By Khotso Molekane
An acquaintance during a group talk about Helen Zille and her views on colonialism, said Zille’s logic was like a supporter of rape asking the victims of rape to accept that something good can come out of rape. This was a neat summary of Madam Zille’s views. There has been a false argument about whether her statements were racist. Indeed, they are racist. Zille would never dare argue that Jews must accept the holocaust because of the scientific advances made by Germany at the time of the holocaust which humanity may have benefited from.
Racism is driven by ignorance. Zille would never concede that when her ancestors still lived in caves, Africans had already established renowned centers of learning in Timbuktu and Alexandria where Greek fathers of modern Western governance models and thought went to study…Plato, Thales of Miletus and Pythagoras. King Moshoeshoe of the Basotho practiced reconciliation and nation building in the 1700s when Europe was in the throes of barbarism. The last witch was burned in Portugal in 1905.
Zille describes herself as a daughter of German immigrants. She then refers to indigenous South Africans from the Eastern Cape as Refugees. She as a white person can never be a refugee even though her parents were refugees from Germany. This is because whites can never be refugees, even if they were from Germany which was in complete devastation. My point is that Zille reserves her insults for black people, which is racist. That is my rebuttal to all her racist apologists. Incidentally, she has never mentioned whether her parents were Nazis or Nazi sympathisers.
In her country of origin holocaust denialism is a crime. In our country denialism of slavery, colonialism and apartheid earns one a celebrity status. This is something that black South Africans have only themselves to blame for. A number of Universities have holocaust studies, and some holocaust and genocide studies. Genocide is meant to accommodate the Genocide of slavery, colonialism and apartheid which are too trivial to mention, unlike the holocaust.
During the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, there were so many sick and “excess” Africans thrown overboard the slave ships that the natural migration pattern of sharks and other sea predators changed because of the abundant dead and dying human beings they could feed-off. That is the legacy Helen Zille wants us to embrace.