City Vision ngu ngqa ngendaba zabantu

Thank you ever so much for your consistency on matters of our wider community, which are covered by your newspaper every Thursday, without fail.

Your paper carries both good and bad news zendawo esihlala kuzo.

IsiXhosa is a home language in which I can express myself very well and am comfortable ngaso, but because your paper is in English, ndakupitiliza ndisiya.

As we enter the month of September, a month of Heritage, when we celebrate legends in jazz, culture, music and traditions.

Never shall we forget and stop commemorating the brutal slaying of unyana ka Mamcethe uBantubonke Stephen Biko.

He wasn’t the only one to be violently snuffed out by the cruel Apartheid system and its bloodthirsty criminals. There was also the Poqo massacre country-wide and others like Onkgopotse Tiro, Mapetla Mohapi. The list is endless.

Of course our forebears were slaughtered wholesale zezi zigebenga across the political divide. We shall continue mourning them as we shall not be forced to adhere to their(oppressor’s) divisive, hateful and the cruel manipulation of black people on racial lines.

Your paper today(City Vision 06/09/2018, “To evict or to vacate”) carries a very sad front page story of black leadership evicting a black woman, ndiyazibuza kwenzeka ntoni apha?

Isn’t there a better way of dealing with this matter? Our communities are full of these “powerful” people who have abrogated serious powers upon themselves on other peoples miseries.

Where has the once proud spirit of blackness gone to?

The piece on little Oyingwele Zokufa(Man kills 2-year-old, ditto edition) is one that disturbed me greatly after a whole lot of other child killings throughout the Western Cape this year and in the past.

These atrocities show no sign of abating at all, instead zanda imihla nezolo.

Just last week, a young Zimbabwean girl from Kraaifontein was slaughtered and stuffed in a black refuse bag. Has black life become so cheap even nase bantwaneni abangenatyala?

I know I am not the first and last black man raising these matters in your paper.

Don’t you, I and the wider community have a responsibility to raise our hands and voices sithi “this is not who we are”?

Deputy minister Mkhongi couldn’t hold back his grief for such a dastardly deed, so did I when reading the report.

The police are under siege in our communities throughout the nation, it is also alleged they are actually part of the underworld.

Uzibuze ukuba siyaphi? But one thing I know, there are far better and good people still living in our homes, young or old.

Finally there is a team of women in Lavender Hill, who celebrated their 10th anniversary under an outfit called Philisa Abafazi Bethu (PAB), who are doing sterling work in finding missing kids.

Heavy sentences have been meted out to spineless killers by the courts through their intervention.

I take my hat off to the Lucinda Evans, PAB and all those organisations who give so much of their time and scarce resources.

It takes people of your calibre to rise to the occasion, lift their delicate but strong hands and powerful voices without ukucela injezu eluntwini. Phambili manina!, as we leave behind the dreaded month of August, where your female offspring were brutally slain again.

I convey my deepest sympathies to oomama. It’s a long road towards August 2019. Let’s be vigilant and be “woke”.

As a Black Consciousness adherent and believer in “true humanity”, I know the answers to our pain and sorrow lies within the bosom of our community.

Camagu.

Monelo Bongo , Thembani, Khayelitsha
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