Monday, June 26, 2017

The Bomb and universal crass hypocrisy.

North Korea and the Bomb.
Watching and listening to the news on all major channels you will not discern any attempt to even start acknowledging blindingly obvious hypocrisy as regards Kim Jong Un of North Korea and his insistence on also having nuclear capacity.
Certainly nuclear bombs are very bad things and the World should be rid of them. However that is not the insistence. It is not the insistence being bellowed, grunted and snorted by Donald Trump on behalf of the rest of the planet, all adept at chorusing in support.
The reality … the indisputable reality … the blindingly obvious reality … is that Trump represents a clump of nations all of whom possess the bomb that none of them are prepared to give up.
America, China, Russia, France, United Kingdom, Israel, India and Pakistan all possess the bomb. Pakistan is run by those “terrible radical Islamic Muslims” that Trump identifies as the blood thirsty scourge of the planet to be kept out like vermin.
However by some process of cognitive gymnastics, crass hypocrisy and crude political correctness, the stance is taken that North Korea cannot be permitted nuclear status as is being denied Iran.
Certainly such a stance would be supportable if it were the case that all these other nuclear countries were committed to and in the process of giving up the bomb.
But they are not ... and it is utterly nauseating to see and hear a plethora of “talking heads” on the major news channels simply ignoring this glaringly obvious point. What they do instead is to add to the condemnation, opprobrium and vilification of Kim Jong UN as if the likes of Trump and Putin are not deserving of similar observations.  
Right now Trump has a nuclear-capacitated carrier group of ships circling in North Korean waters. Nothing could be more diabolically obscene. What exactly is being planned and envisaged here?? Will it be the case that North Korea will be nuclear bombed if Kim decided to “defend his country” by firing on a perceived threat in his waters?
North Korea is a military State run by a diabolical military junta. The populace is held hostage by this junta. They are no more guilty of the wicked machinations of the military junta than you and I are. They are like kids at boarding school.
The point is, and it should be obvious, that the junta cannot be meaningfully attacked without committing genocide on the innocent populace.
So what Trump is indulging in is crass dangerous buffoonery. It is obvious ... but no one is saying so.
What is happening here is that, whatever we might think, imagine or suppose about Kim, he has exposed the propensity we all now seem to have for routine hypocrisy on a pandemic scale.

It is very, very simple. If North Korea is to be denied nuclear status then those seeking to enforce that denial must themselves give up such status. 


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Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Other - without fear, favor or prejudice

an ordinary life becomes extraordinary

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History - The southern African region has undergone a period of
momentous change as the region, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana,
Namibia and South Africa, freed themselves from the yoke of
Social Justice - However, as always, what has this change
meant to ordinary human beings? Is there social justice?
This biography - written by a High Court Judge, Chris Greenland, it traces the life of
one such person in an intriguing, captivating journey of life. It is a truly
enthralling journey as improbable history is made. The magic
of Africa is ever present, and its animals play starring roles.
Truth - However, throughout the reader is kept challenged on the basis of truth.
There is a concern with the propagation of convenient untruths and
the suppression of inconvenient truths. See "Some Questions" below.
Justice and its subsets of racism, ethnicity and xenophobia are served up for
keen consideration. So too as regards the issue of systemic hypocrisy and
It is a story involving drama, in the courtroom, in the wilds of Africa ...
and in ordinary life.
There is an intriguing new treatment of subjects such as criminal trial
procedure and punishment, including the death penalty, whipping,
infanticide and the so called "right to silence" (5th Amendment in the US).
This is a "must read" for everyone and particularly those involved in social
justice and human rights.
Whether you are a historian, social scientist, a judge, advocate, lawyer or other member of the legal fraternity, student of law, human rights activist, one of millions in the Zimbabwe Diaspora, Southern African citizen or member of the US National Association of Coloured Peoples, in particular, this book will engage, fascinate and enthrall. It is also of keen relevance to all humanity, whose members are forever challenged in matters of truth and justice.
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History Foretold
When I published the book, in 2010, I could never have imagined that its impact statement would soon be vindicated in Tunisia, Egypt and other Arab countries. The impact statement says that an ordinary life becomes extraordinary, so as to be meaningful to others and to make a difference if the truth is pursued. The insistence is that if ordinary folk reject the well established culture around propagating convenient untruth and suppressing inconvenient truth, then social justice has the best chance of achievement.

