University of Cape Town (UCT) vice-chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng has congratulated a student on his honours project in which he ended his acknowledgements with the phrase‚ “ONE SETTLER‚ ONE BULLET!!”
On Tuesday prominent University of Cape Town activist Mlandu Masixole announced on social media the completion of his Honours Independent Research Project in the Department of Politics.
The paper, written under the supervision of Dr Lwazi Lushaba, was titled “The Colonizer/Colonized dialectic: A look into Settler-Colonialism as a socio-symbolic order of South Africa.” One of the purposes of the paper, Masixole writes in the abstract, was to argue that “South Africa is a settler colonial society, built and maintained through conquest.”
Surprisingly, the University of Cape Town (UCT) vice-chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng has congratulated a student on his honours project in which he ended his acknowledgements with the phrase‚ “ONE SETTLER‚ ONE BULLET!!”
In the South African context the term “settler” is a derogatory term for members of the country’s white population. The slogan thus constitutes a call for the physical elimination of all members of this group. Historically, it was used by the PAC’s armed wing APLA which, in the early 1990s, carried out a series of attacks against civilian targets in which numerous people were murdered, including in a church and a pub near UCT.
Many citizens have probed the motive of the vice-chancellor for appraising the project work, saying that it undermines hr high office as an academia.
Let me leave this here. pic.twitter.com/IeLuAnVh5o
— Mlandu Masixole (@masixolemlandu) November 6, 2018
the project argues that South Africa is a settler-colonial society that was built and maintained through conquest.
“The settler and the natives’ relationship is a construction which orders its identity through violence‚” writes Mlandu.
The paper aims to understand how this relationship is sustained. Mlandu argues that “there is something that sustains the relationship between the native and the settler apart from the economic disparities between the two.
“This is not to say that the material inequalities between the two are not important‚ but it is to say that‚ that is not sufficient enough to explain what governs the two portraits of the coloniser and the colonised.”
Mlandu tweeted a couple of pages from his politics honours research project‚ titled “The Coloniser/Colonised dialectic: A look into the Settler-Colonialism as a socio-economic order of South Africa”.
In the acknowledgements‚ he thanked friends‚ family and his advisor‚ Professor Lwazi Lushaba‚ before ending: “Lastly‚ let me thank the Pan Africanist student movement in occupied Azania. Your fight for the total emancipation of Black people will never be forgotten. Izwe Lethu‚ iAfrika!! (Our land‚ Africa!!) ONE SETTLER‚ ONE BULLET!!”
The University should be an academic and social community that furthers unity and tolerance, rather than hostily and racism.