For the youth of 1976, fighting Apartheid was a just cause

2017-06-15 06:00
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Black power!

For those who remember that slogan as I do will surely remember how it formed part of a unified group of people with one goal in mind.

The goal of making sure that all the injustices that were being experienced in our communities would be overhauled by a people united in their quest for social justice.

There was a common goal amongst the people and it said phantsi ngemfundo yengcinezelo.

This time around the uprising surprised the brutal and suppressive government of the day.

It seemed as if they had never expected anything to be done by the student front. They had undermined the force that the vibrant youth possessed. It took them by surprise and as a result it led them to retaliate in a brutal fashion as we know today.

They massacred helpless and defenseless young kids. They maimed and imprisoned many. Some were lucky and some were not so lucky. Some still have horrific memories of what happened to them and their loved ones.

Our brothers and sisters, uncle, aunts, mothers and fathers and those in the Southern African Development Community bit the bullet on our behalf even though the struggle wasn’t theirs.

They sacrificed because they wanted a free Mzantsi. 41 years ago we saw a united people of Mzantsi, one that was not divided and controlled by different political affiliations. Their goal was to liberate a Mzantsi nation.

If you fight against a formalized enemy surely they will devise brutal tactics and this was the case. They created factions within the front by infiltrating the structures. They planted what were referred to as impimpis. This didn’t end there but spiralled down into the political organizations and it destroyed them.

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