy of Tshaka
Our knowledge of Natal in its early days has been gained from the diaries of ship wreck survivors dating back to the sixteenth century. They tell mostly a story of a fairly peaceful existence. There were occasions when they were attacked and killed, robbed of what little they had but most often they seemed to have been helped on their way to Delogoa Bay, and the survivors were able to barter for food. On many occasions survivors decided rather than carry on with the arduous journey to Delagoa Bay, settled in with thee local tribes, took wives or husbands and were fruitful. Later survivors attested to this. White genes were therefore spread thinly through the tribes of the Transkei and Natal.

This somewhat peaceful situation came to an end at the beginning of the nineteenth century with the ascendancy of Tshaka. What occurred has been very well documented by the earliest white traders and adventurers that had come to reside at Port Natal. They regularly had contact with Tshaka and kept diaries of the goings on. The brutality of that time is indescribable and frightening and it was carried on by Dingane after Tshaka’s murder,then through to Cetshwayo, only to cease with the latter’s defeat by the British at Ulundi in 1879.

The acceptance that the Blacks have been suppressed by the Whites for 300 or 400 years is ludicrous and if it hadn’t been for them the fighting and slaughter would have just carried on. It is just not recognized what benefits the whites brought to the eastern side of southern Africa by suppressing the mayhem started by Tshaka. Tshaka legacy is that he started a system of murder and destruction, a way of life, that seems to be a mind set of many blacks today.

Let us go back to what the diarists saw and wrote about. Mackeurtan in his book ‘The cradle days of Natal’ summerises,
’And yet when the nineteenth century was still young she was in the throes of grievous travail. Her happy streams were red with blood; her amiable hills a smoking shambles. Tshaka, King of the Zulus, had chosen systematically to obliterate the Bantu nation as far as his lithe and swinging regiments could carry the deadly stabbing spears. The pleasant pastoral people of Natal were decimated; they laughed and hunted and counted their herds no more’.

Already when Francis Farwell, Capt King and Henry Francis Fynn arrived, the land between the Tugela and the Umzimvubu rivers was empty of people. The small tribes had been destroyed or driven away. And when the Voortrekers crossed the Drakensburg the land was also devoid of happy tribal life.

The repercussions of Tshaka’s reign of terror spread far and wide. As tribes retreated from Tshaks’s hoards they in turn fell upon their neighbours and so there was a domino effect which spread through the Free State,
‘plundering and looting that spread back and forth across the country, a chain reaction of events that was to have a profound effect on the history of southern Africa.’(1)

Tshaka’s barbarity was inherited by Dingane and then by Cetshwayo who sent his warriors to battle with his rival brother, Mbuyazi. They were all ‘tarred with the same brush’. Cetshwayo’s rival brother had interests in the succession to the throne of his father Mpanda, which were of course challenged by Cetshwayo. The latter settle the score by annihilating the whole tribe. Witnessed by John Dunn, ‘in just over an hours fighting, Cetshwayo’s uSutus killed some 23000 men women and children’.

The mayhem sown by Tshaka eventually resulted in the complete destruction of the Zulu nation. That was part of his legacy. The other part of his legacy was that over the sixty odd years of the dominance of the three Zulu Kings,Tshaka, Dingane, and Cetshwayo, a way of thinking that life was cheap was instilled in the people. Its was this that became part of the peoples consciousness that is still evident to this day.

After the battle of Blood River and Dingane's defeat, the Voortrekkers spread throughout the land between the Tugela and Umzimvubu Rivers. As a consequence of the peace that temporally reigned the Zulu families that had been displaced by Tshaka started to return to their former tribal lands as it had now become safe. And some 50000 crossed the border to avoid Mpanda's new form of inhumane cruelty reminiscent of Shaka and Dingane,
which had up till then been relatively benign. He once said to John W Shepstone 'You don't kill as we do, and the only way to govern a Zulu is to kill him .

The battle of Ulundi was only 129 years ago. My grandfather was a young man at the time and I knew him. It was not so long ago certainly not three or four hundred years ago.

The Cradle days of Natal
by Graham Mackeurtan
Zulus at Bay by D. W Barker(1)