Hard-hitting letter to the Editor ‘to make us all think of the reality of South Africa’s political situation’


Dear Editor,

I am forwarding this letter to eHowzit hoping you will see your way open to publish it, not for party political reasons, but to make your readers think of what I regard as the realities of the South African political situation.  There is no racial agenda, and a genuine admission that apartheid was a crime against humanity. However, people who read it, should judge for themselves whether the content has any merit, especially in the light of the EFF ‘s constant anti-white insults and rhetoric.  It was forwarded to me by a Facebook friend, was written by a person called Amanda Botha, and has gone viral on the social media.

I hope this will contribute to bring realism into the political debate in South Africa, in which whites are constantly being insulted and villified as the cause of everything that is wrong in our country.

Thanking you in anticipation,

Chris Johnstone

Port Shepstone


White South Africans are often accused that their “sense of superiority”, their “white privilege” is the reason why the multicultural New South Africa and the Rainbow Nation is a failure. It is apparently the unwillingness of the white man to share property and wealth that is the cause of all the misery.

Now, if we look at the recent history of South Africa, we will discover that power was not won by struggle as the ANC and the rest of black South Africa claims.

Political analysts and experts such as the late Dr F van Zyl Slabbert, are unanimous in this:

The apartheid government could easily have hung on to power for at least another 15 years. The hand-over was done voluntarily through a majority “Yes” vote to a referendum by white South Africans in 1992.

And with power, quite a number of other things were wrapped up in the parcel.

25 years later we need to assess what was done with that and with this assessment comes the question:

Tell us: Why must we give even more?
Tell us: Why must we respect what black majority government did with what was given to them?
Tell us: Why you deserve even more trust, even more opportunities?
Tell us: Why do you believe that we don’t have the right to say: “Enough now. We’re going to walk away and take care of our own future. We now demand self determination.”

Tell us why: You were given power and you corrupted government with it.

You were entrusted with education, transport and health!!!!

Today we  sit with “Matriculants” who pass with 30%.!!!

We have patients bleeding to death on hospital floors while nurses have a tea break!!!

We have a public roads system which was the best in Africa, now hardly suitable for any vehicle and we have trains constantly set alight.

You were entrusted with a heritage.

National heritage sites such as Augusta Manor House, Bloemfontein Town Hall and numerous statues were burned and destroyed.

Places and streets were renamed after people who had no link with them at all. Our language was removed as a language of tuition in higher education centers founded through the existence of that language in the first place!

You were entrusted to make our sports teams internationally competitive. Through your quota systems you turned us into the laughing stock of the world.

You were handed a civil aviation company which was one of the oldest and most reliable in the world. You bankrupted that.

You were handed Denel, the Post Office, Eskom, Sars, Transnet, Iscor and the SABC, all functional and profitable. You bankrupted them, sold them off to Indians and Chinese, looted them and ran them all straight into the ground.

Everything you received was destroyed, corrupted, bankrupted and compromised.

The only ones you tried to set up in 25 years became a failure – such as the VBS Bank.

And now you claim that white arrogance is the reason why there is a lack of respect for black majority government.

We don’t disrespect your government because it is black!  We disrespect it because it is dysfunctional, corrupt and incompetent!!!!!

So tell us again: Why do we need to keep giving you more and more opportunities when we have seen what you did with what we have already given you?


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  1. Unfortunately this will once more be denounced by the uneducated as Racist. As in the Monty Python skit, “What have the Romans ever done for Us”, the British,I quote ” All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh-water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?
    Substitute the much derided “Colonials” for Romans, and the answer is obvious. “There are none so blind as those who will not see.” The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know. The proverb has been traced back in English to 1546 (John Heywood), and resembles the Biblical verse quoted

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