"If you really want the return of all the old abominations of the past, just have a little patience and you’ll be witness to new abominations which, perhaps, will be even more abominable than the old abominations," says Alexander Zinoviev in his novel The Madhouse. Are we witnessing the return of apartheid dirty tricks and a climate of fear under the current ANC leadership? For me the worst abomination is Premier Helen Zille singing the praises of colonialism. It is an insult to those of us who saw Zille as a symbol of a new SA — a white woman who transcended the race politics of this country, the modern Beyers Naude. She fooled me into believing she embraced the vision of Nelson Mandela and Helen Suzman. Her autobiography, Not Without a Fight, made the right noises saying "our constitution is not a colonial imposition". This is the Zille I supported. For her to turn around and say colonialism was a gift to the oppressed. What happened? Does she really mean it? Or is she bored and c...

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