Recently I’ve been seeing a lot of posts from angry “land thieves” regarding decolonisation and land reform. They seem to believe that, because the Nguni tribes that now make up the majority of Azania’s population “migrated” from Central Africa into the southern parts of the continent thus nearly eradicating the tribes that had settled on this diverse 1.2 million km² piece of beautiful land, decolonisation is a hypocritical concept coming from the mouths of Nguni people angered by the aftermath of colonialism and, effectively, Apartheid.
Now, this would be a sensible argument, assuming “decolonisation” was a concept exclusive to South Africa. However, we, the Nguni people, are Afrikan before we are “South African.” When the Nguni people trekked south in pursuit of inhabitable land, they weren’t crossing any borders as they hadn’t been made as yet. Borderlines are but a by-product of colonialism. You rarely hear stories of European nations at each other’s throats over land issues. It is one thing to annex a neighbouring country or one within your continent but to sail to a completely different land mass with the intention of raping, torturing and killing millions of the inhabitants and then claiming their land as yours solely for the purpose of looking powerful. When the Nguni people came to Azania it was due to a growing need for food and resources and they did not kill off the Khoi. The Khoi were victims of the settlers’ genocidal ways. After which they stole the resources our beautiful land had borne us. It is for this reason that “South Africa’s” biggest mining company has its headquarters in London. It was founded by Ernest Oppenheimer whose grandson Nicky is currently the second richest man in South Africa thus proving that the gains from the stolen resources has not changed hands and inequality still lingers. Additionally, the biggest diamond mining company has its headquarters in Luxembourg. This was founded by Cecil John Rhodes who, for some reason still has a university and a “foundation” glorifying his name over a century after his death. It is small gestures like these that illuminate the deceitful ways in which colonialism is continuously being etched in the impressionable minds of oblivious South Africans.