This book should be of immense interest to members of the NAACP as it centers around the life of a Coloured person, as an enthralling story, spanning four different countries in the Southern African region at a time of its most revolutionary change.
I'm for truth, no matter who tells it; I'm for justice, no matter who it is for or against.
Malcolm X

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Other … and Trump

In 2010 I published a book. It is a social justice commentary, interleaved with my autobiography, supported by enthralling, provocative anecdotes. It was only after I had written the book that its name emerged as self-suggestive and this came as a surprise. From the sum of its parts it struck me forcefully that, generally speaking, human beings relate to each other as “us”, “them” and “others”. I had been fully aware that we are almost inevitably constrained into “us” and “them” camps. However, it had never struck me that there were millions of humans who were being regarded and treated as “others”. 

“Others” are certainly not part of “us”. They don’t even merit being regarded as “them”, because that category comprises humans that matter, albeit as opponents.
“Others” don’t really matter. They exist as shadows that simply “accompany” those that do matter. They are recognised only if useful but are generally stripped of any right(s) to compete as equals or even to disagree. As said, they simply shadow the other groups. 
When you read the book you might find that there have been occasions when you too were treated as an “other”. People who are “others” typically find themselves up against a brick wall as regards issues. They cannot get answers and/or are just strung along indefinitely. They are not taken seriously. Being disregarded and/or treated as the “other” is particularly pernicious as it strips you of your humanity. Suicide is an ultimate refuge for extreme cases of the condition/status.
In this region, that has undergone revolutionary change about redressing inequality, we find the ruling ANC Party’s Chief Spokesman, Jimmy Manyi, insisting that Coloured folk are “over represented” in the Western Cape and should “migrate” out. This is despite the fact that Coloured folk are the majority and the only descendants of the original Khoi-San inhabitants of the region.
Jimmy Manyi is not being consciously racist or capricious. His mouthings are organically induced because of this unrecognised phenomenon of there being “others”. Coloureds are “others”. Blacks and Whites are “us” and “them”.
Now, because of the advent of Donald J Trump and the “Far Right”, I have noted that more and more political commentators are stumbling into use of the noun “others”. We should understand that brexit, in the United Kingdom, and the advent of the far right, led by the likes of Marinne Le Pen and Geert Wilders in Europe, was induced by a phobic sense that too many “others” were/are drifting into the other groupings. So, as much as many of the far right supporters are indeed rabid racist bigots, many of them are not. They are simply subconsciously acting out extreme discomfort with and about the advent of “others”.
However this raging Trump buffoon is on a conscious pernicious path to create a world comprising “us”, “them” and “others”. 
In Donald Trump’s world, the White male Republican is part of “us”, with the White male Democrat being part of “them”. Anyone else is part of “others” for being irrelevant and non-cognisable, especially Mexicans, Backs, Hispanics, Chinese … and just about all other humans on the planet. 
Please play the clips where Trump talks about Muslims … talks about Mexicans … talks about Chinese … talks about the disable reporter … talks about the female reporter that was “bleeding” … and pay particular attention to the tone of voice he employs. You will surely discern an attitude of complete lack of respect and/or contempt for these other humans. In Trump’s world members of the “others” group stand to drift in and out of the other groups at his complete, unfettered discretion.
Included in Trump’s psyche is a pathological need to provoke/drive all Muslims into the ISIS camp so that he can lead a modern day Crusade against them.
It is blindingly clear that Trump suffers from what is known as DID (Dissociative identity disorder) in terms of which he sees himself as an emperor on the world stage administering to and revered by naïve masses who will hang onto his every word and antic.
What this buffoon is actually doing is to relinquish America’s status as leader of the free world. He has a pathological need to be the emperor of an all powerful isolated America whose only attribute is complete dominance over all other nations militarily and economically.
In short, he craves taking the world back to the place it was before the lessons of the last World War and the Holocaust.
In them days might was right … not universal brotherhood and equality that the 1948 signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights gave the world as a paradigm shift in the historical culture of mankind.
Trump’s world for the future is one in which his group is in a combative, dominant relationship with all “others”. This is what political commentators and social scientists are now referencing as a commitment to “isolationist, protectionist, nativist, nationalism”.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Mankind is as dom as ever ....

