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In response to JMT Labuschagne: Civil war and soccer?

Kitchener - 2008-09-08

JMT Labuschagne's call for prospective spectators in the World Cup Soccer Tournament in 2010 to come and see for themselves the civil war he alleges is currently being waged in South Africa, could just as well include a call from him to them to wear their balaclava helmets. The folly of Labuschagne's statement will surely be revealed when these very spectators realise that they should rather have sported their soccer caps. Maybe Labuschagne should put his money where his mouth is and attend one of the matches, wearing his Homburg hat, much like his obvious kragdadig heroes of the past wore.

If he thinks what he currently sees in South Africa is civil war, he should have been around at the time of the Boer War when real civil war saw brother shoot brother, or much later in South Africa's turbulent history, when the ANC and the IFP were at war in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The call for sanctions is equally preposterous when one thinks how such an action would exacerbate the current atrocious economic conditions in our country. How will sanctions possibly heal our land? Surely it's through restorative and not retributive or restricting justice that true healing will come at a time when so many are suffering from the wounds exacted by a system implemented by narrow-minded politicians, as defunct now as the dinosaurs that once roamed this "wide and sad land"?

Floreat Bafana-Bafana and Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika!