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A Brit's response to Zuma on Van Riebeeck

Queen Mary of Orange; lessons for SA
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President Jacob Zuma’s Jan van Riebeeck-statement has led to some interesting reactions on social media, some giving a wider perspective. 

 One of those perspectives, produced by an undisclosed author, landed as a forwarded e-mail in our inbox with as subject line “A Brit’s response”. We reproduce it, as received, below as part of the background to our article on the “Special leadership needed in South Africa.”

 The e-mail

 After President Jacob Zuma’s statement two weeks ago that all the problems in South Africa started with the arrival of Jan van Riebeeck in 1652 …

 I know, I know ... We had the same problems in England, you know ...

First we had the Picts and the Scots. And then came the Romans who stuck around for about four centuries. Then we had the Angles and the Saxons and all those other Germanic tribes. Oh ho! Then came the Danes and their Viking mates, a nauseating bunch of horny helmeted rapists and looters they were.

Nevertheless, the Danes were eventually displaced by the Normans, who turned out to be Frenchmen in disguise - but we were a bit slow to recognise the fact until it was too late.

Anyway, they were led by the Duke of Normandy, who was a real bastard, and who gave our wimpy king a right one in the eye. (The bloody French are still hanging around with their cheese and their bread and their wine and their accordion music and their fancy restaurants, seducing our people away from our culture of slap chips with custard.)

And then, and then, came the Dutch when King William and Queen Mary of Orange popped over and started causing nonsense with the Irish at the Battle of the Boyne. The Irish have never completely forgiven us, so they came over and settled all our building sites.

Then the Germans came back again, surreptitiously, and occupied the top of the Mall in Buckingham Palace...

And where are we now...? Now we have Arabs, Pakistanis, Indians, Caribbeans, Syrians, the Oz, Italians, Americans, Canadians, Poles, Portuguese, Saudis , Kuwaitis, Moroccans, Egyptians, Iranians, Palestinians, Israeli Jews, Ethiopians, Somalis, Nigerians, Rhodesians, Scots (to run the government)... and (whoa!) South Africans...

It has been going on for two thousand years. It's an outrage ...

And yet, and yet ... All of these people (well most!) have contributed to make England and the English a great and democratic nation. And yet, I have never felt the slightest inclination to bomb Rome, to shatter the Pyramids, to close a Pakistani restaurant, to nuke the Ka'aba in Mecca, to blow up a bus in Jerusalem, to chop off the head of a Nigerian etc. (And even if I have, I have controlled myself from saying so.)


I have few words for Mr Zuma and his depraved ANC: Grow up, or piss off. You stand in the way of civilisation.

                                                                                                                                                 by Unknown

 (This article does not necessarily reflect the views of The Intelligence Bulletin, but was deemed useful in giving our readers a balanced reflection of the South African reality - Piet Coetzer, editor)



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