Apartheid's Genocide on Children: Killing of African South African Kids From 1985 & Beyond-Apartheid's Youngest Victims

Updated on February 9, 2018
An artists rendition of the the South African Defense Force(SADF) using its heavily armed military might to attack children and babies
An artists rendition of the the South African Defense Force(SADF) using its heavily armed military might to attack children and babies
Fourteen-year-old boy subjected to beatings, burning and electric shock while in an army camp by members of the South African Defense Force
Fourteen-year-old boy subjected to beatings, burning and electric shock while in an army camp by members of the South African Defense Force
A 16 year old boy lies dying after he was shot by the police
A 16 year old boy lies dying after he was shot by the police
Johnny Mashiane, a 15 years old, has spent a moth in a psychiatric hospital following his release from detention. A normal child before his arrest, he is now barely able to speak
Johnny Mashiane, a 15 years old, has spent a moth in a psychiatric hospital following his release from detention. A normal child before his arrest, he is now barely able to speak
A young boy shows the marks he received after being sjamboked by the police
A young boy shows the marks he received after being sjamboked by the police
 Young boy displays wounds sustained from police violence in Tsakane Township
Young boy displays wounds sustained from police violence in Tsakane Township
A 16 month old baby shot with birdhots
A 16 month old baby shot with birdhots
A 15 years old boy shows the marks he received whilst in detention
A 15 years old boy shows the marks he received whilst in detention
These children aged 11 and 13 years, were beaten and sjamboked by police when arrested during a night vigil for an unrest victim
These children aged 11 and 13 years, were beaten and sjamboked by police when arrested during a night vigil for an unrest victim
Eleven-year-old Fannie Goduka was arrested for public violence and held for 57 days in  prison cell with adult criminals
Eleven-year-old Fannie Goduka was arrested for public violence and held for 57 days in prison cell with adult criminals
Top: Security Forces patrols a township outside Grahamstown after a funeral at which a child was killed when police opened fire on mourners. Notice a kid running way in the background. Bottom: Child injured by the security forces in Mamelodi
Top: Security Forces patrols a township outside Grahamstown after a funeral at which a child was killed when police opened fire on mourners. Notice a kid running way in the background. Bottom: Child injured by the security forces in Mamelodi
A mother who lost her son wo ws killed by the police in Soweto
A mother who lost her son wo ws killed by the police in Soweto
Members of the security forces shot a young activist during house-to-house raids. Members of the security forces calmly stand next to their "kill"; Below, the members of the security forces denied wearing 'balaclavas' but were exposed by this photos
Members of the security forces shot a young activist during house-to-house raids. Members of the security forces calmly stand next to their "kill"; Below, the members of the security forces denied wearing 'balaclavas' but were exposed by this photos
The aftermath of the Alexandra Township "Six Day War" in February 1986. Seventeen people were buried at a mass funeral in Alexandra Township for those shot dead by the police.
The aftermath of the Alexandra Township "Six Day War" in February 1986. Seventeen people were buried at a mass funeral in Alexandra Township for those shot dead by the police.
A month old baby girl, Trocia Ndlovu killed by tear gars and her casket draped in ANC colors
A month old baby girl, Trocia Ndlovu killed by tear gars and her casket draped in ANC colors
The Poster from the youth says it all. 100,000 Attended this funeral at Kwanobuhle Stadium, in Uitenhage. to show their anger and resolve
The Poster from the youth says it all. 100,000 Attended this funeral at Kwanobuhle Stadium, in Uitenhage. to show their anger and resolve
Stony faced youth show their anger and resolve at Mr. Raditsela's funeral, a union shop stewart who was killed in detention
Stony faced youth show their anger and resolve at Mr. Raditsela's funeral, a union shop stewart who was killed in detention
 A close-up of a "Hippo" after it had dispersed protesters; A sergeant tries to hide his face with a machine gun from photographers
A close-up of a "Hippo" after it had dispersed protesters; A sergeant tries to hide his face with a machine gun from photographers
Security forces stand calmly next to their  "kill"; security forces doing a house-to-house search wearing 'balaclavas'
Security forces stand calmly next to their "kill"; security forces doing a house-to-house search wearing 'balaclavas'
20 protesters who were killed by the police in a stadium attended by 100,000 people at KwaNobuhle Stadium in Uitenhage
20 protesters who were killed by the police in a stadium attended by 100,000 people at KwaNobuhle Stadium in Uitenhage
Vaal residence in 1984 refused to pay rent and went on strike
Vaal residence in 1984 refused to pay rent and went on strike
Youth helping the elderly and those overcome by the fumes of tear gas on their return from the cemetery
Youth helping the elderly and those overcome by the fumes of tear gas on their return from the cemetery
Students within the main body marching to the stadium and exuberantly showing placards which state how the students felt about the Afrikaans issue in 1976
Students within the main body marching to the stadium and exuberantly showing placards which state how the students felt about the Afrikaans issue in 1976
One of the rare pictures of the students marching to Orlando Stadium to hold a rally before they met with the army and the South African police quarter way to the stadium.
One of the rare pictures of the students marching to Orlando Stadium to hold a rally before they met with the army and the South African police quarter way to the stadium.
Students in June 1976 demonstrating against Afrikaans and were in a peaceful mode and holding their placards.
Students in June 1976 demonstrating against Afrikaans and were in a peaceful mode and holding their placards.
Poppie Buthelezi(on a wheelchair) and Phindile Mavuso, both wounded by police bullets during the Soweto 1976 students revolution
Poppie Buthelezi(on a wheelchair) and Phindile Mavuso, both wounded by police bullets during the Soweto 1976 students revolution
 A woman protesting against the police in 1986
A woman protesting against the police in 1986
Comrades carrying a coffin to the cemetery wincing from the fumes of tear gas
Comrades carrying a coffin to the cemetery wincing from the fumes of tear gas
South African Police cadre in a drill and practically and literaly in "Black and White
South African Police cadre in a drill and practically and literaly in "Black and White
Exhuberant Students in a demonstrative mode
Exhuberant Students in a demonstrative mode
A policeman beating a child with a sjambok
A policeman beating a child with a sjambok
A girl crying after an R1 rifle bullet ripped-open her  stomach in 1976
A girl crying after an R1 rifle bullet ripped-open her stomach in 1976
 A child bleeding resulted from an encounter with the army at a burial for an unrest victim
A child bleeding resulted from an encounter with the army at a burial for an unrest victim
A crying. and bewildered teargassed girl gets a helping hand from an older schoolgirl
A crying. and bewildered teargassed girl gets a helping hand from an older schoolgirl
A victim of SADF snipers carried by his comrades, and the person later died from gunshot wounds
A victim of SADF snipers carried by his comrades, and the person later died from gunshot wounds
Young Students mourning their lost friends killed by the security forces
Young Students mourning their lost friends killed by the security forces
Top: The army target-shooting people in the foreground- note the lady walking past by. Bottom: A common scene of a person shot by the  sadf
Top: The army target-shooting people in the foreground- note the lady walking past by. Bottom: A common scene of a person shot by the sadf
Calmly standing next to a kill, the soldiers with their R1 Rifles ready for the next victim
Calmly standing next to a kill, the soldiers with their R1 Rifles ready for the next victim
Policemen in camouflage drag a protester
Policemen in camouflage drag a protester

Killing Children and limiting Population Growth

Setting Up The Apartheid Killing Squads

In his book, Unfinished Business" he wrote with Dumisa Ntsebeza, Terry Bell issued this advise: "So, in a matter in which the victimized poor seek to get the beneficiaries of Apartheid to be held to account for their unjust enrichment through apartheid, a crime against humanity, it is the leadership of a democratic government [ANC] that seeks to protect the partner in crime of Apartheid from their day of reckoning. ... I would also hope that you join me in committing yourself to ensuring that the truth about South Africa and Apartheid - in a global and national context — is never buried and distorted."

Botha's strategy to shrink the population were not the ravings of a mad man, but a deliberate and conscious effort to bring Africans in South Africa to their knees. The Botha regime learned valuable lessons from the Student revolts of 1976, and they set out to do something about it. Even today, most Whites in South Africa often pretend to be shocked and amazed by the after effects of these atrocities and their aftermath on the present day African youth of South Africa.

The truth is that there has been a concerted effort to arrest, physically torture, psychologically terrorize, and harass children from a few months old to those in their late twenties by the Apartheid operatives. Most the Whites in South Africa did not and still do not understand and know their African neighbors and children and what has happened to them since 1976 to today.

In this whole Article, I am drawing heavily from the book "The War Against Children: Apartheid's Youngest Victims" (New York: Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, 1986).

I want to make note of this fact that the material was gotten from the book, but when I wrote the Article, I have inadvertently been taken up by the events, and the fact that it was part of my lived experience that it might appear as if the article was originally written by me, and yet, it was written by the above mentioned Group of Lawyers.


Now, having said this, what this has taught me over time, was that, I could rewrite the article above, but I also have to add my own experience. I will provide a brief Bibliography for the whole piece I have taken;also, I am going to synergies the whole article, that is, what I have understood and lived it to be like, to what I and the victims and present-day Africans are living through as a result thereof.

What we are living through, today, as an oppressed people, can be garner from the whole article below, and for me, this has really brought me up to the point that I want to add what this means to us as an African people today-that is, the effects and affects of such treatment, what it has done to affect and effect us today to be the way we are, today, in 2018 South Africa.

For this part, the reader will have to go to the end of the article, to begin to see what I am going to write about the vents as written by the Lawyers happened to the children of 1985, that is today This will in my way and in many other ways help me to bring about a better understand as to the plight and decrepit life that we are living today as a people who are just about a quarter century removed from the Jack-boot of Apartheid. This is an ongoing story, and I aim to use the latter part of the article articulating this story and hisotry.. Today.....

What has been written by Africans about the horrid conditions they were surviving under Apartheid has been wiped out of the South African Historical Memory. So, many whites, in order to assuage their guilt, write on behalf of and for Africans what has happened to them during the Apartheid regime's rule, exploiting the reality that most Africans have not been able to write about the hell they went through and are still going through under the new ANC government in South Africa.

Even during the rule of the ANC under Mbeki, and up to today, there is an unwritten law directed against Africans not say anything that will be perceived by these minions as being against the "People". There is even a term for those who are considered to be 'reactionaries' and 'anti-people' known as "Coping," named after the splinter ANC group which called itself "Cope". There has been a chilling effect on the intellectuals within South Africa to retreat from the social/political discourse in South Africa, about issues the African hold dear to their interests.

This works neatly for those Whites within South Africa who wish to see a divided African society and a silenced intellectual class, thus denying them the go-ahead to voice out their displeasures and be unable to highlight the ineptitude of the ANC, and their concerns about the backwardness of the African masses.

These issues have been dealt with at length in my present hub "Cry the Beloved Peoples," and in this Hub we will be looking in a much in-depth manner through which the Boers carried out their Master Strategy of elimination children from 1985s, and the violence that has been visited upon the African people from 1985 to the Year 2000 onwards, by the ANC.

JMCs and The Strategy to Win the Hearts and Minds(WHAM)

In democratic societies, ordinary people can express their political aspirations through the institutions of political society. When, however, an authoritarian state restricts democratic society's processes, the disempowered people tend to turn to social movements built within the civil society to express their political demands. Frantz Fanon put it this way:

"The oppressed cures himself of colonial neurosis... when his rage boils over, he rediscovers his lost innocence and he comes to know himself in that he creates himself."

Within the Apartheid State, there were important differences of opinion on how to respond to the deepening 1976 crisis. The military's solution to these problems was the formulation of "Total Strategy". The Apartheid military justified this Total Strategy by arguing that South Africa was under "Total Onslaught"

The first and most important phase of Total strategy involved the dramatic reorganization of the pinnacle of state power. The second phase involved cutting down the number of state departments from thirty-nine to twenty-two. And a new mega-department was created in 1982, namely, the Department of Constitutional Development and Planning under Minister Chris Heunis. The Third phase involved the ongoing process of rationalizing areas of authority.

The administration of Africans was spread across various departments. The Department of Constitutional Development and Planning emerged as the real power-center involved in managing African Affairs. However, its responsibilities were no longer defined in pure racial terms. By 1985, this department controlled a wide range of multi-racial structures including local authorities. This department also concerned itself with policies related to Homelands/Bantustans consolidation. (Hindson and Swelling)

Tightly tied to the office of the Prime Minister, was the security establishment, which became in effect, the institutional apparatus through which Botha consolidated his hold on State power. The security establishment at this time consisted of the following: the Department of Defense and the South African Defense Force(SADF); The Intelligence Services; the Intellectual Community, based mainly at the Afrikaans Universities, and organizations like the Institute for Strategic Studies at the University of Pretoria, and private concerns such as the Terrorism Research Center; Armscor(an arms producing cartel of the Apartheid regime); the South African Police.

The raison d'être of the State Security Council(SSC) was 'security,' defined so as to include economic, political, constitutional, ideological and welfare issues. The main objective of the government was to pull the state together into an efficient machine capable of synchronized action(Grundy)

The security establishment in South Africa came closer than any other institution to do this because of its internally tight hierarchy of command and its substantial resources that were mobile and deployable. In a word, what took place was the Militarization of the State and the Politicization of the Military.(Seegers)

What emerged was a dual state that rested on a hybrid of party government based on the parliamentary process, and a militarized state rooted in the security establishment. Furthermore, the politicized security establishment operated on the assumption that although it had the right to formulate state strategy and control 'order functions', reformist and welfare functions were required by definition, to be carried-out by civilians. Hence, critical and central importance was given to the Department of Constitutional Development and Planning. Its director, Chris Heunis,was presented with a mandate to carry out this reform.

The concept of Total Strategy had left many of the of Apartheid creations intact(such as Bantustans, Press control and constitutional exclusion of Africans from central government), but the state did introduce significant modification to some basic institutions of political society. In reality, however, what the White minority government was prepared to concede, fell too short of what the African majority was prepared to accept.

In the end, Total Strategy failed because its idealistic intentions were thwarted by a sustained period of African resistance. This resistance exacerbated and brought to the fore key structural contradictions which Total Strategy reforms had failed to address.

All these extensions and other reform program were ad hoc responses to the deepening crises and to pressures from political movements, business organizations, the International Community and Trade Unions. What was important about these shifts was that they unintentionally undid the existing policy positions without being coupled to a coherent set of alternatives.

The state was convinced that it was directly threatened with imminent revolution, and it turned to 'counter revolutionary warfare strategies' to resolve the general crisis. The strategies they used have been well articulated by McCuen in his book, "The Art of Counter-Revolutionary War".

Up until 1986, the reform initiative within the state lay in the hands of groups largely located in Minister Heunis's Department of Constitutional Development and Planning, the Department of Manpower, Finance and Foreign Affairs and the National Party itself. Popular protests, therefore, produced two responses with the state.

There were the 'political reformers' who believed that it was possible to extend the reform program and widen access points to political society. Then there were the 'Securocrats' who were straining to implement a counter-revolutionary program (Cawthra)

During the Period of April-May 1986, the reform division within the state emerged at a public level. Whereas Botha and the Security establishment were exhorting Total Strategy against Total Onslaught, maintaining the homelands, denying freedom to the 'detention of political leaders', Heunis and the political Reformers were extending reforms and supporting negotiations between senior government officials and the ANC leaders in exile and in jail. Botha had previously stated that the 'suspension of violence' by the ANC was a sufficient precondition.

When the ANC indicated that they would accept the former, Botha and the military were stuck with the sudden realization that they had to make a choice: release Nelson Mandela and negotiate a transfer of power to a weaker ANC, or, re-establish control by crushing resistance in civil society, outlawing it in a political society, creating new social relations and promoting African leaders.

In choosing the latter option, the state put in application a 'counter-revolutionary strategy' which involved the imposition of the National State of Emergency and full scale activation of National Security Management System(NSMS) (Swilling and Phillips and the Washington Post, March 1985)

By mid-1986, political Reformists in the Department of Constitutional Development and Planning won-out. Instead of increasing functional specialization, the military began to train their officers to acquire expertise in internal security matters that were embracing all aspects of social,economic and political life. In fact, the decision to fight the battle through state institutions required a 'unified effort' of soldiers, policemen, politicians and bureaucrats.

What emerged was a highly centralized bureaucratic-cum military structure with the power and ability to coordinate the implementation of both security and political policies. Political society and the dual state remained largely intact even though the NSMS took direct responsibility for the formulation and implementation of all strategies with the common objective of winning the war.

The 'counter-revolutionary' theory that informed state strategy was based on the desire to "Win the Hearts And Minds" of the people — the so-called WHAM program. The fundamental difference between Total Strategy and WHAM was that the latter was no longer concerned primarily with restructuring the access points of political society. Instead, the emphasis fell on recasting the foundations of civil society so that political access points could at some future date be restructured in a way that did not threaten the system as a whole.

The lifeblood of the NSMS was the network of more than 500 regional districts and Joint Management Centers(JMCs). These brought together the military, police and civilian officials under the chairmanship of the ranking military officer. The JMCs interfaced with the public through the Joint Liaison Forums and Defense Manpower Liaison Committees(Delmacons) (Seegers)

JMCs were used by the state to rip communities apart, remove their leaders and put together the pieces in the image of the state. These repressive measures were complemented by the 'Reformists' dimension of state strategy. They have since been appropriated and recast by the 'counter revolutionary warfare' strategists. These security planners referred to this as 'soft warfare'. It consisted of the following:

1. Infrastructural Upgrading

200 Townships were earmarked for upgrading projects. The Directorate of Urbanization in the Department of Constitutional Development and Planning funneled R16 billion($7 billion) from the proceeds of privatization for socio-economic upgrading.

2. Housing Development

By way of special grants through the South African Housing Trust and National Housing Commission, the state, in conjunction with the private sector, embarked on the most extensive housing construction program since the 1950s.

3. Local Government Reform

Some corrupt local authorities were dismissed, and Regional Service Council introduced because African Township residents could no longer pay for rent and services.

4. Scrapping Influx Control

Millions of people who were previously excluded from the right to reside in urban areas could now do so, on condition they had access to employment and 'approved accommodation'.

5. Legitimation of State Structures

This involved massive expenditures on propaganda through Radio, TV and pamphlets to persuade people to pay rent, service charges and bus fares. Extensive campaigns were designed to criminalize popular organizations.

6. Populist Cooption in Squatter Camps

JMC officials realized that squatter camps provided invaluable opportunities for co-option. They bought co-option by granting local populist 'warlords' control over the allocation of resources and provided them with basic urban services.

7. The National Council

To carry through to higher levels of government the inclusions of Africans, a National Council was formed. It was to hammer out a post-Apartheid Tricameral Constitution.

8. Bothanomics

This meant a responsive version of inward industrialization based on wage freezes, deregulation of uncontrolled regional-metropolitan labor markets and reckless privatization. The State was making important concessions, but on its own terms, whilst popular leaders were in jail. (van der Merwe, 1988)

The concrete counter-revolutionary strategies pursued by the state since 1986, illustrated the dual security and welfare objectives. The repressive 'hard war' measures included the following: Press Restrictions, Mass Detention, Vigilante and Death Squad Activities, Forced Removals, Banning and Restricting Organizations and Activists, Evictions and Security Force harassment and the targeting of children. (Tomasseli, 1991)

Violence, Torture, Murder, and Psychological Abuse of Children

If there was one place where the debate over P. W. Botha's Constitutional Reforms seemed utterly irrelevant, that was in Soweto, the vast Township located just outside of Johannesburg that is really one of Africa's largest cities. It holds more people than the entire nearby countries such as Botswana and Swaziland, perhaps now upward of 5 million plus people. Soweto epitomizes Apartheid's failure. By all evidence, the vast majority of the people who live there regarded themselves not as "temporary sojourners" in White South Africa, but as permanent city dwellers and original South Africans, and were confined to an area where they are doomed to receive minimal services and maximum harassment.

From the days of Apartheid up today under the ANC government, they demonstrate frequently andshow that they do not accept the inferior system imposed upon them by the Afrikaner government and the ANC. For example, when the government regarded it as an important step toward self-management by urban Africans, and arranged for the people to hold municipal elections in Soweto in December 1983, fewer than a thousand people voted. When the effort fell flat on its face, the people of Soweto danced in the streets to celebrate the defeat of Apartheid and its selected puppets.

Until 1976, it was possible to believe that the South African Boer government would be able to control the situation in Soweto indefinitely. But the student's revolution of 1976, in which tens of thousands were killed and injured, maimed and disappeared, this electrified whole Soweto and the place has never been the same since. The students' grievances were those against the instruction of their subjects in Afrikaans. This led to the explosion and war against the children because it was the children who were leading this revolution. Up to this point, the Whites in South Africa really did not know the people of Soweto or Africans throughout the whole of South Africa.

Even today, although many whites, talk and write about and on behalf of South Africans and their history or lives under Apartheid, they clearly do not now anything about the people. They write about their music, artists, history, crimes, accuse them about their culture, criticize them at any given opportunity, and they do so without really knowing much about Africans in South Africa.

Whites in South Africa are guilty of killing and torturing a large swath of the African population, and now they want to assuage their guilt by preempting African South Africans by becoming their "Spokes-men and Spokes-women" on anything African, because they have made the rest of the African population utterly poor and sick, and the Apartheid White benefactors remained filthy rich.

Therefore, when it comes to the Internet, few in the Ghettoes around South Africa own their own computers, save for the few fledgling Internet Cafes sparsely dotting the ghetto landscape, so that, that's only when are the people able to have access to the Web. The fees for Africans to own their own internet are too exorbitant and people are too poor to pay for one on monthly basis.

As for Whites, they are so rich, they have now taken it upon themselves to tell the world about the people they have victimized, and in so doing, pick and choose all the narratives that put Whites in a "Good" light, and Africans as brutes, fiendish and immoral dim-wits who cannot even run a country, let alone take care of themselves, and they do this with arrogance and mien unsurpassed. For example, Baaskap is still prevalent in South Africa as of writing of this Hub, African Students have, again, failed their matriculation exams dismally in droves in the New Rainbow government of 'National Unity' run by the ANC.

The more things have changed at all in South Africa, the more they have steadfastly remained the same. Along with Afrikaans being taught as an overall subject in African schools, the above discourse is mostly part of what irked African students: the unbearable patronizing nature of Whites in all spheres of African life; pretentious and sneaky post-apartheid whites who are endeavoring to court International consent by exploiting the issues and lives of Africans through presenting them in a negative light, or picking and choosing what they want to highlight, irrespective of what Africans thought, did, or say about themselves.

And the insensitive and corrupt ANC-led government which is still enjoying themselves abroad the never-ending gravy train since their being in power in 1994, could careless. This leads us now to the crux of the matter at hand, the abuse of children under apartheid in their own words and experiences.

See the picture gallery for this part about Apartheid.

Just like the Jews said about Hitler's concentration Camps, "Never Again," so are the Africans saying, "Never again and the truth about Apartheid and its minions shall be out and liberate them." At present, Africans are saying to the ANC, "Sekwanele" (enough is enough), and they(ANC) seem to be arrogant and not listening to the African people.[They paid dearly for this in t their losing the 2016 Local Elections]

The Apartheid Child Meat Grinders

Children Killed by the Apartheid Regime in the Streets

The Following account about what happened to the children of South Africa, was culled from "The War Against Children: Apartheid's Youngest Victims" (New York: Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, 1986).

Preface:

Whatever I have added within it, was from my lived experience within this whole saga. But I aim to use what I will take from the book mentioned above, at the end of the article, to use it as a teacher material about what is going on today to Africans in South Africa.

As the unrest flared up in every part of the country, for the first time there were doubts about whether the White regime, even with the extraordinary force it had at its disposal, would be able to bring the situation under control. South Africa's formidable military machine came to be required almost full-time to help suppress domestic protest, despite an increase of 25 per cent in recruitment into the police force.

Fearful and frustrated over the growth of violence, and pressure from the Verkrampte[Conservative] Right, Botha imposed a State of Emergency and under it he gave the police and the military unrestricted power and authority to act when and where they pleased.

Under the new curfew laws, thousands of people identified as the opponents of the regime were arrested without charges and detained with a naïve perception that they could be taken out of circulation and peace could be achieved. As the state of emergency wore on, the daily death toll rapidly increased, and repression began to happen, and their legitimacy(Apartheid's) was scoffed-at by the world, and they were labeled a 'pariah,' which stuck with them until their ultimate fall from power.

