History rewritten one day

2016-09-28 06:00

PAPI LEQHEKU, Bohlokong, Bethlehem:

I COULD not help but to recall the statement of Ali Shariati that if we remove the concept of time from the history of our people, we will be left with the society of that people.

Since the arrival of the whites at the southern tip of the African continent, the sun dials have not moved an inch, only the terminology of oppression marked by Christian benevolence, the process of colonialisation perpetrated with a false sense of paternalism and racial domination pursued with reckless disregard to humanity and apartheid.

These are one and the same evils.

On the other hand, the slave, the indentured labourer, the migrant worker and the ­employee are one and the same person swearing for the privileged few.

The simple truth is that in South Africa the requisition-based consolidation of political and economic power which have been achieved by a systematic subjugation and exploitation based upon racial tyranny is in the hands of the whites.

It is against this background that the trust of the liberation struggle must be viewed, because the demolition of apartheid would inevitably result in freedom, equality, justice and dignity.

But it would not necessarily bring about an alteration in the imbalance in power which finally unleashes the ultimate.

In the preamble to the African Charter of Human and People’s rights it is stated: Convinced that it is henceforth essential to pay particular attention to the right to development and that civil and political rights cannot be dissociated from economic, social and cultural rights.

Further, this compilation rejects the false assumption that the “powerless are voiceless”.

This assumption has been exploited, too often, by the fact that the oppressed and exploited people have never ceased to articulate their demands and aspirations in spite of legal and para-legal machinery at the disposal of the oppressed and exploited.

In order to redress the imbalance, the “powerless” ones of today will acquire power because ultimately the struggle is for power and concomitant in that struggle is the freedom from racial oppression and exploitation.

The perception of the black communities has resulted in a gross historical misrepresentation of the history of this country by those who serve to justify the existence of a purified racial oligarchy.

Someday, in the future, the history of African South will have to be rewritten.

Not set to serve and justify a particular ideology group or class – but to record a candid and impassionate history of its people.

And I just wanted not to remind my leaders one day that they were there by the death of my organisation.

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