Monday, 13 April 2015


Went to visit my father a few weeks back and he told a story that was kind of mind blowing. When he was growing up in Tanzania back in the 70s, joining the Umkhonto we sizwe was all the rage. Members of the MK would come to schools and give protest lectures, hand to hand combat workshops, and even photo ops. Must've been so cool for the kids, meeting real life rebels that were fighting for the freedom and equality of Africans.

But what gets to me is how the stories of MK's involvement with neighboring countries have been either forgotten or completely ignored. The mere fact that 'xenophobia' is a word that we use in South Africa, raises the hairs on the back of my neck. It's safe to say that if it weren't for alliances with Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Tanzania and various other independents, the MK and even the ANC would not be where they are today.

So how, by mother Africa's bosom, can the very same people that were protected by foreigners, turn on foreigners?

Here's the kicker, by 'foreigners' I mean black Africans... not Asian or European immagrants. Because when it's a white Italian opening up shop all is well. But a Black Zimbabwean selling sweets at the spaza - OH HELL NO!

There is already way to much to worry about in this country like: The fact that most white South Africans, born and bred here, can't speak the vernacular, the fact that laws in this country can only be made applicable if written in English and Afrikaans ONLY, or the fact that our Matric pass rate has been lowered so much that our future looks a little dim.

In this corner, independent for only 21 years, no civil wars and 11 official languages... SOUTH AFRICA. And in the rest of the corners, with over 60 years independence, thousands if not millions sacrificed for equality and freedom and over 1700 languages... AFRICA. Lets get ready to Rrrrregret!

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