And yet ... 'despite everything, Afrikaans forms one of the chambers of my heart, and as such it must survive if I am to live fully.'
His piece is a delicate exploration of a society 10 years after the end of apartheid and the onset of majority rule. He has no nostalgia for the old regime, but immense sadness for the embattlement of the Afrikaans language and culture. The small society of Afrikaner liberals now feels a little of the discrimination they opposed: and many see no future for the culture except in racial ghettoes - which they do not want.
It may be that the language and the culture - losing, bit by bit, its oppressive connotations - will survive, even flourish. After all, the great poet and also an exile, Breyten Breytenbach, still writes in Afrikaans.
But maybe, as the Afrikaners say: 'Die koeel is deur die kerk - en die dominee is dood.' Which means, literally, 'The bullet is through the church and the vicar is dead, ' or, as the English saying less vividly has it, 'It's too late for tears.'" --John Lloyd, Editor, Financial Times Saturday Magazine