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JuJu, you are wrong

“The time for reconciliation is over; now is the time for justice” , with those words commented Julius Malema, self-styled “commander-in-chief” of the EFF on the motion brought in by the very same party to allow expropriation land without compensation. Which would mean in consequence a change of the South African constitution to allow for it to happen.

The problem is not the question of redistribution of land which could obviously be achieved in great parts through the existing laws if and when the government systems would function without corruption and nepotism hindering progress on all levels of the administration. Obviously one can discuss how far in history one want to go to redress wrongs – whether the ethnic groups coming into the Southern tip of Africa long ago also took land and from whom – all valid and ethically important questions even including the repeated request of Mr Lakota in the national Parliament: “who are our people?” and from whom is the land taken and from whom not?

Where I see the wrong is in playing reconciliation against justice – because you simply can’t do it. Reconciliation needs justice and justice need reconciliation – the populist outcry of Julius Malema declaring reconciliation as ended is either a very calculated slogan to pour more oil in the emotional fire of land redistribution, or he has no sense for the realities of justice or reconciliation. Fact is, that such either/or is damaging the healing process of a troubled South Africa. It does not help to find a way to undo injustices without creating new wounds and new injustices which certainly will cause later generations to go through trouble nobody wants them to be burdened with.

Again: there is nothing wrong with redistribution of land, but a party which openly advocated land grabs Zimbabwean style is the least advocate for justice. There is a fine line between doing right in such a question – and yes, satisfying the masses makes it not easy to look at it with the reflection needed to give justice to the fact that all South Africans deserved land. The slogan “land without compensation” is like “white monopoly capital” and other slogans good for populist speeches, but bad for politics serving especially those in need and the poor. No action can take the pain away the older generations have endured in the past – and those are the once who should be part of finding a just solution – the loudest outcries I hear are from those too young to know the struggle first hand – and this cry sounds often shallow and more of entitlement then justice.

It is not easy to stand up against the mood of the so-called masses and emotions fired up on this question. One just be reminded how Mosiuoa Lekota was screamed down in Parliament. And it does not make it easier to do so while recognizing the depth of injustices committed during apartheid times. But a voice of reason never has a good time to speak out: Justice can only be done in the service of reconciliation – who says otherwise is not telling the truth to the people of South Africa.

Whatever we do in South Africa as South Africans – it must always be serving justice AND reconciliation – it is the only way to heal society.

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POZ Magazine: Zimbabwe President Wants Compulsory HIV Testing

Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe, wants compulsory HIV testing in his country, the Voice of America (VOA) reports. Mugabe told Chinese state television that health professionals would only conduct compulsory HIV testing to identify those in need of treatment. He acknowledged a lack of international agreement on compulsory HIV testing because of human rights concerns would have to be addressed before he could ask the Zimbabwean government to allow it.

To read the VOA article, click here.

Source:  http://www.poz.com/articles/zimbabwe_mugabe_testing_1_19170.shtml

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13.07.2010 Confusing day…

It is indeed a confusing day… 9 out of 10 we got for the world cup organisation from Mr  S Blatter.  Our president promises that the lessons learned during the preparation will be brought now into action when it comes to health, education and other burning issues. At the same time thousands of non South Africans fleeing the country, threats, some death foreigners, some shops looted – but officially no xenophobia.

This is the time  most South Africans were afraid of – even during the jubilation and celebration of the Soccer World Cup 2010; they were afraid of the “days after”.  The start of these days is definitive bad news for the country – problems can only be solved when they are admitted.

Fleeing people back to Zimbabwe means also for many to stop treatment, to lose their medical support – it has more consequences than to be seen on TV. Let’s hope for a some good news in the next days…

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