It is also widely known that the police, when sweeping through some African townships, arrested young children who refused to end their school boycotts and return to classes; in some cases, their parents had to search frantically for them in jails and they plead for their release. The lawyers committee for Human Rights, Black Sash and the Detainees Parents Support Committee charged that thousands of children have been killed, injured, maimed and left psychologically deranged at the height of the state of emergency.

Some students and children suspected of throwing stones at official vehicles, were pursued with sjamboks (Metal-tipped whips) and badly beaten and tortured(See photos in the photo gallery); children who tried to run away from the confrontations with the police were randomly shot at, often from behind. With the government's unwitting assistance, an entire new generation of African South Africans was either wiped out or radicalized. And many children out of school, most of them went into exile and joined the ANC, PAC and Black Consciousness movements.

For the whole of 1985 and onwards, thousands of people had been killed and all were Africans. The violence came with intensified opposition and escalating discontent and civil unrest within the African community in the Townships. (The Townships were segregated residential areas set side for Africans under the policy of Apartheid for African residents). They were particularly isolated from the 'privileged white areas', and many had only minimal or no facilities in the way of water, electricity, sanitation and other amenities — one can also see the place where the Semenya girl was born and raised, dilapidated and very poor area, even today in the days of ANC rule).

The 1985 State of Emergency imposed on African Townships was ruthless and crushed all opposition, suppressed dissenting voices, and barred the media from reporting what was going on. This particular State of Emergency lasted for eight months as the one that happened in Soweto in 1976; infants, babies[were killed], children and young people in the township were at the forefront of protests and were on the receiving end of apartheid repressive juggernaut. Far from being spared the brunt of repression, babies, children and young people(teenagers) and others, were targeted and singled-out as special target of state-sanctioned violence. Here are some incidents that need to be considered, remembered and known as stated in the documented cited above:

- Joseph was a shy, quiet boy, only 14 years old. The fingernails of one of his hands were twisted and blackened as a result of electric shock treatment to which soldiers subjected him many times during the day he was kept, along with other children, at an army camp outside Daveyton. His wrist was scarred where he was burned with a cigarette lighter. His leg bears a wound where it was cut by soldiers with a broken soda drink bottle. Joseph was blindfolded when he was first picked up by the soldiers on September 19, 1985, while playing football and does not know exactly where the camp was. For nine days, the soldiers terrorized Joseph and other children they had picked up with him.

- Thirteen year old Moses Mope was on his way to church on October 21, 1985 with friends when a car pulled up beside the group. The children started to flee, but Moses was grabbed by a white policeman who savagely beat and trampled on the young boy. A neighbor took Moses home, covered with blood. 'When I touched his stomach, he pulled away in agony", his father told a reporter: "I also noticed his jaw was cracked and he was injured on the head and other parts of the body." Moses was only semi-conscious and died on the way to the hospital.

- Four years old Mitah Ngobeni was shot dead on September 10, 1985, by a rubber bullet while playing in the yard of her home in Attridgeville. Although rubber bullets are supposed to be non-lethal, Mitah died of skull and brain damage and excessive blood loss.

- In November 1985 a local resident had witnessed the deliberate shooting of 15 year-old Dominic Ntlemenza: "This boy was walking and then I saw the Casspir(Military Vehicle) come down the road. One policeman jumped off the Casspir and shot the boy. The boy tried to stand up and then they shot him in the head. Then they went away and they left the body there. There were no boys throwing stones next to the road. The boy, whose name I now know as Dominic, was alone."

- A mother in Crossroads last saw her 13 year old son alive when he left the house at 4:30 p.m. on October 7, 1985. It took days of searching before she found her son, shot by the police but no one had contacted her or her husband. She was unable to learn the circumstances of the shooting, but was horrified that the mortuary refused to hand over her son's clothing because they were too full of holes.

- In September 18,1985, the security forces opened fire on a crowd to disperse or kill them, and a ten year old girl was shot dead.

- Two babies were killed by tear gas in Mamelodi Township near Pretoria. On that day, 19 people were killed as a result of the police actions to disperse the women. Tear gas was fired into number of houses to "flush people out," and two babies later died in the hospital from the effects of the gas. One observer who was at the march explained: "Tear gas was fired directly inside the house and everyone had to hold a wet cloth over their face.

The mother, of one of the dead children, her name is Phephi, had a small baby only a few months old. The baby was badly affected by the gas and her eyes were streaming. The next day I heard that the baby had died.... The police countered that one of the babies, Trocia Ndlovu, had died from malnourishment and diarrhea.

- Parents whose children did not return home faced the uncertainty of not knowing whether the child had been arrested and hospitalized with injuries or already dead. Sixteen year-old Oscar left his house on the evening of October 5, 1985 to go to the movies. It was not until 6 a.m. the next morning that his father learned that Oscar had stopped at a house where a wedding was being held and that a policeman had opened fire on the guests. When the father got to the scene, he learned that his son was already dead. When the police shot at the wedding crowds, and everybody scattered, his son was shot in the back, fell face down, the police came over kicked the body until it turned over. When a wake and night vigil was held for him, the police came and fired at Oscar's house in the early hours of the morning, and another child was killed.

- On January 6, 1986, in Walmer Township just outside Port Elizabeth, a thirteen year-old girl died from a head wound inflicted by a tear gas canister fired by police when they attempted to disperse a crowd at a student rally. The child, Ntombekhaya Magubase, was on a shopping errand when she was hit by the canister that fractured her skull.

- Three students, including a teenage boy, were shot dead by police on March, 1986 as they waited with a large crowd of school children outside a White River magistrate court where a number of their fellow-pupils were appearing on charges of public violence. Because the children could not be accommodated inside the building, the police came and opened fire without provocation, and the shocked attorney,with the consent of the Johannesburg Bar Council said afterwards; "I feel it is my duty to make the following observations: "The crowd was not uncontrollable. I heard no order to disperse. I neither saw nor experienced any tear gas being fired. I saw nothing to justify the view that the shooting was the last resort available to the police."

Injuries of Children Caused by the Police

- In January 1986, a Cape Town Hospital confirmed that three children had been admitted and were paralyzed by gun shot wounds. The youngest was 12 years old. The mother of one of the boys stated that they had been shot by the police.

- Fourteen year-old Ernest was shot by the police on October 25, 1985, while visiting his aunts in Meadowlands, Soweto. He was standing in the yard when a police car drove past and police in plainclothes shot him. He was hit in the spinal cord, and is now permanently paralyzed from the waist down.

- Children get caught-up in deliberate cross-fires whenever in the streets and confrontation with the police occurred. Eleven year-old Peter spent four days in the hospital after he was shot on June 16, 1985 as he was waking to his sister's house: "I was walking along M. Street when I heard people chanting. I was approximately 30 meters away from crowd. I heard some shots, turned around and ran. I was shot and fell down. I tried to crawl away, two people unknown to me picked me up and took me to G's place. From there I was taken to Vryburg hospital."

- A young boy in Port Alfred was brutally beaten by police when they burst into a house in pursuit of rioters. The terrified child was hiding under a pillow. When the police found him, they dragged him outside and beat him, only releasing him when he pleaded that he was merely ten years-old. In one extreme case, in Port Elizabeth a father who was trying to protect his daughter by restraining them from hurting her, the police shot him dead on the spot.

- Thirteen year-old Sipho was walking home from the shops on September 30, 1985 when he noticed the police chasing some boys. Not wanting to get caught up in the chase, he ran into a nearby house to hide. When they saw him run away, the police followed him and put him in their van, where they beat him. According to a statement taken by the unrest monitoring group of the Progressive Federalist Party: "In the van the police beat Sipho, kicking him with their boots on the legs and in the stomach, while Sipho was half-lying on the bench inside the van. The police also beat Sipho on the front of the body with Sjamboks.

One of the policemen squeezed him around the neck as if to strangle Sipho. A Sjambok was also used to pull Sipho's head back by pulling it across his open mouth. The police pushed Sipho out of the moving van some distance away from home. Some neighbors found him and he was taken to hospital with an ambulance, where he underwent surgery.

- On October 3, 1985, another 15 year-old boy in Nyanga was picked up at the place where he was working. The police were looking for some kids they were chasing. They asked him where the other boys were, and when he could not answer, they 'sjamboked' him and threw him inside their van. Inside the van the police closed all the windows and put on tear gas masks. They shot off a tear gas canister while they were hitting him. They also made him drink some foul tasting liquid which was presumed to be urine from a small plastic juice bottle.

- Michael, who was only nine years old, went with some friends to watch a burning van that had been set alight near his home. On their way there, they saw the police, who came for them. As they fled, Michael was shot in both legs and ran into a neighbor's yard. The soldiers followed him, hit him and asked why he had run away. Eventually they left him and drove away.

- A 12 year old child, while on an errand was shot by the police even when he had fallen in October 1995. Doctors in a clinic in Crossroads treated the boy for gunshot wounds. The doctors said that the boy could not have been shot running away, but while lying on the ground. The boy said that when he was running away from the police, he fell whilst trying to climb a wall, after which the police came and shot him in both legs. He was later charged with public violence by the police.

- Zwakhe, aged four years, was shot as he was standing with his parents on a street corner near his house. A wedding was in progress and the excitement of the crowd attracted a policeman, who opened fire at random. Zwakhe's mother said:"My husband was shot with birdshot in both legs. I was shot in my leg and my right breast and I lost consciousness. My son was shot in the foot, the thigh and in his forehead. I was eight months pregnant at the time. The policeman came and apologized. He said he would "stand for everything." We went to the hospital three times. They could not take out the stitches in his forehead because the wound was sceptic." Mrs. M. who gave birth to her baby prematurely shortly after the incident, explained that her other child was now frightened and refused to play outside.

- A sixteen year-old in Cradock, the Cape, was grabbed by two police men, and they pushed him to run. As he ran, the policemen shot him and wounded him in the buttocks. The policemen came and pulled him with his legs and threw him into hippo(name for a military vehicle), and took him to hospital and kept him under 24 hours watch, accusing him of being a ringleader in the Township.

- Chantal was 17 years old, when she was arrested in Cape Town on September 24, 1985 after being stopped at a roadblock. She believes she was singled out because she was a member of the Student Representative Council at her school. She described how she was humiliated during interrogation at the police Station. Ten males and one female were present: "[A policeman] smacked me from behind on the rear right hand side of my neck. I grabbed hold of the desk to prevent me from falling over.

Everybody laughed about what had happened while the questioning continued... the short man smacked me on my right ear so that I almost fell to the ground and another 'White man' smacked me on the left hand side of my face ... [T]he short man put both his hands around my throat and lifted me off the ground. He choked me in that position (i.e., feet off the floor) for about two minutes afterwards he threw me on the ground. I fell on my back. The rest of the people cheered and laughed and one of the men hugged the short policeman. ...

[Two others] then pulled me by my hair about five times while I was questioned and while answering. ... A tall man was hitting continuously, hitting me with his fists on my back. ... [The short policeman] then smacked me against my right ear again. I was then feeling dizzy, my ear was "ringing." The short man then hit me with his fist in my right eye. Everyone was then laughing and enjoying themselves. I told the person who was questioning me to tell them to stop hitting me because I thought that they were going to kill me....Some of the policemen regarded their duties as a kind of sport.

Children in the Hospital Being Arrested by the Police

Children shot in the face faced the risk of arrest if they sought medical treatment. As a result, although swift medical treatment may have been vital for the child's survival after being shot, many parents were now afraid to take their injured children to hospitals for treatment.

- 12 years old Mirriam was shot on June 17, 1985 returning from the shop with a loaf of bread. She saw a large group of boys and girls running in all directions, and they told Mirriam to run because the police were coming. She could not keep up with the others, and she fell behind: "I saw a while policeman come out of a house I was running past. He had a long gun .... I was alone in the street and ran faster, still holding the bread. I did not hear any call from the policeman.

As I reached the corner of 5th Avenue, I heard one bang and felt a terrible pain, but I was conscious. I felt the pain was in my back and saw my hand was bloody. The policeman did not pursue Mirriam, after he shot her. Her neighbors called her father who took her to the hospital. Once at the hospital, Mirriam was formally arrested and kept under police guard. She spent a month in hospital, then the police moved her to court and was charged with violence and stone throwing, a charge she denied. Without any legal representation, she was sentenced to five years' suspended imprisonment. The bullet was lodged in her back and the doctors told her that they could not remove it otherwise she would be paralyzed for life.

- Sixteen year-old Zisamile Mapela died in Soweto on August 3, 1985 from gun shot wounds. Police fired after a stone was thrown at their armored vehicle, and Zisamile was hit. His father did not dare take his son to the hospital because he feared Zisamile would be arrested. A local doctor stitched the wound but could not remove the bullet. The next day the boy's eyes seemed strange and he complained of feeling unwell. Hours later, he was dead.

- A doctor at a hospital in the Eastern Cape described how he tried to safeguard patients brought to him with gun shot wounds and other unrest-related injuries by keeping records that did not reveal the exact nature of their injuries. Police would walk in at any time through Casualty. At one point they installed a permanent booth outside the entrance to the Casualty Department and the hospital looked more like a military camp with police everywhere. They all carried guns and it created an atmosphere of great fear and tension so that people were afraid to come for help.

The nurses were instructed to keep a list of everyone with a bullet or gun-shot wounds and copy of the list went straight to the police. Hospital administrators claimed they were legally bound to do this. This went on to the up until the 1990s. Once the police arrested someone who required hospitalization, they kept an armed guard by the bed day and night. Patients were sometimes handcuffed to their beds, even the ones who were so sick they could never escape.

A health spokesman to the Eastern Cape Provincial Council in May 1985, said that 47 patients were held under police or prison guard at eight different hospitals in the Eastern Cape between November 1984 and February 1985. Four of them , aged between 17 and 35, were restricted with leg irons and nine others were handcuffed to their beds. Fifteen of them were aged 18 or younger; the youngest patient under guard was only eight years old.

Police Attack and Patrol Funerals

- Funerals had become the occasion for police harassment and brutality. And these funerals for unrest victims were attended by thousands of people and often resembled political rallies where people came together to express their grievances and anger. The residents ignored the State of Emergency imposed on them by the government and the security forces took it upon themselves to break up the funeral crowds, and children were frequently caught up in these confrontations.

- In Mzinoni Township on August 27, 1985 at the funeral of Mpopi Sam Nhlanhla who was shot dead by the police, became a seriously sad scene when the police came and beat up everyone attending the vigil. They whipped everyone with sjamboks. Somo Vilakazi, a 15 year old girl was asleep when the police assaulted everyone, and when the policeman saw her, he kicked her in the mouth resulting in her losing five teeth. Another girl, Gugu Shabalala was whipped across the face and at least ten others sustained eye injuries as a result of the beatings.

- Nombulelo aged 15, was among four busloads of mourners on their way to a funeral in White City, Soweto on January 1986 when the buses were stopped at the cemetery entrance by the police: "A land rover with sneezing Gas appeared and released the gas into the buses .... [W]e tried to get out of the bus, we then broke the windows and went out. We ran to the nearest houses ... the police then appeared and chased me. He caught me and threw me to the ground and beat me and kicked me."

- Petros who was 15 in August 3, 1985, got the similar experience and treatment when he was leaving the cemetery after a funeral: "While the buses were moving towards the Molele home, our bus was stopped by a HippoArmy truck and policeman boarded the bus .... They asked all older people to alight and told us they found petrol bombs and huge rocks on the bus. The started to beat us with their guns, sjamboks and batons. I was injured on the left knee and left knuckle with the butt of a gun .... All of us were beaten up including the girls .... [W]e were not arrested or charged.

- 16 Years old Amos attended the same funeral. Afterwards he went to the bereaved family's house for some refreshments: "While we were eating a lot of policemen arrived in hippos and a land rover and started shooting tear gas canisters at us outside in the yard. We ran outside into the street and then I ran to someone's house. I was followed by two black policemen but while I was still outside the yard at the house they started beating me with sjamboks on my legs, my back and my head and through my face .... I became unconscious.

- In October 1985, Lawrence Cindi who was 15 years old was shot dead by the police attending a vigil for a young school friend of his, Mandla Radebe, who was shot by the police a few days earlier. Lawrence and a few of Mandla's friends were in the yard of Radebe's house when three police vehicles drove by. The police fired tear gas and bullets, and Lawrence was fatally shot in the head. At Lawrence's vigil, the police arrived and broke up the crowd of mourners, brutally whipped them with sjamboks and arrested many of them.

The Incident of the "Trojan Horse"

- In Athlone ,Cape Town on October 15, 1985, an incident provoked country-wide outcry that was known as the "Trojan Horse", and it involved a deliberate and wanton ambush by the police. This is what happened: The township atmosphere had been tense on that day, and some children had been throwing stones and setting up barricades and the police, disguised their entry into the township by hiding behind crates in a delivery van, knowing there will be stone throwing. As the van drove into the townships, before the residents realized what was happening, the police started shooting wildly from their hidden positions on the truck.

In one home alone, one boy was killed, and seven other were shot, and none of these children were involved in stone throwing. The family where one boy was killed, had brought in the children into the house. One child wanted to return to his home, as he opened the door, followed by four others, the police at that time opened fire aiming at the house, and one adult narrated the incidence as follows: "Two-seconds after the door opened, the police started shooting. I saw a yellow truck with boxes in it and I realized the police were hiding behind the boxes and shooting."

They were aiming straight at the open door. It all happened very quickly. As I tried to shut the door, I was shot in the shoulder. Two of the younger children were cowering on the bed just inside the door. Andrew(aged 7) was shot in the arm, leg, chest and hip. Thabo (age 10) was shot through his leg and thigh. Michael (16 years) was shot under one arm four times. Jerry, aged 16, was one of the children who had gone outside. He came crawling back inside on all fours and we didn't realize it then, but he had been shot in the head. He staggered into the room and collapsed on a bed where he died seconds later.

A nine-year old child who had been playing in the street with his bicycle was also shot dead. I slammed the door shut but four of the police came to the house and kicked it open .... They dragged Jerry's body roughly off the bed and across the floor. They tried to drag another child out too, but my mother pleaded with them to wait until his father came .... Another child outside who was terrified told the police that I was his mother so that they would let him come inside.

They told him that if he came in, he must not say anything about what he had seen. Then the police went around the house and picked up all the shot pellets and left. The police continued to come back to the house and harass the family. Two children, aged six and nine were hysterically afraid whenever they saw a policeman near the house that one family member said: "It was as though they used the house for target practice. It was so deliberate. We can patch up the house, but we can never patch up all the children who were shot."

The SADF Abuses against the Children

During the state of emergency there was an increasing number of serious abuses by the army units deployed in the townships to assist the police. These mostly White young conscripts were part of the army's display of power and determination to crush all opposition by the use of force. The soldiers maintained a campaign of terror on their own initiative and frequently acted without regard for the law… They took their victims into an open 'veld'(field) outside the townships or held them inside their armored vehicles, and this indicated that the soldiers were aware that they were acting extra-judicially.

They would pick up the children in the street and hold them for many nightmarish hours. Because children are not formally arrested, there are no statistics that can be gleaned. The Detainees Parents Support Committee(DPSC) says that the army's abuses were very serious and widespread, as we have noted in the cases above, even the Human Rights communities were not really aware of… So that, too many children who were afraid of the SADF were too scared to come forward and tell of their abuses.

- The few who spoke, like 17 year-old Siphiwe, who lived in Soweto, related what happened to him on October 9, 1985 when soldiers came into his house and dragged him outside, slapped him in the face and forced him to run along the streets followed by the Casspir: "They told me not to speak to anyone as they would let me go and then shoot me. They made me sit on the floor. There were about 8 soldiers in the Casspir. One soldier ... asked me to give name and addresses of COSAS members(COSAS was a broad-based student organization, and was banned). I could not as I did not know any.

They then put a perfume like stuff on my hands and inhale it. It made me dizzy, they poured it on my hair ... [and one] held a cigarette near me. The Casspir stopped at a circle in White City(Soweto). A number of other Casspirs also stopped and a soldier form one of the Casspirs came to our Casspir. He started beating me with his fists and my mouth and nose were bleeding. A number of soldiers were kicking me back and forth between them. They then pulled my hair and someone else was stamping on my stomach.

As one of the soldiers hit me, I ducked and when he hurt his hand against the Casspir, he made me lick the blood off his hand. I tried to hide behind one soldier, but he took his rifle and hit me on my face with the rifle butt. Another stamped on my neck while I was on the floor of the Casspir, and another one of the soldiers also poured water up my nose while another held my head back by my hair(water-boarding)? In the end, the soldiers knew that they could not take him to the police station, so they "threw him out of the moving Casspir onto the road, where Siphiwe was picked up by two men and took him home."

- Another 17 year-old boy was picked up in Diepkloof (Soweto) on October 23, 1985 by soldiers and taken to a remote "veld"(field) beyond the township, and asked him if he was a member of COSAS. The boy described his abuse as follows: "One beat me with his fists and bent my thumbs back They made me sit on the ground with my legs stretched out in front of me apart. One soldier sat on each leg and they bent my fingers. One pushed his two fingers into my throat .... They kicked me on my back with their boots." Eventually the soldiers left they boy in the 'veld' and he managed to hitch a lift home, and the next day he was taken to a doctor for treatment.

- On December 2, 1985, a group of soldiers used tracker dogs to hunt for three boys who were hiding in a house in Dobsonville, Soweto. The boys had been visiting friends and ran away when they saw three Casspirs. They ran into a neighbors house where the third boy, fifteen years old Arthur, was asleep in bed. The soldiers got into the house, pulled him out of bed with his hair, beat him severely with their fists and rifle buts. The three were then thrown into the Casspir and beat them up some more.

The soldiers picked up two more boys, and all were taken into the "veld," and eventually six more Casspirs joined them, and the soldiers set the dogs on them, beat, kicked and 'sjamboked,' and they poured petrol over one of them and held a cigarette lighter near him. They tried to force them to tell them about the student organization, COSAS and the names of the people who had thrown petrol bombs. When the boys could not answer, they assaulted and whipped them again. Fifteen year-old Arthur was bitten and scratched by the dogs, and was so badly beaten so badly that eventually the soldiers took him to hospital for treatment. The soldiers in the end took him along with them and released him far from home about midnight.

Children were subjected to serious physical abuse by the soldiers who had set up their temporary barracks close to the townships. Some kids abducted by soldiers were kept there for several hours or days in detention.

- 12 year old Solomon was taken from his home in Soweto on October 21, 1985 at 2.30 am by five or six soldiers armed with rifles. The soldiers told his mother that they would take him to Orlando Police Station, but refused to tell her why. The family looked for him in several police stations, and could not find him. Finally, an SADF captain said that all children were being held at the base and would be taken to a police station later that day.

The police let him go and dropped him three kilometers from his home. At first Solomon did not say much about his ordeal but complained the next day of a sore throat. He finally told his mother that soldiers had grabbed him by the throat and choked him until he could not breathe.

He said he had been taken to the camp, beaten and forced to sleep outside on the ground without blankets or food. Solomon was released because his mother got an attorney who telexed the police Commissioner. Afterwards, the soldiers came and took Solomon in her absence and took him to Diepkloof prison(in Soweto), and released three days later.

- On September 19, 1985 while playing football, a shy fourteen year-old boy, Joseph, had finger nails of in one of his hand twisted and blackened, caused by the electric shocks he was subjected to many times during the days he was kept there, in a soldiers camp in Daveyton. He had a large burn mark where he was burned with a cigarette lighter, and he does not even know where the camp was. Joseph says that for nine days the soldiers terrorized him and that he and other boys were forced to get into a hole filled with sewage water up to their waist. "We were told by one of the White soldiers that we should force each other's heads down beneath the water. ...

"[At] times we were completely submerged beneath the water. I could not bear the filth that was in the water and consequently tried to climb out of the hole. One of the White soldiers who was standing next to the hole with a sjambok thrashed me a number of times. I started to scream .... [He] continued to thrash me so that I fell back into the filthy water." Joseph kept on trying to get out, and the soldiers finally took him into the van, and they whipped him for making the seat dirty. They showed him several photos of other children, and when he could not identify them, they tortured him. Joseph continued: "Another White soldier took my right arm and bent it behind my back.

"He then took out a lighter ... and he held it beneath the wrist of my right hand ... the pain was excruciating and I could smell my flesh burning. I screamed and felt faint from the pain. Soldiers then tied a wire around Joseph's right hand that was attached to a box with "a handle like a telephone handle". According to Joseph: "One of the soldiers turned the handle of this box a number of times and at the same time water was poured on my hand. I felt a tremendous shock and great pain."

