The Hypocrites... Ag, sies! Bayasinyanyisa!

2013-12-19 05:22

"Ag, sies! Bayasinyanyisa!"... These are the words made famous by the legendary poet, Mzwakhe Mbuli aka The People’s Poet, in his album, Change is Pain. The poem itself talks about the hypocrites… the then apartheid government that resisted change… the police officers of which would strip-search innocent citizens for guns, while they themselves would be carring guns.

Gone are those days, though. Now we are living in a new era… the ANC era. The age and times on which change can happen at any time. And I mean CHANGE! The real change. The NAME CHANGE!

We have witnessed this ANC-led government changing the names of anything that could ever cross their minds. My assumptions are that they don’t even take time to first give it a thought, but to “just do it”. I believe they probably do this over a glass of something.

We have seen them renaming the Jan Smuts International Airport into Johannesburg International Airport, and later on, to OR Tambo. We have seen them changing the HF Verwoerd Hospital into Pretoria Academic Hospital, and later on, to Steve Biko Academic Hospital.

We have seen them changing the names of all black universities, hence destroying their history. I’m talking of the likes of Vista University being swallowed into University of Pretoria. Both Medunsa and University of the North being changed into the University of Limpopo, and University of Transkei being renamed the Walter Sisulu University.

…while we have the (historically) white universities retaining their history. Take for instance, University of Pretoria, Wits University, Stellenbosch University and University of Cape Town. They all remained as they were. Well, I don’t want them to be changed, I just fail to comprehend the logic and the rationale behind the decision to change the others.

Ironically, we still have something called De Tuynhuys. Yes, you heard me right! Tuynhuys… the Cape Town office of the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa. For Heaven's sake, this highly protected office is right in Parliament! How do you manage to change Messina to Musina, Orange Free State to Free State, and Mafikeng to Mahikeng, but fail to change Tuynhuys? I mean, really? Aren’t we being the hypocrites?

Of late, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) also released a statement that they would love to see the Union Buildings being renamed (into Mandela Buildings, I guess). What the hell! What is wrong with the word “Union”? Doesn’t the word “union” have everything to do with “togetherness”? Oh my!

I do not oppose to name changes, though. But I really need to be educated on what criterion is being used to implement such change. I would love to know who deserves to retain their identity, and who doesn’t… and why!

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