I am Charles George Davies II. I was born in the Fairview Moravian Missionary Station in the late sixties. German Missionaries came to South Africa to teach the us as the Khoi San how to read and write. The reason for this was to educate the Khoi San so they could keep their land.
I was fortunate enough to be part of the students to receive education at the Missionary Station. Yet, unknowingly at my young age I never imagined that I was part of the Greatest cultural history yet to unfold.
Apartheid Law forcefully moved us from Fairview to the cold concrete walls of prefab homes in the Northern areas of Port Elizabeth – the same area now famous for gangsterism and voilence.
I started and completed schooling in the Northern Areas. My high school days at Chatty Senior Secondary School was filled with riots against the Apartheid Law under the banner of the United Democratic Front (UDF). At that time in history the Bruinmense was the force behind the UDF.
I left Port Elizabeth in 1989 to further my studies at the controversial University of the Western Cape (UWC). It is here that the struggle for freedom truly became part of my life and who I am.
I fought shoulder to shoulder next to great icons like the late Professor Jakes Gerwel and Alan Boesak amongst many others.
Together we made Cape Town ungovernable for the entire world to see. Bruinmense fought tirelessly as the UDF for the African National Congress (ANC). However, promises were made to the Bruin leaders that never materialised and sadly our leader, Alan Boesak, was falsely accused of embezzlement. The UDF then joined forces with the ANC and thus lost their identity.
I have a dream that the youth of the Bruinmense could unite again like in the days of the UDF. Bruinmense should vote for their own political party who would represent their needs in parliament without prejudice due to the colour of their skin. I will not give up until our dignity is restored and the youth of the disadvantaged Bruinmense have secured futures.
Compatriots of South Africa (CSA) is to me now like the United Democratic Front in those days. We have the power to regain our political power. What happened in the past happened – there is no going back. The only thing we can do now is to ensure that we have a better future.
Bruinmense, let us unite. Let us vote as one voice for one political party. Bruinmense of the forgotten UDF unite again and this time stand with CSA. We will not burn tyres again. We will use our right to vote.
To the Bruinmense who fought tirelessly in the eighties in Modderdam road, UWC. You are married today with more wisdom. Let us use this to our advantage. Let us take the war to parliament and change legislation to secure the future of our children.
“I won’t give up,” came the famous speech made by Alan Boesak in the UWC Student Centre. You were there so let us continue this dream to never give up.
Today I am still fighting for the freedom and equality of our people. This is my reason for being part of CSA and as the Secretary General I will ensure that we do what we envision to do. For too long we have been suppressed, oppressed and marginalized by the ANC government.
It is time for us to take up our rightful place as the indigenous people of South Africa by making our voices heard. As an individual you can make appeals and complaints, but together we can make a statement and take our country back.
Help us by casting your vote for CSA. Together we can restore our dignity!