Memory and Justice:
Germans have efficiency, Americans have their dream, the Japanese have their technology and South Africa has its racism.
It is so sad that any discussion on or about South Africa ends up being a discussion about black and white. While I like these two colours (My love for Orlando Pirates and The Sharks knows no bounds); I cannot stand the inherent-mindedness of racial politics. It is a fact that South Africans have unresolved racial tensions, but is there more to our beloved country than just two groups of people refusing to tolerate each other?
Anyway, race is the last thing on my mind as I type. My heart bleeds for the life of a young fellow from my township: Bekkersdal; who was killed in the midst of the violent protest happening there. It bleeds because of the ignorance of our not-so-African president, who in 2009, in a bid for votes was more than happy to come address the people of Cooke 2 mine in Bekkersdal. Today, he claims fear for his safety as a reason for him not coming to a community ravaged by poor administration at the hands of his fellow comrades in the ruling party. South Africa’s freedom was won by a negotiated settlement. This important victory represented the will of the people, who wanted to see change. In some places this negotiated settlement had to be “fought” for.
Although I cannot advocate for violence, but the time for speeches, seminars, conferences and summits is over, and Bekkersdal cannot be sent to the dogs (Nonkoliso lacks any bite). This means action must be taken now, and it is being taken; so that the common history that our people share can be used as a uniting force to achieve democratic justice. In a Just society, people have an appreciation for a common history. At the moment, Bekkersdal is being led by an individual who was never pronounced as candidate for mayor but was chosen behind closed doors in the chambers at Westonaria. To make matters worse, she has shown herself to be uncaring; unpatriotic, and even disloyal to her own comrades. And so when the dust settles, the world must remember her name, and mete justice to her in the courts of our free and democratic country.
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