South Africa is starting to look like a very different place from the shiny, happy days when President Nelson Mandela and emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu promoted peace, reconciliation and a Rainbow Nation. Increasingly, menacing threats are being delivered to South African white people – often about land expropriation and more recently of race-fuelled violence. Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina is among those who have recently served public warnings that white people need to back off and let the government get on with the business of running the country. At his side was the country’s new finance minister Malusi Gigaba, evidently agreeing with the tone and details of Masina’s message. Masina’s anti-white comments, tinged with hints of warnings of violence, are part of a broader campaign by President Jacob Zuma and his team to play the race card as a strategy to maintain power. As President Robert Mugabe did, Zuma is offering the lure of easy access to assets and a better future as he distracts the poor and uneducated with false claims that the economy is mostly in white hands. Anti-Zuma protestors had great hope that they might be able to push for a change at the helm of the ANC. Sadly, it looks like it could take some time, and the battle could get very ugly, before South Africa sees the back of Zuma, the Guptas and all those protecting and working in their interests. – Jackie Cameron
By James de Villiers, News24
Boksburg – Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina on Monday warned white people and the civil organisation Save SA that things might get “very very rough”.
Last Friday marches against President Jacob Zuma’s recent Cabinet reshuffle, including one organised by Save SA in Pretoria, were held throughout the country.
“So please, we just want to request [Save SA] nicely: don’t divide our nation because if you continue to do so those that sided with you in 1994, they won’t be here in five years,” Masina said.
“It might be very rough and we are many, this is not a threat, we are many [and] it might be very very rough.”
“It is very important that we send a very very strong warning that… we will crush any individual who stands [in the way of] the project of nation building and social cohesion in South Africa.”
Masina said the ANC would force white people to understand that they need to live in harmony with other South Africans.
‘We are not monkeys, we are people’
“Now this thing of being shown the middle finger everywhere by white people because they’ve gained a new confidence must come to an end,” he said to applause from the audience.
Amazing that Ekurhukeni Mayor, Mzwandile Masina is defending Zuma when last year he told me he can't stand him & we need to get rid of him!
— Dean Macpherson ?? (@DeanMacpherson) April 11, 2017
“I want to say to our white counterparts in South Africa, they must be very very careful.
“[They need to] understand that the issue of nation building and social cohesion requires all of us, not these insults that you get from social media and you get called everything else…that time has come to an end.
“…our children and your children, they don’t see what you are seeing in us, we are not monkeys, we are people,” he said.
Gigaba said South Africans should not forget the immense struggle by many to free South Africa.
“We should take care never to use their names to divide but to unite, never to destroy but to build,” he said.
SA economy ‘unsustainable’
Gigaba expressed concern over divisions within the ANC.
“We should call for a halt to divisions within the ANC. We are not properly managing disagreements in the ANC,” he said.
Gigaba also said country’s economy, from which the majority of South Africans are excluded, is unsustainable.
“We must agree on inclusion. South Africa’s economy excludes black people, women and the youth. It’s not sustainable,” he said.