The soldiers continued to turn the handle of the green box and each time my body would convulse with the electric shocks and explode from the water. In exploding, it ripped out my thumbnail and took a chunk of flesh out of my thumb quite close to the first digit. ... When the soldiers saw that my nail had been ripped out they took the wire from my thumb and tied it around my index finger just below the nail. They turned the handle and poured water and shocked me a number of times.

The pain was so intense that I almost fainted. I remember feeling dizzy and nauseous. They tortured me for the next seven days, kicked me, gave me electric shocks, and they cut my leg with a broken soda drink bottle. We were made to drink water from the sewage, slept outside on the ground, and one of the White soldiers spoke Zulu. Joseph was detained for another thirteen days and released to be examined by a district surgeon who said that the soldiers lied when they said his hands were burnt by a petrol bomb. After his release, the soldiers came to his home several times, and he has seen them on patrol in the township several times. He remained afraid that they would arrest him again and torture him.

Security 'Forces in the Schools

To enforce the restrictions of the state of emergency, both the police and the army units intensified operations in the schools. The security forces entered the classrooms, arresting pupils,harassing and arresting teachers, assaulting and 'sjamboking' students, throwing tear gas in the school grounds and classrooms, opening fire at random and generally maintaining a highly visible and intimidating presence. Anyone who tried to intercede on behalf of the students was labeled a 'sympathizer' and accused of encouraging students to protest. Teachers who did that were arrested and detained, which further inflamed the situation.

- On August 29, 1985, students in a Cape Town school saw the police launch a full-scale attack though there was no trouble at the school that day. Three plainclothes policemen fired rubber bullets on students preparing to leave school. A principal reported that as students came out of the classrooms to see what was happening: "Within fifteen minutes virtually the whole police force, or so it appeared, had cordoned off the school grounds, and viciously bombarded us with tear gas and rubber bullets.

The tear gas was so dense that, "Only the roof of the building was visible at one stage, and students sought refuge inside the school. When the police realized that they had us trapped like animals inside the buildings, they moved onto the grounds, smashed our windows, threw gas bombs inside the classrooms, wood work rooms and administration block .... Conditions inside [these areas] were like the gas chambers of Auschwitz." The principal tried to appeal to the police, and was nearly injured by a cop swinging his sjambok.

The gates were unlocked to allow the parents to come into the school to help carry outside all the children overcome by the tear gas fumes. Similar incidents took place at Vista High school in Cape town on September 3, 1985. The police fired shots over the heads of the teachers on the school grounds and two policemen burst into the school and pointed a gun threateningly at 20 teachers and students and said that he wanted to shoot them dead.

- On September 6, 1985, police launched an unprovoked attack on Lamontville High School in Durban wounding seriously 12 children, many afterwards needed hospitalization. This started at 9.30 am and 'sjamboked' the students, who tried to flee, and some of them were shot. The policemen told a staff member that they were doing it for law and order since the staff could not do it properly.

The staff member had to restrain a policeman by the collar who was beating a student lying on the ground bleeding from a gaping wound on the head. Phillip, aged 14, tried to hide in the kitchen, said: "Many policemen suddenly came into the kitchen and they were all dressed in blue ... and carrying sjamboks. they began hitting me and all the other children who were in the kitchen. I tried to run away, but they followed me to the staff room ... One began hitting me with a sjambok on my legs. I was so badly hurt that when the policeman stopped hitting me,I crawled to the staff room and hid there."

- Some children were injured when they jumped from the second floor of the school building to escape the police. One student described how he was beaten until he managed to barricade himself in a classroom: "The police came inside with whips and sjamboks .... I got into the classroom and jumped from a window two stories to the ground. I hurt my ankle badly. When I got up from the ground, a lot of police were around, one started hitting me with a sjambok. I tried to escape ... and another policeman hit me with a whip. I was hit on the arm and thigh. I managed to get into the classroom where I barricaded myself in with desks across the door.

- 'The policemen shot children to try and stop them form running away,' The boy the staff member protected explained before he lost consciousness: "Some tear gas had been thrown in the school grounds. I could smell it and see the smoke. ... I saw the police chasing pupils in the school grounds. I then jumped out of the window because I felt I would be cornered if I remained in the classroom .... One of the policemen shouted that if I kept on running away he would shoot me. Suddenly I felt a bang on my head and I can't remember what happened after I lost consciousness.... [At the hospital] I had seven stitches put into the right side of my head."

Security Forces Terrorization of Children in Schools

- The police hit students in schools at random, lashing them across their faces, arms, thighs, legs, head and shoulders. A police spokesman defended their actions that those who started the violence should be cognizant of their lawless behavior. A pervasive pattern emerged of the terrorization of schools by the security forces during the State of Emergency in the Schools of South Africa.

- Police controlled the schools and they walked in at any time to check that a teacher was teaching the prepared classes. If a child was not in school by 8:00 a.m. he or she was immediately arrested. The police assaulted children whenever they caught them. Girls often got caught because could not run as fast. They were frequently beaten across the face and breasts.

- By mid-August [1985] police were always coming into the schools and would shoot at random. Casspirs stood outside the road with a soldier reading out the boycott regulations through a megaphone.

- At one time the police tried to break up one march and blocked the route with Casspirs. Eight riot police came marching down the road towards the children carrying shotguns and whips. Half the children ran into a bog at the side of the road and many collapsed into the water from the effects of the tear gas. Others tried to run and were caught and viciously beaten.

- One riot policeman was seen shooting at two small children who were running away; he was aiming directly at them.

- The riot police and solders came and went from most schools constantly. They terrorized the children and threatened them with detention, torture and even sodomy [italics mine]. Some kids were scared to death, others were angry. The atmosphere was so tense and the teachers were caught in the middle. It was impossible to carry on classes under those conditions.

- The police were determined to prevent any kind of activity at schools that did not constitute class teaching of the approved curriculum. They always quickly moved in immediately to break up meetings or suspected gatherings. Two children were killed in a Port Elizabeth secondary school when police attempted to break up a meeting between staff and student representatives on July 24, 1985.

According to the teacher at the school, the meeting was already dismissed when the police arrived and scaled the school fence, threatening that they would control the children if the teachers could not. An argument ensued and the police started firing wildly. Many children panicked and tried to scale a fence, and two of them were killed. The teacher managed to persuade them to stay in the classrooms in order to avoid more casualties.

- Wynberg Secondary School in Cape Town had invited Graeme Bloc, a United Democratic Front executive member, to speak to the children. About 2000 pupils, aged 6 to 18 years and a number of teachers were present. Three policemen gave the principal 30 minutes to stop the meeting, which they said was a "political rally".

Graeme managed to speak for 10 minutes and the police became impatient and hustled Graeme out amongst scared but angry students. The police gave the students three minutes to disperse and threatened to fire if they did not. This was one of the very rare occasions no shooting took place. But the pupils were so angry and frustrated that they went into town and damaged several cars and shop windows.

- In Soweto, during the disturbances at an adjacent high school on August 25, 1985, police fired tear gas into the Entokozweni Early Learning Center in Soweto, where more than 100 infants aged six months to two years were attending. Many were knocked unconscious by the fumes, and others vomited. When the principal sought emergency assistance form the police for the badly affected children, the police told her to contact a hospital.

- Two days earlier, again in Soweto, police arrested 300 students, some as young as seven years old. The Star Newspaper asked a police Commissioner Brigadier Coetzee to comment on the fact that some of these children were only seven years old and the Star newspaper quoted him as saying that this was "quite possible".

Student Mass Arrests at Schools

The state of emergency regulations required children to stay within the school premises during specified hours… Yet a number of children said that they had been arrested inside the school grounds or outside at legitimate break-times or on their way from school going home after school had been dismissed.

The arrested school children were required to appear in court. One attorney said that while she was at the police station to negotiate the release of these children from custody on August 3, 1985, "Truckloads of other children began arriving. There must have been about 600 of them and some were very young. It was pandemonium, and the police would not let the parents through the gates so the parents were angry and many of the children were screaming and very upset."

- One teacher noted that the police and soldiers were heavily armed and he attempted to supervise the children to keep the situation calm. He said: "A soldier pulled me aside and told me to go away. As I walked away ... the soldier turned around and punched me in the nose .... Children were being loaded into the trucks as they entered the yard and were removed from the school premises. When the last three trucks were to be loaded, police went to the classrooms to look for any children who might still be there.

These children were ordered by the police to leave the classrooms and to go to the trucks. Some of them were even carried out of the classrooms by the policemen and soldiers. When the parents wanted to take warm clothes to them, the police refused. The police told the parents and the lawyers that the arrests had been made because they were troublesome for the whole week… Major Kotze said that the children had not been charged, that they have been detained in terms of the emergency regulations .

He said that he was entitled to hold them for fourteen days and the order can be renewed. Parents and teachers were very angry at the police station. The police were not helpful and very aggressive to them, and the Divisional Commissioner told them that the children have been told to make the country "ungovernable" and he was not going to release them. The Supreme Court ordered that the children should be released, and were released at 6:15 p.m. of the same day.

-Around mid-November, 1985, the end-of-the-year examination were due to take place, when the situation in the schools reached its point. After much terrorism in the schools by the army and the policemen, pupils who wished to write were not prepared to do so. The examinations went ahead under extremely tense and intimidating circumstances. Some students who wanted to write were taken to military bases to do so. Most students tore up their papers and others pretended to write but filled their papers with drawings, slogans or other senseless stuff. A teacher told reporters that:

"The police behavior was bizarre. They went through the classrooms,checked the scripts, not knowing what they were doing. Imagine writing an exam with a huge cop carrying a shotgun leaning over your shoulder checking what you are writing, especially when a week or two back the same cops were firing birdshot and tear gas at you and sometimes killing your buddies."

- One teacher said: "The exams are taking place under the most abnormal conditions one could find anywhere. Teachers and students were in detention, harassment of teachers and students continued without any break; there was no concern for the educational interests of the students, it was rather a matter of the authority of the State being forced onto the students. These exams were not part of an educational process, but part of a political power game."

Assault At the time of Arrest

Children continued to be arrested, assaulted and whipped badly by both the police and the army. Some were stopped in the streets and asked to give up names of the people that were wanted by the regime, if they did not provide the needed information, they were whipped and let go afterwards without any charges filed against them. For example:

- Martin and Steven were both arrested and accused of stoning a vehicle. Martin stated: "I was beaten with a gun butt on the mouth by a white policeman. Two of my front teeth were broken." According to Steven: They started 'sjamboking' me all over the body. I fell down and they started kicking me all over while I was lying down. I stood up and he 'sjamboked' me on the left ear. I was bleeding profusely by then.

We were never taken to a doctor. Both were taken to a police station in Randburg, and were subjected to some more beatings, and Steven started to bleed on the his left eye. Children like Martin and Steven were abducted in the street and forced to confess to alleged confessions and to put them in writing. Their confessions were elicited through inadmissible confessions, and they were subjected to brutal interrogations inside police stations.

- JM(aged 17) said: S. Called me to his office. He asked me if I threw stones at SM's house, I said no, I was at home. S. punched me, left me in the office and called B. B. placed [a] white sack over my head and I was taken to another room. I was alone, tear gas [was] sprayed, and I screamed [and I was] taken out back to S.'s office. [I was] asked if I threw stones. I denied. S. put the sack on and I was shocked with electricity. I then agreed that I threw stones.

- AK (aged 17) narrated as follows: ... they put a sack on my face choking me and tear gassing to [get me to] admit that I stoned a house of M .... Then they forced me to admit and write a statement .... Mr., he handcuffed me on a seat and choked me until I admit[ted] this .... On the very same day, [the] 19th, we appeared at court with two white policemen who forced us to admit, we then admit[ted] only because those policemen were there....

JM(aged 17) said: They pulled me out of the van and took me to a room where they threw [sic] me and opened tear gas and closed the room. They opened tear gas three times after every 5 minutes. At 8 a.m. the same morning, I was taken to Mr. S. He cross questioned me and every time I was beaten up by the other white policeman. I was bleeding from the nose .... I was kept there till Friday .... I was told to go home .... [t]he white policemen told me that if they found me in the street or attending any meeting, they would shoot me and I'll be killed

- CC(aged 17) said: We were made to face the wall in the charge office and repeatedly beaten with sjamboks. ... I was then interrogated alone and assaulted in the following manner: a. M. handcuffed me to a wooden chair; b. I was repeatedly assaulted with a sjambok and fists by three policemen.

The assault was furious. I had sjambok marks all over my body and was covered in blood. My forehead was swollen from where [I was struck] with a sjambok on my head. Because of my injuries, I was taken from [interrogation] room 9 and placed in a [van]. I could not walk to the [van] and had to be dragged. While I was in the [van], a number of other people were taken individually into room 9. I heard [them] screaming.

- RM(aged 15) recalled that while we were waiting [a policeman] licked me on the mouth; (another policeman) struck me with a wire coat hanger. He also pulled the coat hanger through my hair causing me considerable pain .... I was taken for interrogation. I was told to take off my clothes and I was asked questions .... I was assaulted ... as follows: a. the short policeman burnt my hair with a cigarette lighter; b. a tube was pulled over my mouth and I was electrocuted on my back; c. the short white policeman hit me with a hosepipe on my fingers.

Children have also been threatened with death. Abraham was one of those accused of burning a policeman, and they threatened to hang him in the cell until he died. Abraham said: I broke down and wept. I was then ordered to lie down spread-eagled and ... [a policeman] came in and put his foot on my genitals and said I should own up to the killing .... Then a [policeman] pointed a gun under my chin and said that if I didn't confess and identify others that he would kill me." Most of the kids who were arrested were not involved in incidents of the unrest.

Some "informers have later admitted that they gave any names they could think of because they frightened by what might happen to them if they refused. Sarah was arrested in Bellville on September 5, 1985, described such an experience: "We were taken to a room in the police station where all the police were drinking coffee. A policeman said that we should be given pages to write down the names of those who had thrown stones.

I was very afraid and began to write down any names I could think of. When I couldn't remember any more one policeman hit me hard with an orange sjambok. I was just putting down any names that came into my head because I was so afraid. They then asked who had been burning tires. I was told to give names and addresses .... [None] of the people I named had to my knowledge been involved in these offenses or anything illegal."

Wendy Orr was a district surgeon whose duties included the medical examination of emergency detainees. In her affidavit she pointed out that a large number of the detainees she examined complained of assault and showed symptoms consistent with their complaints. According to Dr. Orr: "They had weals, bruising, blisters over their backs and on the palms of the hands.Some had lacerated lips and the skin over their cheekbones was split."

Several had their eardrums perforated. Dr.Orr concluded that assaults of detainees were taking place on a "massive scale" and that the police, who were protected by the indemnity in the emergency regulations, considered themselves not accountable… Both the Departments of Health and Prisons turned a blind eye to what was happening in the prisons.

- Andrew, who was only 12 years old, was arrested on September 6, 1985 and detain in connection with the death of a black policeman in the Township. Andrew stated: "At the [CID] offices, I was assaulted by Constable Tswele and Constable Mgebuza, who struck me with clenched fists and kicked me.... I was assaulted by white policemen who beat me with a sjambok and cane on my back. I am unable to state how many blows were struck in that I was terrified .... I was not assaulted continuously, but at intervals."

- 16 years old Sukizani and Andrew were in the cells with four other detainees, three constables came into the cell with canes and a sjambok: "We were made to bend down and [were] caned on the buttocks.... We were also required to do exercises .... When we tired and were unable to do the exercises to the satisfaction of the aforesaid police, we were struck by means of the canes and sjambok... Constable Roberts struck me on the head with a sjambok causing and open wound which bled.... before they left, we were informed that it was their intention to return later that night, at which time we could expect a sound beating."

- Eugene Vusi Dlamini in August 1985 was arrested by about 20 policemen at is home at 6 a.m. whilst he was getting ready for school… His mother said that a man who was hooded pointed out to Eugene. His mother was told to shut up and that Eugene was being arrested under the Section 29 of the ISA(detention for the purposes of interrogation), and detainees under this section can be held indefinitely, until they had answered their questions satisfactorily.

A week later Mrs. Dlamini, on September 3rd when he telephoned her from hospital, stated: "At first I did not realize that the person whom I was speaking to was [Eugene], because he appeared to speak with great difficulty and seemed to be under great stress" .... In my conversation with him, he advised me as follows:

(a) He was a patient at Shifa Hospital since Sunday 1 September 1985;

(b) He had been injured as a result of having been severely assaulted by the police from the time that he arrived at C. R. Swart Square Police Station;

(c) He had been assaulted at various times at the Security Police premises and that , as a result, he was unable to hear properly in one ear, that his jaw bones were broken and that he suspected his forearms and skull were also broken;

(d) While he was at C. R. Swart Square the police interrogating him had given him wet blankets for use when he slept.

The Effects of Psychological Damage

70 percent of the children detainees have developed post-traumatic stress disorders and many of these children to date are particularly susceptible to anxiety disorders, depression, adjustment and behavior disorders and psychotic episodes… These children frequently display acute feelings of fear, guilt, isolation and depression upon their release. The isolation experienced in detention came home to roost and the released children expressed hopeless desolation in words that expressed a longing to die.

Some were unable to speak coherently and they seemed vacant and confused. Most of these kids were normal before their arrest, and from being beaten most of their time in detention, made to sleep with wet blankets, and made to sell-out their friends and family, they were filled with guilt and a sense of uncertainty, and mostly were now human cabbages. They were having acute fear of the police and this bordered on mental breakdown, and their road to physical and psychic trauma is still a very long and still unresolved one, up to today.

While these children were undergoing the terrifying and dehumanizing experience of detention, interrogation and torture, as detainees, they were physically incapable of enduring the treatment meted against them by the security forces. It is a fact that children in detention rarely or completely did not know their rights and were not capable of exercising them fully. So that, any provision to protect them, is unlikely to provide much protection from future abuse. Today they cannot adjust and pretty maladjusted to the "new South Africa" and are not getting any type of health/counselling, given their vast numbers.

To Be Continued.....

The Congress of South African Trade Unions(COSATU) was formed in November 1985 and became the largest union federation in South African history, with some 500,000 members, most of them Africans. In the climate of protest and violence sparked by the new constitution, COSATU was quickly drawn into joint political demonstrations. In a joint communique with the ANC in March 1986 COSATU stated: There was a common understanding that ... lasting solutions can only emerge from the national liberation movement, headed by the ANC, and the entire democratic forces of our country of which COSATU is an important and integral part.

On February 24, 1988, the Apartheid regime effectively banned United Democratic Front(UDF) and 16 other organizations, and they also prohibited COSATU from any political activities. In 1990 Chief Gatsha Buthelezi declared the Inkatha organization a non-racial political Party. Inkatha was made up of a membership of 1.9 million, and the vast majority of its members were Zulus.

Buthelezi as a student was member of the ANC, but in the 1970s encountered criticism form the Black Consciousness Movement leaders because he partly criticized ANC's armed struggle philosophy but agreed with the ANC's traditions and aims. In the 1980s his bellicose criticism of student's popular campaigns drew criticism from the then ANC president, Oliver Tambo, who declared that Buthelezi had emerged on the side of the enemy against the people.

On February 2, 1990, the South African State President, Frederick Willem de Klerk lifted a 30-year ban on the African National Congress(ANC). In a speech to parliament in Cape Town he declared that, 'the season of violence was over, and that the time for reconstruction and reconciliation has arrived[Christopher Wren]. Shortly thereafter, de Klerk freed Mandela after 28 years in jail, and he also dismantled the State Security Council which had formulated major policy decisions and strengthened the Cabinet, shifting power to civilian officials.

In January 1990 de Klerk ordered the security forces to act in a non-political manner. Two months later he ordered a landmark investigation into an incident where police shot 84 protestors in the back. In June 1990, he lifted the national state of emergency except in Natal. South Africa seemed to be changing at last.

Yet in July and August 1990, some seven months after the end of violence was announced, African townships around Johannesburg erupted in warfare. In one horrendous incident that occurred on September 13, 1990, 26 were killed and at least 100 injured in an attack in a commuter train between Johannesburg and Soweto. Bodies were strewn along a five mile stretch of track, and it was the third terrorist-style attack of that week. By the end of 1990, more than 1,000 people had died in that area.(Alister Sparks)

According to a report by the Institute of Race Relations(SAIRR) on November 19, 1990, ten people were being killed everyday in South Africa in political violence. SAIRR called 1990 by far the grimmest ever because in the first ten months, 3,038 people died in political violence. The total number of deaths from 1984 to October 31, 1990, was 8,577.

The SAIRR claimed that the conflict with the African community continued to be the main source of casualties. The SAIRR provided information that in 1989 there were 1,400 people killed in Natal. In 1990, in just the areas around Durban in Natal, more than 1,000 were killed. In areas near Johannesburg, the death toll for the period from July 1990 to the year's end was 1000.

These statistics do not necessarily reveal the magnitude of the tragedy. John Aitchison wrote: "Behind these statistics lie people who live and die, who have holes made in them by 137 knife thrusts, who are burnt to death, who are blasted by shotgun blasts, who go to lawyers and appear in court as witnesses and are gunned down by people they testified against ... people who are interviewed by journalists, are then detained and interrogated by policemen." "The War Against Children: Apartheid's Youngest Victims" (New York: Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, 1986).

This part of the hub was written to show that the violence, orchestrated by the security forces against the ANC and Inkatha and the military security forces from 1986 to the mid 1990s. Those who were killed in this murderous rampage were both children and their parents. It is also important to note that the ANC is also responsible for the murder of Africans when Thabo Mbeki denied that HIV/AIDs was responsible for so many death in South Africa.

The parents of many of these children have died in droves, that UNESCO has pointed out that about 5 million children will be parent-less and homeless by the year 2015. This part will be dealh with below towards the end of the Article

The children of South Africa have not received any respite from the death-throes that the African population is facing. This is one saga that still continues and am going to elaboratefurther on it b. The years from 1986 saw many children and their parents killed without any pause-those were the most deadly and vicious times in South Africa.

Today, many children are suffering from AIDS, poverty, different diseases, poor education and still, the new government, with its corrupt cabal, ignores and suppresses the power and powerless African children and the African majority. The Struggle continues and the story is going to be continued....

Witnesses to Torture, Detention, Violence and Killings

Due to the responses to this article, I feel obligated to expand on certain themes presented above. To reiterate, this article was written as corrective means and measure in putting African history in perspective from the African point of view.

This was done in order that the installments that are going to follow this article, of which two have already been written/published by me on the Health and Mental states of Africans, these, in combination and in tandem, will inform on key periods of Apartheid rule and its atrocities, which have been deliberately wiped-off the historical mind of both Africans and Whites who would rather forget that this has happened, to the African Peoples of Mzantsi.

What is interesting is that the respondents to this article have been White people of every stripe. This is good because most of them have never pointed out to the fact that they have gone back to those Townships, whose residents they have tortured and decimated and left shattered, and these Townships full of 30 year or plus old people who are really destroyed forever-to try and verify my assertions above; and, some of those responding to this article, are not able to disprove the fact that what happened in the time period from 1985 onwards never happened. It did! It is still happening, today, in 2018, a we shall see below.

Those who were witnesses to the torture of children, the children themselves and the African communities who are still nursing these young adults(who were children then) and are not fussing about it, except for the guilty perpetrators of these horrible acts, who dismiss this article, is only full of these victims who are willing to testify, as they have done above, to what happened to them.

Witnesses to the torture as has been told by those tortured, those who today are still suffering, and those in the unmarked graves in the Doorknob and Avalon Cemeteries and in Nancefield Cemeteries, which all tell a serious and ugly tale of those who were caught-up in those violent times, as they lay being buried there-have a voice in this Hub.

The graves are marked and unmarked from 1976 all the way to 1994 are tell-tale signs of what took place in South Africa to the African people in South Africa. Africans in South Africa,today, are Primary sources of all that happened to them, and these stories have been made possible by them.

It is easy, one should take it upon oneself and go and do research amongst the victims of the atrocities laid bare in this hub, in all the Townships and former Homelands dotting the South African landscape. In fact, I would like to add more to the narrative above as to what happened from 1986 to 1994, in a nutshell.

