Amandla awethu, Mzansi

2013-07-14 14:00

There’s this thing about Mzansi’s everyday people that is quite special. In the face of cruel authorities, faceless bureaucrats or of deep need, South Africans will step up in a showing of people power.

»?At the weekend, Lucia Mdluli was evicted from her city-owned flat in Newtown, Joburg, with her disabled son Lindokuhle. In midwinter, on a bed on the pavement, the mother and son were a heart-wrenching image.

Joburg’s hearts went out to them with offers of shelter, supplies and food. The latest reports are that Mdluli did not want to put her son into care and so there was no permanent solution in sight. But Joburg residents, the media and businesses stepped up.

»?In Cape Town, cruel and bureaucratically minded cops beat up blind busker Goodman Nono for playing for longer than his allotted time. Then they broke his guitar, which is not only his art, but his daily bread too.

Nono makes about R150 a day from caring passers-by.

What happened next is a lesson in people power. Someone recorded the incident and uploaded it on to YouTube.

It then went viral and the musician Tony Cox donated a guitar, city musicians came to Nono’s rescue and he was back at his spot after taking a day off to recover.

A protest informed the city authorities exactly what citizens thought of the silly bylaw and the officer was suspended pending an investigation.

»?Our founding father, Nelson Mandela, has rallied under treatment. Still critical and stable, it is a blessing that he has been shielded from the shenanigans of his troubled family.

But what has overshadowed their tawdry wars has been a magnificent outpouring of love from all corners of South Africa for the statesman.

Flowers, notes, prayers, songs and balloons have been placed at strategic places, so Madiba knows how he is loved by his people.

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