So what is the perfect official tourist t-shirt…is it the Big 5, or perhaps the smiling face of Madiba.
Well if a photo that I spotted on our Springleap.com Face Book page has anything to say about it, perhaps it should be a slogan mentioning that you are not a BOER!
Yes indeed the past few weeks in South Africa have been rife with unnecessary violence, murder and protests. It’s understandable that tourists to our country have become a tad nervous about the state of affairs and are worried about being shot at because of their colour. The image I have provided shows tourists taking steps after the murder of AWB leader Eugene Terreblanche and the subsequent social turbulence. I suppose for those unaccustomed to the in’s and out’s of our country things can seem pretty scary and sure there are places that NO tourist should dare wander…but hey that is any country in the world.
Images like this really upset me! Yes the image is funny and it’s a big joke to many of us here in SA. We find it funny how tourists misunderstand our country and are mega paranoid when they come here. Seeing an image like this just shows their “ultimate form” of fear. We honestly don’t want to see this kind of thing at the moment, because these pictures are sure to end up scattered across the internet and warp perceptions of how things are here. Can you imagine you are an oblivious foreigner who sees something like this? They will probably imagine leaving the airport in an armed convoy with Molotov cocktails flying at them.
Of course I understand that these tourists are merely trying to look after themselves by saying “Please don’t kill me, I am only a tourist, not THE BOER”. However is this really necessary. In some places in South Africa wearing a t-shirt like this will actually make you more of a target than if you were just in a normal t-shirt. Why, because being a tourist presupposes that you have money or some kind of valuables. By broadcasting this fact you are drawing a bad situation down on yourself.
Please be very careful if you are a tourist and think that this method is going to help you…you may just draw a big X on your head instead!
So this in my opinion is not the perfect official tourist t-shirt…in fact it’s pretty much the worst. Not only for the unsuspecting tourist, but for our economy and the mindset of foreigners who potentially wish to visit as tourists. Perhaps stick to something a bit more simple or “normal” for your official tourist t-shirt…it may just save your life!
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