Lunga telling it as it is, or as it should

2015-06-11 06:00
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The front page story in last week’s edition of City Vision, headlined Protesters face guns, refers.

I thought I’d pen this “reminder”, for solely the attention of the Marikana informal settlement folk. For one, I am a resident of Lower Crossroads and have been for many years. The frustration, mayhem and madness caused by your actions during your highly-publicised service delivery protest are untold. We have seen service delivery protests before, but none like this one. You crossed the line. Now, let me put it to you: Marikana is as a result of an illegal land invasion. The land you decided to occupy is privately-owned and its owner, Power Development Projects, withdrew the court case against you, allowing you to stay on it without having to suffer sleepless nights. How it escapes you that the City of Cape Town is not able to supply the services you are crying out for on privately-owned land beats me. The informal settlement does not have proper streets, to start with, because it was built in a haphazard manner and out of desperation on your part. So ambulances and members of the SAPS battle to gain access to Marikana, placing lives in great danger.

Now, let’s delve deeper into your childish, uneducated and ignorant actions in the past weeks. Where do you get off setting schools and law-abiding citizens’ houses alight? Poor Letitia Mali (MaBhayi, the owner of one of the burnt houses), who apparently had to suffer a heart attack following the incident. Also, picture the sight of young school children, some barely able to tie their own shoelaces, having to run around trying to avoid standing in harm’s way or being burned by a fire started by people old enough to be their parents. Don’t you have kids of your own? Where is your conscience? Or did you leave it behind in the places from where you suddenly appeared, since Marikana is a fruit salad of individuals from as far as Langa, Worcester, Kraaifontein, etc?

You have ‘touched us on our studio’ and it is important that you know that so that doing it again is never an option. The revenge attacks showed as much. Going into war with Lower Crossroads folk is like inviting a street kid over for dinner. Lest you forget, this residential area came as a result of the black-on-black violence and strife in Old Crossroads. When the sons and daughters of this neck of the jungle smell a good fight, they don’t step back. They go for the jugular.

If your acts were meant to sow divisions between you and your neighbours on the other side of Sheffield Road, then you may have succeeded. How do you explain that, in this day and age, black people have to be separated from other black people by barbed wire, with a police nyala standing guard at all hours of the day? Your ill-timed deeds have taken us back to the dark old days. You have opened old wounds, and ouch, they hurt still. Next time, should you need to embark on a toyi-toyi, please know where to address your grievances. It should not be lost on you that your area has been around for such a short time to be holding everyone to ransom for lack of services, and that in no way means we are not sympathetic to your plight. Allow me to plead with you, in good spirit, not to be like a guy who, after being granted a hug by a lady, now wants to kiss her. Patience can cook a stone.

Between you and me, good fences make good neighbours. But barbed wire and blue lights make bad neighbours


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