Nelson Mandela


Suburban and town and White farm neighbourhood WhatsApp groups are extremely triggering. There are many criminals of many races. Murderers amongst all. But you can always guess what race the people are who are in a “suspicious” car. It’s ok for us to come in to clean their toilets, bathrooms and showers, but not to live. It’s ok to come in to mow their lawns, get rid of their weeds, but not to live next to them.

I left a neighbourhood group when they kept hankering after the old days. (The days when we Black people had been forcibly removed from our land, forced into townships and they took over and kept everything near the nice beaches, on fertile grounds pale.) You know, the days that began with THEM, not with the original dwellers of our country. But there’s a street one I’m still part of, and recently, someone said they miss what this place used to be like. Before there were apartment buildings being built that will allow the poorer (Ie. People of colour) to move here and dilute the population even more.

I couldn’t keep quiet. I was tired of them thinking Cape Town began with THEM. So I quipped something alone the lines of, “I’m sure the Khoi also miss what it was like before their entire way of living was stolen from them. Can’t imagine what it must have been like.” The Khoi and San (Khoi seen in photo above) are said to be the first to be found here in the Cape. When the Buffalo and the lions roamed free and we intermarried with each other, especially them and Xhosa people. When we could go where we wanted to go.

I’m sorry. My hero is not Nelson Mandela. Not that I have a hero, but there are greater men than he. Men so great that instead of being imprisoned and kept alive, they were murdered by the State. Men like Steve Biko. Men with vision. Men who wanted us to be given what belonged to us. men who were a REAL intellectual danger to the status quo. Men who wanted real change and justice.

Hmm, just look at Zululand. (I’m currently reading a book on the Maphumulo Uprising, hence the example.)Colonisers came, and took the land. Squashing the Zulu people onto a twelfth of what was theirs. A measly twelfth of their own land! Then imposing tax and rent on them. And more tax. And then taking our men and forcing them to build roads for the colonisers’ horses and wagons, making the chiefs impotent by forcing them to find the men. What kind of leader are you if someone else imposes their laws on you in a land in which YOU were the law?

We have a host of battles and mass murders of our people that we used to call by name. Like Sharpeville Day when peacefully demonstrating people in Sharpeville were massacred by the State. But Mandela became President and whitewashed those days. Now that day is called Human Rights’ day. I hate how these shops (run by that race) trivialise the brutality of that day by having ads such as “It’s everybody human right to have bread. We now seek gluten-free bread.” Seriously? Your people murdered us in cold blood just because we were WALKING, asking to be treated as humans. And you want to relate our right to life to the right to buy your bread?

But that’s what the new government did. They took a bloody day of death and heartbreak in December and called it Day of Reconciliation. But nobody has reconciled with anybody! They still want us off the land they stole. They still keep us as their servants and slaves… Still abuse us on the farms we were also forced to work on. What reconciliation? Instead we bent over backwards and they kept the real power-economic and wealth. Reconciled my foot!

Or how about the day now called Heritage Day? A day that used to be called Shaka Day to commemorate Shaka, the great king who united a strong nation. Now we all trot out our traditional clothing as if it’s a costume or like it’s the American Halloween when people play dress up. And wear it only on that day before conforming too Western standards the rest of the year🙄It’s even referred to as National Braai (barbecue) day! What about the Zulu nation and us recognising them and all they lost?

Mandela whitewashed our history. He whitewashed our struggles, our deaths, and our Black leaders. Any wonder these people here in these still very white areas believe they were the first? It’s because we haven’t done anything to remind them that they found us here and then made us suffer here, and then raped and killed us here.

We were here first. Mandela let them forget that…And what it means to apologise, make reparations THEN reconcile with someone YOU wronged.

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