Yes we are the species known as homo sapiens because we have the power of reason but undoubtedly our default mode is to be dumb. 
 This dumbness is very successfully masked, concealed, submerged on account of our very aggressive education systems, so most of the time we manage not to do really stupid things. However every so often someone comes along and gets us back to our natural state of idiocy. That is the hard evidence as unpalatable and regrettable as it might be. 
 That is why the very smart people of Germany fell for a diminutive ranting maniac, Adolph Hitler, and his diabolical “Nazism”. It is why Africans danced in the street for a genocidal maniac like Idi Amin Dada. Otherwise very smart White Rhodesians were led like sheep down an obviously disastrous path by Ian Douglas Smith. Then the supposedly smartest Africans, being Zimbabweans, repeatedly kept a really bad leader, Robert Gabriel Mugabe, in power. In South Africa the people have kept a cheap crook like Jacob Zuma in power even after they were fully informed about his perverse Nkandla enrichment to the tune of R245 million. 
Now we see that the supposedly most advanced people on the planet, being the Americans, have voted in the biggest recorded buffoon in history, Donald J Trump, as their President. As said it must be the case that our natural default mode is to be stupid, naïve, irrational, dense, dumb, dom … as much as this is covered up by education. However the likes of Hitler, Mugabe … and Trump have had the knack of getting us back to our natural stupid state. I started life in an orphanage and institution for deprived children, Sacred Heart Home. 
That school and the secondary school I attended were the most under-resourced in the Colony of Southern Rhodesia. But I now realize that I actually received a most fantastic education because, as much as I have done really dumb things, I could never fall for the stuff spewed out by the likes of Hitler, Smith, Amin, Mugabe, Zuma and Donald Trump. NEVER!!! NEVER NEVER EVER!!! ... and yes ISIS ... NEVER ... NEVER ... NEVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
I realize that I had the best teachers on this planet in Sister Mare SND, Richard Brown, Danny Pillay, Vernon Bowers and others. They are my heroes. 
To my mind it is unimaginable that supposedly sentient beings can even start to believe Trump’s bleating that 194 other nations all conspired to diddle, cheat and laugh at “poor” America as regards the Paris Climate Accord. 
 At the High School I attended, Embakwe Coloured School, a person like Trump would have got a very good hiding for trying to “eat us in the ear”. 
So understand that we are all dom, but if you are a fan of any of the buggers I have listed above and paid for your education, you need to go and get your money back. 
Of course it might also be the case that we are not all descendants of the rather smart So understand that we are all dom, but if you are a fan of any of the buggers I have listed above and paid for your education, you need to go and get your money back. 
Of course it might also be the case that we are not all descendants of the rather smart homo sapiens but that most of us have evolved from the rather thick homo heidelbergensis, homo erectus, homo habilis, Australopithecus afarensis or the Neanderstals. 
What proves my point beyond all doubt is the way the current debate is being framed. Everyone is into arguing, quarrelling and going What proves my point beyond all doubt is the way the current debate is being framed. Everyone is into arguing, quarrelling and going bla bla bla about “climate change”. 
Scientifically climate change can always be disputed. What cannot be disputed is that “dirty energy” like coal mining is no good for our children, the planet and its creatures as compared to “clean energy” like solar. 
It is a simple matter of choosing which is the more What cannot be disputed is that “dirty energy” like coal mining is no good for our children, the planet and its creatures as compared to “clean energy” like solar. It is a simple matter of choosing which is the more responsible way to manage planetary resources; which increases rather than decreases survivability of the planet and its inhabitants. 
It is like choosing between an e-cigarette and the traditional tobacco fag. Does a surgeon use a kitchen knife or a scalpel? Why do we now use seat belts? As Arnold Schwarzenegger says - “ As Arnold Schwarzenegger says - “Does Donald Trump not know what is it that causes tuberculosis and emphysema”? Pumping black smoke into the air is just not smart if you can use solar instead. However, except for Arnold it seems, nobody is framing the issue in these obvious terms. 
We are not doing this because we are dom. 
If you imagine that I am wrong ask yourself a very simple question – do you think, imagine or suppose that our current management of the planet and its resources is at all sustainable in the longer term? We know that it is not … but we all acquiesce, connive and collude at this ruination of the planet because, as said, we are as thick as planks. 

