Opinion

What AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel taught me about apartheid

16 May 2018 - 06:33
AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel
AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel
Image: Phill Magakoe

Kallie Kriel, CEO of AfriForum, says that apartheid was not a crime against humanity because crimes against humanity require millions of people to be killed.

People are angry with Kallie, but I must say that he has helped me to change my view on another piece of South African history: the Anglo-Boer War.

I believe that a proper war is one in which many millions of people die, but it turns out that only 75,000 people died in the Anglo-Boer War. I mean, that’s not even a minor battle in World War 1.

So was it really a war? Kallie has convinced me that it wasn’t. He’s helped me understand that the so-called Anglo-Boer “war” was really little more than a small skirmish, a minor scuffle, if you will, and certainly not worth memorialising.

Thanks to Kallie, I am now going to campaign for this nonentity of a “war” to be renamed something like The Very Small Kerfuffle of 1900. You’re welcome, Kallie.

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