The Killings in South Africa From 1990 to 1994(A Summary)

On February 2, 1990, the then South African State President, Frederik Willem de Klerk, lifted a 30 year ban on the African National Congress(ANC). In a speech to parliament in Cape Town he declared: "The season of violence is over. The time for reconstruction and reconciliation has arrived."(Christopher Wren, "Foes of Apartheid Praise Moves but Urge More Reform by de Klerk,," New York Times , February 3, 1990).

Shortly after that, De Klerk freed ANC Deputy President Nelson Mandela after 28 years of imprisonment. Since assuming office on September 1989, de Klerk had dismantled the apparatus of the State Security Council, which had formulated major policy decisions, and strengthened the Cabinet, shifting power to civilian authorities. In January 1990, he ordered the security forces to act in a non-political manner.

Two months later, he ordered a landmark investigation into an incident where police shot 84 protestors in the back. In June 1990, he lifted the National State of Emergency except in Natal. Up to that point, South Africa seemed to be changing at last.

Yet, in July and August 1990, some seven months after the end of violence was announced, African Townships around Johannesburg erupted in warfare. In one horrendous incident that occurred on September 13, 26 were killed and at least 100 injured in an attack on a commuter train between Johannesburg(Gauteng) and Soweto. Bodies were strewn along five mile stretch of track.

It was the third terrorist-style attack that week(Alister Sparks, "South Africans Massacred Abroad Train," The Washington Post , September 14, 1990) By the end of 1990, more than 1,000 had died in that area. People in the Townships relate these events with even much clarity and recollection because it is they who were being affected by these callous acts of groups orchestrated by the Security Forces in collusion with the Apartheid State.

In the forth-coming Hub I am going to write about these issues, I will be dealing much more in-depth on this era and effectively examine how the Apartheid State had discharged its responsibilities impartially to protect the rights of all citizens and expose ways in which it has been responsible for violating Human Rights.

The Hub will be specifically addressing the behavior of security forces — principally the South African Police(SAP), the Kwa-Zulu Police(ZP) and the South African Defense Forces(SADF) - and the response of the State authorities when notified of abuses by those forces.

The primary informants and those who will be telling about the Killings in South Africa from 1990 to 1994 and beyond will be the African people themselves. There is abundant evidence that the Apartheid State was implicated in the violence that was dubbed"Black on Black" violence. The bias of the State security forces, who have either intervened or failed to intervene on a selective basis, fueled the conflict.

Despite the pressure for reform from some elements in the State, the Apartheid government failed to deal effectively with the violence and the behavior of the security forces during the 1990s onwards. While the reasons for the actions of the security forces and government officials are complex, one of the most obvious factors that was frequently overlooked by the Press and by Political commentators, i.e., the Inkatha movement led by Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi held government power in Kwazulu "Homeland"(Afrikaner government creation), and had at its direct disposal an arm of the South African State - namely, the KwaZulu Police, has been very disastrous to African people.

The other major party to the conflict, the ANC and a constellation of organizations affiliated with it, and was only legalized in February 1990, following three decades of underground operations and severe state repression. Inkatha members held government office, while government agents imprisoned, tortured and executed ANC members. On these grounds alone, it is scarcely surprising that the organs of the state displayed some partiality between the two in that conflict of the 1990s, and this will be demonstrated in the Hub to be written on these issues.

In those days of the 1990s, the members of the government and the security forces opposed to negotiations with the African majority that they would have an interests in promoting such violence, was easy to imagine and there are pictures of all those involved at present to solidify these assertions.

This was the case because certainly a divided African population was less threatening to white domination than a united one. African conflict also encouraged White conservatives to pressure the government to halt Apartheid reform, justifying and calling for cautious and limited governmental approach.

In addition, it made Buthelezi to resist aspects of the Apartheid homelands scheme, but more dependent upon the Apartheid State support as he battled the ANC.(John Aitchison, "Can the Torture of Natal ever be Ended?" Natal Witness Echo, August 23, 1980). To add, de Klerk's visit to Washington in September 1990 took place during the height of the Transvaal Killings, yet they were barely acknowledged by officials in the Bush administration.

The hub above was an introduction to the atrocities committed on African people by the rulers of Apartheid and their security forces on African Children. This cannot be wished away, and no amount of threats and intimidation will hide the truth. The more attacks on the articles without even talking about the articles have given me the fortitude to continue on this path of unraveling the Apartheid Order and its Murderous ways when it ruled over the African people of South Africa; but, not only that, the effects and affects this has had on African people up to this day will be exposed and accurately narrated and delineated.

African people are so poor that they cannot even afford their own computers, let alone the exorbitant prices charged one to just use the Web. In some Township Internet Cafes, it cost up to R20.00 for 15 or 20 minutes to log on. The poverty-stricken African masses live on what is called 'quarters[Kota] and 'magwenya'(fat-cakes) and some other poor foods just to make it through the day, let alone going to pay in an Internet Cafe to read or log on into the new technologies.

The rich whites who have accumulated all the wealth through Apartheid slave labor and draconian laws can afford to buy their personal computers to log on easily, pay for their Internet services and attack and harass anyone who tells the truth about Apartheid, especially from an African perspective. This will not work, and in these times, the history of Africans under Apartheid will be told with the use of authentic pictures, and the reason for that is to record this as part of history and so that, when African people can have Internet for pittance, will be able to connect the Historical dots of their reality written from an African perspective, and for their own use and understanding.

That much, is what I will do in the next Hub on the Violence from the 1990s to 2018 and beyond. The brutality through which African children have been subjected, doubled-up when their parents, relatives and community were under full-scale attack by the Apartheid government and its Security Forces in the 1990s onwards. These events happened, and there is an oral and written historical record which these Hubs are now collating into a coherent African Historical record.

Apartheid Violence in Hindsight

Given South Africa's peculiar history and legacy of Apartheid, ethnic diversity, poverty and isolation, nation building was never going to be easy. The transition to multiracial rule proved to be difficult and bloody. Whites battled to preserve some power and privilege, sharing crisis with Africans crisis of confidence about their future. It seemed that the birth of the new South African nation would be aborted by the pressures and dynamics of political transition.

Violence was pervasive, a dread which hung, and is still hanging over all races and lingered in every household as crime, political killings, police brutality and suicides filled morgues and hospitals. The economy slumped, entering it worst recession in 80 years, and the government reeled under a series of dirty tricks and scandals, financial and military. Whites suffered unusual hardships with almost a quarter of the five million population floundering below poverty line.

White right-wingers fiercely opposed the changes their leaders have been intending to implement. The African communities were tortured by rampant violence. Fierce fighting between ANC and Inkatha supporters claimed hundreds of lives. Police and soldiers, some conducting unofficial rearguard defense of Apartheid, added to the carnage. This really threatened the transition to democracy in South Africa seriously.

Violence is a fact of South African political and, economical and social life in South Africa and will remain so for several years to come. Apartheid was a violent system, and was violently imposed; and more violence is the legacy that Apartheid has left to the new democracy of the present-day South Africa… There were charred bodies and hacked bodies of innocent children and adult African South Africans who were working for the betterment of their communities; some bodies were found in the car trunks/boots that had been set alight. Some people who were apolitical were murdered in cold blood as they got caught-up in the mayhem of the violence of the day.

The death and fate of countless others that will never see the new South Africa, highlights the nightmare existence of millions of decent African people who were yearning for peace and security, yet they became victims of endless violence, crime and intimidation in the Townships. In the Townships, death and violence were and are somewhat still a heartbeat from home. There have been times when those families who survived woke up and surprised to find that their families had not been butchered.

But these problems could not be dismissed as ones that concerned only Africans. A culture of violence, in which killings crated vendettas that created more killings, took hold in this society, which has largely been the result of Apartheid, and had no democratic traditions to fall back on. The Apartheid era legitimized violence, both on the part of the government in securing power, and on the part of Africans resisting Apartheid. The ANC regime excacerbated African people's victimhood.

In the wake of the unbanning of African liberation groups, this conflict moved to center stage, with open warfare between different political factions, the police, the South African Defense Force(SADF) and right-wing organizations. This violence interrupted progress in the negotiations for a future democratic South Africa, and nearly eroded a peaceful solution to the country's problems.

A fact that has been overlooked by many people, and especially by whites in their heavily fortified homes, is that reports of the death of Apartheid have been greatly exaggerated. Terrible deprivation continues to exist outside the comfortable white suburbs. Although many Apartheid laws have been repealed, the lot of African South Africans will and are still living in an unchanged social reality and existence, and will continue to do so for many years to come.

Most Africans will judge the progress of reform by what material benefits it brings them, and how speedily. It is very sad to say that after 22+ years of ANC rule, this is far from being realized, and progress is painfully slow. As long as Africans are kept poor by an economy built for and maintained by whites, and as long as they are degraded by white attitudes, fostered by decades of official racialism, Apartheid will live on.

It will remain a mind-set and an inheritance of legalized inequality for many decades to come. This is the latter part of the Hub that will address the effects and affects of all these oppressive methods on the African people and what has that done to us today in Mzantsi.

Truth And Lies

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Let's Look At the !980s and Apartheid Rule

Propaganda: Truth Made Up Of Lies

After nearly 20 years of ANC's bungled rule of South Africa, it seems like the present misery and dysfunctional conditions that exist amongst the Africans of South Africa has been caused by the ANC. Well, in this Hub, specifically, I will seriously oppose that. What has really happened is that the history of South Africa has been erased from the books, tapes and any media that reported what the Boers have really done to Africans in South Africa.

In fact, today, as one reads the Blogs emanating from South Africa and around the world, mostly written by the Boers, one can begin to doubt what Apartheid really did to the Africans of South Africa. The Boers, most of those who want the memory of their rule to be erased, have begun to feel very confident about their posts and contemporary writings about the murder of the Farm Boers, as if, what they did to Africans was nothing. Well, facts will bear me out.

Divide and Rule

South African Law sought to exploit African political rivalries in accordance to a
"Divide and Conquer" strategy, as reflected in, for example, the 1983 Constitution and the Homelands system. Government security forces had also pursued divide and rule tactics by manipulating conflict within the African community

Throughout the 1980s, state involvement prolonged and intensified conflicts between African groups by encouraging and exploiting vigilante violence. Groups of vigilantes in African urban townships, often of the older generation and resentful of the ANC-affiliated "comrade" control, have been armed and turned loose by the Apartheid state in "radical" areas. During numerous violent incidents, security forces had neglected to protect residents from attacks by vigilante groups; on occasion, they have assisted such group in their attacks.

One example of this occurred during the 1986 conflict at Crossroads squatter settlement, near Cape Town, where UDF(United Democratic Front) "Comrades" had gained a major foothold in part of the settlement. As part of the state's strategy to crush radical forces, the police organized raids and torched four shack settlements areas to the ground, killing hundreds and forcing 60,000 to flee while the securities stood by and watched. Such conflicts "justified" repressive crackdowns and the detention of local leaders. Without leadership, the conflicts deteriorated into cycles of rampant violence and revenge. The State usually inserted its own administrative structures into the vacuum left by the removal of radical street and area leaders(Alister Sparks)

In the 1980s, the Apartheid government began to recruit "instant" constables, or "Kitskonstables," from the unemployed African population, a practice not "dissimilar" to the vigilantes, which is how they regarded by the residents of Natal. Kitskonstabels were given a mere six weeks of training, issued weapons, and sent out to quell dissent in the townships often in areas other than their own.(Sparks)

Clearly the elements of ethnic loyalties, lack of resources, political competition, and the effects of Apartheid contributed to the violence. Poverty, lack of education and lack of employment opportunities among the African population helped to breed a culture of violence. According to 1980 figures, whites, who constituted 15.4% of the total population, received 64.9% of the total income earned in South Africa. Africans who were 73% of the population, earned only 24.9% of the total income for South Africa

Illiteracy figures for the same period demonstrate that for adults around 20 years or older, the illiteracy for Africans was nearly 30% while for Whites, was slightly less than 100%. State expenditure per pupil in 1983-4 was over 1,600 rand for White children,over 1,000 rand for Indian children, less than 600 rands for Colored children, and between 200 and 300 rands for African children(Francis Wilson)

Political tolerance is the exception in country where, historically, dissent had been met with repression . African South African children grew up witnessing or participating in brutal violence. Wilson concludes thus:

"Crime, alcoholism, boredom, frustration with bureaucratic red tape, and despair are ...under conditions of poverty, social dislocation and powerlessness...bitter fruit Policies of separate development, and-urbanization, forced removals, Bantu Education, the crushing of organizations, and, in more recent years(under Apartheid), destabilization have been responsible for increasing poverty amongst millions... Indeed, it is precisely this dimension of premeditation or deliberate policy in impoverishing people that makes poverty in South Africa different from that in so many other parts of the world."

So, we should just recap here that the violence against children was in effect implemented in many areas at different times and the state was as more repressive to these children, who today are maimed and injured, demented and hardly rehabilitated people of the 1980s state violence. The South African government's response to the unrest of the 1980s was a ruthless campaign to crush all opposition, to suppress dissenting voices and to hinder the news media's efforts to report what was happening.

Like, for instance, in July 1985, a State of Emergency was declared in areas affected by the unrests, and it remained in place for almost a year. And it is at this time, that the Hub above addresses and shows the pictures as a result of that, that, if today, we hear and read what the Boers say about the ANC, we should also remember the violence that was visited not only on the elderly people of the 1970s to the 1990s by Apartheid, and that those people, today, as this Hub is being updated, have had to live with the horrible and nightmarish memories of the Apartheid rule.We should not forget.

The truth should never be hidden and lies should not be allowed to be highlighted as facts. The truth will help to free us and lies incarcerate us forever.

Humans Are Foreigners All Around the Planet - What?

We Are still Being Told And It Is Still Being Written About The Fact That We Africans here in South Africa are foreigners in our land.. Go figure
We Are still Being Told And It Is Still Being Written About The Fact That We Africans here in South Africa are foreigners in our land.. Go figure

Let Us Look At the State Of The African Victims Of Apartheid Today Under ANC Rule

Time has passed, and we are now into the 22+ years rule of the ANC, and things are not getting any better. What was supposed to be seen and received as Freedom, has turned into an imploding and exploding social nightmare, that has long been in the making. The problems today, as the Irish would say, the "Troubles," that we are seeing and witnessing now, today in South Africa, has many facets to it. I cannot cover all the aspects that have given rise to this social miasma, but the few instances I can garner and glean onto, will suffice for the purposes of this Hub.

There is a dire need to put things into perspective, no matter what it takes and how long it will be before these facts can be brought to light. The world has some form of amnesia when it comes to what has really happened in South Africa under Apartheid, and what is happening, and how these things complement and play-up on each other in a constant dance of destruction. A lot of people poof-pooh such Hubs and mind-sets, as one harkening to a period and time when all what I have discussed above, is no more happening or not relevant today. Well, let's see how the facts and reality stack up by talking briefly about the generation above and that of today.

There is a very sad thing that is happening here in Mzantsi whereby, a whole army of African people is borderline crazy. Meaning, emerging from Apartheid, there never was time to rehabilitate and counsel/psycho-help our people come to grips with what has just happened. What is happening now, few know really what went before regarding our existence under Apartheid. Many holler and spurn any attempts to talk about what the Hub is about, above, because they fear the truth will be known. Many simply do not know anything about what we actually went through under and during Apartheid.

Many, who come from the north of South Africa, denigrate and talk down to the local Africans and tell them to their faces and in print media and the Internet that we are lazy, and our country is their country too. Many if not most of these newly arrived and audacious, very aggressive African people, are colluding with the Apartheidized economical structure, thereby forming a buffer between the African South Africans and the Boers, so that, in the end they are murdered in many ways for the past decade or so. When one reads above as to what happened to the Children of 1985, today they are the middle-aged and old men of the 2015 time frame.

These wounds I have graphically presented above, are still with us, and have never been healed. Many people, I reiterate, do not really know what we have just gone through from 1948, which was a carry-over of British segregated rule, and the enslavement of our people from 1652 to 1994. This is not to say that I am using this as an excuse for what is happening to foreign African people, but we are going to say what it is all about, before we can even talk about or go about trying to 'fix' it.

The error here lies with the elected ANC leaders, who themselves, left the country as young boys, and they came back as old men, but who are behaving like young boys in the governance of South Africa. The lure of money, once winning the vote, has blinded the ANC rulers, that, even if they tried to implement some progressive programs, these pale in significance when compared to what they have done thus far. Some want to relieve their youthful days, and go about recruit all and sundry within their orbit and sphere of influence in the movement. This has resulted in nepotism, cronyism, favoritism, cabals and corruption that is bringing down the power of African people, and an organized Nation building with a sound Democracy.

The Hub is not just what happened in 1985 to the African children at the hands of their tormentors, but it is the after-effects that we are seeing today that is what is creating the implosion we are witnessing There is no other way around it: the effects and affects of what happened to the children of 1985, is the dysfunction we see today amongst the African people, exacerbated by the ANC ruling for a mere pittance. The lack of experience displayed by the ANC in its ruling of South Africa for the past 20+ years, cannot even be given a grade of failure - I will simply say, Disaster.

Many of our leaders from Exile, spent a lot of years in exile, until they were bailed out by the fighting masses, and International pressure and boycotts, that the rulers of Apartheid cut their loses and retreated, but still maintained power, especially economic power. This has been utilized intelligently by the Boers, and it is working against the disorganized Africans and they immature leaders, the ANC, to the letter. The destabilization of Africans by the Apartheid system was not a mere theory spun by some intellectual somewhere. No, it was not. It's our contemporary reality

This was a deliberately, time consuming and heavily invested into machinations that we shall have to begin to unpack the history and the formation and how it was galvanized to put us in the position we are in today. Many of us will have to stop just taking materials from such Hub, and play intellectual footsy, whilst not putting in the effort and time to do other researches in order we can have a sense of what we can or should do. Many do not want to invest time is such frivolities as reading books and looking for information. A lot of us, here in Mzantsi, are in hot pursuit of Money, fame, and power, by any means necessary. The sad thing is that only a paltry few of us have access to that loot which is stolen from the public coffers.

The mental state of the African people of South Africa needs to be considered in light of what I have written about above-which is 32 years ago that these events happened, and today, in 2017, we are seeing the effects of that, and this has been enabled by a dysfunctional government that the African people of South Africa Elected into power-four-plus years too many times, over a 22+ year period. Nothing, still, up to date and as of writing of this Hub has been done to seriously and cogently/coherently address this created apartheid mindset and lives/reality, etc into the core being of the Africans of South Africa.

Again, this is not to excuse the murderers mobs that are killing all foreign Africans from Mzantsi, and this is not right, and I do not condone it. In fact, I disavow my self from such actions for they are horrible and very disastrous for the Africans of Mzantsi. We are going to pay very hard for these actions, and the ANC does not give a rat's ass as to what the future means for such actions. They believe they will rule until "Jesus" comes, that's their mantra, and one heard it trumpeted a lot during the latest national elections tooted by the ANC followers. They were wrong, as proven by their disastrous losses in the most recent 2016 ocal elections

Meanwhile the carnage that is taking place in our country does not abate, and it spreading throughout the land, the ANC is content that attention has shifted from them and their corruptive and disastrous ways, and temporarily focused and blamed on hooligans and barbarians who do not know any better.but the same Thugs, as they are characterized, are the people of Mzantsi, and they are acting in a criminal way, but they are getting help from the officials in government, who can breath a bit, since the focus is on what is called Xenophobia.

This can be seen from the statement issued by Zwelithini, King of the Zulus:

Most government leaders do not want to speak out on this matter because they are scared of losing votes….”

“As the king of the Zulu nation, I cannot tolerate a situation where we are being led by leaders with no views whatsoever. We are requesting those who come from outside to please go back to their countries….”

“The fact that there were countries that played a role in the country’s struggle for liberation should not be used as an excuse to create a situation where foreigners are allowed to inconvenience locals….” (Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, 2015.)

Many have reacted in various ways to this statement. Many feel that this is a xenophobic utterance by the King of the Zulus. Taken to be xenophobia, it suits those that see it as such, and they have a right to their opinions and interpretation. And if it was to end there, then, that's where one comes across a Hub like mine, which does not attack foreigners for what they have done or not done. But, the Hub above looks intimately at the problems that we've had to deal with since we were under Apartheid, for 57 years, and as a proxy, for the past 20+, that the same passions that are invested in the xenophobia cries, should also be risen and cognizance be brought to bear in the killing of the children of 1985, for these, are the walking cadavers of the old men and their families that have never been given a chance to heal.

I am not an adherent nor admirer of the King, but he, too, is a lackey of the ANC, and they have used him to create this carnage, and behind the scense, they are concocting another ruse, whilst distracting attention away from themselves. This is important because the ANC, if they had tightened the borders, efficiently, if they had constructed a solid Immigration policy and management, the many millions of people who have poured into the country, would have been better managed and controlled, but, they did not do that preparation.

And then you get a knee-jerk reactionary statement from Zuma's son, who is hounded by claims of corruption, stealing the lightning from the majority, and pandering to Western military types, by stating:

“We [South Africa] are also unnecessarily accommodating illegal immigrants in this country.” He also stated, “You never know whether they [foreigners] are funding ISIS [Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] and al-Shabaab.”

What a careless and dangerous game these African elite are playing, and they are doing so so's to hide their pilfering of the public funds and many other corrupt indiscretions they are accused of being involved in. By making such dangerous utterances, they are endangering the very community I have described above, exposing them to all sorts of attack, for the generation above is ill-equipped with dealing matters of the nation. And as an entity, and the ANC, is merely coasting along the wings of China and the US, to legitimize its rule through shady business deals and under-the-table payments, done in dark and smoky room, with liquor to go.

The Whites who control the economy have also used it to their advantage, giving menial and cheapest labor jobs to the Africans from north of South Africa, and side-lining the locals, who were dependent on these jobs under Apartheid, but now were going for a song.

Now let us acknowledge that xenophobia occurs in all parts of the world. For instance, reports reveal that in Germany “far-right extremists” carried out 162 attacks against asylum seekers and their houses in the year 2014.

Even in Australia, where that government has a zero tolerance stance on refugees, asylum seekers are referred to in derogatory terms such as “boat people” or “queue jumpers.” South Africans also use derogatory terms like “makwerekwere” to refer to African foreigners.

Nevertheless, the question at hand is whether in South Africa, xenophobia stems from an inherent resentment of foreigners solely on the basis that they are foreign.

This is unlikely, because incidents of xenophobia such as those that we are witnessing in Durban arguably occur predominantly within the lower socio-economic bracket where there is a scarcity of resources and opportunities.

On the other hand, could it be that xenophobia is inspired by basket of factors such as: poverty among South Africans, a lack of service delivery in South African communities, and inflammatory political populist scapegoating that is exemplified by the utterances of Goodwill Zwelithini and Edward Zuma?

Also, the Africans from north of South Africa are used as security strikebreakers against the locals. When the locals demonstrate, they find that their African brothers from the north of South Africa, do not join them, but take over the jobs the locals are striking against. There is some kernel of truth in what the King is saying, though should be taken with a tinge of salt; as for Zuma's son, that is an opportunist who is fanning the flames of hatred, which we see now spreading daily from city to city, headed toward Johannesburg, and ultimately will be consumed in Soweto, the behemoth of a Ghetto, now termed suburb, south of the Downtown metropolis.

Whilst the ANC is involved in these shenanigans, they have conveniently forgotten, all the while, to build social structures to begin to heal the African populace and what has happened to Africans during the rule of Apartheid and demonstrated extensively by the Hub above. They are expecting a traumatized people to act like a long free and independent people, when they have not yet even have had time to marinate what has happened to them during the rule of Apartheid.

There are some bitter truth that shall have to be and are going to be addressed when it comes to what is happening to Africans from the north of South Africa, and the state of mind and souls of the Africans indigenous to Mzantsi.

This is what should be taking place today in South Africa-Healing and bringing about the healing and material well-being of the people of South Africa, first, and then the rest can be considered later. But, with a government like the ANC in power, our people, in a debilitating mind set and state of mind and being, will continue to erupt, and the whole Rainbow coalition will implode, as it is exploding.

ANC Leaders, Literally Asleep On the Supposed Job Of Ruling The Country

We Retain The Right To Question The Going-Ons Here In The Land Of Our Ancestors

Historically, the compartmentalization of the colonial world has been systemically divided into a dichotomous milieu, befittingly placing one group superior over another. As a socially constructed phenomenon within the colonial world, alienation creates an undying paradigmatic Apartheid-based realism. In a similar vein, “Apartheid is simply one form of the division into compartments of the colonial world…the world of the dominator, guarded by the army and the police.”

