WITH reference to “Taking back what was stolen” by Mthubanzi Mniki (The Herald, June 30), your perspective on the debate of the nationalisation of mines and expropriation of land without compensation seems to be obstructed by some things.
Although you have fairly challenged for comment from opposition to the matter, I cannot help but feel you have a predetermined view on the issue (using words such as stolen and massacred) and would struggle to accept anything otherwise.
Taking into account that I was only a one year old when the ANC first came into power, I can offer a more constructive opinion, and without prejudice too.
What everyone may read in the tabloids paints a bleak picture of the South Africa of today, with racism rife and great hostility between anyone with difference of association.
The fact is you do not have to look too long nor too hard to see that 90% of whites have a deep sense of admiration and respect for their black counterparts.
This is vice versa, and can be said of coloureds too.
So then what exactly is the problem? Why can we not find it within ourselves to forgive and forget about the other 10% of every racial group?
Some of us do try, but it is when you have one or two or three guys that together have more power than President Jacob Zuma himself, and fall under that wily 10%, that a recipe called disaster begins to brew. It is even worse so when they have not seen the light of education.
I would not say that the Oppenheimers and the De Beers stole anyone’s land. As far as I can tell, they were great South Africans who accomplished immense things.
Give respect where it is due. Maybe they did use some force, and the outcome of which was that the inhabitants had to move a few cows onto greener, more tasty grass.
Unless, the descendants of those ancestors have the necessary papers to prove that the land actually belonged to them, which they don’t. I also want some arable land, how about we throw in a platinum mine too.
The idea just isn’t fair, now is it?
Also, there was no massacre involved either. If it were, you would not be here.
And so the years have passed, where we are in 2011 with an ever-the-more erratic and cornered Julius Malema who is putting the governmental resolve to serious test. As it stands, these large mining corporations that the ANCYL is trying ever so hard to threaten and get rid of produce tenfold more jobs than the entire South African government.
These jobs are being made through corporate social investment alone, never mind the actual miners.
A ridiculous scenario but one that conveys the desperation of our society at this time: if the South African government were to be listed on the JSE, no investor/taxpayer would ever make an investment/payment again. This is in comparison to an efficient mining company such as Anglo American where trading is a pleasure.
The government must sort itself out before it makes any major moves regarding the economic well-being of South Africa. There is no way any sane person would risk the backbone of the economy on a long shot hope of government for once being successful.
Things are too fragile to take incalculable risks. Let the matter rest for now, get on with being a good South African.
Devon Alchin, Mount Croix, Port Elizabeth