Patriotism only can save the freedom of our nation

2015-04-21 16:42

As we celebrate this year’s freedom day, and those remarkable freedom fighters, who dedicated their lives to this freedom and democracy that we are celebrating today, we should remind ourselves of those relentless efforts of those who fought for liberation, of the many men and women who took up arms and courted imprisonment, bannings and torture on behalf of the oppressed masses.

This year we gather together on the beautiful land of occupied Azania and throughout our motherland to celebrate an historic day during which we should rededicate ourselves to the building of a united, democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous society. We should commit ourselves to ensuring the defence of the sacred freedoms that we had won as a result of a long, difficult and costly struggle. We should remind ourselves that the guarantee of these freedoms requires permanent vigilance. It is our responsibility as citizens to devote ourselves to continue to work to wipe out the legacy of racism in our country and that our government ensures that all our people enjoy these freedoms not merely as theoretical rights but they must form the daily life experience of all South Africans.

We should recommit ourselves to work with other Africans in our country and the rest of our Continent to promote the achievement of the goal of African unity. That unity also means that in our own country, South Africa, we must continue to live together with our brothers and sisters from other African countries as good neighbours. Wherever we may be, we should be proud of our identity as Africans and do nothing that brings shame and humiliation on ourselves both as a country and as Africans.

Sadly, in occupied Azania, we mark our Freedom day with our heads bowed. The shameful actions of a few have tarnished the name of South Africa through criminal acts against our African brothers and sisters from other parts of the continent. When one watch television, read newspapers and other media, we come across with shocking images of violence against people from other countries who live in our country, including cold-blooded acts of murder, brutal assault, looting and destruction of their property.

Ever since the birth of our democracy, we have been witnessing such callousness. As part of the reflection that Freedom Day requires of all of us, we must acknowledge the events of the past weeks as an absolute disgrace to our Continent. The violent attacks and criminality we have seen perpetrated by a few South Africans is opposed to everything that our freedom from apartheid represents. The violent attacks and criminality we have seen by a few South Africans in Kwa Zulu Natal and some parts of Johannesburg stands against everything we have sought to do to build a humane and caring society built on the values of Ubuntu. The cruel actions of these few individuals do not reflect the values of our people who for decades have lived together with their fellow African brothers and sisters, whom they accept, without question, truly as their own!

As we celebrate these freedoms, South Africans should realise that there are some things we can never forget. We should never forget that our struggle for liberation has always been both national and Pan-African. For this reason, we must never forget that our freedom was attained through the combined effort of Africans drawn from all countries of our Continent. Neither should we forget that many people from other African countries helped us by providing shelter, scholarships and other means to survive while many in our region died because of apartheid aggression as they supported us in the struggle to defeat apartheid. We must also understand that our own progress and prosperity is dependent on the progress and prosperity of our neighbours and other African countries. Thus South Africans have to understand that they too are Africans: they are both native Africans and continental. This is the time for unity; it is a time to speak with one voice against all these barbaric attacks which will take us back to a past of violent conflict which no one among us can afford. On this this month of Freedom Day, we should all as South Africans, pause to reflect on what it means to be a human being, a South African and an African. Thus we shall be able to answer the question whether we are on the right path towards a united, liberated and peaceful nation. We all have responsibility to defend human freedom and human life. This means that we must remain firm in our commitment to work hard to achieve the goal of a non-racial, non-sexist, non-ethnical and most of all a non-violent country for our people.

Whatever concerns that exist in our society, including those about lack housing, unemployment, lack of adequate service delivery, load-shedding, and so on, these should be addressed in a manner that is consistent with the dignified, and humane that defines a caring society not through criminal means.

As I put my pen down, is a vital for our government to make an effort and afford us with a national platform to educate our people on Xenophobia and Afrophobia and assist one another to understand the phenomenon of migration, its global nature, its causes and how others elsewhere in the world manage it, avoiding its mismanagement.

It is totally wrong to for South Africans to isolate and segregate foreign Nationals, when we should integrate them within our communities as it was a tradition many decades. All of us, as society, need to inculcate among ourselves the ethos and ethics that help build great and successful nations; we need to help bring about a spirit of resilience in the face of what would seem formidable odds; we need to infuse a culture of unity and cohesion to sustain a better country.

God Bless Afrika | Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika | Mungu ibariki Afrika!!!

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