Helen Zille's View Reflected on the Front Page of the Cape Times (February 6) and Expanded upon in an Article on the Editorial Page ("White and Black 'Victims' Are in Denial") Is That We South Africans Have Fallen Prey to a Victim Mentality That Leads to Passivity and, to Quote, "Paralysis That Prevents People Recognising or Using Their Opportunities"
Helen Zille's view reflected on the front page of the Cape Times (February 6) and expanded upon in an article on the editorial page ("White and black 'victims' are in denial") is that we South Africans have fallen prey to a victim mentality that leads to passivity and, to quote, "paralysis that prevents people recognising or using their opportunities".
No, Zille you are sadly mistaken. Under apartheid we learnt that victim mentalities - as you define them - are nurtured in a regime of police brutality and fascism where protesters are denied a voice in decision-making in events, processes and developments that affect their lives, and where lack of transparency is the norm.
Perhaps we need to consider why Zille raises this concern at this time and exhorts us to take responsibility for our lives.
Has it something to do with the police excesses against various citizens in the Western Cape - such as Hangberg in Hout Bay ( when three people lost eyes as a result of police action), the continuing Chapman's Peak saga where public protests are ignored and the entire project is marked by obfuscation and a lack of transparency, and the recent overbearing police aggression in Rondebosch Common actions against a small group of protesters? …