Monday, July 20, 2009

‘No white people allowed’

This is what happens when people let blacks get away with a 'little' racism. A little becomes a lot. Kudos to the black representatives in the southern African delegation who stood by their white and coloured colleagues. Naturally we can expect this brazen act of racism to be splashed across the front pages /television screens of the major news outlets around the world, CNN, BBC, Sky News they'll be on to it by now...NOT!

Note to self: when confronted with similar dilemma piss on a piece of KFC and pretend to feed to blacks. That will attract the appropriate "outrage" at which time perhaps the media may take note of the offensive sign.


Lagos - During a visit to Nigeria, on former president Nelson Mandela's birthday on Saturday, parliamentarians from South Africa and other African countries refused to board a ferry, due to the company's policy that states white people were not allowed on board.

"Our 67 minutes became 3 hours of protesting a heinously racist policy," said Mtholephi Mthimkhulu, deputy speaker of the KwaZulu-Natal legislature, on Sunday.

"Emotions became quite heated at one stage. We said we can’t support a racist policy on Mandela's birthday," he said.

Members of the Commonwealth Alliance for Parliamentarians are currently on a two-week long study visit to Nigeria.

Ferry company policy

Saturday's incident took place when they wanted to board a ferry in the Niger Delta for a sight-seeing tour to an island.

According to Mthimkhulu, it was the ferry company's policy not to allow white people on their boats "for security reasons".

This would mean that four members of the group - Jo Ann Downs (KwaZulu-Natal ACDP MPL), Athol Trollip (DA MP) and Glenda Steyn (DA MPL from Gauteng), and also a coloured parliamentarian from Namibia, who was taken to be a white person - would not be able to go on board.

The South African delegates immediately said they would not go on the trip if their white colleagues were not allowed onto the boat, said Mthimkhulu.

Parliamentarians from Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Gabon and Tanzania also protested, and eventually none of the parliamentarians went on the sight-seeing trip.

Company could be closed down

The governor of the River State later apologised to the group and said the authorities were not aware of the company's policy. According to Mthimkhulu, he gave his word that the company would be closed on Monday if it didn't change its policy.

In another incident, a security guard grabbed Downs's camera after she and Susan Mnumzana, former Free State MEC for agriculture, had taken photos. Mthimkhulu said Downs's camera was returned to her, after the rest of the group explained they were not aware that taking photographs was forbidden.

Mthimkhulu denied a report that the visit to Nigeria was "hell".

When the South Africans arrived, there was a delay at the airport because arrival forms had not been given to passengers while they were still on the plane.

Otherwise, the group were treated like VIPs, Mthimkhulu said.

Downs could not be reached for comment.

- Beeld

7 Opinion(s):

Viking said...

"coloured parliamentarian from Namibia, who was taken to be a white person"
brilliant! Wonder how he/she felt about that. African thought exposed...

Pensioner said...

anc deputy speaker coming up for White DA and ACDP MPL's? that must surely be a misprint, if not, he will be in deep shut from the anc and ancyl when they get back. I also like the mistaken identy of coloured parliamentarian from Namibia, I wonder if this dude feels honoured or embarrassed to be classified "White".
Africa is really a screwed up Continent.

Anonymous said...

Yep pensioner, rub your eyes and read again. Hell hath frozen over..

Anonymous said...

Dig a little deeper and you'll probably find that they have a white engineer that maintains the boat's motors, cause no one else can do it.

Ranger Tom said...

I found this on YouTube last night while I was trawling around.

Thought you guys might like it:

Unfortunately I don't speak Afrikaans and I really wish I understood what this guy was saying... If I did I'd probably find it funnier (in an ironic way) than I already do.

Anonymous said...

@RT. Yes I think most of us know that one. If it wasn't so tragic, it would be funny. The parts you couldn't understand were the bits where the singer gets thrown out. he says "Shove your crap TV programs up your ass". Then when he discovers his bike has been stolen he says "No fuck, not that as well?"

FishEagle said...

RT, the white guy in the video is an Afrikaans singer, Robbie Wessels. He has an AMAZING musical talent, although he seems to be better known for his comical theatrics. His voice just does it for me.