Jan was not Queen Victoria

To only imply that Jan van Riebeeck, the first European to start a refreshment station for the ships under the command of the CVO sailing round the Cape of Good Hope on their gruelling journey to the Eastern countries in order to ship the precious spices from those countries to Europe, was the reason for all the trouble in South Africa, should be discarded with the same contempt as it was uttered by South Africa’s President.
The landing of Van Riebeeck on 6 April 1652 in Table Bay, where he planted the flag of the VOC, a Dutch based company who sailed round the Cape in order to import the spices of the East to Europe, was not on colonisation in terms of a nation overpowering the local people, which at that stage did not include any the ruling black nations which are found today in South Africa, but to set up way-station for the VOC trade route between the Netherlands and the East Indies. The primary purpose of this way-station was to provide fresh provisions for the VOC fleets sailing between the Dutch Republic and Batavia, as deaths en route were very high. This settlement, consisted of 90 people which included eight women, had to planting cereals, fruit and vegetables and obtaining livestock from the indigenous Khoikhoi people, the only indigenous tribe encountered by the new settlers. These people had a very primitive nomadic existence, always fleeing from the black tribes who happened to enter their area on their own nomadic existence looking for better grazing for their cattle.
Van Riebeeck was Commander of the Cape from 1652 to 1662; he was charged with building a fort, with improving the natural anchorage at Table Bay. The castle was only build after he left the Cape. This massive superstructure stands still today. One can only ask “Where are the structures the black nations build on their emigration to Southern Africa” there is none. The only other super structures in Africa are those of the ancient Egytians and Arab nations.
As the settlers in the Cape started their own farms and needed more space to their expanding culture, they came face to face to the Xhosas, who in their own way got rid of the smaller black tribes they encountered on their Southward journey from Central Africa. That was also the time that the British started their colonising of foreign countries, including the Cape. Both the black tribes and the British had the same strive: To claim land by overpowering the people occupying that land. In between was the newly formed Afrikaner Nation who only wanted to get as far away for the colonising forces they encountered. From the back the British who colonised the Cape and at the forefront, the advancing black tribes who colonised Southern Africa from the North.
They trekked past the Xhosas, who at that time colonised most of the Eastern Cape, and committed a lot of atrocities against the farmers who received no backup from the British Government settled in Cape Town. They trekked to Natal, only to find that the British has already claimed that part of Natal as their own.
On their way North they made a pact with the Zulu King, Dingaan, who has colonised most of Natal at that stage and were fighting the British to claim new land for themselves. This is where the Trekker leaders were murdered by Dingaan and throw to the vultures, with the signed pact of ownership of the land Dingaan granted the Trekkers still in the pocket of the murdered Piet Retief. Even before that, Dingaan got rid of his half brother, the real Zulu King, Shaka Zulu, to obtain his right to be king.
In follow up operations, the Trekkers even helped black nations to clear their land from invading tribes, in order to retain the treaties by which they occupied land.
The truth however is that, should the Afrikaner Nation have decided to trek 50 to 100 years after the time they got fed up with the British colonising their land (1838) and which ended in the Anglo Boer War (1899 – 19020), there would not have been a single black tribe South of the Zambesi as they would have extinguished themselves in their ever expanding thrive to rule Africa and dominating weaker tribes.
And then Zuma blames an unwilling settler in the name of Jan van Riebeeck as the sole reason for all of Africa’s problems.
Africa’s biggest problem is this unreasonable fear or hatred of foreigners or strangers or of that which is foreign and strange. This is called xenophobia.
Africa’s tribes should start to accept each other instead of blaming it on the past. Their forefathers are as much to blame as any colonising force, black, white, Egyptian or Arabian who claimed land in this dark continent.
Take a course in history and you will find that racism, in the name of xenophobia, is alive and doing well within the different tribes of this beautiful continent called Africa.
JAn