The ideological glue that has held it, largely, all together is coming undone. The ANC, the self-styled “leader of society”, is a party whose every regional or provincial meeting is characterised by the throwing of chairs, the intimidation of members, the paying of bribes and the shouting-down of leaders. There is no thinking, no reflection, at ANC conferences. There is merely the warring for positions. The ANC cannot hold itself together. It cannot, therefore, hold the rest of our society together.

We are all to blame for this sad state of affairs. After 46 years of apartheid and 300 years of colonialism, one would think there is no need to educate my fellow white compatriots about the devastating effects of apartheid on the psyche, the material conditions, the dignity, the wealth of black people. Yet, sadly, many times I listen to “perfectly ordinary” white South Africans in wonder as they seem to be totally ignorant of (or deny to acknowledge) the devastation wrought by the system of apartheid and the privilege it has given them.

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