I grew up in an era where political violence was very glaring, where guns used to sing lullabies and bullets putting people to sleep. Cemetery visits were a norm and tears were more visible than the rain during summer.
I still remember how I came across the picture of Chris Hani lying in a pool of blood, I still remember how my neighbour was killed by the police. But all that I went through as child I'm told to forget since we speak about democracy.
Right now, I sit and wonder about my society of how they carry hatred that destroys them everyday. As much as we want to blame the past for degrading us as black people, how about we construct ourselves in a proper manner.
Firstly lets us utilise this free education that being given by our government, because the honest truth is that we complain about the high level of unemployment yet we neglected the fundamental of education. If you look closely most people who are unemployed are those who don't have formal education.
And those who have education, they don't know how to handle themselves when they are doing interviews, graduates must know that having a qualification it doesn't guarantee you a job. Keep in mind there is a process that is entailed before getting a job and also bare in mind that social networks play a vital role in this modern society. So the manner you conduct yourself is really vital.
Secondly, lets us move away from the mentality that the government owes us something because it opens a huge gap of being lazy and self pity. The majority of our youth has settled for the race card, I grasp that is what most of us have been exposed to but we have to really look beyond that if we want to survive in this concrete jungle.
Thirdly, EFF mentality. The majority of black people know what it like to be discriminated so why are they doing it too? The issue of the land, its more than what meet the eye. So please don't be fooled by people who have their own agendas or scores to settle. Take a closer look at this, with the land that we as black people currently own, what we doing about it? Look at the farms how they are...
Fourthly, let us learn other cultures because even our own races we still discriminate each other. I still remember how Julius Malema was pounding on those who speaks isiZulu until he changed his tune when he was looking for votes, lets us break the barriers of communication.
Fifthly, I believe we are adequate enough to write our own history because honestly our stories are untold and so many freedom fighters are unknown. We are only told about Nelson Mandela as if he was the only person who fought for freedom, we need to change our history.
Let me give you a typical example, did you know that Hastings Ndlovu was the first kid who was short during the SOWETO UPRISING?
But on the news we are forever being told about Hector Peterson who knew nothing about the struggle, he was just a little boy who followed the crowd and he got shot. Is he a hero just because his death was picture perfect? Jan Van Reebiek discovered the Cape, like really now? Is that where our history begins? In our communities lets us encourage the culture of reading, at least 2 books a year.
I''m not trying to judge my people or look down on them but they must think about what I have mentioned above.