You may have noticed the kafuffle during the holiday season, when a newspaper quoted President Zuma announcing in a speech that having a pet, and he especially mentioned dogs, is part of "white culture", and we should rather focus on family welfare.
Barking up the wrong tree
This was a most peculiar target for concern. Of course, promotion of human kindliness towards humans is highly desirable. But when we have, over the festive season, read about the rape of young children, even by family elders and parents, and cruel murders of lovers and family, is fondness for dogs really a relevant issue? So far as I can discover none of the perpetrators in these awful crimes owned dogs or other pets. Are such horrible behaviours, becoming appallingly typical of modern urban and rural culture, not much more urgently in need of "decolonisation" and eradication than taking a family pooch to the vet?