Black Monday protests symbolise deep divisions
It is a week since the marches of 30 October, Black Monday.
While the Nelson Mandela Foundation deplores the murder of farmers and respects the constitutional right of South Africans to protest, as an organization charged with promoting Madiba’s legacy we are deeply concerned by much of what unfolded during the Black Monday protests.
All expressions of ‘us’ and ‘them’ in the contexts of a country like South Africa in 2017 are worrisome. When they come with a belligerence manifested in burning of the national flag, displaying of the old South African flag, and disrespecting of histories, then they become deeply problematic.
Let us be clear on a few fundamentals.
One, apartheid was a crime against humanity. Displaying the flag of apartheid South Africa represents support for that crime.