The president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, said last night that whites should never have come to South Africa and that all of the country’s problems were their doing.
“You must remember that a man called Jan van Riebeek arrived here on April 6, 1652 and that was the start of the trouble in this country,” Zuma told the Friday evening event, where guests paid R3m ($300 000) to sit at his table.
“What followed were a lot of struggles and war,” he said, adding that colonialisation and the disenfranchisement of African people found its fullest expression two and a half centuries later with the declaration of the Union of South Africa.
He said the ANC was formed in 1912 in Bloemfontein as a reaction to white rule, not as a political party but as a military movement and liberation army.
“This is important for us to understand why the ANC is different from other political parties.”
It was formed not just by South Africans but by the southern African region as a “vehicle to liberate black people” and Africans throughout the continent have long reminded its leadership that they too have a stake in the party because of its historical legacy.
Although the opposition DA ruled the Western Cape province, the ANC still ruled “the whole country” Zuma said. He also described the DA as a “small little party”, of no consequence in the de faco one-party state that is South Africa.