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Where are the mothers and daughters of this country?

25 February 2014, 17:00

Are we ready for their leadership, to be led by women, like Germany, Liberia, Malawi and recently Central Republic did? Are they capable?  Do they have necessary skills, guts, and abilities to make it?

Are we lousy, loosing cowards who are failing to resolve many of our social ills? Perhaps the mothers and daughters of this country can teach us how to resolve them much better. Are we failing to come out of the financial crisis due to our greediness and high level testosterone and egoism? Perhaps the women of this universe can show us how to do it efficiently and effectively. Are we afraid them, to the point where we rape and kill them even at their young ages, like a one day old baby girl? Cowards, come on!!

The world had powerful and special women like Mother Teresa, Rain Queen Modjadji, Lillian Nqoyi and many more. We are still blessed with many of these capable and caring women in this country and worldwide even today. However, women are still subject to the scrutiny and humiliation just like Saartjie "Sarah" Baartman experienced in late 1700.

We need more of Nkosizwana Dlamini- Zuma ,Thuli Madonsela,  Mamphela Ramphela, Hellen Zille, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Patricia De lille, Graça Machel and many more. These are the faces that represent majority of the voiceless people, women and children in particular. New crop of graduates of this calibre are required, to take this country forward.

More of Wendy Ackerman, Gill Marcus, Nyembezi-Heita, Maria Ramos, Basetsana Kumalo, Nicky Newton-King are required in the business world. We need their intellectual capacities to take the decisions that will better our economy and make this country a hub of business activities.

We need more of Busi Mhlongo , Letta Mbuli, Miriam Makeba, and more of  Zonke’s , the Lira’s of our time. Those who will know how to use their talents not their facial appearances to advance their agendas and causes to liberate and instil hope to the humankind of this country and the world.

We have the young and extra ordinaries ladies like Rapelang Rabana, Caster Semenya, Natalie du Toit, Zahara, Lindiwe Mazibuko and etc. in our villages, townships and, suburbs of this country. The ones who want to represent this country in the world stage for good reasons. The ones who want to form and formulate economic and social policies and implementations for this country to prosper.  Like young Malala Yousafzaia from Palestine, they are those of her age who are passionate about education and welfare of their respective communities.

The ones who are not associated and feel proud to be called “the yellow bones” or “the Pakistanis” like Micky Minaj.  Not the ones who need booze every weekend, party and open their legs.

Those are the mothers who are heading most of the families in our rural areas of this country. They are the once who are feeding many of the single parent families in our townships and suburbs. They are those who dare to study and make impact in our workplace and communities. We see how capable they are every day through their activities and care to majority of us. They are there in abundance in every corner of our lives.

I see no reason why they are not given a chance in this male dominated world. They deserve it, they will fall along the way, but they will make it, just like men have done in the past and are doing right now. Whether wrong or right, perhaps Dr Mamphela Ramphela is teaching and instilling something in us, that women must not be afraid and ashamed to be criticised and humiliated by the public. Just like anyone else, they (women) are capable of making mistakes and getting things wrong at times. But that does not give anyone the ticket to nullify the best and valuable things that our mothers and daughters of this country are accomplishing each and every day.

Where are the mothers and daughters of this country? There are here with us, look no further, they are our wives, daughters, ‘ nyatsi’s’ ’,  girlfriends, colleagues, sisters, mothers and aunts. They only need our support and encouragement for them to contribute positively to the betterment of this country. Reprimanding and calling them by names will take us nowhere in the long run.  Since the beginning, in the Garden of Eden, they were given influential powers. They just need our support.

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