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Marikana Round two?

06 June 2014, 16:11

It’s barely two years since the miners were shot and killed for what they believed to be rightfully theirs. Less than a month after the 5th democratic elections were held and the homeless are thrown out on the streets, on the eve of winter. What happened to all the election promises of building the better life for all? What happened to the ‘batho pele’ principle? This people all they ever did was to run away from renting backyard rooms for the rest of their lives and they are trying to raise their own families but it looks like that is not enough to the few elite.

It is disturbing to look at the images of a school girl sneaking her books through razor wire, just to make sure that in all of this, her future may be safe. All of this no one cares about because the mandate is to erect the e-tolls. The very same e-toll that has been shoved down the throats of taxpayers without permission from the “funders”.

What is the difference between this images and that of miners being slaughtered on the hills of Marikana in 2012? Those same family men tried to feed their families but in the end had to lose their own lives? The image on the net says it all about freedom in the new South Africa. Is this the price humanity has to pay for erecting a shack?

As I watched the evening news on my favourite channel I could not help but repeat in my heart the famous quote of Nelson Mandela’s speech in 1994, the man who had also sacrificed his own family's’ happiness for that of the nation. I am sure he somehow knew that this day would come when he uttered this words; “Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another”. I can't imagine what Madiba would be saying if he was around to see this.
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