The purpose of these articles is to counter the deliberate re-writing of history with those stubborn things called facts, and that wonderful thing called truth. “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil” (Isaiah 5:20)
The ruling black Marxist African National Congress (ANC) is steadily and deliberately obliterating the history of English and Afrikaans South Africans.
This is seen, in a very practical way, in the recent countrywide “renaming” process. Most of South Africa’s cities and towns were planned, laid out, and built by English and Afrikaner South Africans – the two “white tribes”. It is not surprising, then, that the cities and streets and buildings were for the most part named after various white leaders and heroes of the past. Even so, however, South Africa has always had beautiful place names in the black languages as well. But this is not good enough for the ANC. They have embarked on a deliberate policy of what they call “transformation”: the process of “transforming” SA’s cities and towns by deliberately erasing the monuments to English and Afrikaans South Africans, renaming the cities, and renaming the streets after predominantly ANC terrorist “heroes” and others. The plan behind this is to obliterate the history of the whites in SA, to make it appear as if they never came to these shores and never accomplished anything.
Thus, for example, SA’s capital city, Pretoria, named after an Afrikaner leader, has been renamed “Tshwane”, after some black chief who, we are told, lived in the area long ago. The ANC likes to tell us that it is not Pretoria itself that has been renamed, but rather the entire “megacity”, which (according to the ANC’s new demarcations) includes Pretoria and various other towns and townships; but in practice, Pretoria is already being referred to as Tshwane by ANC leaders and the State-controlled SA Broadcasting Corporation. In this way, one of the world’s great capital cities has all but disappeared off the map. It is a deliberate slap in the face of Afrikaners, a huge number of whom still live in and around Pretoria.
And other cities and towns have had their names changed as well. Pietersburg became Polokwane, Stanger became KwaDukuza, and so on. And not only cities and towns. Dams, buildings, airports and streets have all been renamed. In Pietermaritzburg, for example, some nineteen streets were renamed, mainly after ANC revolutionary “heroes”. Johannesburg International Airport, the main gateway to South Africa, has been renamed “O.R. Tambo International Airport”, after the late ANC leader, a Marxist terrorist who oversaw the ANC from outside the country and directed its terror campaign against the State.
White South Africans are feeling like tourists in their own country, so rapid has been the “transformation”.
And the latest city to come under the assault of the Marxist re-writers of history is Durban, SA’s famous holiday destination and the busiest port city in Africa. But in Durban, the massive attempt at rewriting history in the ANC’s image has met with huge and angry opposition, from English, Afrikaans, Zulu and Indian South Africans. The sheer scale of the renaming process in this city, and also the kinds of people whose names are being attached to the streets and buildings, have the residents of Durban up in arms. In the words of the leader of the opposition Democratic Alliance, Tony Leon, the choice of the new street names is “a rogue’s gallery of Third World revolutionaries”, which ruthlessly celebrates only one narrow version of the country’s history – the ANC’s version.
181 name changes have been proposed by the ANC-dominated city council! Most of them commemorate ANC “struggle activists” as they are called (their true name: terrorists), but in addition, the names of certain monstrous Marxists and terrorists from other countries are proposed. As John Steenhuisen, the opposition Democratic Alliance’s Metro caucus leader, said: “This ‘kick sand in your face’ kind of approach from the ANC cannot go unchallenged. They are using their majority in council as a blunt instrument to push their will and narrow party political interests.” He said there should be wider community participation instead of decisions being taken by officials behind closed doors. True – but this is of course ever the way of Communists.
As previously stated, it is not only English and Afrikaans South Africans who are incensed at the proposed name changes. Zulu supporters of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) are up in arms over the plan to rename the Princess Magogo Stadium (named after the mother of IFP leader, Mangosuthu Buthelezi) after Dumisani Makhaye, a late ANC housing minister. It is also proposed that the Mangosuthu Highway, named after Buthelezi himself, be changed as well. This further enraged IFP supporters, who (rightly) said that only ANC “heroes” were being honoured.