VK News asked the public via social media their thoughts on the hypothetical split from the rest of South Africa and over 11 500 social media users participated in the poll.
“Sounds the call to come together / And united we shall stand / Let us live and strive for freedom / In South Africa our land.” These last four lines of South Africa’s national anthem talk about unity and freedom for the nation . . .
But now, most people – that being those from the Western Cape – are wanting their own separate freedom.
Talks of having an independent Cape has been going on for quite some time.
A surprising 78% of the participants were for Cape independence while 22% said “Nee. No. Hayi.”
A few participants also shared their reasons for their decision.
- “I’m from the Cape. I love the Cape and I wish I could live there! But it will never survive without the economic capital. People with big bucks come to Cape Town to slow down, not make even bigger bucks. The poor would suffer even more without what (as little as it is) they currently get from national funds.”
- “It is possible, but it won’t be easy. Not at all. And it requires a change to the constitution, for one.”
- “If that comes to pass, it has huge implications for the country’s stability, the economy and [many] more things that could drastically alter life as it is.”
- “Honestly I’m like 50/50 on this. I love being South African, but as a Cape Kullid, it isn’t always great being South African; simply because other people prefer to label us and outcast us but we too outcast ourselves as South Africans. I think that’s out of lived experience and because we constantly need to be reminded [that we] aren’t black or we want to be white. So we [are] stuck in this divide. I feel like as South Africans and Cape Kullids/Capetonians we need an open discussion as a people, maybe then many Capetonians wouldn’t feel so isolated from the rest of the country.”
Another user – who clearly voted against the hypothetical split – summed up their thoughts in just three words, “Sies. That’s Apartheid.”
My fellow South Africans… What are your thoughts? If such a day comes, would you be for or against Cape independence?