It does not sound like Max du Preez
February 28, 2013 in South Africa
AUDIO:Minister Lulu Xingwana on Afrikaner men
26 February 2013 – 18:49
By JacarandaFM News Team
Women Minister Lulu Xingwana blames violence against women in South Africa on Afrikaner Calvinism
LISTEN TO THE AUDIO
Minister Xingwana remarked on Australian news programme, ABC News, that young Afrikaners and their Calvinism should carry the blame for violence against women and children in South Africa. Listen to the audio here.
Lulu Xingwana sorry for Calvinist jibe
28 Feb 2013
JOHANNESBURG — Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana yesterday apologised for her comments about Afrikaner men: “It has become clear to me that my comments may have offended some members of our community.
“I would, accordingly, like to retract these remarks and apologise unconditionally to them,” she said.
Xingwana told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that young Afrikaner men were raised to believe they owned women and children.
“Young Afrikaner men are brought up in the Calvinist religion believing that they own a woman, they own a child, they own everything and therefore they can take that life because they own it,” she said during the interview aired on Monday.
“We also have cultural differences as well in our own communities where we have women who are forced into marriage and we are dealing with all those issues.”
Xingwana was being interviewed following the arrest of paralympian Oscar Pistorius after the fatal shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14.
“Through my comments, I sought to convey the message that, as a country we have emerged from a very violent past and that some tend to use cultural and religious beliefs to justify gender inequality and abuse,” she said.
Earlier, the Afrikanerbond said Xingwana had proven beyond doubt she was not fit to hold office in a constitutional democracy.
The Christian Democratic Party called for President Jacob Zuma to fire her.
“Many non-Afrikaners, black and white, are members of Calvinist churches and her latest statement could be considered as religious intolerance,” party spokesman Rev Theunis Botha said.
I guess that in a country where women has little value, where domestic violence is the most common crime with the highest number of rapes and violence against a women in the world and a scourge of femicide, one could expect the good Rev, to term the Lulu comments as religious intolerance. This is the same church that agreed that people of colour were subhuman, had no souls should be subjected to Apartheid, and forced removals to benefit the white community and white males in particular.
Lulu might have been more careful about the way she related this bit of South African history and its real and perceived impact on the South African society, especially on the lives of people of colour, but read http://blogs.24.com/jeanihess/2013/02/28/afrikaner-calvinism-3/ and do your own further research and decide about the role of this once most powerful church in South Africa role in the story of South Africa.
And then there is Max du Preez. I have often admired him. This time I can’t. This time i feel let down.
He has a problem with Australia? it would perhaps have been better if Lulu made her comments in Britain?
He confuses the individual and the family with the religious social and political constructs that were part of the determination of the economic status of women and people of colour?
Right on Max- resist racism and the temptation for racist remarks just as long as it does not hit too close to home.
By the way, what was that about university students giving domestic workers food mixed with urine, about learners beating to death a homeless man, about men tying a man to a truck and dragging him to death, about dumping a man in a lion’s cage- the list goes on and we won’t talk here about what happens on farms and while i am sure that you have a list of farm murders (white deaths) at your finger tips, do you have the list for people of colour that were murdered in farm attacks too .. and of the workers that were abused in various ways? And Max,talking about owning women and children- what was that about family murders that South Africa was so known for?
You were always a beacon of hope to me Max, and I feel that i have lost something precious in you.
Max Du Preez’s Blog
February 1, 2012
White South Africans should really resist the temptation to make racist remarks when they’re faced with what they perceive as black racism, says Max du Preez.
· Max du Preez writes: Fifty Shades of Boerehaat?
The killing of Reeva Steenkamp by Oscar Pistorius has brought out the worst in people, from journalists to politicians to ordinary people. We read on the weekend (M&G) that the problem with violence against women has a relationship to the macho rugby culture among white men; that Pistorius got treated differently because he was white and rich – what an insult to Magistrate Nair, one of the best in the country.
Now we have cabinet minister Lulu Xingwana saying to (of all places) Australian radio that the problem starts with Afrikaner men and their Calvinist upbringing who think all things, including women and children, belong to them to treat as they want.
I am a product of a Calvinist Christian-National Afrikaner upbringing of the extreme Free State platteland kind and not only am I a rugby fanatic, I played the game (not very well, though) from the age of six to well into my twenties.
I can write a book about the downside of Afrikaner Calvinism, but hating or disrespecting women and children would not feature. The women in my family were and are strong, independent human beings whom all the men in the family love and respect deeply. Whenever my father or uncles acted as if they were “the head of the family”, we all chuckled behind our hinds and said Ag shame.
Minister Xingwana should read the story (in my books Of Tricksters, Tyrants and Turncoats and Oor Krygers, Korrelkoppe en Konkelaars) of the wife of General Koos de la Rey, one of the most prominent patriarchs and Calvinist fundamentalists in Afrikaner history. Her name was Nonnie. She was not only the head of the rather big De la Rey family in every sense, her husband made very few decisions without her, even when he was a general in the Anglo Boer War. More than that: she stood up to the British generals who not only respected her, but actually feared her as much as they feared her husband’s military prowess. They knew: don’t mess with a stoere Boervrou.
(By the way, I wonder if Lulu realises that one of her own struggle icons, dominee Beyers Naude, was also a staunch Afrikaner Calvinist right to the end?)