The Unnecessary Burden
May 12, 1881
At present Britain has gained colonies around the world, one of which being South Africa. Although the colonization of such lands may seem economically beneficial at first, it is instead costly, immoral, and unnecessary.
Although some may tell you that Britain needs South African colonies in order to maintain economic growth, this is not true.  Our economy is not based on these colonies. There is, admittedly, money to be made in the diamond industry in South Africa, but this should not be a reason for us to maintain power in these colonies.
The African people who are being forced to work in the diamond industry are working under horrific conditions for a small sum of money. Despite the obvious health hazards in this line of work, they are not given any kind of help if they fall sick or become injured. They are treated badly by those in charge of them, as if they are animals rather than humans. 
When I traveled to South Africa to see how the people in these mines were treated, I was astonished. I met a middle-aged man by the name of Zubiar who had worked in the Kimberly Diamond Mine.(figure one) Zubiar stated to me that he “could not count how many times [he] saw someone pass out from the dreadful heat in the mines. They would not give [them] water despite the temperature.” He himself was forced to stop working after he developed the common disease, silicosis, which attacked his lungs only a few short months ago. Because he can no longer work, he and his wife are struggling to put food on the table for their family. The treatment of the African people is immoral, and if our reason to stay is for economic benefits, then we are simply sacrificing morality for money.
Another focus of our colonization of South Africa has been carrying out the “white man’s burden”. We insist that we must help the people of Africa be civilized like us, yet at the same time we forcing them to work for us in diamond mines under horrible conditions for small wages. How can we call ourselves civilized if we treat these people so poorly?
Some will argue that we are assisting the people of Africa because without our presence they would not have discovered the abundance of diamonds in their country. Those who say this, however, fail to show any proof that this discovery would not have been made without the company of colonizing powers.
Our existence in South Africa has not been completely beneficial for Britain, either. We have just come out of one war in South Africa, the Anglo-Boer War that was started by rebellious groups.(figure two) Does Britain really need this extra conflict and expense? We lost 408 British lives and wounded 315 of our men. We do not need to waste lives and money on colonies that are not benefitting us in any substantial way.
It is absolutely necessary that we transition South Africa into independence once more. The colonization of this area has simply resulted in war, losses both economically and physically, and moral injustices. It is time for Britain to take responsibility and return what they have taken.
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