An ideal to die for

2011-09-17 08:15

Thin’ abantu boMkhonto sizimisele (We the people of Mkhonto are prepared)
Ukuwabulala wona amaBhunu (To kill the Boers)
Hamba kahle Mkhonto Mkhonto (Go well Mkhonto/spear)
Mkhonto weSizwe (Spear of the Nation)”


“Thina sizwe esimnyama (We the black the nation)
Sikhalelela izwe lethu (Are we weeping for our land)
Elathathwa ngabamhlophe (Which was taken away from us by white people)
Mabayeke umhlaba wethu (Let them return our land).”

When Nelson Mandela goes to join the celestial life these are the songs that will see him on his way. Before Mandela became our founding father, the loving enforcer of our reconciliation and nationhood, he was a soldier and a treason trialist.

All these identities are embroidered into his soul and into the South African nation’s.

These songs, other songs like Ayesaba Amagwala, among many more, are the soundtrack of that history, which is why the High Court’s hate speech ruling has the nation stuttering since it appears to infringe on that history and legacy.

ANC Youth League president and tender magnate Julius Malema also infringes on that history when he uses Ayesaba Amagwala to instil fear and to use it as a song of race-baiting.

It shouldn’t be so used in a new era but it is up to his political superiors to ensure that the legacy of the ANC and other liberation movements is not sullied by young demagogues and naked populists wearing Che Guevara berets.

These are not battles for courts but battles for political discipline and for greater leadership than that presently offered by the ANC. We appear to have forgotten these words from Mandela:

“I have dedicated myself to the struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination.

I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and achieve. But if needs be it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

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