In 1994 we had hoped for the end of racialisation, but it has been perpetuated under a different guise since then. There should be “honest debate” on the role, not of artists as this smacks of censorship, but on the people who are chosen by the minority elite as leaders of the nation. Surely, they can come up with someone who has the stature and character to represent us to the world. It’s a sorry excuse to always look to the past to justify the present when the present has its own self-made problems. We have to stop mythologising the past and ignoring the present. The ANC has much greater problems than apartheid ever had and until we can look honestly at those problems without looking backwards, we are going to remain stuck in the shackles of apartheid. One of the greatest problems the ANC has is its calibre of leadership cadres
This small group of people have become so wealthy through corruption and whole scale theft of what belongs to the people of South Africa, and they are now fighting over what’s left. By mentioning apartheid, they are deflecting the focus from themselves. This hullabaloo about a painting that criticises this minority elite proves that they have a lot to hide. We, as a nation, should debate honestly the calibre of leaders we want to lead the nation.