Who are you Sir to say?

2013-06-01 07:56

Cry my beloved Diepsloot. Have your breasts clogged from streaming the milk I once fed from? Or have your children stopped drinking from the wisdom of your bosoms?  Is it really you?

Have they done something to you, what is it my Diepsloot? I may have left you but deep down I still swell with pride at your mention. It’s what they keep saying about you that brings me shame. Do I know you like a child should know his mother, the only mother he ever knew? You can’t have succumbed to your hardship, the only thing you have known all your life?

Cry my beloved Diepsloot: who gives birth to her children bursting everyday with hope and full of light, her streets rejuvenating the limbs of her overworking children. What is it I keep hearing? Is this how you should be known or should I, me, your child, tell of how I know you otherwise?

But who is this Sir to say of my Diepsloot?

Please Sir, don’t tell me about Diepsloot from watching her through the tinted windows of your fancy cars and tour-buses taller than the shards of her shacks.  You will know less than you did if you sit on Media Businesses Breakfast discussing how well to curb the overpopulation of my Diepsloot. Which Diepsloot exactly?

Unless you talking about the Diepsloot which you have designed a breathing space for criminal activities and the vagabonds who torment the streets of her children. Then you will be talking about the Diepsloot in which you built a white elephant police station. Or is it art, what does it mean? In my Diepsloot you would have build libraries, recreational centers, and conducive environment free from the shackles of your subjection.  Don’t tell me about not having enough land, when in the Diepsloot you designed you have managed well to plant corrupt counselors who spend less than 24 hours in jail for prostituting her community of what should be at her disposal. Well Sir, then the Diepsloot in which you brought your team of newsmakers to tell the world whatever your engineering was this time, is yours and you are to answer for it.

Let’s hear it

You will know better to answer all they would want to know. After, you have advocates of your sentiments. They dare not deviate from your PR plans, unless they want to take three questions after you have read from your ‘cut and paste’ script. Three questions, Sir, serious! Or you will tell your boys to tell them that they are talking nonsense, prisons are full. Will you tell them that the criminals full of prisons are the ones you have created in Diepsloot and places like her?

Well done in getting your expensive shoes and suits dusty in that drug-ridden community, Booysen in Johannesburg. Your boys will lie low for now; they know this moment is crucial.  Votes are everything to you. Its better you were there yourself, than to use the ‘name drop’ technique. Heads would have rolled for real this time. Enough about heads and showers. We use showers for different beliefs. Am sure you have plenty of showers over your head at your controversial mansion to back up your beliefs.  Diepsloot don’t know much about showers.

You can’t fool everyone all the time.

Although I believe you have tried your best to distort the real picture of my Diepsloot, I am hopeful you have not pulled it over on everyone.  Not everyone is foolable all the time.  Some have seen through you and your wishy-washy wits. Some have chosen to not to see. But with every hardship comes change. You have brought hardship to the soul of my Diepsloot. You must be thrilled in being the number one fish in the pond. But Sir, no one knows when will Jesus come, not even you, Sir?

Diepsloot knows when the cock crows, she must wake up and join the mad morning rush. Else she will miss the over-priced taxi to work. What is this e-tolling thing Sir? It hasn’t started yet taxis go up every fourth-night, will we see the end of it Sir? I also heard your boys rode in a community transport somewhere but I also remember they slept at my Diepsloot one time. I saw them that morning, eating Magwinya (fat-cakes) at our community library. Hhawu Sir, they could have offered the few of us in the library, or is it that you never like clever blacks. Sheeew!

But Sir, my Diepsloot has not perished at all. She still has her good genes rooted in her children. They are rising even under the tough means for survival to which you have placed them. Of course, you will pretend not to know about this, you seem to spend most of your time overseas. We know about your trips in your private jet (I heard you are getting another one!). You remind us every time, about South Africa being the only country that fights corruption and allows strikes to happen more than any other country you have been to. With all due respect, Sir, it makes a bad anecdote when told more than once on every national issue.

Let me tell you something which might offend you Sir. My Diepsloot raises her children in the best way she knows how. She does not have fancy cooling offices to labor for its own PR to tell the real story about herself. But she knows better that, to live the best way you can yet the only way there is, you make do with what you have. My Diepsloot will, however compelling the situation may be, rain or sunshine, overcome this hardship and she will show you Sir, that there is more to her than you let the world believe about her.

She has cried and bled without asserting her own voice. But she will cry no more. And one day, one day the world will know her, as the woman overcoming hardship, giving her children the best she can.

You have, once again, outdone yourself Sir, grab that Champaign glass, have a drink over her fallen community, which is by the way, your design. But here’s to what would make you swallow hard Sir, until my Diepsloot rises and owns herself, she will never know peace.

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