Joseph Mathunjwa Tells The Children The Truth

2015-08-20 08:28

Joseph Mathunjwa spoke to the people well. I’m in deep thought as I recollect some of the major points he raised while speaking at the top of his voice to a large crowd in Marikana on Sunday.

As Mathunjwa rendered his lengthy and engaging address, I excitedly started chanting an old Bob Marley tune in my head: ‘Tell the children the truth, Tell the children the truth right now, come on and tell the children the truth..’

Everyone who spoke at the Marikana Massacre commemorations did so well I suppose. The environment itself didn’t provide for reckless political attitudes the nation has become accustomed to under a certain leadership. This was a gathering of the sober minded side of black South Africa.

Joseph Mathunjwa is a deeply affected man in the regard of the Marikana massacre. Though it was affecting to hear him speak with that passion, it was equally explicable. In the aftermath of the 16 August 2012 tragedy, some people have even went as far as asking whether  Mathunjwa’s AMCU (Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union) had done enough in its capacity as a union to prevent the massacre.

But it has become clear through the findings of the Farlam Commission that AMCU could in no way be held liable or responsible, since the miners had gone on an unprotected strike unrepresented. AMCU was a mere fledgling at the time. The miners were fed up with the then dominant but ineffective National Union of Mineworkers, and had taken matters into their own hands with the so called ‘wildcat strike’.

Without a doubt, AMCU sought to use this festering state to recruit the striking miners and all workers who found NUM a barren institution. As reported, the miners were keen to join AMCU, but the situation was too volatile for negotiations at that time. AMCU resembled an enthusiastic agent who manages to slip his business card to a star right in the middle of a violent argument with their current agent.

AMCU, in its capacity as a potential union of choice for the miners, had tried on occasions to quell the protest and bring the strikers and the employers to the negotiation table. Joseph Mathunjwa had himself gone to the ‘koppie’ the day before the massacre to plead with the miners to abandon the strike. He also wanted them to join AMCU, and fight through it. On the day of the massacre, Mr Mathunjwa equally appealed with them, lamenting in foresight that ‘black lives are cheap’.

On the day of this year's commemorations, precisely three years since the massacre, Mathunjwa stood like a proficient messenger before the crowd of keen African children. And when he did open his mouth, he told nothing but the truth. He did not speak from his own private reserves, but from the reserves of truth, I argue.

Thabo Mbeki, the former ANC and South African president, went to the lengths of composing a popular prose when the sun yet shone over him, declaring himself an African. But Thabo Mbeki has not during his entire presidency as much told the truth as Mathunjwa did in that one day, in that one address.

In his address, the Farlam Commission, which was appointed by President Jacob Zuma to investigate the events around the dreadful massacre, was thoroughly derided and renamed ‘The Farlam Omission’. This is based on the issue that there were some unreasonable conclusions drawn by the commission as it processed the evidence and testimony presented to it.

Mathunjwa did neither spare those considered the chief culprits in the black man’s struggle for better living conditions, those who are ‘black on the outside and white on the inside’. His impassioned address was neither for the academic nor for the commoner. He canvassed to all and was heard by all.

Joseph Mathunjwa did not mince his words about our so called Democracy being nothing but a backdoor agreement between the ruling party and white capital. He reminded us that there were secret meetings with white monopoly capital at the Development Bank of South Africa, wherein our struggle was ‘sold out’ by those who were supposed to represent the liberation movement.

Cyril Ramaphosa is one of those who headed the now dreaded pre-democracy negotiations, which resulted in an ANC-Anglo union, as reflected on the South African flag. All this happened at the expense of South Africa’s black majority, for the benefit of globalist white capital. Mathunjwa called these international gods the ‘transnational corporations’. Like any upright African, he found it obscene that the value of our minerals was determined by foreign institutions like the New York Stock Exchange.

What I found profound about Joseph Mathunjwa’s address is the fact that he didn’t spare either the current rising global power in BRICS, which the ANC government has openly embraced like a highly necessary solution to Western Imperialism. To illustrate his point, Mr Mathunjwa even referred to a prominent social media graphic, which depicts Africa as a big tender piece of steak, with several European powers having lined up plates around so to feast. In the instance of the AMCU leader’s BRICS comparison, Brasil, Russia, India, and China have substituted Europe as the new indulgers.

But Mathunjwa, even turning dramatically to plead directly to EFF’s Julius Malema, implied and swore Africa would not have it. Whatever it was the globalists and their black puppets had planned would not meet the approval of Africa. This was the message from Joseph Mathunjwa of AMCU, and those who had listened were visibly reassured and inspired by his informative speech.

Earlier on, before Mathunjwa delivered what I consider to have been the keynote address, one of the children of the slain miners had said Mathunjwa was a good man, and that he would tell the truth. This was an understatement. Mathunjwa rained down a flood of truth – hard truth – and quenched the drought of African thought. He possibly also drowned the adversely ignorant in the process.

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