Raise your clenched fist
I don’t like people raising their voices in or around my rondavel, that’s why I was perturbed by this vigorous chant that these four gentlemen decided to engage in as they waited in the queue to consult me.
Amandla! Awethu! Ilizwe! Ngelethu! I was especially angry because I had been listening to Qibho Intalektual on the radio; this was therefore a most unwelcome disturbance.
I took a deep puff from my pipe, choked on the smoke and walked up to the gentlemen to find out the cause of their excitement. They were quick to articulate their cause. I quickly gathered that they were among those people in the country calling for multipartism. I asked them specifically why they wanted a change in our political setup.
They said they were tired of living under harsh conditions in the country. They were quick to start giving me examples of the troubles they did not want anything to do with anymore.
They did not want the people to feed on cow dung. I asked why those destitute people are not raising their own clenched fists instead of relying on political formations’ leaders to do it on their behalf.
All those (12 000 in all), who were queuing in the boiling sun at Matsapha Correctional Services to write incomprehensible interviews, when their conscience told them that they would never get those jobs, who is supposed to raise clenched fists on your behalf?
All those learners who failed to secure scholarships at the university although having been admitted, have you resigned your fate to these four gentlemen. When will you raise your own clenched fist? High school learners who are being fed a syllabus that will not get them into South African universities, with prioritisation of courses in the local ones shutting you out, dooming you into eternal poverty and hopelessness, isn’t your clenched fist supposed to be in the air?
Old people (this group can always claim they don’t have enough energy anymore) with meagre grants that are further slashed by the uncompromising VAT, what is holding those clenched fists down? Elections ritual murders are around the corner. Is your child safe? Is your sister safe? Your brother? If not who should raise an enough-is-enough clenched fist on your behalf?
All those who have been made to pay for jobs. All those who were overtook by other companies for government tenders because they did not offer something for the corrupt government tender officer. All the musicians suffering because of the lack of a copyright Bill. All those people whose houses were demolished.
Lubombo commuters who are exposed to all kinds of evil when public transport operators strike on a weekly basis. It is your future. Don’t expect other people to sacrifice on your behalf. It’s okay if you are fine with everything. If you are not, however, why don’t you raise your own clenched fist?
I don’t need any more frantic chanting from you four gentlemen. It won’t change a thing. If anyone is negatively affected by government, they should raise their own clenched fists or forever hold their peace.
Qibho, lets go.
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