Written by Fana The Purp
For once I write to South Africa with regards to Tsonga injustice and I am not angry. This really feels good; maybe my anger is what made it easy for people to label me a Tribalist. Which I strongly reject as one cannot keep silent while his people are unfairly treated.
If standing up for my people and being their voice is tribalism, so be it. What has being silent done for us, why were we victimized in the first place by our brothers?
The truth of the matter is that it hurts being Tsonga, we are rejected and victimized by our own kind. I am not sure if we are of the same kind, as we have been reduced to nothing but “Iz’lwanyane” (a small animal) and “Makwapa” (foreigners). But what is the purpose and benefit of this injustice, I fail to identify what is it that you gain by mistreating Tsonga people. It is not like you are exploiting us or have enslaved us, all you are doing is ridiculing us and that’s it – “Come on South Africa, this cannot be your only hustle”.
I noticed one thing in my fight for Tsonga people, no one cares for us. If the world can grant and respect homosexual’s rights and existence, surely they can do the same for Tsonga people. But they won’t as they don’t care, and when we raise our voices we are discredited by being labelled Tribalists. This realization has helped me a lot; I do not seek recognition from South Africans. I am not going to beg anyone to see me as a human being.
There isn’t an amount of noise I can make to change South Africans mindset. None of my articles or blog can change their views towards us. I have to admit, I have been going at this the wrong way. Today I completely understand what it means being Tsonga, it has nothing to do with how other tribes view us. This is not different to self-confidence; we need more than their recognition. We are not united as a people and being recognized by South Africans will not help us be better.
We have spent so much time hiding and fighting for our rights that we have neglected each other as Tsonga people. Many come to Gauteng and never go back home. Many have changed their surnames to those of Zulus – Mabasa to Mabaso, Ngobeni to Ngubeni etc. Many have insured that their children speak nothing but Zulu. Many have ‘made it’ and then abandon everything that is Tsonga and adopt everything that is Western. Many have done nothing in fighting this injustice; as long as they are not directly impacted they keep a blind eye (this applies to our light-skinned brothers and sisters).
I am not saying it justifiable what they are doing to us, but we need to cut down on this “victim mentality”. We need to stand up for ourselves as a people and stop thinking the world owes us. We have allowed them to make us inferior; I say this because we were not forced to be an inferior people. We are in the position that we are in because we have allowed it and not done anything to change it.
Social class has destroyed & divided us as a people; it’s funny how those who thought wealth would liberate them are still subject to being called “islima se shangane”. We are not the only minority in this country; we are not the only tribe that is victimized. Zulu people do not have it good when in the Eastern Cape; Xhosa people do not have it easy when in Free State.
We cannot allow the masses to deprive us of our citizen rights, we are South African and this is our ancestral land. We have contributed the same way as other tribes. We cannot continue waiting for South Africans to see us different; we need to focus on ourselves and not what they think of us. We can learn a lot from our neighbours, VhaVenda. They were once at the bottom just like us, they stood up for themselves and did not wait on any tribe to verify their worth.
Hina hi tsandziwa hi yini? (What is stopping us?) – I call on Tsonga people to unite and do what is right. The first step in Tsonga emancipation, we have to let go of the anger. We cannot be angry at them; we will end up hate them. Hi nga huweleli to be noticed (Lets no shout), a hi va naveteni VuTsonga – let’s do it for ourselves. A hi tlakukeni hi hlayisa rixaka ra vo kokwa wa hina, rixaka ri nge lovi hi ri kona.
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