Winnie said what needed to be said

2010-03-13 00:00

THE past week has been a busy one as the ghosts of pre-democratic South Africa came spooking at all of us.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ex-wife of South Africa’s first democratic president Nelson Mandela, came out with her guns blazing against the Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

She went for the jugular as she listed everything that Mandela, as leader of the ANC, represented and which he has now forsaken.

Although she has ghosts in her closet and she isn’t the chairperson of a women’s Bible group, you have got to give it to Winnie for being fearless and for standing up for what she believes in.

Who else would take two Nobel Peace Prize laureates, in Mandela and archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu, who happen to be the only laureates to have lived on the same street [Khumalo Street] in Soweto, and piss on their integrity?

However uncomfortable they may be to many people, Winnie raised issues that need to be raised.

Because South Africa wants to sustain the image of a rainbow and dream nation, we have portrayed the likes of Mandela and Tutu, among others, as the voice of reason when in actual fact, reason did not prevail with them at all times and they sometimes made flawed decisions.

This reminds me of the same obsession Britons have with Princess Diana, as tainted and bizarre as she was at times.

At times one wonders what would have happened if she had lived longer, maybe had a baby with Jacob Zuma? Even better, married him.

The same goes for the Beckhams.

David burst the bubble when he got intimate with the Spanish language translator for Real Madrid, Rebecca Loos.

A lot of issues need to be revisited in South Africa if there is going to be harmony in the country.

The issue of land cannot remain unresolved as people will die for their ancestral land, regardless of how petty others may see it. It is all they have.

Land has a direct link to mines and the debate on mines needs to take place as there will be a lot of furniture-moving if it is ignored.

People are fed up and they feel let down as their membership to certain political parties is not putting food on their table.

They want delivery of services and they want it now, with no more promises.

The truth, or lack thereof, that was spoken during the Truth Commission has left many people with pain as certain personalities were then and remain today, untouchable, some of whom are now in the National Assembly.

People have been taken for a ride for too long and now they want to get off the vehicle, even if it’s through “i-stuff” or “isipharaphara” (while the vehicle is moving).

The disparities of this country are gaping at the hungry and fed-up masses, while the haves are giving them the middle finger.

Ultimately, the chickens will come home to roost, and roost they will.

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