Fanon embarked on a mission to de-pathologize the Third World peoples who were trapped in this world of colonialism, while simultaneously, attempting to politicize those oppressed. In this respect, Fanon’s rationality of counter-memory enhanced his capacity to think critically and dialectically formulated a commitment, dedication, and responsibility to facilitate dialogue, discourse, and spaces to build capacities to revolutionize the psyche of the “wretched of the earth.”

According to Judith Butler’s book Violence, Nonviolence: Sartre on Fanon,“Fanon’s work gives the European man a chance to know himself, and so's to engage in that pursuit of self-knowledge, based upon an examination of his shared practices, that is proper to the philosophical foundations of human life.”In other words, Fanon wants the European colonizer, the European elite, to see his complicity in systemic violence inflicted upon the colonized.(Bobby Seals)

If we are going to ask the question then,"Whither Mzantsi?" We are going to have to begin from the beginning to try and furnish answers to this question - that is where are we going, we African people of South Africa. Our struggle is many-fold and it is on a very broad front. We have still got to understand our geography and typography.

We still need to gather intelligence on these matter such as which people live where, and what is the typography of those places. How are the people settled, and how many vehicle roads lead to these places, and what are the dirt roads going there; what other exists and so forth, footpaths that are used by those people in those areas? What is the constitution of the population, where do they get their water and food from; what are the agricultural areas that are in those parts of the country, the mountains, and what type of mountains, rivers, and so forth?

There is so much to be learned, culled and collated as intelligence for our people, that we have yet still to begin to work along these lines, collectively. Then, there's the economic reality of our country-of our people, as the original peoples of this country still own, only, 13% of the land, and the rest is owned by the former Apartheid colonizers, and the rest is parceled to International monied interests, and so forth.

We do not own the coal, the gold, the diamonds, steel and other natural resources of our own land. If we are involved in these enterprises in our land, we are workers, employed by the Gold, mining diamond, steel and other natural resources, owned by foreigners, in the land of our fathers. We do not control these. We do not have an army of people doing metallurgy, manufacturing guns, and the like. No. We only have workers in these factory's, which when the mega-profits are made, these owners shut down the factories, retrench workers, and move back overseas, and our people are left jobless and unemployed.

Our economic reality is sub-par, and very few of us own large tracts of land to farm effectively as a nation for the people and consumers of South Africa. We have large and big corporations that are not in our control. Nobody respects Africans of South African and everyone has an opinion about us and for us-We are not even supposed to say what it is we think, like nor dislike, lest we be called and told that we are Xenophobic. Let me interrogate this false notion and assumption below.

Ways Of Talking About And Understanding So-Called Xenophobia

Looking At The African Staring Back At Us In Our African Mirror

Saying It Like It Is- Views From the Underground Bottom Of The Economic Ladder Armies Of The Poor Africans Of Mzantsi(S.A.)

No amount of personal wealth, athletic skill or intellectual achievement will help any African man escape the contempt Westerners reserve for all, of any race whatever, who belong to groups which have become less powerful than their own. To regain our dignity, we must make it impossible for any group to ever again trample upon us. We must confront their intention to do so with a power they can neither trample upon nor ignore. (Chinweizu)

And Here In Mzantsi, The Boers, To Date, Still Tell Us And Write That We Are Foreigners In Our Own Indigenous Land... They Claim That We Arrived Here In This Part Of The Continent When They Landed In The Cape. They also Add That The Rightful Owners of South Africa(Mzantsi) Are The Khoi And The San, whom, according to the Boers, were Killed In Droves By The Xhosas.

Yet, This Could Not be farther from the truth, and the Khoi, in their Cave paintings, Show the Boers Killing Them, not the Xhosas. Before we begin Calling other people's actions in some unsavory names, it is about time we begin to talk about the situation and conditions of African people of South Africa here In South Africa. What is happening is that We, the people of Mzantsi, still need to put into focus and context, i.e., what our plight is, and why we are called 'Foreigners' in our land and what are the effects and affects of this, Historically, culturally, economically and otherwise.

There is not excusing our Killing of the Other Africans from north of the country of South Africa. It is wrong and I condemn it. But, in the struggle that is contemporary-here in Mzantsi, there is lot more and there are many issues that we are going to have to talk about; the state of mind of the Africans of South Africa.

By the way, Apartheid was supposed to have been over, just like that, in 1992, when Mandela and us, it is presumed, went back to a normally functioning people, and immediately we voted the ANC into Power. As for what happened to us since 1948 to 1992, few of the many people just arrived after that into South Africa really know what happened to us, and what has that done to us-to date. I think no one cares.

We have never even have had a chance to "Heal" ourselves from the harangue and vicissitudes of oppression visited upon us by the Goons and murderous Death Squads and Prisons, and streets of The Ghettoes, cities, rural areas of South Africa by the Apartheid regime. We were, all of a sudden, "Allowed" to vote, and then, "Boom!", just like that, Apartheid disappeared, like a mist when the Sun comes out, and nothing has been done, after that-and we are accused of blaming everything on Apartheid that is happening to us today.

One thing for sure and certain, Apartheid happened on us and to us, and we built South Africa to be what a lot of people see today as a developed Country. We lost our lives, bodies, souls, and spirits, families, societies, cultures, history and so forth, with our labor which was exploited to the hilt as Slave labor under Apartheid, and we lived in Concentration camps, with high Lamps to light places like Soweto, and we were controlled and monitored Daily by thugs like BOSS, INS and so forth. Every Boer was a cop and soldier, and we paid dearly for it-with everything we had in our decrepit existence.

After our quisling turncoats brothers took office, they told us that now we are free, it was now everyone for themselves, and that we are going to have pull ourselves with our own bootstraps. We were hardly a year removed from Apartheidom, and now we were facing a new oppressor: The Gendarme African Elite with its opportunistic vulturistic tendencies of a Capitalism of a sort, taking over power, so to speak, here in South Africa. Meanwhile, as they take power, we were and still are the powerless victims and employed at the whim of Apartheid, and poorer than church-mouses. We still are at the bottom of the pile in the economy of our country-today.

We are, today, the hewers of wood and carriers of water for others, and we are now being ridiculed and mocked for this condition we still exist in-to date. Many who have come into our country and found the cheapest labor, as afforded to them and created for them by the Boers, now see us as lazy/indolent; unintelligent; Stupid, and they even go to the extent of taking our culture, music,(this can be seen on YoTube as to who posts Most South African Music, and the comments therein, do not relate to Africans here in Mzantsi, but to some people elsewhere, as if we do not exist).

To many people who have just come to South Africa, there is no respect, for they all, those who are not of South Africa, try and exploit our culture and talk to us about "Ubuntu/Botho, to sway and obfuscate our own judgment, by making us guilty, if they are dissatisfied with our dealing/living with them, and tell us we lack that Ubuntu/Botho; meanwhile, others hawk this term and are making million off our culture, language and so forth. Meanwhile, we have not yet even recovered from the drubbing by the Apartheid regime.

No, Ubuntu does not come before everything else within our own African culture in South Africa. "Respect"-Hlompho/Inhlonipho is foremost and the fulcrum of our culture. Everyone who is not of Mzantsi, have their own cultures, traditions, customs, languages, and so forth that are particular and specific to themselves. It is about time all these people, north of South Africa, began to understand our culture, history, customs, traditions, not told by White writers and historians, but as told by us, from an African centered perspective-is what we are saying and telling them it is all about-any everyone needs to begin to pay attention to us, as Africans of Mzatnsi, when we speak.

Whenever we go to another country, we do not abuse their women, their kindness, and their generosity to our own ends. Whenever anyone comes to South Africa, even if they think we are lazy, stupid, unprogressive, that we have no skills, I would simply say: why not take a pause and ask oneself why is South Africa so well-developed, with highways and byways, and all the huge cities and glitz of Cape Town, Johannesburg and so forth, apparent and there for all to see.

Well, above, I have already noted that we, the Africans of Mzantsi, were forced into hostels, for the mines and The Soweto's, built as dormitory's for slave labor for White Businesses in Downtown Johannesburg; places like District Six, and other bad locations[Homelands] for Africans to have their labor freely and deeply exploited by the Boers.

Yes, this is not important, what I am saying, for no one is listening to us nor cares to-our opinion and stories do not matter, because, all say, South Africa is a Free Country. Well, until we say so, it is not.
Therefore I say, if you do not know our African history and story here in Mzantsi, and you only know it as told by our detractors and White oppressor, then, I do not care who you are, you really do not know the African people of South Africa. 'Respect' of others goes a long way.

People come into our land, disregard us, and exploit the gaps and fissures caused by Apartheid on us, become what they deem better, of and about themselves, and many things they could not do in their own places of origin, and then, turn around and tell us that we are useless, lazy, and whenever it suits them, they just pack their monies and bags, head back to their lands, and leave us here, the African community, with their children, and other woes, and then, when I speak as I am speaking, I am hateful of Others. No!

I am speaking because I have a right to do so. I talk with my eye on African people of South Africa, who are today, killing other Africans from north of Africa. Well, I condemn the killings, and I think our people should stop and pay attention as to what we are doing. We all know, we of Mzantsi, that we have problems with the 'mental state' of so many people in our midst. What has happened to us, let no one dismiss or dispute for we can tell them about our own personal Apartheid experiences better. Many of us have died because of Apartheid, Drugs, alcohol, terrible diseases, and we are still going through this mess-daily-to date.

Our education system is worse than the Bantu Education we fought against in 1976. We have had struggles of the 1980s to the 90s against apartheid, and amongst ourselves. We are still in a war-footing, albeit for nefarious reasons-it's been hi-jacked, and yet, today, it is still a struggle for, us, Africans of Mzantsi. Our struggle never ended, and it might not come in a way as all revolutions might have happened in Africa, but it is nigh. The Apartheid condition of 1948 to 1992, has been exacerbated and made even more worse by the ruling ANC. We have to call a spake a spade, and not an implement for digging the ground.

I do contend that the present social malaise that we are witnessing, and is spreading, from 1998 to date, many people North Of South Africa have been attacked ceaselessly and mercilessly by our own bothers throughout South Africa, that, this should be seriously taken into account. We are going to have to be accountable, as a people to what we have been doing to people coming from north of South Africa. We are all, as South Africans, going to have to tell whomever it is why we did what we have done: Kill the children, women and destroy the properties of the people who have come north of South Africa. This is unconscionable.

Having said so, as we shall have to account for our vices and follies, we are going to have provide a narrative of our own, as to what it is that is and has been going on amongst us and with us, since before and after the coming back into the land of the ANC. A lot took place, and this is not merely a happenstance. This whole dysfunction and our decrepit existence, today, has to be addressed too.

As the cited piece above by Chinweizu which served as an opener to this talk, I still maintain that. 'respect,' is the foremost important factor or the Culture of Africans in Mzantsi. And until the back-issues have been resolved for the African people in South Africa, nothing is going to stop this carnage, which is bad for African people in South Africa, and the world-over.

It does not matter to me whether people choose to believe what I have written above. What matters for me is that we should stress the parameters of our own indigenous history, customs, cultures of South Africa, and make sure people begin to realize and recognize it, as we will be telling it to anyone willing to listen, from an African centered perspective. And this needs to be respected and acknowledged, too, by all and sundry who are not of South Africa, but are now here in South Africa.

All those who are collaborating with the past Apartheid system, and choosing to ignore or deride the Africans of Mzantsi, there is going to be some unsurmountable problems that will come to the fore, and these will only be resolved if anyone not of South Africa, begins to respect, recognize and acknowledge that we are the owners of this land, and we have a culture, custom, traditions and so forth that we need to resuscitate, and we still have to deal with our Apartheid hangover reality. That is our reality, and no-ones. And in the final analysis, no matter how long it takes, everyone is going to have to deal with the Africans of South Africa, respect us and acknowledge what we say.

It does not matter to me whether people choose to believe what I have written above. What matters for me is that we should stress the parameters of our own indigenous culture of South Africa, and make sure people begin to realize and recognize it as we will be telling it to anyone willing to listen, form an African centered perspective. And this needs to be respected and acknowledged by all and sundry who are not of South Africa. We are here, have been here, and are going nowhere, soon nor fast.

If people come into South Africa, from the North of south Africa, and immerse themselves into the economy of Mzantsi, they should be made aware that they are in fact propping up the Apartheid machine, for that's what they found in our land, many of them are acting like the very Boers, to the local Africans, since they own the stores, the way the Boers treated us, many are doing so.

You find some in our yards, opening up Tuck Shops(Sphaza) and wrecking havoc in the communities, selling outdated food, and unhealthy, cheap, in many respects, affect and effecting the generally poor and still languishing in the Apartheid era African milieu-bringing in drugs and other forms of bad things, this too will come to the fore once people start listening to us and what we are saying to them about our conditions.

So that, the story and the narrative we are going to have to present to the world is the one before the ANC took Power, and what has happened ever since to the African people of South Africa. This is one story that still needs to be told and put into its proper perspectives, and must be told by us, Africans of South Africa. Many people come to these apartheid built universities, from all over the world, get their degrees, and then tell us, we Africans, that we are lazy, and do not want to learn, and in the process, they are not even taught by us-neither listen to us, we Africans here in Mzantsi.

Their White professors tell them about us, and they buy this the crap, and come back to us and spill the garbage, about us, to us, in our faces as told to them by their Apartheid handlers, and they still, many of them do not get it, just because they end up getting second rate jobs, or are made bosses over the local Africans, and they now see themselves as better than the Africans in South Africa.

This is True! It is happening! And if anyone cares to know more about it, come to our Townships and we will show-and-tell about All What I am writing about above.
Yes, come to our country, get jobs and education, criticize us, and say whatever you think you can say about the Africans of Mzantsi, at the same time, these people are going to have to face some of us. I have not yet even touched upon the stories and histories of many of these countries north of South Africa. That, I will fully do in another time and space/place.

For now, all those who have come to South Africa, and have been doing some of the things I have noted above-and casting aspersion about a whole people, that I think it is about time we talked sharp with one another. All what is happening now to the people who come from north of South Africa, it has its origins, and it is about time many of them took a back seat and listened to us, as the African people indigenous to this land, tell it like it is. And we demand respect and acknowledgement, to all and sundry who are not of the land of South Africa. If anyone want to comment about what I have said so far, they are welcome, and I will field their concerns, fully.

What I have said above about the fact that we have been told timex that South Africa is not our country, and we came when the Boers were Trekking Up north into the Cape and Transvaal and Natal, we too were migrating from the north Of Africa and coming down to South Africa… This view, has bound/found a lot of believable and popular expressions and venting over the years, and even today it is still dominating in many blogs on the Net.

Some other ethnic groups believe this, and now of late we have also been told that we cannot claim to being Africans, because everyone else is, and this does not exclusively belong to us the indigenous of South Africa. Many have even told us, I have noted, that the land of South Africa is their land too! A lot of people are crowing and bemoaning the fact that borders should be removed. I reject all emphatically, and say, people have to develop their nations first before we can even talk about removing borders.

We here in South Africa need to do a lot of healing for our own people here in South Africa, and I insist upon this premise without making excuses to anyone and for anyone, and through anyone. South African Africans need to come to grips with what has happened to us under Apartheid, and how this is affecting and effecting us after 22+ years of ANC rule.

Are we better-off or worse off under the apartheid rule, or the ANC is just an extension of that rule, from the days of Vorster's "Petty Apartheid" thingy, to this sham called the Rainbow nations? Or is it, the ANC, exploiting Apartheid, opportunistically using the old modus operandi, but apartheid Still-saying that we are free and they are ruling over us? Whither South Africa? Some of us will talk straight about this matter, no matter who says what.

I welcome all objections to this article, and will field, "All" responses appropriately and fully. The murdering of Africans in South Africa is Wrong On All Levels, and it must be condemned. I do condemn it, and I say to my African Brothers, Let's begin to heal our own African people of South Africa first, and then we can have a pow-wow with all and sundry from a united and cogently coherent perspective and reality-As the people and Nation of Mzantsi. Not all of us Africans here in Mzantsi are involved with the carnage that is taking place now in Mzantsi, and we are saying too, have a voice in this fracas.

Some will call us the silent "Germans," for we are of the Africans of South Africa. We take the accusations in stride, but we respond in kind, we have immediate and pressing problems in our midst, and they did not just begin since the ANC came in to sell-out power. These have been intense and very personal, for us, as the African people of South Africa. Some of us are not silent and ignoring what has been and is still happening. In our midst, we call for calm and dialogue, amongst, us the people of South Africa-and to begin to heal ourselves first. I think it behooves and will help the Africans from north of South Africa to recognize and acknowledge if not respect this about us and our condition.

Mzantsi: South Africa-On The Cusp A Civil War Footing

Our Kindness To Everyone Has Been Taken For Our Weakness

Writing this Hub has been very hard for me to do. On one hand we have the Africans of South Africa decrying their deplorable and decrepit existences in their land of birth; on the other hand there are too many forces who feel entitled towards robbing our land of its natural resources, land and people. There are many forces who have already asserted that South Africa belongs to them, and as for us locals, we are just regarded as part of the nature of South Africa: Like all the animals and trees and our traditional clothing and music, we are not people, but nature that is prevalent and wild in South Africa.

We still have to come to a Codesa with our former Apartheid rulers and begin the healing process. This is still far from being achieved, and we have as yet to take those tentative steps. There are people who are refugees and economic seekers in our land, for these I say, it is the Apartheid economy that they have come to prop-up, agreeing to becoming slaves of the economic bosses of South Africa, for a mere pittance, and pretend, to us, Africans here in Mzantsi, that they are better-off and hard workers, and in the end, they have caricatured us as being indolent, and unimaginative and good-for-nothings: Apartheid did treat us the same way.

Meanwhile, they exploit the division that has been created amongst us by the former Apartheid rulers, reinforced today by the ANC, and these foreigners marry our sisters, who do so from a poverty stand-point, and these guys become citizens, by marrying our sisters, and in the end they dump these women and the children they have with them, and bring their wives from their own countries.

Yet, today, not all of us are killing the people from the north-of-South Africa , instead, our people are shielding some of these people, and still, we, Africans, are painted with one brush in one swoop, that we are all xenophobic and are suffering from Afrophobia and such like colorful names, that I say, I will write about us, the people of South Africa, and anyone of our detractors, who cares to read, will delve deeper into my ruminations about the state of our society and mind of the Africans of South Africa.

We are the owners of South Africa, and as I have pointed out, we built it with our everything, and ended up with nothing as an African entity/people. The transition from Apartheid to South Africa, was one big lie touted as if we are building a Rainbow nation. We do not solicit pity from anyone as to what we have just gone through prior to the past 22+ years of ANC rule.

This is a very critical period for anyone/people to begin to understand what has happened to us as they see us today. The country is open, and we are seeing all these kinds of people, and welcomed them in our homes and yards. Some even got married to our women, and others have booming businesses we support. But in the end of it all, our Kindness has been taken for a Weakness. What I am saying is that, time for everyone, including Africans of South Africa, to begin to listen to us, ourselves , Africans of Mzantsi talk and put all things into their proper perspectives, as we see fit.

It does not matter how long it takes for us to come to grips with what has happened to us and how we finally resolve this nightmare, but in the end, we will call the shots. The rats, turncoats and quislings will have to pay, if it is not done by our generation, I will darn make sure that they are indicted by the future generation of children of Mzantsi by putting all Online. I will chronicle our plight till I can no longer see nor write. Ours is an ongoing struggle that world would as soon forget about because it is still so raw and recent. This did not happen during the times of Hitler, but in our present life-time. And now, we are 'expected' to behave ourselves and be normal, and we have suffered this slavery since 1652! And in about 20 years, we need or are expected to be normal.

In those 22+ years I am talking about above, we, the Africans of Mzantsi have had no respite. We were unable to catch our breadths, or mull over what has just happened to us, and one day we ended up voting our own people into power. We have not even had time to "Heal" as a people and begin to cobble together our Nation in our own image, culture, customs, traditions and the whole bit. By the Time the ANC came around, we had not even recovered from the being ravaged by the Death squads who were running rampant in our land.

I have written Hubs to show how this organization by the Boers was orchestrated and executed to be what we are seeing today. The creation of Joint management Centers which were coordinating the Final Onslaught against us Africans here in Mzantsi, and we were subjected to an out-and-out Total War Embedded in the Total Strategy Doctrine, which was long set afoot, with ten year interims to see it come to fruition, but the Apartheid Masters. They mustered all their forces and, power, and manpower to set this into motion. And you find many of us Africans, today, waxing political and do not have an inkling as to what I am even talking about in this paragraph.

Well, what we see today, did not just happen out of thin air. There has been a deliberate strategy set-up to finally defeat us, and using the quislings amongst our midst, as in the case of the ANC, to carry out these objectives. The ANC is using the Green Paper and White Paper Playbook to rule over us. Go back into the history of Parliament under Apartheid, it will be clearly not surprising that one will find that the way the ANC is running South Africa, is how the Boers ruled Apartheid, in an it parliamentarian pomp and circumstances/farce.

So, before we can even start talking about Xenophobia this or that, we better get a better handle of the story and history of African people in Mzantsi under apartheid, first!… Before we can venture into the name calling thingy, we shall have to also begin studying and talking about the history of these African people who have claimed to have helped African South Africans in Exile.

Well, will all those who are from Exile speak up on this , issue. What happened to those Africans of Mzatnsi in those lands where you were kept in Camps, and had our movements restricted? It would be interesting to receive any response from the South African readers[from Exile] on this one issue, and I would gladly accept it and answer the person who will tell us about the condition and lives of African South Africans in Exile.

Xenophobia, no.. This is also wrong on many level. Our people killing Africans is wrong, and yet, if one were to look at it, the number of Africans from north of South Africa has increased to upwards of 10+ million people and growing. And yet today, they have the gall to yell and scream at us as being xenophobic.

Well, if that is the case, I would suggest to these folks to leave South Africa and go back to their countries. I bet any one of them, none wants to leave, and yet they show no respect towards us the Original Indigenous people of the land of South Africa, and now we are the ones, after 22+ of them doing whatever they want, who are Xenophobic! Balderdash! In each and every country, one who is a foreigner has to abide by the rules and laws, customs and culture of that nation, otherwise the world will be in Chaos.

Yet, for us, in South Africa, we are expected to yield and say nothing when everything is wrong in the land of our birth. We do not have to really apologize to anyone for anything. All countries in the World have their own wars against foreigners, and in South Africa it took an ugly turn. But to say that the Whole country of African people in South Africa is really stretching it, and it is that which I deal with-head-on-and will argue with anyone to the ends of the world about that false Xenophobic assertions/accusations against us, which is now proliferating in the Internet, and we, of Mzantsi, are biding our time, and will respond in kind.

Ours, is an ongoing struggle with no respite since 1948, and we say so knowing very well what we are talking about. There are no do-gooders in this present conflict or massacre we are seeing and facing brought and imposed on us Africans in and of Mzantsi.

The blame is on the ANC, and they have created a monster which they thought will strengthen their hold on power, by relaxing many laws for foreigners, and also accepting them and giving them citizenship even if they knew it was bogus, in order to counter their losses of votes, by making citizens pf foreigners, to beef-up their voters' numbers.

This is backfiring, for the Mzantsi voting polity is not interested in hearing anything about the fact that foreigners are now South Africans, whilst we suffer in the process and are ignored by our own government. The ANC is to be Fully blamed for all this chaos.

As I have noted elsewhere above, we have a very serious problem in our hands here in Mzantsi, and this time, I will like to make the world aware that we are talking about how to recoup our lost heritage, culture, tradition, power and you name it, which is now at the bottom of the pile of our economy, in our land.

There are many shenanigans that are and have, if not still transpiring/manifesting, from what the ruling ANC has or not done. Most of the things/our lives/existences, are in shambles, and even those who are apolitical, decry the fact that our country has gone to the Dogs. And it is that realization that is sparking most of the carnage we see, being let-loose on innocent children and women of the people from north of Africa. Well, we are going to have to deal with that issue when the time and facts are collated to meet such a discourse and narrative.

Freire writes:

"If the great popular masses are without a more critical understanding of how society functions, it is not because they are naturally incapable of it — to my view — but on account of the precarious conditions in which they live and strive, where they are "forbidden to know."

