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Asanda Sibobi
 
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SA, my beloved country!

28 June 2013, 07:04

Mzansi is not perfect at all, it has a lot of things that are not going well, and that still need to be corrected. We are on our way and sometimes it seems as if we will never get there. One thing that is always visible and that we win at is uniting for a course when we need to. That shows me, if we wanted to change our country for the better, we could.

At this time, I have seen us coming together, different races, cultures and religions for the one course. It is all about Madiba. We are uniting for what we love. We did it recently in 2010 before all the nations; we are able to do it when we put our differences aside. When we stop thinking that we are better than the other. It is just too beautiful to watch.

The problem is that we never seem to keep it there. We always find ourselves back to being divided somehow. What if we kept at being united, wouldn’t South Africa be a better place?

I know what some of you are thinking and it has to do with Zuma and the ANC and the “retards” that keep voting for him.

Let’s entertain that thought for a while, you may have a point and may even be right to some degree, but that is not the right spirit to contribute towards building a better South Africa.

I wish to mention that what will divide us more is not Mandela’s absence, so you need not worry about that. Our ignorance towards others, their beliefs and reasoning is what will separate us and eventually wrack havoc in our country. I can only speak from the perspective of a black person, because that is what I understand better.  Allow me to do so in an effort to make my point

We may agree that Zuma is failing in service delivery; we may be against the tactics that are being applied in protesting for the services. We do not condone the act of poo being scattered all over, we don’t condone corruption and we really want a government that will deliver on promise just like everybody else. We sometimes even fight black on black and make ourselves look foolish in the eyes of the world, but in reality we are not as foolish as people may think.

I have heard statements such as “blacks are lazy” and all sorts that are enough to feed the animal in every person. We are blamed for riding on the race issue by the very people who have no clue about the damage racism has done to a black man. They tell us to “snap” out of it like it can happen overnight. I have read a story about how an Elephant is tamed, I am sure you all know the end. That my friend is the best example I can think of to define what the old system has done to a black man.

Black people have had to adjust and try to understand and even abide by other race’s way of doing things, but the favour is hardly ever returned. No, we owe each other nothing, well, that if we forget the land issue, but if we are to share the space peacefully, we all need to try. My beloved South African white person, would it really hurt to try and understand a black person and see beyond the colour and the stereotypes you have had about them? Simply saying “I am not racist because Veronica eats from my fridge” is not going to cut it because of those who discriminated against black people had the same black men and women slaving away in their homes while their own families were left unattended.

Ask questions if you must and take true interest or at least try because no matter how much it may be wished, black people are not going anywhere. If you don’t make an effort to understand them, they are going to forever get on your nerve. And the less you understand them, the more you are going to tick them off, with that “half smile”, for example.

This is a challenge for all the races to come together and learn a bit about each other, really. We are always going to be different, that is not about to change, but we can work on our attitudes and who knows, we may even unite and get us a better government. Blaming and undermining one another is not the way to go because I tell you what, there is a pain that ALL black people understand and for that they will unite to fight against at the drop of a hat. That pain is the pain that knows no education, it knows no culture, it just knows colour.

Yes, both the uneducated in your kitchen and the one who has been given a big title in the office so that the company looks compliant have one thing in common and that will be enough to qualify as the reason for the divide.

Blacks don’t agree on everything, if for anything we disagree. Xhosa’s are different from Zulus, Ndebele’s, Sothos,Swatis  etc. We are individuals and reason accordingly. We can fight and pull each other down like enemies, but don’t be fooled, at the end of the day WE ARE FAMILY and we share a history that is buried deep within us. It is a wound that when touched, blood flows.

I love my country; I love its people as different as they are. I love the black, the white, Indian, Asian, Coloured and everything else in between and I look forward to the day where we can learn to unite for our happily ever after .

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