I am very well aware of the atrocities committed by the Belgium King in the Congo, but there are a few differences here between him and the apartheid government. First of all the Dutch did not come to Southern Africa for their own personal gain, they stopped in the Cape, where they established a “refreshment station” for sea men on route to India. With time a colony was formed and that was how whites came to live in this country. Whites in South Africa never set out to murder millions of blacks, they moved north to find a new place to start a new life and what they found were black tribes killing off each other at tremendous rates, are you aware of the Masakhane wars where almost 4 million blacks, including woman and children were massacred? This is me giving you the facts of history, facts black people are trying to cover up or just never mention when they speak about apartheid and how bad it was. I am not trying to say that apartheid was good, but that which we have now is far worse and the racial reconciliation you mentioned is a myth, never before has our country been so divided as now. Whites are being marginalized and systematically killed, just look at the incredible number of farmers being murdered on a daily basis, is that reconciliation?! White people are battling to get jobs because incompetent blacks are being forced into positions because of the government’s policy of BEE, is that reconciliation?! The government and parties like the EFF and BLF is constantly calling for expropriation of white-owned land without compensation, is that reconciliation?! The EFF is making statements like “we are not calling for the slaughter of whites, at least not for now”, is that reconciliation?!
The most striking difference between Leopold II and what happened in South Africa is the fact that the majority of whites in this country voted against apartheid and voted for the release of Nelson Mandela, showing the huge hunger for reconciliation by whites, the same whites who are now being marginalized and murdered.
But that brings me to similarities in what happens after decolonisation, The Belgian Congo became Zaire, which was ruled by the dictator Mobutu Sese Seko …“Mobutu developed a totalitarian regime, amassed vast personal wealth, and attempted to purge the country of all colonial cultural influence. At the same time, he was given considerable support by the West and China, owing to his strong anti-Soviet stance. He was the object of a pervasive cult of personality. During his reign, Mobutu amassed a large personal fortune through economic exploitation and corruption, leading some to call his rule a “kleptocracy”. The nation suffered from uncontrolled inflation, a large debt, and massive currency devaluations”.
See any similarities with what is happening in South Africa right now? See any similarities with what happened in Rwanda in 1994?