Written by UnConventional Purp
For many years I have been known as the voice or defender of Tsonga people, while some label me a Tsonga extremist. Right or wrong, all I can say is that there is a lot of confusion as to what I am trying to achieve. I feel I have to explain what I am about, as I have never done so, ever since I started with my noise.
But before I explain myself I would like to say tell all Tsonga people to leave the Zulu’s alone. It has to come to an end, it is time to face the truth and stop falsely blaming Zulu people for our tribe being inferior. We are to blame, our forefathers and parents in actual fact are all to blame. Hambi xilungu xa vula, “nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission”. What has the Zulu nation done to us except call us names and bully us at taxi ranks, schools and the workplace, compared to what Soshangana and his descendants did to our tribe and people [Read Truth about Shangaan Kings]. We are so angry at these people for calling us names, yet we call those who have butchered thousands of our own brothers and sisters.
WTF is wrong with us?
Leave the Zulu’s alone, what they think and call us has no impact on our bank accounts. Even though it hurts and unnatural for our own brothers to mistreat us, it is unAfrican of us to blame Zulu people. There is no tribal hierarchy, this is all psychological – we are inferior because we think like inferior people. But I thought we were the smarter ones, how did these taxi drivers make my people feel inferior? Yho!
Anyway, the truth is that we will not be respect by the Zulu nation until we are proud of ourselves. Our forefathers put us in a bad position and we made it worse by breeding victims generation to generation. We cannot blame the Zulu nation, as it is not only them who insult us and unfortunately, we entertain these insults. As I said, we are not the only victims and we need to stop that sh*t.
The first step is to leave Zulu’s alone.
With that said, let it be known that I have never been angry at Zulu people for what they think, say and do to my people. I only get angry at Zulu people and the rest of South Africa for denying me the right to speak up about the injustice. Why is expected of me to be just like people of my tribe, apply the ignore tactic of dealing with the injustice? I am not supposed to act if there is something wrong, I am not allowed to point-it-out-LOUD.
What does not kill you makes you Tsonga, right? (Whatever this means)
I have never wanted to change South Africans views on Tsonga people, it cannot be done – they can do it on their own. I wanted to remind people that this is very wrong; I noticed that Tsonga injustice has reached a state of normality. That is very disturbing, how does degrading your own kind become second nature? How we treat each other says a lot about where we are heading as a nation, think about it.
Those who have been exposed to my work have managed to confuse themselves, unless if I was not clear enough with my approach. All people read is tribalism, but miss the bigger picture. We cry foul to racism and apartheid yet we fail to treat each other like human beings. Why are we free exactly, to oppress one another? Sies Mzantsi! Such victimization is not only happening to my tribe, it covers the whole of South African tribes – na swo swizulwani (Zulu people included). The truth is that you are only safe in your HOMELAND and any where else in South Africa where you are a minority u tinyele (o nyile).
I have met a lot of Zulu people who are hurt by being labeled “ignorant & violent”. The difference between them and Tsonga people is that they don’t see themselves as victims. This is what I am here to address, the “victim-mentality” has to come to an end, the next generation cannot think like us. Our parents hid us and taught us to hide; we grow old and feel that we are strong enough to do something. Instead of doing something, we play the victim card and expect change to come.
Before we can address matters of psychology, I felt it was fair to address issues of our incorrect history and identity. This exposed my people’s anger towards South Africa, which was not the aim. We are angry at the wrong people, we should be angry at ourselves – which is why I hate fake Tsongas. There is nothing wrong by being Tsonga, be proud of it and protect your identity. We are avoiding the real issues and busy blaming Zulu people, hayi vafowethu.
It is our social responsibility to unite our tribe, to refuse when Tsonga parents intentionally do not teach their children Tsonga and hide themselves. What has being angry at Zulu people done for us as a people, NOTHING. Even if we cry ke and the government finally notices us, how will the government force a typical South African to change its mindset on us – while we are not even proud of ourselves?
I have always stood out because I am proud of who I am, I made it cool – it’s my thing being Tsonga (that’s how I even get girls). I have noticed in all the years I have been on Earth that people respect me for not agreeing to feel inferior. I have lived my whole life in non-Tsonga areas; even people at home are shocked by my passion and love for my people. Excluding my aggression, I teach those around me instead of acting like a victim.
When will it end?
When will we stop hiding, changing and ignoring who we are? I hear declare the era of the victim over, we had our fun – it is time for us to start working and get our house in order.
Leave the Zulu’s alone.
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