We should join hands, and unite

2017-09-27 06:02

THE Group Areas Act was a tool the former government used to divide us and 23 years into our democratic government we are still divided.

We are still categorised in groups instead of South Africans. As unique as we are we should join hands and unite so that when it rains each one of us can stretch across the sky in a great bow of colour as a reminder that we can live in peace - a rainbow is a sign of hope for tomorrow.

In 1995 when the Rugby World Cup was on African soil we shocked the world when we came together as one. We went on to shock the world even further when we beat the tournament favourite, New Zealand.

No analyst in the world gave us a chance from the beginning to the very end of the tournament.

We were tagged as underdogs. Unity was the driving force, the catalyst to our glory.

Our national anthem speaks volumes, if we were to stick by the words it reflects this country could attain a lot of success and growth.

It’s always beautiful to see South Africans showcasing ubuntu and unity on Mandela Day because he was a man like no other, selfless.

His love was felt by young, old, black and white. If we can adopt his heart in our hearts, South Africans could see through what he envisioned for us, the kind of South Africa he hoped for.

We do have race issues, but sometimes we use race to raise conflict among ourselves, and in turn, race to courts.

Our leaders must not forget that to keep government they must return to grass roots, and listen. People are hungry, frustrated and desperate.

Those who have economic power must not sit and fold their arms [and wait] for everything to crumble when they can give back and alleviate poverty.

The deep wound created by segregation runs in many homes. The ruling party alone is no match for the growing population.

Poor people must not be violated and exploited just like those who pay young and vulnerable labourers R70 every three months with rotten food to eat.

We cannot allow such people to roam the streets when they treat others like animals in this day and age.

SAMUKELISO ‘KE’ MTHEMBU

Sobantu Township

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