I am in exile

2019-04-26 16:14
Thlologelo Rampa

Thlologelo Rampa

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Name: Thlologelo Rampa

Age: 25

Occupation: Social worker

I am in exile. I should not be as I was born when apartheid took its last breath. I was born in October 1993 so I was born free. At least that is what I was made to believe my whole life. My dear Mr President, I am in exile because my home country does not feel like home anymore.

How do you expect me to stay in a country where I hold two degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand but was unemployed for three years?

How do you expect me to develop South Africa if I was never given the chance because I am either overqualified with my Master's degree or lack work experience because I am a graduate?

How do you expect me to stay a sane young person if I know my CV by heart, as I have had to work on it over 100 times applying for whatever position out of desperation?

How do you expect me to raise my two daughters in a country where their education is crap, medical attention is a myth, where their peers disappear within seconds and the government is doing nothing about it?

Why should I wake up every day to survive crime, rape, murder, abduction, load shedding, filthy water, corruption, racism and poverty, while the rich continue to be rich, well resourced, and safe in their high security homes? My life is clearly not worthy in my country.

I am now in Australia where my family and I have been offered refuge, peace and healing. My qualifications are valued. My children receive quality yet free education as well as free medical health care. We did not have to be arrested and imprisoned for that. We did not have to burn clinics for that. Neither did we have to sell our bodied for those jobs.

I arrived in Australia and within a month I attended my very first job interview and I got the job. It took three years, Mr President and three years was too long.

So, tell me Mr President… how will I return home? Why should I return home? I am in exile. My children will never know who they truly are as Africans but that is the sacrifice my family and I had to make.

I may have not left South Africa in the dusk, hiding behind false names such David Motsamai. I left everything behind as I was economically oppressed and chained by poverty, corrupt leaders and the inequality you continue to talk about every day in Parliament. I was tired of being a hopeless and helpless young person. However, more than anything, I could not continue to watch my children grow up in a country that would not value their lives. They deserve better. I am a 25-year-old African mother of two and I am in exile. 

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