I remember being told South Africa was the Rainbow Nation:
“South African president Jacob Zuma has called on lawmakers to help seize white-owned land without compensation – to establish ‘pre-colonial’ patterns.
But he has been warned that the measure would trigger a racial war in a country historically blighted by racial tensions.
Speaking to parliament, he called for unity between black parties. The controversial move would require a change to the constitution.
Zuma’s comments echo those of his rival Julius Malema, who said earlier this week: ‘So, we are saying black people, all of us must unite so that we can change the constitution so that we can expropriate land without compensation.
‘There is no white man that will understand it.’
Zuma told the Council of Traditional Leaders: ‘The black parties should unite on this issue. We cannot fight about nothing.’ …”
It was this place where race would cease to matter.
The White minority and black majority were going to lock arms, sing kumbaya and march boldly into the future. Multiracial liberal democracy was a paradise that had supplanted the evil racist apartheid system. It was a superior system in every conceivable way. Remember that?
Who rules though? Multiracial democracy in South Africa turned out to be one man, one vote, one time.
Note: It is worth observing that the experience of Congo, Zimbabwe, Angola and Mozambique hasn’t dissuaded “the black parties” of South Africa from embarking on this course.