Use of intshiza must be killed by ubuntu revival

2018-03-15 06:00
Klanisi bemoans the usage of guns.

Klanisi bemoans the usage of guns.

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Oh!! Intshiza, some will call it intsimbi yomlungu, a white man’s weapon, a gun.

This is a weapon that took away our young dear brothers and sisters. It took away our ways of solving things in times of conflict as African people. In our days, people do not talk much, do not engage in dialogues or conversations in trying to understand the nature of conflict, to understand what exactly happened - but we let ‘intshiza’ to do the talk, gqwaaa!

In this piece of writing, I am focusing on you my young brothers from ekasi, the so called “townships”.

I miss the times of our great forefathers, where they will use induku or intonga ‘sticks’ if necessary when they get into conflict with each other. Today that ‘intonga’ refers to ‘intshiza’, from sticks ‘intonga’ to ‘Intshiza’, a gun or some will call ‘intsimbi yomlungu’, a white man’s weapon.

Death was rare back then, it was something big when it occurs. In our days, death is not much of a big deal, especially if it’s not from own blood, your own family to say.

Today, if people fight the worse thing in their minds, is ‘Intshiza’ “I will take his or her life”. Death is not a big deal, but it should be.

What will it take for us, majita wasekasi to realise that ‘Intshiza’ is not the ultimate solution. There will always be conflicts where there are people. However, we need to find other ways of engaging in these conflicts instead of killing each other. We are Africans. We might be born in different family or coming from different clans or tribes but ultimately we are brothers.

This is not a judgemental call I am making, I am not perfect myself.

It is a call to conscious reawakening to you my brothers including myself. We are brothers after all, that is an African way of thinking.

And I condone this kind of thinking, because it speaks to unity, Ubuntu, togetherness, injury to one injury to all, it speaks to neighbourhood.

‘Hare bafethu… intshiza must be a last thing in our minds’


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