Mandela’s Death Reignites Old Debate: What Is An African?

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When the former South African president was buried, he was hailed as a son of Africa, the same continent that FW de Klerk — the last apartheid president of South Africa — laid claim to. As did Thabo Mbeki, who followed Mandela into presidency and famously delivered his “I am an African” speech. The debate has been reignited: what is an African? Max Boqwana, director of law firm Boqwana Burns, said: “The mantra of colonialism was to regard people from Africa as something less than human. And its important now that we begin to find ourselves collectively. While many Africans strongly believe the continent belongs to all who live in it, both black and white, in South Africa, a black, armed militia group has been stepping up its public rallies. It has posted internet incitement messages calling for white South Africans to be killed, under the slogan “One Bullet, One Settler. When South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma sang this song last year, many whites felt their time was up. South African filmmaker Chad Meyer said: “Some people say that white people dont belong here, and that we are not South African.
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