I hate the new South African flag. Even from the first moment I set eyes on the design in the newspaper it looked incredibly ugly and the Y-front underpants association or being “Winnie Mandela se kopdoek” as it is also known could not be escaped. Bert is right in that, like the swastika, it also symbolizes a genocidal, racist regime intent upon ethnically cleansing a racial minority from “their” territory. The territory, apart from the tribal backwaters characterised by erosion and neglect, is of course not theirs but ours, fought for or paid for.
The argument that apartheid is to blame for the dysfunctional or pathological behaviour of so many black South African leaders, citizens or criminals, simply does not wash. Haiti, “the oldest black republic” as Mbeki called it, has been independent for 200 years without slavery, colonialism and apartheid and conditions there are very similar to the worst in Africa. We don’t want apartheid (which was charity and aid on a massive scale) back, god forbid, we simply want our country or a good chunk of it back. And if the white liberals are so masochistic as to enjoy being raped, murdered or discriminated against, there will surely be an ANC-controlled zone left where such pleasures might be relished. Or you could emigrate to Zimbabwe and enjoy a country governed by non-apartheid, non-colonial principles and “democratic” to boot.
Regarding the oranje-blanje-blou, it is the most beautiful flag in the world. Orange is the true royal colour, much more than red or blue, so shockingly brilliant as to express the fervour that burns in every true patriot’s heart. I know for sure that one day and sooner than many of you might think, it will fly again above the Union Buildings in a liberated South Africa or Afrikaans republic, excluding a “zone” where the misfits may continue to subsist in their Afro-pathological paradise.