Dashiki Dialogues: They talk of war

2012-08-18 12:13

All sorts of poets and prophets, even parasites of a political mound are predicting great doom for this land of our fore fathers.

Even those some who Professor Malegapuru Makgoba compared to dethroned bonobos are excited to pronouns it.

Some do this as a loving lamentation of patriots while others speak of impending war with perverse glee.

To justify this talk of doom, the former point to the limitations of our ancestors’ loftier intentions for guiding us into our great experiment with democracy.

The later, a spoil-some lot, speak of how we are collectively predisposed to failure and so can’t help but stubble and implode.

I’ve sat with friends to talk about the country we’ve inherited at the contested moment of 1994 as young people meant to carry the land into its better tomorrow.

Some raised the continued destitute of native Africans, the apparent hegemony of former beneficiaries of apartheid and colonialism along with the perverse behaviour by the new ruling elite as our greatest threats.

This resultant inequality of opportunities both socially and economically, was proposed by others as reason for our crime problems.

The poorest of the poor cannot be expected to remain docile while being insulted with vulgar consumption of the fruits of a dispensation achieved in their name. After all it is them that gave more blood to birth this democracy.

We find that beneath all that we celebrate our inspiring presence at Olympics, the recent appointment of our beloved Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to lead the African Union and other audacious attempts at collective glory, there remain murmurs of how we are all headed towards a bloodletting.

I believe these hopeless whispers call for a frank talk about whether we still know what we all aspire to as a nation.

An earlier generation, many of whom have joined the league of our gallant freedom loving ancestors have brought us here.

Times call us to take our own steps into that final chapter of the South African liberation project. That chapter concerns the problem of economic redress and restorative justice. Our collective enemies are those who want to maintain their privilege at the expense of the poor.

This is Africa, so as we encounter this moment where hope is deem we must invokes our ancestors’ great traditions. It is imperative to summon the wisdom and courage they continue to inspired to his our aid.

As we choose our dashikis bravely to dialogue, finally with our greatest monster, racial justice and economic redress. Peace is already ours.


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