Rehoboth Baster Community

Call For Respect For Basters/Coloureds

Published by Nov 23, 2007

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This note is a response to the 'Talk of the Nation' show with Vision 2030 and the youth as the topic, and a demand that Basters/coloureds be treated equally as Namibians and not as squatters.

For years coloureds and Basters were the invisible species and so we remained.

Not by choice though.

Before apartheid the whites preserved their wealth and can therefore take care of their generation now that the apartheid is an ideology of the past affirmative action.

Let the same amount of wind blow on the Basters and coloureds, just from another direction.

We have unfortunately inherited the tongue of our masters and our skin colour that seems a curse at present too was not in our hands.

Ms Magana from NYC you claim the NYC is effective, contrary to my observation.

Youth of Khomasdal, Rehoboth, and the Laeveld barely know of the NYC's existence.

I would think it is the purpose of the institution to advertise itself in all corners of the country.

These youth think of Vision 2030 as a black thing, why do you think that is the case? Is it not a racial thing? Talk of the Nation had no coloured or Baster representative.

And the presenter had the audacity to talk about the subject as if it is so general.

Vision 2030 and the youth.

According to my observation the youth may only be represented by the political parties.

How do you wish to cater for everyone when your panel itself is a distortion of the Constitution? That already is a reason why youth are not involved.

They are not recognised and the very few who are, are politically filtered.

Whenever Basters or coloured try to unite, Ms Magano, as you so fairly claim we must do, Basters or coloureds are referred to as social chameleons.

Our integrity is questioned and our character is analysed.

And by stating that, we don't broadcast that we cannot take criticism.

They say all is fair in love and war, I suppose in politics too.

Why is it that when a Baster/coloured refers to a person as black we may be sued, but anyone can call us Baster/coloured without running the risk of constitutional fear? Namibia, I wish to inform you now, Baster is the same as the 'n ...' word.

It holds a negative connotation, neither do we appreciate the cultural names other tribes refer to us, such as !horan, Nama/Baster, halfnaaitjies, etc.

We don't have a platform.

Theo Diergaardt, I would think as a Baster/coloured youth you should have seen your MP status as an opportunity to promote our interests, but no, you sit there making us believe we deserve to be called fence sitters.

Rehoboth's youth is in ruins as is its developmental status.

Politics is not only about attending prominent members' funerals and protocol.

It is about what the people need and you should give it to them.

Many freedom fighters hailed from Rehoboth too and yet I fail to see any street named after them.

I am not convinced it has nothing to do with tribalism.

Martha Ford fought the battle and I believe she met the criteria for street naming.

But then she was a Baster and I can smell tribalism.

But then the question is what makes one a Namibian hero? Basters/coloureds have no say, which is a known fact.

We are born victims of social stratification.

This is not a note of self-pity, this is a demand that we are to be treated as equals.

One sensitive point that makes my blood boil: why should people from Rehoboth go to Mariental for their identification documents? It is not only ridiculous, it is also time-consuming, expensive and not at all relevant.

Rehoboth is an independent town and is practically larger than Mariental.

Now this is what happens daily, people need to apply for leave, go back from Windhoek to pick up their parents and then go to Mariental for their parents to get the new IDs.

Do you see any logic in this process? Why can Rehoboth not have its own office? I demand that Basters/coloureds be treated with respect and be judged on our merits.

We are individuals and deserved to be treated as such.

Jemima Beukes Via e-mail

Source: Namibian