Transformation can no longer be negotiated

2015-04-12 15:00

Friday marked the 22nd anniversary of the brutal murder of a true struggle icon, Chris Hani.

Since 1994, transformation within our country has been taking place at different levels and in various sectors of society.

Over the past few weeks, South Africans have increasingly been engaged in debates over the calls for the removal of statues that are symbols of our country’s colonial and apartheid past.

These statues are tragic reminders of a divided South Africa.

The SA Communist Party has reprimanded the criminal activities that have taken place across the country in the midst of these debates.

As true revolutionaries, we encourage continuous efforts to build unity and social cohesion within the country, whereby we must thoughtfully engage in the processes of changing, renaming and removing.

We must not jump on the bandwagon of breaking down just for the sake of breaking down and eventually achieve the opposite of what was meant to be achieved – which is constructive transformation.

We need a conscious effort to erect symbols that speak of our liberation as a country, and symbols that honour those who paid the price for a peaceful and democratic South Africa.

We all have a role and responsibility to social transformation within our communities.

The call for Cecil John Rhodes and other statues to fall are, unfortunately, symptoms of the underlying problem of a lack of transformation in our society.

Twenty-one years into democracy, transformation can no longer be negotiated. We have made tremendous progress, but much more transformation still needs to take place.

OJ Fourie


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