"Thus, the way out is of ideological propaganda and political "sloganeering," as the mechanist say it is, but the critical effort through which men and women take themselves in hand and become the agents of curiosity, become investigators, become subjects in an ongoing process of quest for the revelation of the "why" of things and facts.

"Hence, in the area of adult literacy, for example, I have long found myself insisting on what I call a "reading" of the world and reading of the word. Not a reading of the word alone, nor a reading only of the world, but both together, in a dialectical solidarity.

"I must make it clear, however, that, consistently with the dialectical position in which I place myself, in terms of which I perceive relations among "world-consciousness-practice-theory-reading-of-the-world-reading-of-the-word context-text," the reading of the world cannot be the reading made by academicians and imposed on the popular classes.

"Nor can such a reading be reduced to a complacent exercise by educators in which, in token of respect for popular culture, they fall silent before the "knowledge of living experience" and adapt themselves to it.

"The dialectical, democratic position implies, on the contrary, the 'intervention' of the intellectual as an indispensable condition of his or her task. Nor do I see any betrayal of democracy here. Democracy is betrayed when contradicted by authoritarian attitudes and practices.

"It is in this sense that I insist once more on the imperative need of the progressive educator to familiarize herself/himself with the syntax and semantics of the popular groups — to understand how those persons do their reading of the world, to perceive that "craftiness" of theirs is so indispensable to the culture of a resistance that is the process of formation, without which they cannot defend themselves from the violence with they are subjected"

One read from Chinweizu that"

"The weakness of the Nation is neither at the level of the highest state official nor at the level of the peasants of the Bush, nor even with the skilled worker; it is at the level of the lower intermediary civil servants, many of whom are not yet decolonized, these who are still not yet aware of the fact that independence requires an increased effort of work, discipline and also, politeness."

In fact, this is what has been also happening in Mzantsi, as Freire writes about what Senghor said:

"The living standard of our government employees should be higher than that of our peasants, but we cannot do less than fix a relationship between the living levels of our quasi-classes. As the peasants' standard of living rises, in the same proportion, we would raise that of government employees and salaried workers in private employment."

Now, Chinweizu continues to add:

"These strange loyalties of our petite bourgeoisie ought not perhaps to surprise us, for a comparative study of their position and function shows that they are indeed modern counterparts of the slaving oligarchies of the past.

"There are many startling similarities between them. The choice that African rulers once had to make, given the European insistence on obtaining African slaves, was between slaving or having themselves enslaved by their neighbors. At the risk of civil war, some tried to resist that choice. All failed. All eventually plunged into slaving to avid enslavement or for profit.

"The choice before the African oligarchies in this era of neocolonialism , though superficially different, is fundamentally the same: be agents of imperialism or be overthrown by others willing to do so. And in the service of Europe their functions have been quite similar. In exchange for European goods and slaving equipment, oligarchies of old provided manpower to work the plantations and mines of the Americas for the benefit of Europe.

"Like their slaving predecessors, the oligarchs of neocolonial Africa, in exchange for consumer goods and impoverishing aid of various sorts, now provide men to work African plantations and mines to supply Europe and America with minerals and agricultural products.

"By helping Europe to depopulate and impoverish Africa, the slaving oligarchies, when compared to the rest of their populations, all did very well for themselves. Today, by helping Europe to cart off Africa's resources, the neocolonial oligarchies are also doing well for themselves.

"And in former times, the pattern of the Europe-African connection imposes upon Africa a general and progressive impoverishment. The visibly growing riches of the oligarchies, then, as now, constitute no evidence counter to this trend. If anything, it is a symptom of that decay, a bloating that hides the undernourishment of the land.

"Then, as now, the paltry material gains accruing to Africa from the disadvantageous Euro-African connection want exclusively to support the local power and stagnation of a few. For the overwhelming majority of Africans, no general improvement resulted in their day-to-day lives or in their national power.

"True, Kingdoms rose and fell with shifts in the avenues of the slave trade, but local improvement sof this sort did nothing to alter the general decay. An Ashanti or a Dahomey might replace an Oyo; a Bonny, a Brass, or an Eko might rise in the decayed shadow of a Benin; but what difference did that make to the overall power of Africa? "A class of ants was still a class of ants, counting for little or nothing in a world of fattening elephants." Today, a Zaire, and Ivory Coast or a Nigeria, may replace a Ghana in riches and importance. But, we all still remain impoverished neocolonial countries.

"Now, when it is realized that the rulers of the sixteenth-century Africa started out with genuine political and economical independence, and with a much narrower disparity in strength between them and the agents of feudal Europe, when it is realized that they failed in their efforts to control or stop Europe's interference in Africa, and when it is realized that Africa's autonomous rulers of the nineteenth-century failed to stop Europe's final assault on Africa, Africans today must wonder how good are their chances are of avoiding reconquest, in any of its many forms and disguises, if the West should attempt it on Africa-Again, as it is has been doing steadily for many years to date.

"In the light of the promise of anti-colonialism and of this disappointing reality, it is hard to avoid a sense of betrayal. Those to whom Africa expected to liberate her from the yoke of Europe, have instead chained her to that yoke, perhaps even more tightly, in exchange for crumbs of wealth and privilege."

This is precisely what we are experiencing here today in South Africa. The ANC, whilst in Exile, projected itself as a champion of the poor and equity was it modus operandi. Now that they came into power, they are content with just keeping the game, and business as usual for their imperial masters, and the local billionaires of South Africa. They have been parcelling our land to the highest bidders, and sold our struggle for the comfort of the parliamentary seats, and some modicum of power as 'allowed' by their Deep Pocketed International andLocal handlers.

They are very good at doing what their doing, that, when things were beginning to come to a head, many of them, the corrupt leaders and their sons, cooked up this whole murderous fracas on the Africans north of South Africa. They just threw the spanner in the spokes wheel of protest all over the country, and have managed to find respite, for themselves from the attacks from the poor and impoverished locals, and the media focus is now on Xenophobia-that, the whole African population of South Africa is hateful against their brothers north of their country of Mzantsi…

With all this taking place in South Africa, the ANC has still not resolved nor tried to help the whole still-to-be the nation of Africans, heal from the pangs and pains/wounds afflicted on us by the rule of Apartheid. Instead, they have worsened the situation, and are now arrogant, rule with impunity, and are emptying the public coffers to suit their present life-style of opulence. Chinweizu captures the essence of this truism across Africa, and I focus it directly onto South Africa. We have been had, as the poor of South Africa, we have been bamboozled, misled and made chumps, on top of it all.

Nothing has been done for the people and for their benefit by the government we have been re-electing four times in 22+ years-to date.

LUCKY DUBE - Mickey Mouse Freedom

Let's Look A Bit At The Copy-Cat ANC, Today

We Seemingly Have Our "Freedom" - We Are "Free" To Be "Dom"(Dumb"

I have just touched upon the present state of the youth and children in my last paragraphs above. In this section, instead of focusing exclusively on the Apartheid regime as I have done in the first half of the Hub, I am now going to direct and invest my focus on the Killing of Contemporary Youth in South Africa under the ANC.

Before I delve into the main topic of this part of the article as to how children and Youth are being killed-off by the ANC, I would like to cite an article I penned and posted on the social media about the ANC in order to give the reader a sense and fill in-in the gaps I have not yet as have touched upon in this Hub.

ANC: A Poor Copy Of the Apartheid Regime...

In 1954, Verwoerd said:

"The general aims of Bantu Education Act is to transform education for natives into Bantu Education. A Bantu/[African] pupil must obtain knowledge, skills, attitudes which will be useful and advantageous to him and at the same time beneficial to his community …

"The school must equip him to meet the demands which the economic life in South Africa will impose on him... There is no place for him [the Bantu/African] in the European community above the level of certain forms of labor....

"For that reason, it is of no avail for him to receive a training which has as its aim absorption in the European community. ... Until now he has been subject to a school system which drew him away for his own community and misled him by showing him the green pastures of European society in which he is not allowed to graze. What is the use of teaching a bantu child mathematics when it cannot use it in practice? ...

"That is absurd. Education is not after all something that hangs up in the air. Education must train and teach people in accordance with the opportunities in life. ... It is therefore necessary that "native" education should be controlled in such a way that it should be in accordance with the policy of the State."

What has changed here, today in Mzatnsi? The more things change, the worse they are and remain the same. Verwoerd was at least telling us what he wants for Africans as a Master. The ANC wants to march with the students… Say What?

How do they march against themselves as a government? This is obfuscation, and government agents and fakers sowing confusion to all and sundry. The fees must indeed Fall... In fact... Erased and the state bear the costs, and education must bee 'free for all' who want to be educated... But... This will take time… For sure...

Jose Marti once noted when he talked about education:

"Popular Education does not mean education of the poorer classes exclusively, but rather that all classes in the nation, tantamount to saying the people-be well educated. Just as there is no reason why the rich are educated and not the poor, what reason is there for the poor to be educated and not the rich. They are all the same.

"The happiest nation is the one whose sons/daughters have the best education, both in instruction of thought and the direction of feelings. An instructed people loves work and knows how to derive profit from it. A virtuous people will live a happier and richer life than another that is filled with vices, and will better defend itself from all attacks.

"Every man when he arrives upon this earth has a right to be educated, and then , in payment, the duty to contribute to the education of others.

"The best way to 'defend our rights is to know them well'-in so doing one has faith and strength; every nation will be unhappy in proportion to how poorly educated are its inhabitants.

""A Nation Of Educated Men Will Always Be Nation Of Free Men". Education is the only means of being saved from slavery.

"A Nation Enslaved To Men Of Another Nation Is As repugnant As Being Enslaved To The Men Of One's Own". (Written in 1878)

I thought the last line is much more relevant right now. It is important to begin to realize that this struggle is and should not be for the University students only, but for the massive armies of the poor under the present quisling regime that rules us.

What Verwoerd said, is being carried out by the ANC to the letter, in the process of their undoing our poor peoples, that their joining the marches against the government that they are… This is disingenuous and bogus support...

This present struggle, should incorporate all the students in South Africa, at all levels, and the community in the Townships should be seriously and heavily engaged and involved…

Zuma just announced that there will be no increase in the fees… But those active now should remember, it is just a lull, and this issue will soon be revisited, again... Mark my words... Students should not celebrate and rejoice, but be even more vigilant… Zuma says that discussion will be done to look at more 'broader' issues over a longer term...

Zuma simply said "there will be zero increase for '2016'".. And the students have not been addressed but got a press release… What a joke… The government is buying time… and I suspect worse is still coming... Simply put... This is no panacea, nor is there one for all that is happening to us here in Mzantsi...

Like I said, commenting that the way this is going on, the ANC is trying to drag all issues under the rug, and business is going to go on as usual, the present government just wanted to quell the rising tide… Since it is bad for business and investment, 'yadi-yada-blah-blah'.... Nothing is resolved nor will be… not in the near future...

Our present government is a very poor caricature of its former Apartheid Masters...

Lucky Dube - Up With Hope -- Down With Dope...

Education And Us

Speaking Of African History... Pedagogy On Pedagogy

If we have been talking about Apartheidized murder of Youth and Kids, it is also important to present a balanced view of the murder and elimination of children by the ANC Vulture capitalist of children and Youth.

On Pedagogy Of African Historiography: Learning About Us Learning About Ourselves As African People, From the Past, To Now Well Into The Future...

When it comes to our education today in South Africa, we get caught up in the conundrum and doldrums of regurgitating what we have been educated into, and this also depends where and by whom-but not by ourselves-authentically independnent Afrcans. But that is not the extent of the conundrum we face, what I find debilitating is the fact that many of us cannot think outside the box of our edumacation.

We follow protocol as foisted and instilled within us without question, and we would even lay our lives on the line, some of us, for being miseducated- for there is no other enlightenment we know of, nor can contest against what we are now, into something new and revolutionary.

And yet, that which we need to do, is to create a new African Man, which has been and is still with us; it is just that we have been indoctrinated to think that we cannot do that for ourselves, today.

We should re-think as to how we have been edumacated. We think like students of Oxford/Cambridge, Harvard and other elite Western Ivy leaguers and some mediocre college and universities. Some of us use theorists that were never known nor are recognized by our people, as a whole, things like Marxism, Capitalists Intellectuals and so forth.

In fact, since the advent of the Social Media, many are seeing many of the African writers books showcased or displayed on some Walls, but they never bother to buy nor read them, but pretend that they do.
We have become lazy to read and get to know more than we have been educed to by our detractors, that this is the reason for me penning this piece.

We are great advertisers of our Master African History writers, but are lacing in reading and reinventing a better African Man from what we should have read-but do not read, at all.

Many of our African peoples have had the opportunities to be educated overseas, only for many of those who came back into Mzantsi, showing-off how much they are educated into ignorance, by gloating for those who will never go to these countries and acquire their type learning.

We are seeing many of our brothers and sisters who have become good at displaying their edumacated statuses, and to the extent of even molding and changing their accents to those acquired overseas to those who will never be able to have the same opportunities as they had.
This is real, happening in our midst, and distortion of issues about our own pedagogy of our own stories, and Ancient African History-continues unabated.

Ancient African History or should I say, African historiography is now a very broad and vast field. There are many researchers and writers in this field that to try and talk about, will not be enough on this page. I will take it piecemeal, just to show what we need to know, how to pay attention to historical details/data and begin to stitch and rewrite our own stories and histories without being influenced nor affected by the Western-type of education plaguing many of us today.

Some of us do not even realize, nor are they conscious of nor know that as individuals in our ailing economy, we are not becoming enlightened for our individual selves, Only.

If we are going to talk about Education, we can learn from many people around the world. But, this is not cited here for people to take and boast about to their FB or Blog Friends. We should take these advises like Jose above is doling out for us, and implement them; teach them to others by reaching onto them with such talk, lessons and so on.

This mind-set that I want this for myself only{Individualism), is in fact what is setting us back as a people. We have shallow minded people who are going for 'accolades' without being helpful, nor earning them. We cannot keep on behaving as we have been indoctrinated and make that a normal scene and reality for our people.

It is African history we must now talk about in this last part of the section concerning Pedagogy Of/On African History. We need to really understand what it is about African historiography that holds the key to our freedom.

Many do not think-quite obviously, that their Western Education only prepared many of us to be servants of those whose schools we have attended and graduated from. Those who have not gone to school do not know any better-but they are the better people, many among them.

If we have been educed by our detractors, we need not follow them in their way of inserting the confusion we see. If we know how to become educated, it really means we can learn some more new ways of educating ourselves as we see fit.

If we are to learn anything from Jose above, it is how are we going to implement and apply these ideas amongst and with our people who are facing an Educational Kamikazi's from the China and The US and Western Europe. Are we only going to be educed to being hapless voyeurs of our oppression, witnessing and participating in the destruction of our culture and education System, from a government that really does not understand what they are doing, and the Vultures in government looking at the immoral fiscal gain and managing the end of our destruction: meaning-what gains they would be making in Chinafication of our people, and the commission they will receive for Mandarizing us here in Mzantsi.

Many of us only speak about/of African History, but do not really know, understand or have studied it in its depth and breadth. This means, what we read, must be applied and resonate with the African collective. What we write, and what our people read, they should be able to see themselves in these Historical narratives. We should not read to show-off our know-how, but be humble and adept at using/implementing what we know to better our people's understanding of themselves and their history/story.

Our people should not first of all see how and where we have been educated, but they should appreciate and access from our knowledge a better and much more clearer and authentic recognition of themselves, as being part of the Story, History and Narrative we are disseminating amongst them. We who teach, should be also be ready and able to learn from our people's lessons, stories. This dialectical fusion is the key to building our African Nation.

We cannot act like our indoctrinators/detractors/oppressors, because that simply means we have learnt nothing, instead, have become conduits for an Education which has made us, its carriers and teachers, poor copies of our Masters and our own self-detractors. Clarke writes:

"There is a real crisis facing African educators. This crisis began a long time ago with things we did not understand. I think in reading about a scene of an African being forced on a slave ship, and he reached back and puts a handful of African Dirt(Soil) in his mouth. I think he understood more about education more than most of us understand.

"He understood the basis of a nation: land. Until we understand the land basis of education, and the nation basis of education, we will miss the point. Now, where we have to go looking at education is to what extent our approach to education went wrong; and to when we stopped being innovators and became imitators.

"In the nineteenth century, we began to be "those things most unlike ourselves." When we had the golden opportunity to set a new tone in education, we tried to be 'like' our oppressors, instead of setting a new basis for eduction.
In fact, true education has one purpose, one purpose alone, that is to train the student to be a handler of power - If nothing more than handling power over him and herself. Everything else is a waste of time."

I would like to briefly qualify what Clarke is saying here, for some people, when I cited this piece, misunderstood Clarke. What Clarke is saying is that, if we are going to formulate our own African-Centered education system, its intention should be to educate our children to handle power of our own land and people-not the way we seeing it done, today, and I have pointed out above, to being edumacated by our detractors, in order for them to rule effectively over us, without being involved, but deploying us, their indoctrinated students to be able to confuse and rule easily over our own people-we being used as mere Pons in a Chess game we are not playing, but used by others to play. This we better understand clearly.

To this, Clarke adds:

"The basis of [African] education for a new reality[millennium], is to pull us out of this five-hundred year room[of colonial educational and total oppression of African people]. For us to understand what went wrong with our education, we are going to have to study and understand the 19th century. It is at this time/era that we produced the finest minds that we had seen since the decline of Egypt and Nile Valley Civilization.

"We produced rebels like Frederick Douglass and Martin Delany. This was the century where we saw the likes of great ministers like Henry Highland Garnet, whose motto was "Resistance, Resistance, Resistance." This was a century when there was a search for Africa; the century of African women, Sojourner of Truth and Harriet Tubman, etc... We will not orient ourselves in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries until we go back to the 19th century… In all the above, I am just talking about the United States.

"Going back to the Caribbean Islands, we find there a century of physical resistance. Going back to South America, and Brazil, Africans brought into being two African nations. This is where Africans arriving from Africa by-passed the auction block, went into the hinterlands and formed an African nation. Palmares lasted for 110. Bahai lasted almost as long. Where dimensions of African continuity produced the most successful slave revolts in the history of the world, mostly in Jamaica.

When we look at Jamaica and Haiti, you will wonder why, if Jamaica fought longer and harder, why is it that Haiti brought off an Independent sate and Jamaica did not?

"Haiti fought over a shorter period with a greater degree of consistency. But when the Jamaicans fought, too much time lapsed between their revolutions and the British, who were able to destabilize them. But when you look at the leadership in the Caribbean today, every one of them can be written off as lost. But it should be remembered that the revolutions in the Caribbean brought about the stimulation for the massive African slave revolts in the United States.

"We must always remember that Caribbean intellectuals never fared well at home in the Caribbean theater. Most of these minds left home and the best of these minds went to the United States. It started with Prince Hall, who travelled to Africa, along with Robert Campbell and Martin Delany searching for more broader view of African history.

Peter Ogden was one of the founders of the Odd Fellows. Prince Hall founded the Masons. And these minds could not function in their place of birth, and still cannot function now. You can trace it two hundred years through Garvey and those who went back were killed, including Walter Rodney.

The greatest of these was Wilmot Blyden, who said this about education at Liberia College:

"We will have to work for many years to come. Not only without the popular support that we must have, but inadequate resources. ... We strive to be those things most unlike ourselves, no matter what talent we have, we feed the grist into other people's mills ... and, of course, nothing comes out except what has been put in. And that is our great sorrow."

"That was in 1818, more than one hundred years ago. It was not only ahead of that time, it's ahead of this time. We're still doing it. He was one of the finest voices for an African course in the 19th century.

"Africa in the 19th century had massive colonial revolts. This was the century when the African world face reality as it has never faced reality before. In the first half of that century, Africans began a physical revolt, this was when the Zulu Wars had started in Southern Africa; the Ashanti wars in Ghana had already begun; there were the Islamic wars in the Sudan; the Maji Maji wars in Tanganyika and neighboring territories; the Riff was in north Africa were already afoot. And the wars in Nigeria led by Ousmane Dan Folio had already started.

"These physical confrontations diminished as the slave trade turned into colonialism[another form of slavery], and the Africans also noticed the missionary efforts, and saw those too as a form of slavery. The Europeans began to destroy the African images of God.

One of the ways of enslaving Africans, was that, after they removed one set of chains and put the chains on them, is not only change your religion, but also make you change your dress and to laugh at your gods.

Once you made changes to their gods, their dress, their tastes, their music, their food, they do not need any prison walls after that. They've got prison walls more binding, because the prison wall is inside your mind."

Due to space, I will sum up this part of the article by stating that I had begun by pointing out to the futility of our education system. Clarke has put the meat on the bones and has given us an expanded history of the US, Caribbean and Africa-and in doing so, pointed to how we lost our initiative and our creative/inventive spirits and opted to be and try our darnest to be like our Masters.

Clarke shows/tells us that we had the initiative, but we let our guard down, and those who came before us in the 19th century did, is what most of us are doing, today, throughout Africa and the Diaspora-Aping our detractors.

Jose Marti advised us that: "An ignorant people can be deceived by superstition and become servile. An instructed people will always be strong and free. An ignorant man is on his way to becoming a beast, and a man instructed in knowledge and conscience is on his way to being a god. One must not hesitate to choose between a nation of gods and a nation of beasts.

"The best way to "defend our rights is to know them well"; in so doing one has faith and strength; every nation will be unhappy in proportion to how poorly educated are its inhabitants.

"A Nation Of Educated Men Will Always Be Nation Of Free Men". Education is the only means of being saved from slavery. "A Nation Enslaved To Men Of Another Nation Is As repugnant As Being Enslaved To The Men Of One's Own."

When it comes to learning and knowing and disseminating our narrative of African History, we had better be prepared to learn it very well; know it from its Antiquity antecedents, and the timeline throughout the millennia up to today, fully and very well.

We can all try our best to show how much we know, but, it is from our own ideas, learned African-centered selves that we will not be misled by many of our detractors, and their agents in our midst as an African collective.

No Man Is Free Who Is Not Master Of Himself....

Knowing Oneself...

Whither, Mzantsi: Trying To Make Sense Of Our Dysfunction Here In Mzatnsi

Given the present deteriorating and poor state the poor of South Africa, it is important here to reiterate some points I had started working on up within this Hub. This is how I have encapsulated the present situation in South Africa under the ANC in the few past months since 2015.

The New ANC Broederbond... A Poor And Sad Copy Of Their Former Colonizers

One of the most disturbing problem is that we are still not yet talking about the African people of South Africa in a clear and bold way. We do overload our persona and over-inflate the political significance of what we are doing or not doing; of what our leaders are doing or not doing. This is crucial, for we are now at the crossroads of totally losing our land.

As a people we are under siege from various points in our decrepit existence. We are not even in a position to see and acknowledge, and we look askance, conveniently to massage and cuddle our fragile and broken egos. Whilst the nation is crumbling, many of us are still seeking the glory of self-expression and mass recognition without really even doing much about it, except drop in on FB, and imagine that we have arrived.

We copy-cat so many nations, and we are even willing to forego our cultures, languages and customs, and begin to teach our child Mandarin: reading and writing it; Chinese history and philosophy, behind the ruse that we are doing it for business connection in the Future, with China, whose stock Market is crumbling, because it is based on Western Capitalists modals and models.

We are trying to get the Americans off our backs, and we are willingly sacrificing our own people just to be 'liked' by China. We are allowing the Chinese to bring millions of Chinese instructors to teach our children how to become Chinese. We have a Mickey Mouse Circus of Parliamentarians, who are haggling with one another, and Western investment interests are backing off, the Rand is now R20 to one Pound; The Dollar is nearing $1 for R14.

We are lagging world-wide in job creation, and our health system is in shambles because we have hired, in all spheres of governance our relatives, friends and hangers-on-we glorify nepotism and cronyism; We wax apolitical about issues that do not help advance, teach nor empower our people, politically, economically and historically. We find people dissing reading and books, and giving credence to non-reading, neither no one offers solutions as what should be done to re-set our educational system.

Poverty is rife and people are really hungry, and food exorbitantly and prohibitively expensive. We are all onlookers and spectators as our youth and communities are being decimated by designer drugs and multifarious disbursement of drugs in our communities. Many of us are now believing the bogus charge that we do not like Africans from North Africa, whereas, the other, a friend of mine, in a private hospital, was thrown out of the ward, and denied a chance to eat her food, because the Nurse, from Nigeria, had discharged her, two days short of the agreed-upon discharge date between her Medicaid and the hospital.

