We deserve the right to freedom – Not Malema

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The controversial statements by Julius Malema suddenly turn into a transformed dimension when you read it in a new context. If a weed suddenly grows excessively, it always helps to look at what it feeds on. In Malema’s case, we must remember that he grew up in an era of “Rights”. For almost a century, the black rebels of Africa only heard of their “rights” and very few of their responsibilities.

Unfortunately, the post-modern youth of the world follow this trend. Too many rights and fewer responsibilities.

We all know that freedom is a fundamental principle of human rights. In fact, human rights can be traced back to ancient times. The Constitution of Medina 622nC, the Magna Carta of 1215, the 12 Articles of Memmingen in 1525, the Declaration of the Rights of People and Nationals after the French Revolution of 1789.

During the Middle Ages and the era of Feudalism in medieval Europe, Human Rights was not a prominent factor. The Church impressed upon the people and made them believe that all they have, all they are – only stemmed from the Grace of God.

The Protestant Reformation and the ideas of the Renaissance, followed by philosophers such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Stuart Mill, GWF Hegel and political thinkers such as Gandhi, William Wilberforce, and Abraham Lincoln. All prepared the way for the eventual conceptualization of the Bill of Rights that, in raw form, contained in the Rules of the League of Nations of 1919 and finally at the Conference of Yalta was refined in 1945 to the document of today the foundation of the United Nations form an integral part of the constitutions of the world. In South Africa, the Bill of Rights is contained in Article 2 of the 1994 constitution.

Now that we now have a human rights bill, we do not have the sense of responsibility to manage it. Furthermore – every “right” is granted? Take the right to freedom that is contained in every single statute, but in particular in Article 3 and Article 13 of the UN’s constitution. It’s a right that every person and every nation have.

Why do we not have this right and why do so many nations worldwide not apply this right?

For this simple reason that freedom as a precious article, cannot as a Bill of Rights be turned into a gift. It must be earned, paid for, and preserved. This is where Malema stumbled with his threats. The history of South Africa will show who it is that actually fought, bled, suffered, and paid the price for the right to freedom.

The first movement for Freedom can be traced back to February 28, 1706, near Stellenbosch, when Adam Tas, Henning Hussing, and others, used a form of passive resistance by sending a letter of objection to the Here XVII in Amsterdam in which they complained about corruption and oppression by the Governor and Council of Policy in the Cape. It was the earliest form of resistance against oppression in our nation’s history.

100 years later, on January 8, 1806, the British occupation fleet arrives in the Cape. A group of freedom fighting citizens from the Swellendam’s region resisted the British advance to Bloubergstrand (Battle of Blaauwberg). From this comes the first folk song in Afrikaans – “De lied van de Swellendamse Helden” which is sung to the tune of the Old Dutch children’s song: “Al zijn ons prinsje nog zoo klein.”

The resistance against the British government continued and during 1815, the Slagtersnek rebellion in Somerset East’s region brought another victory against the British. From there on the struggle for freedom carried on. It was a journey with wagons all the way to the north beyond Vegkop and Veglaer and Italeni and Bloukrans and Blood River and the White Umfoloos and Congella and Boomplaats and Majuba and Laing and Spioenkop and Sannaspos.

We can celebrate the First Boer War of 16 December 1880 to 23 March 1881. We can talk about the Second Boer War from October 1899 to May 1902. We can remember the rebellion of 1914/1915.

We can draw a line of the battles to the next one for freedom, which began in February 1706 and 210 years later is still raging on. In all of the above encounters, we fought defensive battles for our freedom and were never offensive. We have always ensured a civilized manner in defending our right to freedom and pleaded with determination, while history will show that the opponent remained aggressive.

In black South Africa, it cannot be done.

Yes, there were nine Xhosa wars between 1779 to 1879 – the longest military conflict in our history. Those wars were conflicts over cattle theft, land disputes, and provocation by missionaries such as Read, Philip, and Van der Kemp. It was never a war of imposing political freedom principles.

Yes, there was the Basotho war where names such as Louw Wepener come to our minds. Nevertheless, it was wars about border disputes and retributive expeditions over farm murders, cattle theft, and looting.

There was the Zulu battle between Afrikaner descendants and Zulu and between the British Empire and Zulu – but it was never wars discharged for political freedom because the black man’s political freedom was never confined to its own territory.

Even the vaunted “struggle” of the last four decades was not a struggle because, under the concept of separate development, every “struggler” had its own homeland with political freedom. The “struggle” was a terrorist attempted takeover and someone else paid the price. [of freedom someone else paid for.]

Now we are at the end of 2016. We have the human right to freedom and political power in the area of Southern Africa that belongs to us. We have already fought a long battle to make that freedom our own, even though we gave it away in the most despicable manner imaginable in 1994.

We have it – when will we take the last step to claim it?

Will we vote for self-determination in the 2019 election, or vote for a party who will once again deprive us our right of freedom? Will we remember the price paid in the past or just give it away in a unified government deal, for a group of people who have the human right to freedom to fall back on, but cannot prove the right thereto, and probably will never do so.

Read the original article by Daniel Lötter in Afrikaans on Front Nasionaal SA – blad

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