Wonkie welcomes you to 2016! The year has just begun and all indications are that it’s going to be a positively eventful one, at least in South Africa:
- the Rand has been identified as a strong candidate for the national Olympic diving team;
- the heat wave is ensuring that solar power is thriving (although it’s unlikely to shed the load off any Eskom incompetence);
- clear skies will likely create a huge influx of British tourists (although granted the water shortages might make them a bit smelly);
- freedom for the people of South Africa continues to grow (especially from consequences); and most importantly
- local racial harmony is increasing by leaps and bounds.
And that was just week one of 2016.
Wonkie has long suggested that some form of real catharsis is required in South Africa for true healing to begin: you know, a means by which people can get all their hatred expressed, and out. Unfortunately, Nelson Mandela in his infinite wisdom opted for a more peaceful, re-conciliatory approach in 1994 and this has evidently set South Africa back at least 20 years. Enter Penny Sparrow, an unassuming real estate agent who bravely and deliberately tried to take the first step towards establishing racial harmony: stimulating catharsis across the races.
Staying true to her New Year’s resolution to be an honest, outspoken, and positive South African, Penny Sparrow, inadvertently sparked off the beginnings of establishing racial harmony. On the 2nd January 2016 Penny wrote a Facebook post in which she called black people monkeys, and went on to accuse them of making a mess at public beaches: “To allow them loose is inviting huge dirt and discomfort and troubles to others,” she wrote. “This lot of monkeys just don’t want to even try.”
As she probably predicted, her post went viral in South Africa and abroad, and the catharsis began. Racial anger that had been built up over years finally had a public outlet and it exploded all over the news and social media. Blacks were screaming hate, whites were roaring back, and rumour has it even monkeys in zoos were yelling about being unfairly humanized. The rage was finally being set free.
Sadly for Penny, her strategy for starting the healing in South Africa was short-lived. Both the ANC and the DA filed criminal charges against her. She will, for her efforts, no doubts receive the death penalty, or at the very least a punishment significantly harsher than anything South Africans could have wished on Oscar Pistorius for murdering his girlfriend.
In the spirit of mindless over-reaction, Standard Bank suspended economist Chris Hart for his tweet later that same week. It seems the tweet below contains unacceptable racial undertones which are inconsistent with Standard Bank’s impeccable values:
Wonkie would love to hear your thoughts on the above, and on your outlook for South Africa in 2016.
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Related Wonkie articles on Racism in South Africa:
- Jimmy Manyi – blacks can’t be racist
- Jessica Leandra dos Santos – Racist Tweets
- Julius Malema’s White Protégé!
- DA promotes interracial hankypanky