For me to point out these things, in the country of my birth, I am labelled xenophobic. Well, what his means is this: I can do as I please in Botswana, as I see fit and when they counter my bad deeds and attitudes against them, I will call them xenophobic; go to Europe, France, where one will see pregnant African women dragged in the street and flung into the back of the police vans and deported, for being Africans in France; Germany is now taking in refugees, but it is throwing out Africans they regard as illegal-whilst being humanitarian to Hungarians, Syrians and so forth.

The abuse of women and children is appalling by any standards. And some of us use the mores, norms, values and standards they imbibe from TV(Which we do not control), Ads, talking points, foreign lingua franca and western educated perspectives and perceptions to obfuscate our ignorance about ourselves, and the way we are looking down upon ourselves as a "Nation"(Still to be formed), and African people, amidst each other.

Lots of interpersonal jealousies, individual and group put downs, back-biting and rehashing a past that should inform the present, but many remain incarcerated in past that is not conducive to the conditions of African people's of Mzantsi; rough dismissal of each other's points of view, disregard of others miserable oppressed conditions, the immoral unhealthy attitudes of health-givers, our downright and dumb parliamentarians, acting out as buffoons in a system they inherited from their colonizers; ineffective so-called opposition parties gloating on personal issues/wealth, with nothing getting done in parliament.

Many of us, talk about their 'self-achievements' as to how they pulled themselves up by their own bootstraps, whilst the armies of the poor around us do not have shoes nor boots on their feet. Our people have lost a lot of body mass and many are miserably unclad. Every vulture is gnawing at the skeleton of our post-Apartheid cadavers and smoothing our national bones clean-white.

Many of us live and act out Amnesia to all this social maladies that we are dealing with. If you can do and say things, I will say and do things even much better than you can. That does not matter. Many are trying to cough out sanguine smooth-macked pimp-like talk to the poor, and meanwhile wax academic, which is well and good. But that type of borrowed erudition does not erase nor eliminate our torrid conditions we as a people are existing in and coping with in this day and age in Mzantsi.

To put it bluntly, there are many enemies of the poor people of Mzantsi and people in other countries living the same conditions as we are facing today.
There are many reasons why we here in Mzantsi are in denial about the genocide facing us-and nature and role of our enemies.

Sankara wrote:

"But who are these enemies of the people?
They are to be found both here at home and abroad. At this very moment, they are trembling, but you must expose them. You must drive them back into their holes. The enemies of the people here inside the country are all those who have illicitly taken advantage of their social position and their place in the bureaucracy to enrich themselves.

"By means of bribery, maneuvers, and forged documents they have become shareholders in different companies. They are now involved in financing business and obtaining approval for this or that enterprise — in guise of helping Upper Volta[In Our Case-Mzantsi]. These are the enemies of the people. they must be exposed. They must be combated. We will combat them with you.[How many of the ruling and private sector elite are willing to make such a commitment... in South Africa?!?!]

"Who are the enemies of the people? They are that group of bourgeois who enrich themselves dishonestly through fraud and bribery, through the corruption of state officials, so that they can bring all kinds of products to Upper Volta(Mzantsi in our case), increasing the price tenfold. These are the enemies of the people. This section of the bourgeoisie must be fought against, and we will fight against it.

"Who are the enemies of the people? They are that group of men in politics who travel through the countryside exclusively at election time. These politicians are convinced that only they can make our country work. But we in our party are convinced that seven million political beings, of the seven million people in our population, are capable of leading this country(we believe in a motley crew becoming filthy rich, here in Mzantsi)... We should combat these enemies of our country, and we will combat them with you.

"The enemies of the people are likewise those who keep us in ignorance. Under the cover of spiritual guidance and tradition(With us, segregated politics), they exploit our people, instead of serving the real spiritual, , traditional, and social interests(Here in Mzantsi we are learning, albeit slowly that these are our downfall-and are really not met by our elected officials)

"The enemies of the people are also beyond our borders. Their base is among the unpatriotic people here in our midst at every level of our society — civilian, military me, health fields, between men and women, old and young, in towns and country-sides. These enemies are from abroad — neocolonialism, imperialism — are among us.

"From its base among these stateless men, those who have rejected their homeland, who have rejected Upper Volta(Mzantsi, in our stead), who have, in fact, rejected the people of Upper Volta(we see it happening to us here in Mzantsi), this enemy abroad is organizing a series of attacks. These will come in two stages. First will come the non-violent, and then the violent stage.

"At this moment , we are living through the nonviolent stage. This enemy abroad — imperialism, neocolonialism — is attempting to sow confusion in the minds of the Voltaic people(People Of Mzantsi). According to their newspapers, radios, television[and Internet] Upper Volta(Mzantsi) is all fire and blood...

"Imperialism is everywhere, making us think like it, submit to it, and go along with its maneuvers by spreading its culture far and wide with the help of misinformation. We must bar the road to this imperialism.

"As I said, it will proceed to a violent stage. It is this imperialism that landed troops in certain countries we know. Imperialism armed those who are killing our brothers in South Africa(Today, those who were being killed by Imperialism, our elected African leaders are now in cahoots with all its biddings and dictates).

"Imperialism again is the assassin of the Lumumbas, Cabrals, and Kwame Nkrumahs. They illicity say that we want to out nationalizations. Our people cannot understand and are not told how and why anyone, not of our nation, can come up and start an enterprise for which they've been granted [illicit and illegal] favors. — All kinds of tax exemptions — on the pretext of creating jobs and contributing to the economic development of the country, and then, after a certain number of years of the most brazen exploitation, announce personnel cuts.

"On what conditions were you granted these favored? On the condition that you create jobs for the Voltaic(Mzantsi) people. Today, when you have squeezed the lemon dry, you want to throw it away. No! This time we say No! Our enemies say that we have proclaimed freedom of expression, and of the press, only to begin to restart this freedom.

I say, we know that many deals have been dealt and are still being worked on as of the writing of this piece. We do not know, as an African collective, how these deals are made and reached. We have no jobs, a significant percentage of our African people. Sankara points out: "In no way do we wish to put an end to freedom."

"But we say that then freedom to criticize brings with it the freedom to protest. And freedom for honest men should not mean freedom for the dishonest.[We will take away] the freedoms of those who harm the people and leave them free to serve the people.

"We cannot allow the freedom to lie to and brainwash the collective consciousness of the Voltaic(Mzantsi) people. This would be to work against the interests of the masses of the African people."

We can take the high road oft trudged in matters such as these, or we just pause a bit, and listen to each other as we babble here on FB. There is much of what I have said that is printed and posted in various forms here on this FB social media, but there's nothing that is coming out of it.

Listening to the people in the streets is devastating.

Many decry the fact that they do not understand what is going on in our country; some point out that our country is lost, and we have lost it in the process; many state facts pointing out to the dysfunction that is the ANC; a lot of the poor state that if one is not ANC, nor if one does not pay obeisance to Zuma; or show that they are one of the ANC people, they are ostracized, and in many cases offed/killed.

These are some of the talking points swirling in the realm and sphere of the dispossessed and poor. Many people may want to dispute this… but take a walk, get off FB, and talk face-to-face with the masses, anywhere anytime, and the things I have said, will be heard more oft than not.
Wilson advices us that, "If we want to know why we behave the way we do, then, we must know our history; the unconscious mind must be made conscious.

"Consequently, when the European makes us unconscious of our own history, we not only become unconscious of our history as knowledge, we become unconscious of the sources of our behavior as persons and as a people; and our own behavior becomes a mystery. "Why do African-folks act like that?" We get discouraged. We give up. "We ain't gonna straighten them(i.e., African people) out man!" Because we can't figure it out.

This is what the ANC is using to divide and conquer its own polity and whole of the people in South Africa. If one were to read and study the history of the Broederbond, those who have, will understand why I sub-titled the piece that it is "A poor copy of its former Colonizers."

One thing the Afrikaner Breoederbonders achieved was efficiency and maximum positive output and gain for the Afrikaner people. The ANC is doing the exact opposite of that, with a lot of corrupted inefficiencies, corruption, no discipline fiscally, and lagging sadly behind in matters and philosophies and policies of governance.

We see them trying to gag the press and freedom of expression, and limited access to the Internet and FB posts. So far, they have managed to make the whole country and African Society and other ethnic group completely dysfunctional on many levels and in a myriad ways.

Biko penned "I write What I like".. I am pushing the idea of Saying It Like It Is. We are going nowhere fast, as a people. We are a lost nation, and there is yet to be some hope in the turbulent horizon lying ahead. It is going to take more than showing off our verbal gymnastic to ward off the genocide we are facing as a people. We are going to have to begin to put together some semblance of unity, by whatever means necessary... for the good of the African people of Mzantsi.

We know that the Nationalist Party consolidated power in South Africa under the auspices of the Broederbond-whose dictates were: The banning of Trade Unions; banning of mass political organizations; censorship of ideas; indoctrination through education; building of a massive armed machinery/in our cases, cadres and political ideologies; obedience to the Boer ideals and philosophy/ANC: adherence to its dictates and importance of belonging to the ANC for anything in life.

The ANC, like the Borederbond, has made the church , which was regarded as the bride of Christ, a servant of politics. This can be gleaned from their election mantra that 'the ANC will rule South Africa until Christ comes.'-among the declarations of the ruling Party in Zuma, just like Verwoerd was in the same cart if one recalls Verwoerd, when accused that he belonged to the Borederbond and that he must resign, retorted:

"Ones' membership of any organization does not necessarily mean that one is more loyal to that organization than to one's country. I deny that I cannot fulfill my duties as Prime Minister satisfactory as a result of my membership of this organization."

If people took some time and studied the power house that the Broederbond was behind the Apartheid regime, the present day government in South Africa wants to behave, as a group, like the Broederbond; but the problem remains that this is what brought them to power-the defeat of the ideas and wishes and plans of the Broederbond, of which they are trying to be sorry and poor picture of, today, in South Africa...

On November 14, 1931, an extra-ordinary Bondsraad, later to be known as the Economic Bondsraad, was held in Johannesburg. Up for discussion was the establishment of an Afrikaner commercial bank because the banks of the time exercised a power grip, especially over the farmers. So, after a series of investigations by various commissions, Volkskas (Kooperatief) Beperk, the first Afrikaans commercial bank, was established on April 3, 1934.

Now the capital of the Afrikaner could be mobilized to provide financial backing for Afrikaner business undertakings.

In 1938 the Broederbond capitalized on the enthusiasm generated by the Afrikaner Voortrekker centenary festival, to build on the economic interests of the Afrikaner. As a result, the Economic Volkskongres on October 3, 1939 was held in Bloemfontein.

One of the most important organizations to emerge from the conference was the Economic Institute. The Economic Institute gave birth to the Redingsdaadbond (RDB), an organization which raised funds to assist Afrikaners in economic difficulty, and also to assist with the financing of Afrikaans business undertakings.

By 1943, the RDB had more than 50,000 members across the country. The congress also led to the establishment of Federale Volksbeleggings Beperk (FVB), whose aim was to weld together in one company, a portion of Afrikaner capital and to make it available for the establishment or take-overs of commercial and industrial enterprises.

A lot happened thereafter, including the all-famous Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut, whose main objective was to promote the interests of Afrikaner businesses.

From this, it is clear that the Bond played a major role in the mobilization of Afrikaner capital and enterprise to start Afrikaner-owned companies from Ground Zero. Some of these companies can only be described as the country’s economic monuments employing thousands of people. These enterprises have turned some Afrikaner families and individuals into billionaires.

This context is significant. Just look around you and tell me what you see. What has happened to our elected African officials up to now? Go figure..
Afrikaners mobilized Afrikaner capital to empower themselves and turn around the economic fortunes of a poor nation of people. Their drive and commitment carried them forward..The ANC did not... But instead, aggrandized and lined up their pockets with funds from the public coffers.

Everything is connected. You cannot invest without capital. We find out leaders siphoning-off billions form the public coffers and binge on their highway robbery success in various gloating manners and show-off ways to their poor brethren. We are most vicious, those of us who are the so-called elite, against our brothers, and lame when it comes to acceding our rights and material wealth to foreigners.
What springs forth, is that our present government really does not know what they are doing-neither anything about proper civil and ethical governance.

It is us, the poor of South Africa we should be teaching, assiduously, the citizens of South Africa their Bill Of Rights in free classes and very seriously. This is the least we can do as a people of smoothing what's doable that will help us with some itsy-bitsy steps towards Unity.

There are many way towards achieving Unity; there are many ways that should be utilized to achieve this Unity. I propose taking time out and teaching ourselves and out people our Bill Of Rights… That little, we can do....

We shall Have To begin Saving Our Money, Ourselves, For And With Our People...

It Is Us Africans Of Mzantsi Who Matter; It Is Us We Should Be talking To, About And With...

So, Where To Now Mzantsi?

We Should Talk, Speak, Act And Be Like Our Own Poor Armies Of Africans In Mzantsi...

What Is Going On Here In Our Country We Call Mzantsi... Hmmmm...?

Are We In Control Or Out Of Control? Di Ntshang? Zikhiphani for Ma-What? (What's Going On?)

Rumination About Our State Of Our Not Not -Yet-Developed-Developing African South African Nation...

Today, within the African milieu of Mzantsi, there's a paucity of serious dialogue by those who lead the discussion/talking points, and all those that Partake and end up Leading the nation groups, as individuals, but like a collective. Some call this socialism, others call it Communism… I call it National Community Communalism.

What is that? Well, one can harken back into our various 10 cultures of Mzantsi and cull from it common elements of behavior, actions, talks, languages, music, dances, clothing, culture, history, customs, traditions, sacred rites and practices, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and the whole human endeavors that we are part of on this earth-we will then begin the infant stutter-steps required to comprehensively control and work with our forlorn, destitute and under siege people to be sure we know what we are doing. Forming One Nation.

We have to begin somewhere down the time line of our existing in South Africa and think/act along these lines, and act as we think and know. There are no half measures or short-cuts here. Otherwise we might as well as all Shut Up and ditch the farce and attempt to keep on writing and posting the farcical inconsequential and pompous utterances which do nothing for us. I repeat this in another way: We better get down seriously.

In our present state and existence as the Africans of Mzantsi, there is this gnawing feeling that we have been invaded and are being pushed-out and some places occupied by non-indigenous African people, and when we utter whimpering cries about the fact that this is our country and land, we are oft dismissed and put down by our African brothers.

This is a fact and it is going on as I am onto this piece above. What I am saying then is, I am not going to apologize to anyone when it comes to trying to cobble together our Country and Nation, and its people, in the Sobukwe sense of the meaning and reality/philosophy.

What's happening? I then ask. Di Ntshang? Zikhiphani For Ma What(What's Happening?) Why fore/Why-to-fore? This to me is interrogating our people's life, mental health, basic human rights and these Rights guaranteed under the Bill Of Rights Of South Africa-of which, many of our people do not know, but have a general sense about it-but as to what they think or know what it means-that still needs to be seen. We have to take ourselves seriously and care for each other in the Bikoan sense of creating a brave and new Human Face here in our country-amongst our African people.

Biko has said it best: "Ours is a Human Centered Culture-It Has Man At and As'In Its center." This is so true and relevantly correct and resonating with many of us, that it becomes easy to imbibe, digest, analyze and apply and make it real without any effort for our African people.

For instance, the Facebook Social Media is well adaptable to our cultural style and practice/orality, that we should by now be prolific in this medium in creating memes and zines that are from the ground up. Meaning, if you work amongst our people, you end up talking and acting like our people and you will only become relevant if what you say they can identify with and within oneself; i.e., own people, being themselves, and see them looking at themselves and you as important parts of what is being said about them/him/her-Nation.

This is a very sensitive and dangerous time in our country of Mzantsi, and we still have to talk to what is really taking place. We know that our aquifers are bing dried up throughout our country; our underground rivers are being redirected to the burgeoning coal mines along the Limpopo; the new minefields that are dug, and business desparatly needs water to develop are drying up our rivers.

We know that there is this fracking issue along the Karoo lands; insufficient housing for millions that are still dwelling in shacks and ramshackle corrugated iron structures that are freezers and fire hazards in the Winter; and are boiling ovens and water dredged in the rainy seasons. So that, whilst the hospitals are no more training competent nurses/too many agencies are fly-by-night training institutions; ,we have a pool of poorly equipped and badly untrained teacher: no more teachers colleges are built; we are in the rut.

This is a time when we see the real true gendarme element bare its creed. Meaning, we know that the government is useless for and to us. We have heard it in gossip-the type of yellow journalism that characterize our newspapers, with the macabre stories and Believe-it-Or-Not type of reportage; our information is serviced by this type of sensationalism, that in the end, it ends up as useless data. I have written extensively about the South African Press elsewhere, I will simply note that this is something we should be deciphering thoroughly by now, and knowing what we are dealing with.

Television is not worse for wear-Or maybe it is. I mean, it is the syndicated productions from America, who have already and installed infrastructure in South Africa to accommodate their splurging and entrenching their TV-style and American News Dissemination octopus that this too is one pressing thing we should be learning more about, understanding, and setting ourselves up to deal with it to suit our own needs and expectation.

Be that as it may be, our Culture is well-suited to maneuver and manipulate this modern Media and Modern Men/Women. Does this Mean becoming a poor copy of what our Masters are? No. It simply means we have the ability and capability to transform and morph, as we see fit, in today's techno society and environments.

We have our own narratives which we can work with, and these have an alluring effect and affect on our people, tremendously. I am more interested in the listening habits and media preferences of our people, their wanting to know what the programs are about. I know about those themes of the stories-My interest is to learn and work with our people in transforming present-day media int their own aesthetic holistic understanding of our own content and media/medium.

So that, then, if we can configure the whole strata/sector and the whole Nation thingy thingamajig, I think we can begin to get used to thinking in real, coherent and revolutionary changing ways.

It is not enough to only rehash what happened in the June 1976 Revolution, but also we must know and see in ourselves and society what has this Revolution of June 16th 1976 has spawned in us, we will then know truly and surely that it was successful. But until then, if we are going to be like I am about to write about below, then, we are in serious trouble we the people of Mzantsi.

Ziikhipani For Ma What? (Say What? What's Happening)…

Our Township parlance is one way I think I have been particularly enamored with. It is a great shorthand and conceptualizing and discerning our own phenomena whatever it is. It is a suave way to speak and think, and the language itself is 21st century, and it is as old and different as the regions themselves throughout South Africa are. I am in the Region of Gauteng and in Soweto, and in my particular Hood, we have evolved an extensive and language system that is as urbane as any in any Metropolis around the world.

There are many amongst us who are averse to such palaver. I am not. I consider all African languages throughout South Africa to be a true reflection of the different regions we live in, and perceive no difference, as such with these. I only see diversity that has not been an addressed aggressively from an African centered and clearly informed perspective. I touch up on this, briefly, below.

Our own local motion and intonation and style is well-suited to any other in the world. It is what we are talking about and dealing that helps shape our consciousness, and make us efficiently erudite-at all times. We are just as well equipped and adapt/adept in our colloquialism and annunciation/pronunciation and fluently eloquent in our Township Slang that I find it very useful as tool of discourse and rapport amongst ourselves. I think that in talking the way our people speak, we become one with them, and we are on the same page with our People.

But this does not end there. It is a means through which we will have to apply ourselves to the decrepit given the conditions and our existential reality. Our education of ourselves and our people for one. This is still eluding our understanding as to what we are doing here and with our education-even long after June 16th 1976. Then there's the problem that we the people of Mzantsi have not really defined what and how we want our education to be.

This is tripping everything we might try to do. Our being educated in our own country, by other people either than us, where our education has been outsourced and in many cases in the hands of the Western Public relations officers and huge corporation-this is unconscionable. When we see the education we are fed today, the commercialization of our education, and in the process, you see the local jargon that we have 'Private Schools" or Model C School, and of course there are abandoned and forgotten Township School-Apartheidized Education Post Neo Colonialism-One comes to realize that we are in a serious mess

Josse Marti states:

'Popular Education does not mean education of the poorer classes exclusively, but rather that all classes in the nation, tantamount to saying the people-be well educated. Just as there is no reason why the rich are educated and not the poor, what reason is there for the poor to be educated and not the rich. They are all the same.'

This is what we African people fail to understand that we have the power of doing for our own education-Everything good and excellent. We do not have the necessary materials to be able to work on such matters. because at the forefront of everything we do: Money/Cash nexus is King.

But many of us are still hung up on the fact that our children will be better educated in these expensive suburban schools, when many of Soweto Kids are hauled in private cars and buses to be dropped at those schools into the White people's enclaves, to be edumacated, then, when they come out of the grist mill of those school factories, they serve no purpose to us. as an African people...

What we have conveniently forgotten is the fact that many of us no more want to do what Jose Marti talks about in short below:

"Every man when he arrives upon this earth has a right to be educated, and then , in payment, the duty to contribute to the education of others."

My thing, therefore, is that, Education as we should be applying and implementing it, should be decided by us as to what that type of activity will be for all and sundry. If we are going to choose the dictation of other people's aphorisms and their edumacating our African polity and collective to get certain ideas forward and forth, that is not a good thing among us, and we should be doing our own educating of ourselves, but that should be not the 'only' thing we should be doing. There are many things we should be doing to begin to cobble our education/nation, not what we are seeing being done to us African people of south South Africa: Dumbing Us Down.

Books are expensive. The Internet is very expensive and takes a lot of money out of the poor people's budgets and lines up the pocket if International Kapital.[Das Kapital]. It is now more harder to have a broader mass informed society, like we have an army of the captured poor being denied access to all things education and instruction, along with knowledge gathering. This is a tactic and technique we should be cognizant to by now.

The whole system of education has been muddled and it is worse than it was during Apartheid. It is a well-known fact that the Fat-Cats in our midst take their children to even more exclusive school, overseas. They have been doing it for years. And now we have a cadre of children, now grown up, and are foreign to us their parents, societies and nation. Meanwhile, we have an army of youth schooled in dilapidated and poor schools.

We should not be afraid to tell each other of our vices and follies-faults and foibles… But at least be honest enough to badly want per see some form of change in our life-time. Right now, everything is chaos in our midst, and we not do not have any coherent ideas/strategy as to What's To Be Done?(a la Lenin).Well, for us today, that is the conundrum. We all come to fore here on Social Media with various ideas but our own. That is a recipe for disasters, right there.

We can talk or wax about this or that overseas, but less of that and so on about ourselves here at home. It is because many of us want to be what we are not-we can only be what we create ourselves to be. There are many people in our Townships who think that they are Americans. This is very distracting and delaying our discovering ourselves fully. I have said this before… Being one self and ourselves is a sure bet in tackling the vicissitude of life we face, unlike some phony-baloney of a misperceived and confused self.

We will never be Americans… Instead, we still have a lot in our plate to contend with and become Africans of South Africa-without apologizing to no one for saying so-nor copy-acting anyone. In the same vein, Cultural Pride is no misdemeanor nor high crime anywhere on earth for present-day humans..

Since we are at it, thus far, it behooves me to remind all reading this that we are a people who are coping and recovering from the most devastating form of slavery and oppression known to man-to date. I do not have to digress in to that story and history, but lest it be forgotten, that there are other nations state that declare that they will not forget the heinous crimes committed on them. Meanwhile, we, still today, are having to live with the raw reminders of our decrepit existence, now exacerbated by quislings and cutthroat vulture capitalist, who have melanin-like the majority of us.

Jose Marti Noted:

"An ignorant people can be deceived by superstition and become servile. An instructed people will always be strong and free. An ignorant man is on his way to becoming a beast, and a man instructed in knowledge and conscience is on his way to being a god. One must not hesitate to choose between a nation of gods and a nation of beasts.

"The best way to "defend our rights is to know them well"; in so doing one has faith and strength; every nation will be unhappy in proportion to how poorly educated are its inhabitants. "A Nation Of Educated Men Will Always Be A Nation Of Free Men". Education is the only means of being saved from slavery. "A Nation Enslaved To Men Of Another Nation Is As repugnant As Being Enslaved To The Men Of One's Own".

We cannot escape this truism above. We are all seeing this play out right in front of our own eyes with our present leaders. What Jose was talking about in 1878, was that, up to that time he wrote that, that was the real zeitgeist. From his times, those of Jose, to our present reality, we have not yet even realized this truth, and today in Mzantsi, we keep on electing those so-called leaders to rule over us and we end up fighting them timex. We paddling the stationary wheel to no end.

