We need to go further than the mere postponement of a Peace Conference. There is no point to our country if we are solely defined by race and if race is the only measure by which we are called to account. It is therefore not surprising that we are confronted with an issue like Tibet and the Dalai Lama at precisely the moment at which the majority of black South African’s believe their historical destiny, as a black nation, to have been realised in the form of Jacob Zuma.
Yes, it is Zuma who has crafted ANC China Policy and therefore it is Zuma who must bare the brunt of world opinion as South Africa loses any claim to be in possession of a human rights record. As if the xenophobia of the past year was not enough of a wake-up call, or the Ken Sira-Wiwa saga in which Mandela backed the Nigerian regime which ended up by executing the environmental activist (what would have happened if Mandela had faced the death penalty?) was not a prelude, or the many pronouncments on Zimbabwe, Mynamar and Burma. South Africa’s foreign policy is beginning to imitate policy at home affairs — we are a nation of innumerate thugs, illiterate child-rapists and first-in-the-queue HIV victims, who have no regard for any of the rights guaranteed in the constitution and are willing to sell out freedom to the highest bidder. Enough is enough. Boycott 2010 Soccer World Cup until South Africa guarantees fundemental rights and freedoms. Let us remember the greater struggle of humanity. If any leader of any religious group wishes to visit our country then let no barriers, no banning orders, no censorship, be erected. All should be welcome to our shores, as we unite by common ideals, shared aspirations and ideas, not the pitiful subject of the colour of one’s skin.
A DRACONIAN Cape Town City Bylaw could outlaw indoor gatherings of more than 50 people where microphones, Ipods, and and ghetto blasters are used and if the result is amplified sound , even if the event happens in the comfort of your living room, consider it an offence without a license.