At a time when millions of children in our country are malnourished, leading to irreversible mental and physical stunting; when thousands of them are starving and when many are dying of hunger, the national attention is again on race.
A loutish 18-year-old white student at the University of Stellenbosch, Theuns du Toit, urinated on the computer and the books of a black student and compounded this malicious damage to dignity and property by allegedly stating, “This is what white men do, boy.”
It may be news to him, but white men do not do that. The arrogance and the ignorance, as well as the bravado of this student are beyond belief. Does he realise that his criminal action has led to many black people feeling that white people are all racists?
Whites are again smeared with the “racist” tag because of the actions of a single delinquent. Quite often, but not always, the racist cry is used by those who are themselves racists and who ignore the equality and dignity provisions of our Constitution.
Those people who feed off racism, like the EFF, rushed to blame the university, the name of which was dragged into the condemnation of du Toit. People like Cameron Dugmore, the failed Mayoral candidate of the ANC in Cape Town, rushed to Stellenbosch to insert himself into the story. Social media exploded into an orgy of finger-pointing.
The truth about South Africa is that we have a painful racist past. A generation has passed since democracy was established and since representatives of our people agreed on the provisions of the Constitution. That Constitution, despite all that has happened in the decades that followed, is holding and it is the beacon and the safeguard of South Africans.