The ANC child is indeed dead

2012-04-21 10:15

The shenanigans that are going on between the ruling party and its youth wing, particularly its president, remind me of the words of the great Afrikaner poet Ingrid Jonker’s poem Die Kind / The Child: “The child is not dead. The child lifts his fist against his father; in the march of the generation?.?.?. shout the breath of righteousness and blood in the streets of his embattled pride.

The child is the shadow of the soldiers on guard with their rifles saracens and batons.

The child is present at all assemblies and legislation. The child peers through the windows of houses and into the hearts of mothers”.

Ingrid was referring to the killing of a black child by apartheid police in Langa, Cape Town. She insisted that the child was not dead at Orlando nor at Sharpeville.

The child here also epitomises the idea, and Ingrid purports that even if you kill the child advocating the idea, the idea itself is not dead.

It is now two years since the ruling party instituted the first disciplinary processes against the president and other leaders of its youth wing – from suspended sentences, to suspensions, to appeals, to expulsion, to appeals again, to summarily suspension.

The executive of the youth wing still regards its embattled leader as its president – according to them the child is not dead!

He still lifts his fist against his father; according to them the child is present at all assemblies and legislation; and he still peers through the windows of houses and into the hearts of mothers.

I know that although there are some in the ruling party who will carry the child on their shoulders if he is not dead and shout the breath of righteousness, there are also those who precautiously hope that Jonker was wrong and the child is indeed dead!!

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