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Jul 06 2018

South Africa’s Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng Joins Hate Hoax List

Last month the South African National Editors Forum held a banquet dinner at which an award was announced for editorial integrity and courage in journalism. The keynote speaker was South Africa’s Chief Justice, Mogoeng Mogoeng, who took the opportunity to quote what he called “the loaded words of Lord Macaulay on 2nd February 1835 while he was addressing the British parliament.” The quote is remarkable:

“I have travelled across the length and breadth of Africa and I have not seen one person who is a beggar, who is a thief such wealth I have seen in this country, such high moral values, people of such calibre, that I do not think we would ever conquer this country, unless we break the very backbone of this nation, which is her spiritual and cultural heritage and therefore, I propose that we replace her old and ancient education system, her culture, for if the Africans think that all that is foreign and English is good and greater than their own, they will lose their self-esteem, their native culture and they will become what we want them, a truly dominated nation.”

Mogoeng used this quote as evidence that South Africa’s rapid decline toward failed state status since the end of Apartheid is the fault of white people.

Some may be skeptical of the veracity of the quote. But there is photographic evidence that Macaulay really said it.

There is also photographic evidence that Macaulay said the exact same thing, except about India.

Isn’t Photoshop fun?

Actually, Macaulay didn’t spout this nonsense about Africa or India. He wasn’t even in England when he supposedly made his speech before Parliament. See Politicsweb for a thorough debunking.

Mogoeng Mogoeng may not be the sharpest spear in the hut, but let’s given him credit for knowing that the quote is implausible. That way, we can add him to the Hate Hoax List.

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

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