 No question!!

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Donald Trump - the grandstanding showboating theatrics of America’s emperor

a) The travel ban - (Muslim ban)
This was posited as extremely urgent in order to prevent Americans from being murdered by arriving Muslims.
The Courts blocked this racist agenda and not one American has been murdered by the thousands of Muslims that have landed in the USA since.
Instead thousands of Americans have been killed and raped by Americans mostly armed with guns whose irresponsible possession is enthusiastically supported by Trump.

b) Syria
In response to Bashir Assad’s alleged genocidal use of chemical weapons Trump fired off no less than 58 cruise missiles at some concrete in Syria.
Nothing was achieved.
This theatrical fireworks display has left Assad with exactly the same chemical weapons capacity as before.

c) Afghanistan
Trump dropped the biggest non-nuclear bomb ever dropped, supposedly to incapacitate terrorists.
Nothing was achieved.
That country has just experienced the worst terrorist attack ever with 90 killed and over 400 injured.

d) North Korea
Trump bellowed, grunted and snorted all kinds of threats and warnings against Kim Jong Un and sent a nuclear capacitated battle group of ships into North Korean waters.
Nothing was achieved.
The chubby leader of that country has simply continued exactly as always and even increased the number of missiles he has popped off.

e) Nine-day trip overseas trip
Apart from settling a lucrative sale of arms to the Saudis nothing else of any significance was achieved on his much vaunted trip to Saudi, the middle East and Europe, except to severely fracture East-West relationships.

f) Pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord

Now he has crowned his record of crass buffoonery by advancing the most ludicrous reasons for America needing to resile from its commitments as regards being more responsible about not polluting the world’s atmosphere.
His stance that America is some sort of "poor" victim of an international conspiracy involving the other 195 countries is easily the most idiotic ever posited by a leader in the history of mankind.
Nothing will be achieved by this except to posit America as the skunk of the planet.
Without exception world leaders have been queuing up to lament and condemn Trump's idiocy.
Nothing will be achieved.
His “withdrawal” will not occur as American industries do not support this nonsense and it takes over 5 years to achieve by which time he will not be in office.
His stance is so ludicrous that there are now some States, in the "United States", that are uniting to defy his "withdrawal" from the Paris Climate Accord.
It is blindingly clear that Trump suffers from what is known as DID (Dissociative identity disorder) in terms of which he sees himself as an emperor on the world stage administering to and revered by naïve masses who will hang onto his every word and antic.
What this buffoon is actually doing is to relinquish America’s status as leader of the free world. He has a pathological need to be the emperor of an all powerful isolated America whose only attribute is complete dominance over all other nations militarily and economically.
In short, he craves taking the world back to the place it was before the lessons of the last World War and the Holocaust.
In them days might was right … not universal brotherhood and equality that the 1948 signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights gave the world as a paradigm shift in the historical culture of mankind.
In addition Trump is trying to provoke all Muslims to join the likes of ISIS and Al Queda so that he can lead a modern Crusade to defeat Islam.
This emperor indeed has no clothes.
It is all about showboating grandstanding theatrics at obscene levels.
Comment 2
Fortunately Trump's loony and highly irresponsible attitude of "bugger science ... do as we like ... when we like ... how we like ... regardless of how damaging it is to the planet and possibly/probably future climate ..." will NOT materialize.
American industry and technology houses are too far down the line of commitment to developing and advancing clean energy.
That sector is actually producing 15 times more jobs than any other sector.
They are not going to reverse course now because on the mouthings of a buffoon.


