Street naming, war and a question of justice in the world

2008-09-06 00:00

If ever there was a time when I felt that my journo and life-related experiences should be used, it is now. I grew up in Lamontville, a township south of Durban between Umlazi, the biggest black township in KwaZulu-Natal, and Chatsworth, the (arguably) single biggest Indian residential area on the African continent.

I grew up in a minute township, in terms of size, compared to other townships and settlements.

A lot has been said about the street renaming process and the proposed renaming of Kingsway, near Amanzimtoti, also south of Durban, to Andrew Zondo.

When there is a battle, there is never a winner because one always stands to lose other resources, something that has a price and which does not make one a winner.

When the apartheid government oppressed the black people of this country, they went to war with the very people whom they were oppressing and, as a result, the people who legitimised the government went to war with the government that they had elected — which oppressed black people.

A lot has also been said about how cruel Zondo’s act was, and expressed sympathy for the innocent people who died in the bombing.

If Botswana or Namibia decided to attack South Africa, so-called “innocent people” would be killed but it would be the very same people who had legitimised the government(s) who attacked this country.

So-called “innocent people” died on September 11, 2001, but were was the same people who elected Monkey Magic George W. Bush as United States president after an election run-off.

When the argument is brought up that white people in this country did not have a choice when they voted while black people were disenfranchised, I say that they did have a choice and that choice could have been not to vote. The latter choice, however, was not favourable as it would not (and did not) yield immediate benefits and results.

Some white people were better suited and were first-class beneficiaries of the apartheid system as it was more profitable not to fight against the system that benefited them more than other races, rather than fight for the rights of others.

Black people have reconciled with the damage that the white government caused and whites should do the same.

Zondo will continue to be a hero among the black community and perhaps the municipality should consider honouring those who died in the attack because they died as part of a mass racial revolution, one which all South Africans are benefiting from as opposed to wiping away the history of dead heroes.

There is no war or battle that does not have victims, sadly so, which brings me to ask: is there any justice in this world?

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