The political origins of the present-day Rand Show is the celebration of the union between the Randlords and the colonial settlers in South Africa.
It is part of apartheid policies to oppress African people, which has been celebrated around the Easters in April each year as a trade exhibition and jamboree to have fun for families and their children, according to the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania (PAC).
Its continued existence with unqualified government support is a stamp of approval for settler-colonialism. The Randlords dominated the economy after the discovery of large gold deposits in the Witwatersrand in 1886, and April is a month to remember Jan Van Riebeeck’s arrival on 6 April 1652, the party says.
The Union of South Africa that excluded African people and “made them pariahs in the land of their forebears,” according Solomon Thekiso Plaatjie, is anathema to democracy, human rights and majority rule.
The PAC’s Jaki Seroke says that all the political parties which have pavilions and display of power and wealth at the Rand Show in the year 2019, are actually showing off their colonial mentality and that they are not fit to lead transformation and change.
“The PAC’s standpoint is to call on all political leaders to come clean and join the thrust and national mandate to change the circumstances of the impoverished majority, without frills and trappings.
“The Azanian masses on the other hand must vote wisely on 8 May 2019. They must vote for progress to a bright future,” adds Seroke.