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Monday, February 20, 2017

Trump … paranoid delusion

Yesterday, 17 February 2017,  mankind was treated to a Presidential press conference that turned out to be a bizarre irrational soliloquy of self-aggrandizement, aggression. petulance and grandiose lies in a context of paranoid delusion.
The man is delusional. He is paranoid. He has a disassociated appreciation of reality. His self-image is grandiose. He sees himself as being systemically targeted victim on account of his greatness. The ululating crowds that attended his campaign rallies have served as an opium on which he is still addicted. So too as regards his election win. He needs to gratuitously dredge these up to counter very deep seated feelings of insecurity.
Stark proof of all this was served up with blinding clarity starting with his claim that his performance in the first three weeks as President equated to that of a “finely tuned machine”. The reality is that history has not witnessed a more tempestuous, chaotic period for any President. it could not have been more shambolic.
That reality includes the fact that his post-election popularity nosedived faster than any other President in history, starting with millions of womenfolk staging demonstrations across the planet on the day after his inauguration, with Madonna telling him publicly to "fuck off".
When caught out in a grandiose lie that he had secured by far the most Electoral College votes, he resorted to flippant deflection, as was the case with the central issue of what was the truth regarding General Mike Flynn being fired as Chief Security Advisor. Despite the session lasting some 70 minutes this issue of national importance remained as clear as mud.
He deflected this important issue to an obsession as to who "leaked" the information on the Flynn-Russian shenanigans.
Instead of treating the nation to a clear explanation on the Flynn saga he went on an accusatory rant about the media, “fake news” and about leakages regarding classified information. According to him all mainstream media is capriciously victimizing him as Americans, meaning his supporters, are being victimized by just about the whole world.
This virulent attack onthe media, that he is now repeating at every opportunity, is to distract everyone from the fact that he was involved with Flynn and is scapegoating the poor bugger, and to lay the groundwork for a vain attempt later to introduce anti media laws, as he promised during his campaign.
Whatever residual doubts there might have been about all this they were emphatically removed when he brazenly claimed that his executive order, known as “the immigration ban”, was implemented with extreme "smoothness", with only a Court order having been a problem. Even senior members of his own party have repeatedly confirmed that the rolling out of that executive order was so chaotic as to be complete proof of gross incompetence.
The whole world was treated to miles and miles of video and audio footage displaying confusion, chaos, trauma and human suffering at a most alarming scale on account of the attempted execution of his executive order.
This man is suffering from a bad psychotic condition. He is emotionally stunted. He is arrogant in the extreme. He has a grandiose self-image. His personal ethos is one of extreme disrespect and/or contempt for everybody and anybody. He is extremely narcissistic. Bravado, bluster and bull crap are his currencies to mask deep seated insecurity. He is a pathological liar. He is incompetent with no sense of accountability. Irrationality is deeply embedded. He is delusional.
As a King Baby, he is dangerous at any number of levels.
“A person who has King Baby syndrome is typically selfish, rejects criticism, complains, is obsessed with money and belongings and doesn't feel like rules should apply to him. In short, he is someone who refuses to mature.” […/king-baby-syndrome-97f93b414137…]
And yes, he does have an unresolved issue as regards Hilary Rodman Clinton. She still has power over him despite, and because of, the election result. It is eating him up that she won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes.
This will not go away.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Come out of the cave .....

