Our main objective as the Solidarity Movement is simply to lead a normal life in a normal country. We do not profess a strange ideology and we do not want to revert to the past. We only want to lead a normal life just like anyone else does in any functioning country. At the same time, we grant all other persons the normality we claim for ourselves.
People have become so accustomed to abnormal that for some it is normal (and that we are abnormal). Let's have a quick look at our
Movement's 12 goals for normality:
We are striving for a normal life in a normal country where the criminals are behind bars and law-abiding citizens can walk around freely and safely.
Secondly, we want a normal employment dispensation without abnormal race quotas that determine who may work and be promoted, and who may not.
Thirdly, we want normal equality. We are not superior to others, but do not want to be slotted in below others by the system.
In the fourth place, we believe in normal freedom. The provisions of the Bill of Rights on human dignity, equality and freedom apply to white and coloured people too, not so? Government policy such as African hegemony that stipulates that all institutions must be under the control of black Africans according to a racial formula of 80% black, 9% white, 9% coloured and 2% Indian, surely is abnormal. It would mean that in all areas of life minorities would be controlled by black people. Surely, this is abnormal racial domination and it affects our freedom, equality and human dignity. Democracy must be about the freedom of all and not just the freedom of the majority. It is only normal to have a say in decisions that affect you – that is what normal freedom is about.
5. Education and training
Fifthly, we want the normal right every other person has to choose the school language of our children and we want to choose in which language they receive their university or college education. It is not normal to burden young people with the past.
6. Tax value
In sixth place we want normal value for the tax we pay on our hard-earned income.
7. Services that are functioning
Seventh, we demand normal government and municipal services we pay for.
8. An honest and competent government
The eight point pertains to having a normal, honest government that does not steal or misappropriate tax money, and a government that is the servant of the country’s citizens instead of being their rulers.
9. Race relations
In the ninth place we want to see normal race relations and cooperation between all in the country. The selective racism by which white people are targeted by people in power is poisoning relations and is abnormal.
10. Law and justice
The tenth criterion for normality is that all should be equal before the law, regardless of race or language.
11. Language, culture and history
In eleventh place we simply want the normal right to use our language; to give expression to our culture; and to have a normal history with all its good points and its weaknesses. Like any other community we want places where we feel at home and where we are in the majority.
12. A normal future
Finally, we want a normal future where we too are first-class citizens. We want to feel at home, and we want to feel that we are welcome. It is abnormal for people to doubt whether their children will have a future in the country and for most of them to consider emigration because of all the abovementioned abnormalities. Too many grandparents have already become grandpas and grandmas of grandchildren in far-off countries!
For more than 25 years the ANC has let a golden opportunity to create a normal country pass it by. While they are blaming a previous abnormal dispensation, they merely reversed it and are now continuing it.
As the Afro-American thinker Thomas Sowell would say: “Most of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good”.
For that reason, we are fighting for normality.