Reader’s letter: Signatories cannot just sit back and watch

Henry

Dink Self from Malmesbury writes:

Death and life always have a cause. The Afrikaner declaration was born from a substantial fear among a significant group of compatriots, who identify as Afrikaners, that their precious culture is being systematically plowed away by an English-obsessed, black majority government.

NP van Wyk Louw supports in Liberal Nationalism Thabo Mbeki’s recommendation of a national dialogue in such a situation, as follows: When a cultural group knows that its views are no longer heard, that its language is no longer understood and that all its proposals are met with further abuse of power, then it is redundant to try to play along any further. No culture’s survival strategy should be completely determined by its opponents.

The Afrikaner declaration testifies to a yearning among a conservative group of Afrikaners to find workable solutions through dialogue, through which the heterogeneous population of South Africa, without extermination and without plowing, can continue to exist peacefully side by side.

Finding reasonable, just solutions to bring parties or groups that feel alienated, threatened or disadvantaged, closer to national coexistence with greater understanding, lies on the path of honest polemics and dialogue – during which everyone’s viewpoints and principles are discussed with vigilant skepticism, and must be analyzed without prejudice and with a will to truth, which is stronger than the will to victory.

If there is no will on the part of politicians and others to listen to the signatories of the Afrikaner declaration and they are expected to just sit in the corner with their hands folded and watch their culture being trampled and plowed over, they should not be surprised if some from now on no longer want to contribute to their own identityless downfall by playing along.