Mailbox: Why I support Cape Independence (and you should to)

By BizNews Community Member Hardus Cloete

Growing up in this conglomeration of nations they called South Africa, I distinctly felt confused.  Confused about who I am, whom and what to believe, and how to deal with everyday life.  I often wondered what it was like to live in a country that had a sense of stability, of national pride in a shared history, and a common culture that could be found from border to border, since these things are normal to so many first world countries across the globe, yet somehow have evaded South Africa.  The world calls it the “Rainbow nation” but this is just a slogan that attracts tourist money to support another African failed state.

As a student I had the opportunity to travel abroad, and I remember feeling like I somehow entered an alternate reality, for things I only dreamt of before were happening all around me. I could make use of public transport (which was on time) to take me wherever I needed to go. I could enter any shop in any part of town and only ever use a single language. I could go out at night and walk the streets of a major city without even having to lock the doors of the house, let alone worry about my personal safety whilst out and about. Furthermore, people there solved problems better than most in South Africa. Sure, they had their differences, but there was a certain sense of national pride, a responsibility to look after their parks and buildings, and a team spirit akin only to mutual Springbok supporters back home, that knitted those people together.

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This made me wonder why we do not have this in South Africa.  We have railways and roads that connect our towns and cities, but the trains are rundown, and the roads are littered with potholes.  We have a widely spoken, common language, yet many people dislike Afrikaans or deem it the language of past oppression.  We have cities and famous sites to visit, however they are unsafe, because we do not even have a say in our police service.  We have a democracy in theory, nevertheless we leave it up to the worst political parties to make decisions on our behalf, despite the fact we in the Western Cape have never supported those parties. We have beautiful buildings and numerous parks, but they are unkept and unsafe and often the only refuge for homeless people.

Clearly, we are found lacking.  The power is not in our hands no matter how we look at the current situation. For most of my life I never believed that an escape from the ANC was even a remote possibility until I heard about the movement to make the Cape an independent country. Suddenly the game changed for me, and what once I only dreamed of started to appear achievable. What if we took control of our economy? What if we could create jobs for those homeless people living on the streets and the less privileged people that have called the Cape home for ages? What if we could drop crime levels and clean up our streets like first world countries do?

What if we could unite an Afrikaans people across racial, ethnic and language lines to become what Afrikaans was always meant to be, an inclusive language and culture born from the union of different languages and peoples into one beautifully expressive tongue. A godly people tolerant and respectful of others with national pride and a team spirit to be admired. We have the unique opportunity to achieve all the above and much more in an independent country, but we must work for it, which in the current political atmosphere entails voting for it!

To achieve Cape Independence is within our grasp, and it is the only way for us to make the dreams of a first world country at the southern tip of Africa a reality.  Most voters in the Western Cape already support the idea of Cape Independence, and I am proud to include my name in that number, how about you?

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*Hardus Cloete is a qualified Botanist and member of the Cape Youth Front. He is passionate about Cape Independence and the subsequent establishment of a first world country on the southern tip of Africa.

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