By ROD AMNER
A 19 October Facebook post by the ANC Makana sub-region accused “the white community led by the local white businesses” of using food parcels and soup kitchens to “infiltrate our black communities”.
The post can be found on this page: https://www.facebook.com/Makana-ANC-Subregion-189190234790057
“The white community, led by the local white businesses, convened came up and implemented a strategy of infiltrating our black communities by bringing FOOD, creating so-called NGO’s using such as a front of the legal fraternity to fight against a democratically elected government and they FAILED dismally,” the post said.
“A democratically elected government could not be replaced by a judiciary system as separation of power prevails,” the post, titled ‘Reviving Makhanda kaNxele’s Fighting Spirit’ said.
The vice-chair of the Makana Citizens Forum, Philip Machanick, has responded to the post in an opinion piece published by Grocott’s Mail. You can read more comment in this week’s Grocott’s Mail editorial.
The ANC’s Facebook post begins: “The battle for the soul of Makhanda kaNxele continues as we are heading towards the Local Government Elections 2021. Many triggers are at play reminding us of the enemy we are fighting who comes in different forms and shapes such continues at picking the vulnerable side of our people – the stomach.
“History reminds us constantly and 1820 Settlers Monument is stirring us on our faces as a constant reminder of what we lost as Africans and a symbol of the white settlers and supremacy who are doing their best to keep it that way. They come wearing sheepskin displaying food parcels, organizing soup kitchens and accompanied by those who claim to have the best interest of the community.
“Yes, we are a town that has high level of unemployment, and the government is doing its best to meet the basic needs of our communities HOWEVER we cannot allow to be bought by Food Parcels and Soup Kitchens- surely the Freedom that Makhanda kaNxele fought for at the Battle of Egazini is worth more than that. They had to use some of our own people to gain access to our communities,” the post said.