Continent open to all settlers

LETTER writer Thandile Petshwa avers that technically the Africans did not displace the Khoikhoi, firstly because there were no pre-colonisation borders in this part of Africa and secondly, because the Khoikhoi were themselves from further north and migrated here (“Entrenched views make reconciliation impossible”, The Herald, July 7).

Nice try, but if that argument is advanced, then logically it follows that a border-less Southern Africa should be open also to overseas settlers. The only difference between crossing the Atlantic or Indian oceans and crossing the Limpopo or Kei rivers is the time it takes.

So if Harry or Hintsa did not need visas, neither did Jan van Riebeeck.

JJ Ossher, Uitenhage

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