Forgive Who, what have we done wrong,?
Our introduction starts with e Foreword written by friend Jabu;
As a character introduced on page 38 of the author’s first book, “If you don’t like it here, Leave” it is a privilege to be asked to write the foreword to this book.
Many readers will believe that the author is confused, and when he talks I am often surprised at the concepts that he presents to all.
This book borders on the fantasy, it is impossible for us to believe that the white man, (Umlungu) can be necklaced in our politically correct new democracy, his presentation of the meeting with St. Peter at the Pearly Gates goes beyond fantasy.
Yet, as I read this book, I am finding it difficult to separate the fact from the fiction, and the fantasy from the real.
A look at the author:
Eighteen years into the New Democracy and typical of the country’s crime problem, a contract is taken out on the life on an Umlungu, (White man). He is kidnapped by an anti-Apartheid struggle activist, who keeps him captive.
In the process of trying to get the Umlungu to understand what his life was like, the activist treats the Umlungu like a dog, chained and fed off the floor, forcing him to watch the rape of young Thami.
Thami needs to get on with her life in this community, where rape has many different definitions, if she wishes to survive.
The Umlungu finds himself in a different world.
After a few days the Umlungu is necklaced by the community, and when he reaches the Pearly Gates he faces an examination that he finds more testing than anything that he has faced during his life on earth.
Like all of us, sitting through that final exam, he asks himself whether, he would see and hear things differently, and thus prepare himself better, if he had his time over?
What challenge does Cedric put out there when he describes himself at this stage in his mindset movement:
Cedric de la Harpe was born in 1947; just before the instatement of the infamous Apartheid Regime. Whereas he cannot be blamed for its instigation, he certainly did nothing at the time; or for a long while afterwards, towards shutting this system down. As a matter of fact, he continued in its shadow, benefitting from its imbalances and injustices and thriving in its padded ‘white cage’, until July 2004.
At this time Cedric took a daring step forward. He took his wife Nettie, into the forbidden territory of the South-Western Townships (Soweto), there to discover the true situation of the bubbling pot of seething unrest that underpins the largest ‘black cage’ in South Africa at this time. He focussed on development in the Township and Rural areas through Tourism; by the end of 2005 he considered himself to be free of the taint of ‘Racism’, to have shaken off the toils of the ‘Politically Correct’ mindset, and finally to be a true African. He then wrote the book “If you don’t like it here, leave!” based on the Zulu concept of the ‘Washing of the Spears’ > ‘Uku gezwa kwe Mikhonto’.
It did not take Cedric long to discover that people don’t really like facts; that bitter facts as these, would not sit well in many peoples’ throats; he then cast the factual account into a fictional mould that would make the ‘story’ much easier for people to digest. In doing so he discovered (in his own words) “while I write I am taken into the world that, when completed, spits me out, confirming that I am a racist, superior male dominant pig, and although I am transforming, reconciliation is still, distant, forgiveness still distant.
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Cedric de la Harpe.
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