Editors, well sub-editors are renown for creating headlines that sell newspapers or entice online readers to ‘click’. That sheep were to be killed on one of St Francis’ most popular beaches was just such, an enticement to read a story. Sadly people don’t always read the full story nor consider the facts and will go off pop, threatening, cursing and worst of all, certainly in South Africa, play the race card. In days of yore writing to a newspaper was a laborious effort, made easier with the advent of the facsimile machine and even easier the introduction of eMail. But now none of those are necessary for we have Facebook where we can say voice our thoughts without considering and become our own critic and news purveyor. Bless Zuckerberg, he has given the man on the street a voice, an opportunity to slant and corrupt the truth and twist the facts.
But there are also those who use Facebook who actually do read in context and think before they put fingers to keyboard. And so it was heartening to read many positive comments on social media with regard to the Khoi San event held at Grannies Pool over the weekend. Heartening in that they countered some of the narrow minded, even racial comments posted when the event was announced. That someone would comment that Grannies Pool is “our” beach illustrates just how little some have adapted to the new South Africa. A foreign reader would be forgiven if he were of the belief that Apartheid is not dead and beaches are still segregated and for ‘white‘s only’.
So sad that there are still those with ‘rinderpest’ mentality and one can maybe understand why politicians like Malema keep screaming whites are racist.
The Khoi San, as do any race, have as much right to the beach as anyone and should they wish to hold an event, providing they follow the correct procedures and conditions, why not? If it was a white privileged event we would expect the event to be authorized without any opposition as it is “OUR RIGHT” after all.
Certainly the slaughter of sheep was a controversial and possibly should not have been the headline but rather just a small component of an historical event for St Francis. The six sheep that were slaughtered certainly had it a lot better than others from their flock that were probably loaded head to tail on a truck and driven in the heat of the day to an abattoir, or worse, to be loaded onto a ship where they would have been confined for weeks before having their throats slit in a halaal slaughter house thousands of miles from home. It is a way of the world and the slaughter was probably a lot less stressful for these sheep and certainly a lot more humane.
That the Khoi San chose St Francis for this event was indeed an honour. There were no incidences and certainly a lot quieter than boisterous, drunken, destructive youngsters the community has tolerate over the summer holidays. Christians follow their rituals and traditions and so Mosley, as do Xhosa, Chinese so why so why not those who were here long before we arrived.