From a near lifetime of conversations and, especially as regards social media, it has always been a source of great frustration that so many people end a debate as they started it, i.e., each side firmly locked in to their particular stance.
This occurs whatever the hard facts and evidence that has emerged in the debate. Blindingly obvious truth is simply ignored. Great pride is taken in being able to remain unmoved and as stubborn as the dumbest donkey on the planet. Stubborn pigheadedness is seen as a virtue.
The source of the virtue is typically religion, culture or political ideology. As regards political ideology the Trump camp has even advanced the novel concept of “alternative facts”.
We also put ourselves and our opponents in “boxes”. So we have a White box, a Black box, A Muslim box, a Christian box ... etc. We jump into our box, stay there and keep others in their boxes, come hell or rain ... lol.
To explain why this is so we need to go back in time. Whether you are a “creationist” (believe in the Bible and Adam and Eve) or an “evolutionist” (an avid student of Charles Darwin) the reality is that we all reached a stage where we found ourselves in a cave. We were there in family groupings, huddled together riddled with apprehension, confusion, ignorance, bemusement, superstition and supposition about the world outside, with all its wonders including other creatures that were in competition with us. This competition included us being on their menu as much as some of them were on our menu. Those were very, very dangerous times and survival demanded that we acted with unbending loyalty to our grouping in every respect.
Everything we knew was handed down to us by our elders. They themselves had been recipients of such knowledge from their elders. In this way the collective knowledge of our group was seen and accepted as the guarantee of our survival. Not deviating from this body of collective knowledge was therefore undoubtedly the greatest of virtues.
Despite this however, we know beyond any doubt whatsoever that deviations did occur. Feel free to imagine that one day a member of the cave dwellers brought home some embers from a forest fire, started by lightning, and decided to “cook” the evening meal instead of eating it raw. Then another member found a way to extract iron from rock and make better arrow heads. At each stage that a member of our species deviated from the status quo, and tried something new, something different, we advanced as a species.
No change for the better could/would have ever occurred if some of our forebears had not broken ranks, questioned the status quo and tried something new and different. In the end we advanced from being primitive cave dwellers to a species that put men on the moon.
It was not an easy journey. Change was always resisted, strongly resisted. That is why great minds like Socrates and Aristotle were persecuted and even executed for daring to question the status quo and insisting that what had been learnt and handed down before was wrong. It is a truism that whether it be religion, culture, political ideology or any other body of knowledge or belief, it was all conceived, formulated and expressed at a time when man, as a species, was more primitive and less informed than he is now. For this reason alone there can be no sentient reason why they cannot be examined, questioned and reviewed for validity. Even a donkey will deviate from the path you have trained it to take to its food stall if it sees better food somewhere else.
Understand that your current body of knowledge is a cave that you are in that is not of your making. It was all handed down to you by others who had less opportunity and information than you have to know and understand. So we really do need to be able to have open minds that are receptive to questioning everything, even our most cherished beliefs and convictions. Is this not obvious?
After all we once believed in witchcraft. We believed that the world was flat. Before 1948 we had no concept of human rights. Slavery was normal. Gender inequality was normal. Might was right. Colonialism was normal. So will you please accept this invitation to come out of your religious cave, your cultural cave, your political cave (box). It is dark in there. Expose yourself to that which is new and different. Be hungry about facts. Be greedy about evidence. Be skeptical, even loathsome, about opinions.
So in debate always ask yourself these questions. Am I ignoring facts? Am I ignoring evidence.? Is my stance steeped in belief, dogma or ideology? Am I being stubborn?
We all need to think more and believe less. A mind that is incapable of change is incapable of improvement. It cannot change if it remains ensconced in the cave of the past.
Yes your cave/box makes you feel save. But know this. That cave/box is a prison. It is the prison of ignorance. It limits you as a human being.
There is just no other way that you can advance as a member of the species known as homo sapiens.


