Khoisan Revolutionary Party in Upington wants to know “are our days counted now?” after the tweet by Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng MEC for education, about the “madness” of Orania with its own currency, flag and laws, and that it should end.
Stanley Peterson says Lesufi’s remark that the time of Orania, an Afrikaner settlement, is over, makes him wonder and “worries” him.
Peterson says Northern Cape Prime Minister Zamani Saul recently visited Orania to see what this community is doing better than others. “And not because they are white.”
In a social media entry, Peterson asks: “How many of us, brown or black, don’t live in neighborhoods with only brown or black residents? Then we must also say our days are counted? ”
He says he and many others like him were bitter about the past. “But what does it benefit us to remain embittered with no future, complaints, anger and hatred?”
Peterson says that while the Khoisan continue to experience rejection and violation of their human dignity, they support the principles of human rights that promote the right to life and human dignity.
“South Africa’s past is one line of inequality, racism and hatred in a country with the most diverse landscape of peoples in the world. Each of us has a history, bad or good, but living in the past will bring us nowhere. “
He refers to the Constitution that says South Africa belongs to everyone who lives in it.
“The Bill of Rights says the land and its wealth should be shared with everyone who helped build it. We don’t get anywhere, because nobody takes it seriously. “
Peterson says former president Nelson Mandela’s words stick to him: “If I hadn’t left my bitterness and hatred after 27 years in prison, I would still be in prison.”
“What did he mean by this? Do not get caught up in the chains of the past when you walk to the doors of freedom. Let go of the past and decide on the future. ”
He says every South African has a right to life and a right to be who they want to be, where they want to live, how they want to live, who they want to be governed, what language they want to speak, what culture and religion they want to practice.
“To disagree with someone is good, but to humiliate someone and compromise his human dignity is wrong.”
Peterson says South Africans should not be ashamed of who they are and should stand up for their respective cultures.
Another Khoisan member, Barend van Wyk, says Lesufi is not aware of Orania’s origins.
Orania came under attack by the MEC for Education in Gauteng in a Tweet on Monday.
This is money used in our country only by people who speak a certain language. They also have their own flag and laws. If you think we will keep quiet you are wrong. This madness must come to end. It’s a betrayal of our call for a truly non racial South Africa. #Orania pic.twitter.com/szTXPwScFi— Panyaza Lesufi (@Lesufi) June 22, 2020