OPINION: Hani, death, marches are what makes us

2017-04-13 06:01
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In Mzantsi these days, there seem to be no end in topics to write about.

Journalists who have an eye for news are never without ideas for angles in their approach to stories.

Stories are in your face, all you need to do is put pen to paper, as it were, and voilà. This is exactly what keeps me going.

I suppose “junk status” is not going to make newsworthy stories anytime soon.

The week sees the commemoration of two events in our history. On Monday we remembered Chris Hani whose life was untimely cut short before he could experience what he sacrificed his entire life for to see in Mzantsi.

The bitterness around his assassination and the real truth behind his killing still leaves a bitter taste in our collective memories, even though two people were arrested and ultimately convicted for his brutal demise.

May his soul still rest in peace, although current events might prove otherwise.

Then on Tuesday it was the 16th anniversary of the tragic death of about 43 spectators at the Ellis Park Stadium, who came to watch a thriller between soccer giants Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

That Wednesday also left a bitter taste in our mouths, and may the departed souls also rest in peace.

May their souls continue to be the source of light that shines forever so that we never experience such again in our country. Both Pirates and Kaizer Chips owe it to these souls to win their games.

Yesterday we had the double whammy of a nationwide bus strike and a march by political parties in an attempt to oust President Jacob Zuma.

But nothing beats last Friday’s march, when our masters and madams took to the streets for the same reason, toyi-toying for the presidents removal.

Placards abounded and the madame’s favourite accessory, the poodle, was there to witness the ruckus.

In true have and have-not style, I could not help but notice two madams holding a placard while a Black person was holding their poodle, to keep it safe during the march.

For all I knew until last, toyi-toyi is a “darkie” thing, but on Friday were presented with a different outlook.

Another first for me was that of a group of Black people watching in astonishment as their pale-faced compatriots were shouting and screaming “Zuma must fall”.

That is Mzantsi for you.

I can go on but I suggest you enjoy your Easter weekend.

Drive safely and be filled with the blessings of the Lord instead of your favourite drink.

We still want to see you alive next so we can continue with these conversations.

As for the bus strike, how I wish for a peaceful settlement.

However, the biting and sad truth is that in our country, no great strides have been made to redress the imbalances of the past.

But to the Two Oceans runners, I say good luck and take things easy.

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