There has been mixed reaction to President Cyril Ramaphosa's decision to address to the Afrikanerbond at its centenary celebrations in Paarl on Thursday night.
The organisation which was established in 1918 as the Afrikaner 'Broederbond' to look after the economic and cultural interests of Afrikaners in South Africa, has been described by some as a divisive group.
Questioning his presence at the event, a caller says Ramaphosa was legitimising an organisation that should not exist.
It is a very divisive organisation if you have to look at the historical context in which they operated. I don't see any members of colour in their organisation. We are trying to build a South Africa free from race and I don't think that the Broderbond should be allowed to play that part.— Thabiso, caller
Here is what Twitter users had to say.
President Ramaphosa is the President of all SAns - including those who might be opposed to or hold different political views to him.— #VoteANC2019 (@NoncebaMhlauli) June 7, 2018
I commend him for speaking to & being willing to listen to those with different views.
President Ramaphosa can visit the Afrikanerbond celebrations and the SAMAs, but not Marikana? Interesting.— Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh 📚 (@SizweMpofuWalsh) June 7, 2018
Look, I have no influence or interest in the President's diary but this idea of going to Paarl to celebrate the Broederbond's centenary pains me for some reason.#BroederBond#Ramaphosa #AfrikanerBond pic.twitter.com/6eKtt4J7TL— Khaya Sithole (@CoruscaKhaya) June 7, 2018
Looking at the content of Ramaphosa's speech Eusebius McKaiser says we may want to give the president cudos where it is due.
If the goal is to have an inclusive South Africa, why do we get annoyed when there is an attempt by the president of the country and the most important political country by numbers, to reach out to people who normally and traditionally have deep differences between them.— Eusebius McKaiser, 702 talk show host
This text to me is certainly not anti-black, anti-poor and ahistorical.— Eusebius McKaiser, 702 talk show host
There was actually in the text of this speech, a very clear articulation of the need for urgent justice, including on the land question.— Eusebius McKaiser, 702 talk show host
Ramaphosa told the white Afrikaner community that it should not view government’s land reform plans as a threat, but as a way to harness the country’s economic potential and heal divisions from the past.
Click on the link below to listen to the full conversation....
This article first appeared on 702 : 'Give the President cudos where it is due'