No democracy in culture

zumaThe African way of defining democracy has no relation to culture, even though this is the second popular word to “democracy” used by all African leaders, including president Zuma, the whole ANC cabinet as well as all the African leaders who’s claim to fame is that they defeated the colonialists in a democratic way in a referendum. What happened after that was not democratic at all as there is not a single referendum after the new government was re-elected that were not accused of rigging of votes and intimidation of opposition supporters and candidates – this is the African way of doing it. Unfortunately the rest of the world just look on and say: “That is the African way.”
In South Africa there is one slight difference.
All the nations including the Zulu’s, Xhosa’s, Tswana’s, Afrikaners, etc, except for the Koisan, arrived in this Southern Point of Africa as “colonialists”. The South African Zulu Nation got their identity in central Africa where they, as part of the Bantustance of nations (speaking a similar language), including the rest of the nations in what we know now as our beloved South Africa, found their identity. The Matabele, a splinter group of the proud Zulu nation, emigrated to what is today known as Zimbabwe, because of pressure of the Zulu’s, in conjunction of the Afrikaner nation.
According to Wikipedia, about 3000 years ago, speakers of the proto-Bantu language group began a millennia-long series of migrations eastward from their homeland between West Africa and Central Africa at the border of eastern Nigeria and Cameroon. This Bantu expansion first introduced Bantu peoples to central, southern, and south eastern Africa, regions they had previously been absent from. The proto-Bantu migrants in the process assimilated and/or displaced a number of earlier inhabitants that they came across, including Khoisan populations in the south and Afro-Asiatic groups in the southeast. Among these “Bantu expansionists” (read as colonialists) were the Zulu, now settled in South Africa, with over 10 million people.
The main driving force in this was obviously the concurring of lesser tribes and taking their land to feed their own nation. Bit by bit they expanded Southwards and crossed the Zambesi about the same time as the Dutch settlers landed in the Cape. The latter came from a country which had a settled culture in terms of literacy, schooling and established universities.
The displacement from the South came in the form of occupants of this white settlement who produced fresh food for ships on their way to the east to satisfy the pallets of Europe with all the spices the east were famous for. The British forces however moved in and declared the Cape a British Colony under British rule and being ruled from England.
The original white settlers could not cope with the fact that their freedom was taken from them by the British colonialists. They rather preferred to pack their wagons, on a scale the expansionists from central Africa has never experienced, as the invention of the wheel had not reached Africa yet
This caused a few clashes but eventually the wheels brought civilisation, and linked to that – culture, to the dark African Continent.
Going back on the origin of the word “culture” – culture means to grow – in other words, to put a seed in the ground and see it growing and enhance your future in this growing phase. That is why culture is linked to the process of acquiring knowledge.
Unfortunately culture grows with the nation. You cannot buy it, you cannot sell it, you cannot concur it, you cannot enforce it and at least, you cannot change it as it is a growing process with its roots in the nation’s thrive to enhance knowledge.
Zumafication is enhanced by democracy where the party with the most votes win, but unfortunately there is no alternative to the word he uses to identify culture – what is he actually refers to is tradition, which has nothing to do with culture and democracy.