Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
3 minute read
25 Sep 2021
7:29 am

White people ‘invented’ black tribes, warns prof, criticising Heritage Day

Brian Sokutu

UJ politics professor Siphamandla Zondi says people need to return to a clearer sense of unity as Africans, not as tribe members.

Zulu men wearing warrior dress near tribal straw house in Lesedi Cultural village, South Africa. Picture: iStock

As President Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday led a virtual ceremony marking the countrywide celebrations of Heritage Day, a leading political analyst called on South Africans to frankly discuss the negative impact of colonialism on black heritage, when tribalism was used to sow divisions. Amid the colourful tribal and race regalia, which are fashionable during Heritage Day to denote South Africa’s multicultural diversity, University of Johannesburg politics professor Siphamandla Zondi reminded South Africans tribalism had been used as a weapon for the purpose of “divide and rule” during colonialism. Zondi said: “This is an opportunity for us to reflect on what is...