COLUMN: Freedom for some is nothing for the rest of the oppressed

2016-05-05 06:00
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Its been 22 years since we tasted our freedom.

Freedom from apartheid, freedom from racial oppression, and freedom from being treated as sub-human beings. And I remember…

I remember for those of us in exile telling the world how we had it so bad, and that when we are free, all that will be a thing of the past.

We used to tell them how we are discriminated against. And we used to have photos to show them that. And the world would shake their heads and say, “For sure, you are having it bad.” And 22 years later, what say you? We all have our own experiences.

My experience is that discrimination still exists. If you want something, nobody is going to help you, especially if you are not known. Or, you are not a member of the ANC. You’ve got to be a comrade!

Did we fight for that? Did we say only comrades would be given opportunities? I do not remember. But this seems to be the case. And you ask, why? Shortsightedness. Our leaders are not visionaries.

They seem to lack the whole picture. They can’t see where we are going. As a black man, I’ve come to this conclusion: freedom is regressive. What do I mean by that? I mean instead of going forward, we are going backwards.

Shall we ever enter our paradise? Do we have a dream, I mean as a country? Have you sat down to think what kind of a country would you like to have? Here is an assignment for you.

I wish every one of us could write an essay on the kind of South Africa we would like to see and send it to the President, MPs and other leaders. Or, you can’t? You are lazy. You are not educated enough?

That’s a thing. I wish by now we were educated. Not to say we aren’t. But those who empathize will understand. They will see what I’m trying to say. Sometimes I get a shock of my life when I go to schools.

The first impression I get is: Not Yet Uhuru. “Why are them schools looking like hovels?” I find myself asking. Some smell urine in corridors. Windows are smashed. Internal walls look gloomy.

Kids look like tsotsis. Innocence gone. What is happening? And you reckon; these are our future leaders. What kind of a country will they lead? Probably a failed state. Why? Because we are a potential failed state ourselves.

You know what I mean? We don’t care. We care for ourselves, but not others. Apartheid did not care for black people. It cared for whites. And this is what is happening. Only a few are enjoying.

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