Africans Still Treated As Hewers

2016-05-04 11:37

Pixley lsaka ka-Seme eloquently described the black body in a manner no other has come close. The seminal piece of the African Renaissance is one of his best conceptualisations. In it he declared; "I am an African, and I set my pride in my race over against public opinion". This was in 1906.

On 8 January 1912 in Bloemfontein, ka-Seme was the keynote speaker. Church was key at this meeting too. Church has always worked to unite not divide blacks. At this important gathering Selope Thema opened it by stating;

"It was a gathering of Chiefs who had never seen each other before. And they had come from the four provinces and the High It was a gathering, if I may say so, of the departed spirits of the African race, among whom were such men as Sandile, Shaka, Moshoeshoe, Cetshwayo, Moroka, Khama, Sekhukhune, Soshangane and Ramapulana".

Ka-Seme eloquently followed along these lines to state that;

"Chiefs of royal blood and gentlemen of our race, we have gathered here to consider and discuss a scheme which my colleagues and I have decided to place before you. We have discovered that in the land of their birth, Africans are treated as hewers of wood and drawers of water.

The white people of this country have formed what is known as the Union of South Africa - a union in which we have no voice in the making of laws and no part in their administration.

We have called you, therefore, to this conference, so that we can together devise ways and means of forming our national union for the purpose of creating national unity and defending our rights and privileges."

Ka-Seme's words have never been less important not even this day. Blacks are called upon to realise that without coming together and confronting their problems in solidarity, their fate is sure to be exactly as their collective past experiences since 1652 in South Africa.

Still 52 percent of the population of South Africa lives in poverty, 98 percent of these are black as in Coloureds, Africans and Indians. The wealth of this land is held 97 percent by whites who through the National Party and recently the Democratic Alliance are using all political tricks in the book to hold on to economic power keeping blacks as second class citizens.

Today, the elevation of administrative law to be above redress and fairness has won the day causing blacks to fight amongst each other whilst the oppressive class continues to rule real lives. It is not through white interests parties that blacks will receive their freedoms. It has never happened and it will not happen. The Democratic Alliance is only there to delay our collective ambitions to feel home at home. Their window dressing as apartheid did with bantustans then, is what they are once again doing with the proto-bantustans front faces of the DA today. There is no change, the master is once again on his usual tricks to divide blacks and put up a farce just to hold on to power.

Africans in particular must beware and vigilant. The Democratic Alliance was not formed for us. Its origins are at the preservation of the status quo. This we must together refuse and join with non-racial organisations that truly seek and have fought for black emancipation.

This is not the season to dishonour our ancestors and give their land over on a silver platter. Let us all honour the memories of Sandile, Shaka, Moshoeshoe, Cetshwayo, Moroka, Khama, Sekhukhune, Soshangane and Ramapulana as Ka-Seme and elders of 1912. We must set our pride in our race over against manufactured negative public opinion aimed at dividing us. Now is the time.

@mbindwane

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