Turning a blind eye to injustice is siding with the oppressor

2018-09-13 06:01

As a nation, we are faced with lots of challenges, ranging from abuse, unemployment, poverty, inequalities and so on.

Some of the challenges, including fraud, corruption and abuse are deliberate. However, they can all be conquered if we work together as a unit. Together we can do more to change the status quo.

As Emeritus Desmond Tutu once said: “If in the case of injustice you are neutral, then it’s clear you are siding with the oppressor”.

So we owe it to ourselves to be vocal and protect our neighbourhoods.

Challenges are there because we have decided to live in silos. We don’t speak out because it’s not happening to us.

In IsiXhosa there is a saying: “umntu ngumntu ngabantu”, you are because of others. No one is born to live alone. One person can have trillions of rands, but they will always need other people’s assistance. Unity is the key.

As south Africans, we need peace and happiness. In order to get that we must start from our own homes and streets, then the entire community. How we get there depends on us.

If we are honest in our prayers for peace and happiness, we must provide that in our homes, churches and work. We should follow the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi: “be the change you want to see”. Let’s not turn a blind eye against women abuse, let’s denounce racism, let us start to care for our neighbour’s children. Madiba once said: “It’s in your hands”. I say it again Unity is key.

Thembalethu Qolo Nyanga, KTC

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