IN the TV programme, Who Do You Think You Are on South African history, Patricia Glyn delves into her past ancestry and comes up with a song for Africa and wonders if Africa has a song for her.
She traces her roots from the colonial displacement of the Xhosa nation in the Eastern Cape to families seeking greener pastures into the Northern Cape and beyond into Northern Rhodesia, the present day Zambia.
There her father called Dr Kenneth Kaunda his friend and golfing partner in 1959.
The family started out as the Beans on land somewhere around the Peddie and King William’s Town district or the present day Qonce tribal area.
This BBC Knowledge channel episode on channel 251 delves into many families’ histories, uncovering hard truths that those descendants alive today can hardly ever believe as they evolved over time to be what they are today.
Glyn explains how Kaunda eventually nationalised her father’s private hospital. With him not happy in the government clinic he operated at the time, he packed up, disillusioned by his friend’s Africanisation policy of the time.
She traces surviving uncles and cousins coupled with the historical state of the land prior to settlers taking it with the help of the imperial British red-coated army.
One uncle and his wife featured on the programme pronounce the land they presently occupy never ever belonged to any African people.
Glyn produces maps to the contrary and her kin go silent. What she omits in mentioning the above is that even those Xhosa tribal inhabitants of that era displaced the Khoi and the San previously, usurping their land, thereby also colonising the true indigenous people’s land.
Glyn goes on to call the chiefs of that area to a meeting and apologises for passed aggression and transgressions of her ancestry. She is a gutsy and fabulous woman indeed.
More of this type of action from the British government will go a long way in addressing hurts and soothing ill feelings that still linger today. Britain has benefited immensely from the South African land, it is time she pays back in kind.
Denzyl Harper, Korsten, Port Elizabeth