LETTERS: Whose freedom is it anyway?

2016-04-07 06:00

As much as Apartheid was a crime against humanity, it had the unintended element of uniting Black people around pertinent issues.

After 1994, we became the reflection of who we were, and if you do not have a clear identity of self, one would fall into the abyss of becoming whoever somebody else said they are.

By the 2010 World Cup, people still carried the false hopes that the world cup would change their lives and be the panacea to our problems.

After the spectacle, they were left in the same squalor as they were in before. Just as happened in 1994.

We had hoped for jobs and some of us even believed that we would suddenly move to the suburbs. Its called a pipe dream.

No one wants to talk about these milestones because it leaves a bitter taste in their mouths.

In 1994, Blacks believed that the closed doors would be opened by the democratic government.

We find ourselves begging for jobs, we are bought with food parcels and t-shirts in order to keep the government in power, the public transport system is worse than it was. We are still denied higher education due to the exorbitant fees on registration. This goes against the spirit of the Freedom Charter.

We are told that there are bursaries available, but NSFAS is a loan scheme.

It would seem that we were taken for a ride in all manners of our freedom. This Freedom was imposed on us in the knowledge that the political space we will dominate, but not the economy of our country.

Sbu Dikiza UWC

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