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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Zimbabwe ... our heestoree

We Zimboons have all kinds of complaints about the White man, real and imagined. It is as if the White man thundered in, driving armoured cars, and robbed us of everything good. We imagine that this is the reason why we do not have a fancy house, a car, an ipod, lots of cash ... etc.
So here I want to put the record straight ... by taking an honest look back at our history.
The maBreeteesh (British) are the ones that colonized us. They traveled by ship from England to Cape Town. It was a very nasty journey that lasted 3+ months in stinky, rat infested mouldy wooden ships. Some ships did not make it and the bones of the occupants are forever lying in the sands of the Skeleton Coast of Namibia. I have been there. They were also prone to suffering from scurvy, a really nasty disease caused by a lack of vitamin C.
At Cape Town, they did not jump onto the Blue Train and trundle up to Zimbabwe feasting on the best of food and wine. They had to jump into ox wagons. There were no ox wagons in England. For months thereafter these creaking, swaying, bumpy monsters would be their home, day and night.
Africa was very different from their home country of hills, dales, brooks and a serene rolling countryside full of bunny rabbits and nothing more fearsome than a fox. Here they had to contend with bush, full of thorn trees, rolling scrub, flooded rivers, mountains through which they had to carve treacherous passes with men and the pulling oxen dying in the process.
The bunny rabbits and foxes of home were replaced by fearsome creatures such as lion, buffalo, snakes, scorpions, rhino, leopard, elephant and hyena that would collect a baby in the blink of an eye. They were assailed by hordes of insects that bit and stung at every point day and night, with the king of all being the mosquito that took so many lives by way of malaria and black water fever. Three out of four babies died. They had no immunity to tropical diseases such as dysentery.
Worst of all was this little creepy crawly known as nyokamafazi (Centipede in the pic above). When it bit a man he turned into a woman. Can you imagine how horrifying that was?
When they arrived here they were welcomed at first. But there was a problem. Our girls were topless, with their bosoms standing proud in the African sun, defying gravity. This did not go down well with the maBreeteesh ladies whose bosoms were all saggy from all the traveling and being propped up by whale bone bodices.
It got worse as our men had their loins covered only by amaBetchu. i’betchu (loin flap) leaves a lot that can still be seen. It is now called “too much information”. The maBreeteesh men did not like their women being exposed to this. As much as the maBreeteesh women were told to avert their eyes, bibles in hand, Africa’s manhood was on display.
There was bound to be trouble ... and sure enough there was a lot of trouble. One side cocked their guns. The other side raised their spears. They had a fight and then more. These were called the “Pioneer Wars”. I think the name should be changed to the “AmaBetchu Wars”.
We lost these wars because, as my Gogo’s people explained, the maBreeteesh had isgwagwagwa, the Maxim Machine Gun that mowed them down like flies. “Isgwagwagwa” was the sound it made when fired. They were adamant that if the maBreeteesh had not had this terrible gun we would not have lost. They were proud to recount how, under Mzilikazi, they had successfully invaded and conquered the same region without isgwagwagwa.
So the maBreetesh were not the first colonizers. My Gogo’s people were. But we don’t speak about this.
Alas the maBreeteesh won and we were colonized.
As more maBreeteesh arrived the first indigenous words they learnt was “lala pansi”. This was because, being very tired after their long trek from Cape Town, they were told to lala pansi, i.e. to lie down and have a good rest. So naturally they also used these words. With both sides going “lala pansi … lala pansi” it was not too long before the first brown baby was born … and we makarhaadiis (Coloureds) came into existence. To this day the place of this momentous event is called Lalapanzi.
I admire the amaBreeteesh for their courage, fortitude and resilience. I admire our people for having fought so valiantly.
But I am glad the maBreeteesh came.
If they had not come I would not be here.
If they had not come we would still be in the iron age.
The White man, standing in front of you is not the reason why you do not have a fancy house, a car, lots of cash, an ipod, watch … etc. He did not take these things from you. We did not have any of this. We did not even have the wheel.
What the maBreeteesh took was the country. We got it back on 18 April 1980.
Now what have we been doing with it???

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