Please note that many of the points below are expanded on in Articles.
The demographics of the western part of South Africa are completely different to those of the eastern part of South Africa. This is a reflection of the cultural differences between the two areas, but there is much more at play here than cultural differences. There are huge differences in the attitudes towards a whole range of issues, as will be seen below.
Affirmative Action (AA) & Black Economic Empowerment (BEE)
In the eyes of the Black community and their sympathisers these two policies have been raised to the level of the sacred. So convinced are they of the righteousness of these policies that anyone questioning them is regarded simultaneously as stupid, uninformed and racist. One of the consequences is that Blacks are appointed to positions in all sectors and levels of society regardless of whether or not they are competent to hold such positions. This is not to say that all Blacks are incompetent ; in fact many Blacks do excellent work.
However, many appointments have been inappropriate, resulting in very poor service delivery at great economic cost.
Much worse has been the gross discrimination against minorities. Here in the Cape these policies have resulted in 60% of the population been discriminated against. It is said that these policies will not continue for ever but history teaches us that groups do not usually give up their privilege. Rather they tend to hold on to them until forced to give them up.
An independent Cape will abolish these policies without discriminating against Blacks. To those who say that the problem is that these policies are not implemented properly we must ask “How do you commit injustices with fairness?”
The problems caused by AA & BEE together with the general racism of uncontrolled elements of the ANC and EFF has resulted in many people feeling that they have no future in South Africa. This in turn has resulted in many skilled people of all races leaving the country. Most people who have emigrated have done so reluctantly and would love to return but not under current circumstances.
Poor Service Delivery
AA, BEE and the Brain Drain have resulted in poor service delivery in both public and private sectors. It is useful to look at a few sectors.
- Schools Over the last 15 years state schools have done their best to maintain standards. Many have managed to do so, but particularly in the eastern and northern parts of the country standards have dropped drastically as transformation takes effect. Many parents no longer want to send their children to state schools. As a result a large number of private schools have been established. The problem with these schools is that they are so expensive that increasingly parents find that they have to send their children to state schools offering inferior standards. Most schools that have managed to maintain standards have done so by imposing very high school fees. Also, given the ANC’s tendency to interfere and control everything, it is only a matter of time before private schools are nationalized.
- Health Care Standards in state hospitals have deteriorated to the extent that people now fear having to go to these hospitals. To make matters worse health professionals no longer willing to work in such conditions are leaving the country, thereby making the outlook for health care even bleaker. To make matters worse the ANC now wants to bring in universal health care under the name National Health Insurance (NHI). The aims of the NHI are noble but given the ANC’s tendencies the NHI is likely to fall victim to corruption and maladministration. Also, given the poor state of the economy with its very high rate of unemployment the NHI is unaffordable. The result is likely to be poor health services for all. In recent times concerns have increased as a result of 1. The confusing and badly thought out response to the covid-19 pandemic
2. The poor roll-out of the covid-19 vaccine program. Whateveer one’s attitude to vaccination is we must all admit that the ANC’s exercise in centralization has proved to be a disaster.
3. The ANC wants to control where medical practitioners are allowed to locate. This in itself is going to result in many of them leaving the country.
4. Corruption in the public health sector around covid-19, especially the Digital Vibes scandal involving the family and friends of the former minister of health.
- Agriculture Land reform is a threat to food security. Productive farms have been transferred to people who have no farming experience or who treat farms as simply units of subsistence. The result has been that many such farms now lie in ruins. Land reform is now about to enter a new phase in which Expropriation Without Compensation (EWC) is going to be implemented in violation of property rights. EWC will apply not only to agricultural land but also to urban land.
- Local Government Across the board poor governance and corruption has had devastating results. Cities and towns that were once proud first-world centres have been transformed into centres of bad governance, crime, pollution and squalor. It is not prejudice when it is said that in ANC controlled municipalities the traffic lights don’t work and roads are not repaired whereas in Cape Town traffic lights work and roads are repaired.
- Crime The murder rate is the highest in the world. There is hardly a person in the country who has not lost a family member or friend on account of murder. The rates in all other categories of crime are high. This situation is caused by high unemployment, very poor policing and the irresponsible undertraining and underfunding of the police services. The appointment of people who lack a commitment to excellence does not help at all. To make matters even worse the wrong people are promoted over the heads of others who are more qualified and more experienced ,all in the holy name of the sacred policies of AA and transformation. Discrimination against minorities has resulted in many experienced and skilled police leaving the service long before retirement. To make matters worse corruption from the bottom to the top is rife. A former national chief of police was even sent to prison. It also does not help that forensic services are in a shambles due to AA.
Regardless of whether we believe these attacks to be politically motivated or not, the number of murders is very high. Since 1994 there have been over 4000 murders of farmers and their family members. Many more have been seriously injured. The brutality of the attacks plus the fact that in many cases nothing or very little has been stolen, shows clearly that these attacks cannot be regarded as ordinary crime. The ANC has shown that it is incapable or unwilling to curb these attacks.
One can write volumes about corruption in South Africa. The country has a bad reputation throughout the world. Corruption is rampant at all levels of society. A lot has recently been exposed but just when you think we might be getting somewhere it gets worse. It is obvious that so far we have just scratched the tip of the iceberg. Slow progress is been made. It seems that one of the reasons for this is that everybody has something on everybody else which in turn seems to make almost everybody safe. The situation is so bad that it has damaged the economic and social development of the country.
Divisions within the ANC and also between the ANC and other members of the tripartite alliance threaten to seriously disrupt the country. In July 2021 in Kwazulu-Natal and Gauteng the worst and most costly riots and looting took place as a result of these divisions. More and worse is yet to come. The only way to extricate ourselves from such a situation is to secede.
Afrikaans Language and Culture
The Cape is the place where the Afrikaans language developed and with it the development of Afrikaner culture. Since 1994 Afrikaners have experienced the marginalisation of their language, culture and even their churches. Often , Afrikaans medium schools have become English medium schools due to them being forced to take in large numbers of non-Afrikaans speakers ( many of them don’t even speak English ).In the process the whole ethos and traditions of these schools have been changed beyond recognition. In the northern parts of the country Afrikaners are beginning to feel like intruders in their own institutions. Only an independent Cape can rescue Afrikaans and Afrikaner culture.
It is important to note that Afrikaner culture is important not only to Afrikaans speakers but also to a large number of English speakers. There are relatively few English speakers who do not have some Afrikaner ancestry. These people can be regarded as English speaking Afrikaners.
South Africa has one of the highest unemployment rates in the world. Of the nine provinces the Western Cape has the lowest unemployment rate. This makes the Western Cape very attractive to migrants from all over Africa but especially from the Eastern Cape. This places an enormous strain on the Western Cape. If the inflow of migrants can be restricted all the citizens of the Western Cape would benefit. It is not for the Western Cape to rescue citizens of other provinces from the corruption and maladministration by the ANC that they themselves elected.