Credits: Eric de Jager for banner and Andre Martignaglia, and Damien Seden for some of these stories.
They say that ignorance is power, to those who want to keep you ignorant, which is usually those in power for no other reason than to control. The power lies with each of us,the individual, and that power is curiosity for information, to do research, and ask questions. That is what sets us apart of being an informed individual with an inquisitive mind, and, uninformed people who just follow blindly without self-enriching themselves with information and facts. Information is what makes us question things by broadening ours mind, by not just accepting one view point, but by looking at things from different angles. Digging deeper, on a topic or history titbit discovered, and getting the different angles of a story, is what creates, “critical thought” and healthy debates.
What many South African’s don’t realize is that the Anglo-Boer War was the main instigator, of the start of modern problems we are facing today in South Africa. Ask most South African’s about history, and they vaguely tell you something from 1652, with most knowing not history, but propaganda which were pumped repeatedly into heads, in order to create a biased perceptions or opinion by those in power. This is the opposite of critical thought and just repeating what you hear. “Intellectual Parrotism”
Many groups had their own lands, but it was not enough for the British. They had to have the prize of South Africa. The Boer Republics. African land was easy for them to conquer. Not so much the little Republics.
Most South Africans will recite history of the last 40 years like a parrot, just showing the power of mass indoctrination. Having an education does not mean anything, if you act like a parrot and just repeat what you read, without having a deeper understanding of a topic.
Before the Boer war with Britain (1899 – 1902), there were treaties in place, between the Boers and Africans as these groups lived and confronted each other over decades. They settled and got to know each other, who to trust, and who not to trust. Boers were seen as just another African tribe. On the other hand, Britain were the outsiders. The aliens that wanted land in order to enrich the global Empire. The tactics of the day, as still is today, was to conquer and divide. To create suspicion and instigate distrust
between Boers and Africans. Before the Anglo-Boer War (South African War or Second War of Independence as it is known by other names), there were general peace as each group had negotiated borders and land even helping each other in many cases because of friendship and alliances. Before Britain attacked the Boer Republics, the Zulu’s were in line first to lose their land to British expansion. South Africa was not like it is today, but consisted of many nations. What changed this dramatically was when Britain Attacked the two Boer Republics, the Transvaal and Orange Free State. Yes! Before Britain attacked the Boer Republics, South Africa was actually more than THREE different countries, including the Zulu Kingdoms! This meant that these nations were governing themselves!
The goal of the British was to take all those little countries and areas, of the Boers, Zulu’s, Xhosas, etc, en turn it into one BIG country (British Imperialism and colonialism), which turned into the modern day South Africa. The defeat of the Boers, by the British, made all those treaties obsolete. This of course created a lot of new problems under British rule. All these nations now had to bow down to Britain. which meant they lost their sovereignty, to make their own choices, and to rule of their own people. They “belonged” to Britain now. This ended in 1961 when South Africa became an independent Republic.
This defeat meant that everyone, Boers and Africans, became “subjects” of the Queen of England. They were now governed, not by their Kings or Presidents, but by Great Britain.
The Boers inherited the laws made by Great Britain including the “Native Land Act of 1913 ” as the Boers did not control South Africa, or were in a position to have the last say. They were subservient to England.
This is how South Africa looked till 1961, giving the country to the Afrikaner, who then had to fix the land issue started by the British. The British of course, took what they wanted, brought more problems by the war they created, the borders they cut up, and then left it for the Afrikaners to fix. Taking no responsibility as usual.
If people understand South Africa’s past, which can be complicated and confusing at times, it will be better understood. Our history is not just black and white, yes or no, or right or wrong answers. In many cases it’s “grey” like the stories below will show.