This gotta stop, and a more coherent and very focused efforts have to become implemented, anew.
How many times are we going to go through this democratic farce? Mmmmm? Are we going to repeat the oft seen scene without change of optics?

This is a wonderment on my part that we have come, again, towards celebrating an event that was transformative, June 16, 1976, and we are still in more or less the same situation, and the ANC has gone to lengths to call it "Youth Day"? What's that? How semantics have been deployed here, has numbed us to obsolescence, to being disappeared... Genocide?

This might seem like some ruminations of someone sitting and pondering such issues. Well, some of us have to do just that. It is important we begin to put ourselves into proper African centered perspective… I have played around with some themes and ideas above. Due to the short space of the Facebook posting, I will summarize here by saying:

We have to begin to see a new way of seeing, thinking and acting/doing. We have the opportunity and ability to do the things we want to do, anytime, as a collective. But it begins somewhere in order to go anywhere or be anything. Reading and propagating each other on the Viral Soup is but one sure way to begin to splurge our meme and zines as we see fit.

I want to share this piece in closing:

Amilcar Cabral Writes:

'Unity and Struggle' ... Obviously, to study the basic meaning of this fairly simple principle we must know well what Unity is and What Struggle is. And we must put or treat the question of 'struggle in particular context, that is from the geographical viewpoint and bearing in mind and society — social and economic life, etc., — of the environment in which we want to apply this principle of Unity and Struggle.

"What is Unity? We can clearly take Unity in a sense which one might call static. for example,if we consider the entirety of bottles in the world, one bottle is a Unity. Daniel Barreto[Jabu Mkhwanazi] is a Unity. And so on. Is this the Unity we are interested in considering in our work when we speak to our people's cultural principles? Is it or is not. It is to the extent that we want to transform a varied entirety of persons into a well defined entirety seeking one path.

"And it is not because here we must not forget that within this entirety there are diverse elements. Rather, the meaning of Unity that we see in our principles is the following: whatever might be the existing differences, we must be one, an entirety, to achieve a given aim. This means that our principle, Unity, is taken in dynamic sense, in motion."

Another example:

"You see a person coming along, for example, with a basket on her head, and the person usually sells fruits. You do not know what fruits are inside the basket, but say: here she comes with a basket of fruit. There might be orangesges, bananas, papayas, guavas, etc., inside the basket. But in our thinking, she is coming with an entirety which represents a Unity, one basket on her head, one basket of fruit.

"You know that it is a Unity, whether from the point of view of number: one basket of fruit; or of objective: sale. It is all one thing, even though there are various things inside: various fruits, mango, bananas, papayas, etc. But the fundamental question that is comment with fruit for sale makes it all into a single thing.

"That is to give you an idea of what Unity is and to tell you that the basic principle of Unity lies in the difference between the items.
So what is Unity for us? What is the objective around which we must make Unity in our land? Obviously we are not a football team, or a basket of fruit.

"We are people, or members of a people, who at a certain stage of their history, have taken a certain course on their path... have raised certain matters in their spirit and their life, have guided their action in certain direction, have put certain question and have sought answers.

"It might all have begun with one person alone, or two, or three, or six. At a certain stage this question appeared in our midst - Unity. And We, as a people, were able to be far-sighted, that is, understood this so well, that in its very theme their adopted as its main principle, as the base of everything, Unity And Struggle"

I would like to cite Cabral as much as possible, but in the final analysis, we are going to get very serious, and mull and ponder these critical issues and matters, very soon, if not Now… For Our Own Survival....

Upon reviewing the whole first part of this piece, I came to realize that it is not only what I culled from the Layers book that needed to be put into ints proper perspective, but the rest of the article tabulated the ever morphing and evolving political culture and reality in Mzantsi, and my concern in this coming part, is to show and try and trace how and why these affects of 1985, reverberate through out time, from 1985 to 2018 and beyond.

What mtigh get lost in this whole saga is the fact that whatever happened to us pre-, during and post 1985, has had some very devastating effects. Our problem as Africans in south Africa is that just because we do not write our own history, we are unable to connect the dots of history to give continuity to our suffering so that we can better understand it as it progresses, today.

This article has to be understood from the point whence it begins to trace the suffering of the children and elders/adults in 1976, 1985 all the way to 1994, 2018 and beyond. That is, what has really happened to us as African people during to those times, and how does this affects and effects us today in 2018 and beyond.

I have written several article about this issue, some of which are still in the process of being published, worked on, composed and chronicled as historical pieces which will help future generations to connect the dots.ted, the r affects of that onslaught have shown themselves up in the past 20+ years of ANC rule. The carnage that is taking toll on our youth is beyond our wildest expectations. The killing of our children is astonishing,shocking and debilitating.

Over they years since I have posted the article above, I have written about the steady rise of drugs and alcohol that is now decimating and wiping out our youth and elders. The effects and affects of the crude and evil Partied rule have morphed into today's killing and wiping off the face of the earth of our babies,, youth and adults at a rapid rate.

I find nothing contradictory in updating the slaughter of our children as it had long begun, since 1948, continued in the 1970s and is unabated throughout the 21st century. It is relevant and dovetails well with the mauling and bashing of our children in 1985, and it still the same in 2018, and this has taken many forms, and continues to date.


From Afrikaans To Mandarin....We Are Not Self Confident As a People And Nation Here in Mzantsi
What's Happening? - "Di Ntshang", "Zikhiphani"?
What we were fighting for in June 16th 1976, was the imposition of a foreign language on us as children, and against the jagged intolerable edges of Apartheidom. This was a very important thing to us, and it was important to the communities we lived in. It is not that we did not speak Afrikaans at all, but it was the fact that it was forced down our gullets with disregard to any protestations we made-was unconscionable... This was in June 1976.
Anyone can read the article I have written about this matter, albeit brief, if one were to scroll down this timeline. Now, the Education honcho and oaf, Motshega is presenting us with another same problem. she has proudly decreed that our children are now learning Chinese Mandarin, and that they had said, some time ago, this is going to happen. Well it's happening now, Chinese culture and history.
All this is happening in the year and time when we are now celebrating our 40th commemoration of the 1976 fight against the imposition of a foreign language, and Motshega proudly pronounces her carreer achievement of beginning to teach our children, at the lower grades, and phasing this throughout the years and over to higher standards-The learning of Chinese Mandarin and Culture! Really!!!
This is serious, now... The apologists of and for this move inform us that this is being for better .relations with the emerging Super power, China, and so that in the future we can have our children handling our affairs better with their Chinese counterparts.
Now, earlier reports on this move are articulating the discomfort and toughness on our children are facing learning Chinese Calligraphy and the spoken Mandarin, which by the way, is not a common nor spoken, neither known form of language among us African people of Mzantsi.
Our children scarcely know nor understand our diverse African culture and philosophies/languages of their parents, here comes Motshega, with a very brilliant idea, to teach our children how to read and write Mandarin. I call that the Chinafication of our African children, and now, for real, we are "LOST"!
What is going on here, for real... Why is is not the case of the Chinese learning and speaking and talking our 10 different languages here in Mzantsi? Why is this not the point of contention and issue? What is happening to us that we end up have numb-skull pseudo-politicians destroying our African children's education, and we are watching this and doing nothing about it? On the 40th Anniversary of the June 16th Revolution of 1976?
What has happened to us? What is happening to us? Of all the dreaded things we are experiencing, we seem to be sitting idly by and allowing the likes of Motshega to take us 40 years ago and back to the Dark days of Apartheid rule.
Why is it important for our children to be thoroughly more confused by them being sent to Germany, Europe, China, Russia and everywhere else, through education, sports, badly managed and not controlled by us? Why is it important to impress the emerging Chinese superpowers by sacrificing our children at the linguistic, cultural and social mores of these cultures, and our children knowing nothing about our own languages, culture, history and the whole bit about us? Why?!
How come we are all taking a back seat as if this is a noble thing that has ever befallen us who are non-people here in Mzantsi? That is, to the extent that we go begging the Chinese to send their army of teachers to come and indoctrinate our children, right under our noses and in front of our eyes, in our houses, and we stay mum!
We were carrying on in many ways throughout our abodes/Townships, speechifying about the sacrifice of the students of 1976, and here we are today, more silent than our filling up graveyards when we are simply told that our children are going to be learning Mandarin. Our children speak a lot of English, and in rare cases speak our own languages, and here we are, on the commemoration of the rejection of Afrikaans, we are welcoming Mandarin and Calligraphy!
This is Insanity As A Model Of Sanity.. Big Time!!
Language And Power
When we get ready to create a revolution, we must redefine the world, and redefine words; there's no way around it. In Genesis, Adam was given the power to name things(if we are to speak about this matter from a Biblical point of view-I am neither a Christian for that matter-just a spiritual African).. He was also given dominion.
The connection between dominion and naming, between naming and bringing into reality, is the most important point being made by the article above. Nations use their mother tongues to rule and run their national business. Where do we get off and do the imposing, on our children, of this Mandarin language, and go and sleep soundly in our mansions?
When we permit another people to name and define, we permit another people to gain dominion and control over us.
Wilson writes:
"The languages that people learn and speak are most frequently directly related to the power relations between them. Many people will now learn Japanese(Chinese in our case today), as for a while they learned Russian(We have sent a whole load of children to Russia under the pretext its for IT learning purposes!!..
"And for a while people learned German, Latin, Spanish, Italian, etc. Why? Because the people who speak of spoke these languages were or are ascendance or in power at that or this time.
"There is no "good" English or "bad" English, nor "good" language or "bad" language; there is language that's connected to Power. People tend to learn first after their native tongue, whatever language is spoken by the people in power.
"There's a connection between the capacity to have other people speak your language and to call things by the names you give them, and Power. If we wish to assume Power, then we must assume the capacity to name and define things."
This precisely what we did in 1976.. We assumed the Power to name and decide our own future, at great risk, but we did not cower into our job positions and social statuses and unfocused timidity to make our point clear.. We did not want Afrikaans and its imposers and imposters, and we fought and many died because of that-I am still writing about it 40 years after June 16th 1976...
No To Mandarin and Chinese Philosophies!
We are further instructed by Wilson that:
"The psychology of a culture is to a great extent a symobolic precipitant of the kinds of experiences forced upon a group of people by their history."
This is what we are going to have to pay attention to as the last line intimates.
Wilson further teaches us that:
"We must recognize the intimate relationship between culture, history and personality. If we do not know our history, then we do not know our personality And if the only history we know is other people's history/language, then our personality has been created by that history/language.
We must recognize that in European/[and Chinese history]. It is not so much that we know [and will know Chinese History/language], (because 90 percent of us do not know European history and have not read it), but that we are left with some residue of it - that we have a sense of it - is all the hegemonic European[Chinese about to be], needs to begin to dominate and control Africans in Mzantsi.
In the absence of knowledge of African history, we will keep on hallucinating every night. These hallucinations are called dreams, and they occur at the point where we become detached from reality. We maintain our mental balance and sense of self by input into our senses.
It is necessary that for human beings to maintain sanity that they receive random input (and changing input) from the world. That is why we suffer so much when we are put into solitary confinement - where we can't see or hear anything - we may begin to have visions and hallucinations as a result thereof.
In some article to come, I will address the point above much more fully. Right now, our loss of ourselves in this decrepit Mzantsi, has to be addressed.
Wilson says we must keep this in mind:
I do not care what institutions we may talk about: whether we talk about the family institution, the criminal justice institution, the economic institution, the religious institution, the health establishment, the educational institutions; they all have one thing in common in a Eurocentric(Chinese are taking over) oppressive system(s) - to maintain the 'status quo' and to maintain African people in oppression.
The gendarme element that is our present-day government here in Mzantsi is quick to kow-tow to foreign master whims and wishes, and trample on our Human and Bill of Rights with impunity.
It is interesting to note that many people, during the commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the Revolution, seem to think and behave like it only took that one day.
What many do not know is the fact that the next day, on Thursday and the weeks and months/years that followed, everything got worse, and fighting grew and spread like wildfire throughout the country of South Africa in all the different communities oppressed by Apartheid.
So that, when Motshega proudly trumpets that Mandarin has now been introduced in our children's schools, those are the fighting words. It is time we began thinking like we ought to. We are going to have to act, in the coming months and years, fight like hell to stop this form of colonization.
We say this with a finality unsurpassed:
"No to Mandarin" Come what may and it should be stopped by any means necessary

Mzantsi: Let's Talk....Entropic Existence Is Genocidal Reality And Concrete Crass Living...
Our Post-colonial Petty-Bourgeoisie Must:
"Commit Suicide, Because Any Real Liberation Has To Be a Process Of Revolution".
Bringing reality back to a nation will take a lot of work, patience and time. I might not see this come about in my life time, but I have lived through the Soweto Revolution of 1976, to the present-day decrepit, exhausting, and degraded existence, that it has inspired this article that I say to all the people of Mzantsi, let's talk; let's use social media to raise ourselves from the doldrums of slavish existence that we are now mired too deep, that we are unable to extricate ourselves from.
Let's talk. What's this about? I see us in really deep trouble with an apolitical motley crew of vulture-capitalist that have lorded over us for the past 20+ years. This is no mere bashing of one Party or name-group organization that is ruining our lives presently, in the past or those fixated on the future for the furtherance of our oppression, suppression, and annihilation.
I believe I will be speaking from the affects and effects of the situation on the ground, cognizant of the dangers I face for daring to put all our fledgling existence in the true perspective, bare for all to see and read about, understand and what our reality is is like as our present beingness and hard existential reality is, Today.....
Our achilles-heel is that we no more read, we Africans of Mzatnsi, as we used to, pre- to post-colonial Apartheid. We are no more keeping in touch with each other, informing one another about what concerns and affects us, and learn from our own original experiences as to how to deal within imminent threat that we are facing as the poor of Mzantsi.
The incoming cadre of the present-day ANC, as I see it and everyone is talking about in our midst, failed to capture the hard earned opportunity we handed ourselves from the struggles against Apartheid to any lasting effect. The present-day African Petty Bourgeoisie is incapable of discerning the overall picture and thrust of our struggle, and instead had settled for cheap crumbs from the left-overs that was our country's wealth.
Where we are now hearing even ordinary people talking about our Economy having being relegated to "Junk Status", without consciously appreciating what we are saying, an yet suffering, daily, the consequence of poverty the is enhance within our polity, that, that is why I say we have to talk, people of Mzantsi.
There's a lot to talk about, but we have to see it, in its naked reality, this 'fuckd-up existence that we are now entrenched-in, as we helplessly watch out land ravaged beyond our recognizing it, from any side, all, and our land ravaged to nothingness, that, still, the African elite of Mzantsi, gorge themselves of the crumbs and skeletal meat of the cadaver that is our country, today.
Yes, we know that Apartheid has enslaved us in the past half century. So we are also aware that the Present-day ANC government has wronged us and cost us so many lives and so much part of our lands, and other economical sectors and institutions.
We see this not through TV, or partly through the Web(Social Media), but also experience this suffering and oppression as part of our daily diet of life.These are no mere rumination of a person on the Social Media, but an attempt to to reveal the caricature of life that is our actual decrepit reality in Mzantsi.
Many of us who have had the luck to be exposed to Western education, have come across writings of people like Evans Pritchard in his Marett Lecture, when he instructs:
"Claims that for an understanding of the functioning of a society there is no need for the students of it to know anything about its history, any more than there is a need for a physiologist to know the history of an organism to understand it. bother natural systems and can be described in terms of natural law without recourse to history."
The is too a 'natural law' that reforms usually to class attitudes, class crystlizations and tendencies towards such, and class potentials according to perceived schemes; and it does all this, one can't but observe, without caring to plunge plunge its pristine beauty into the bathtub of real life[Davidson](as touched-upon, albeit briefly, above).
Goran Hyden four that "the notion that the African petty bourgeoisie should be capable of committing 'class suicide' as Amilcar Cabral once put it, is hardly compatible with the development realities of contemporary Africa."
And this was all that Hyden found useful to say open the subject. If he was right about this, then clearly it would be of little worth to discuss Cabral and his ideas further.
Our own petty bourgeoisie should commit class suicide for us to see an verifiable and concrete change to our present material and any other condition we wish to experience as a nation, here in Mzantsi.
Anyone with relevant experience who would suggest that the African petty bourgeoisie en masse was ever going to commit 'class suicide, when presented with or grasping the reins of state power, must indeed be a fruitless optimist, if not entirely soft in the head. Cabral was not that kind of person, however, and no such fatuous denouement.
One thing one that we ought to know, We in Mzantsi have to be ready to begin to understand our own situation. I will, as a writer, endeavor to chronicle our reality, lives and existence, as best as I can. This article, thus far, is my humble attempt to right our beleaguered ship.
It is the African elite which has inherited post-Apartheid power, so that, "the moment national liberation comes and the petty-bourgeoisie 'tele quell' will ever commit suicide in order to lead a revolution."Our African elite in Mzantsi can be viewed too as an initiative of our former enslavers.
The objective of the imperialist countries was to prevent the enlargement of the socialist camp, to liberate the reactionary forces in our countries which were being stifled by colonialism, and to enable these forces to ally themselves with the international bourgeoisie. The fundamental objective was to create a bourgeoisie where one did not exist, in order specifically, to strengthen the imperialist and the capitalist camp."
Concerning the petty bourgeoisie, Thien Nien(forerunner of the Viet Minh), discussing the role of the revolutionary pretty bourgeoisie as early as 1929:
The history of the world revolution teaches us that the intellectuals are the very first elements which sacrifice themselves for the revolutionary cause... [They must] abandon their rich clothes and don the rags of the proletarians, become workers, peasants, men of the people, etc.).
Cabral Adds thus:
The revolutionary petty bourgeoisie is honest:that is to say, they remit remains identified, in spite of all the hostile conditions, with the fundamental interests of the popular masses. To do this it may have to commit suicide; but it will not lose. By sacrificing itself, it can reincarnate itself, but in the condition of workers or peasants(Cabral)
Cabral says that this petty bourgeoisie had only one road if it were not to betray itself; and that was:"To strengthen its revolutionary consciousness, to reject the temptations of becoming more bourgeois.
"This means that in order to truly fulfill its role in the National liberation struggle, the revolutionary petty bourgeoisie must be capable of committing suicide as a class, in order to be reborn as revolutionary workers, completely identified with the deepest aspirations of the people to which they belong.
"This alternative-to commit suicide as a class- constitutes the dilemma of the petty bourgeoisie in the general framework of the national liberation struggle. The positive solution in favor of the revolution, spends on what Fidel astro correctly called "the development of revolutionary consciousness."(Cabral)`
Let's not get confused here. We have a viable petty bourgeoisie, potent and still lost; t this, Cabral postulated though staking a solid claim to African originality of revolutionary action, and to African originality of thought in theorizing that action and impelling it further.
"That is why we should note that 'there were even those-and this persisted almost to the end,notwithstanding every effort at explanation-who made a touchstone of revolutionary authenticity by setting up other "Conditions of reliability" drawn from a completely non-African experience, such as land nationalization, the rapid incorporation of individual peasants in rapidly expanding cooperatives, and so on."
What Cabral did here was to strike out a solid claim to African originality of revolutionary action, and to African originality of thought in theorizing that action and spelling it further.
The following, according to Cabral is what he teaches us about 'labels'. This will be very important for our Mzantsi intellectuals to pay attention to:
"If you decide it's Marxism, tell everyone that it is Marxism. If you decide that its not Marxism, tell everyone that it is not Marxism. But the 'labels' are for your affair ... People here in London, as it happened, are very preoccupied with the wherestion 'are you Marxist or not Marxist? Are you Marxist-Leninist?Just ask me; please, what are [we] and the people doing in the field. Are we really liberating our people, the human beings in our country, from all forms of oppression? Simply ask me this, and draw your own conclusions(Cabra)
"Que povo na panda ana su cabeca"-"Let the people do it for themselves"- otherwise "it" would be done to them and could possess no culture-changing value.
How to give back to these African communities the conviction of being able to master their own destiny?"They had possessed that conviction in the past, but is was no good trying to return to the past.."
Cabral held that its mode of action of action must introduce a culture-changing process capable of stemming from precolonial development but, at the same time, of assuming entirely new dimensions of independent self-realization. A valid system to replace and overcome colonial value could never be a reversion to those of the past. even if any such reversion were in any case practicble. On the cotrary:
"Our cultural resistant [to colonialism] consist in the following: while we scrap colonial culture and he negative aspects of our won culture, whether in our character or in our environment, we have to create a new culture, also based on our traditions but respecting everything that the world today has conquered for the service of mankind.
"The full development of a new cultural hegemony, through the action of liberated peoples, would have to come after the smashing of the colonial system and there of independent effort in the building of a new community."
Cabral informs us that:
"the practice of democracy is criticism and self-criticism, is the growing responsibility of population for the management of their life, literally and being educated, the training of future leaders from the lowliest poorest african in the soil rung, workers and professionals of all backgrounds. that this makes , the armed revolution struggle is not only a product of culture, but also ... 'determinant of culture.'
That is why Cabral like Machel and Neto instead that "Practice comes before Theory".
For the above-mentioned leaders, their determination of a new culture-of its foundations, of its early outlines-was no kind of theoretical aim, much less theoretical aberration; most exactly, it was the "achieved' product of a particular practice and experience,.
That the further development of "full maturity" of this new culture, direct product of mass participation in liberated zones, was not and could not be guaranteed-any more than the class suicide of a winning number of the petty bourgeoisie and their reincarnation as revolutionaries-was and is beside the point."
My point in this article is to try to clearly articulate the parameters of our struggle and hoped-for revolution, and what it is we should be doing now the our country of Mzantsi is under siege, as pointed out earlier in this article.
I have utilized Cabral's musings on the topic about the petty bourgeoisie,[also as a revolutionary force], talk about how to begin to build a nation and protect one's people, what democracy should be and do, this all done in order to get us to talk.
The African elite which is filthy rich, is no more ready to shed and shorn-off tiger ill-begotten wealth, for a life of poverty with the hungry masses.. than we as the downtrodden are in any full-fledged revolutionary mode...No way... I would like to think is and would be their response.
That is one of the most neglected aspect of our quest for a united nation of Mzantsi. We are all witnessing the fraying and preying-upon our African people from all angles in real time. We see poverty exploited by all sorts of people from all over the world on many different levels of our communities, communes, villages and the whole land, for that matter.
The recent various violent and economic onslaughts against our people are unquestionable. The state of our decrepit conditions has deepened and worsened beyond anything recognizable. We are confused and still we can see the devastation, hunger and death all around us.
Even if we are going to pretend as if nothing is happening to us, in front of us and all around us, we see and know what it is is sheer, dismal and total destruction and dysfunction, This has even caused many of us to be functionally and literally crazy people in all what we do and live/talk.
Facing us are the few rich in our midst and the army of the poor and mentally unstable people. Who really cares who belong to the motley crew of rich folks about the poor masses and sick?
The attitude of 'who cares' pervades our very existence. It is as if what is happening all around and within us is not important at all ... celebrity life and false sense of modernized people and "we happening'" sensibilities is now the pervading and dominant of normlessness.
The rich African elite is too occupied with imbibing the dwindling wealth of our country, and also contributing, immensely, to the chaos, madness and poverty of their own people and African Nation of Mzantsi That's a fact! Corruption rules.
We have to have an awareness and consciousness , and and goal to get 'All' the poor people of Mzantsi adequately taken care off protected and living life of prosperity and happiness. Make the people of Mzantsi aware that too can live In A Sane Society(Check Fromm on this topic)
In my next installment, I will delve much deeper into contemporary events, today in our country...

We Have No Vanguard... We Have No Rear-guard: Whatever Is Happening To Us Today In Mzantsi... We Are Complicit And Accountable For Our Own Destruction...
Mzantsi Woes... Forward Ever... Backwards Never...
Pedagogy Of The Depressed, Oppressed And Suppressed....
We are smack-dab into the year 2018, and things have gotten worse in South Africa(Mzantsi).... Our "MO" is totally out of whack... We are not only totally dysfunctional, but we are facing "Genocide", and the total loss of our country, albeit there's a glimmer of some hope with the ascendence of Ramaphosa as ANC's top honcho. We will see....
This raises the question: "Why and How" we have gotten ourselves into this clamor and morass?. The point of all this is to begin to ask ourselves(we the people of Mzatnsi - who Are We and What's going on in our country and lives? The Township I live in has lost many of its original inhabitants, and all I see now are new people who are not of our land. This is disconcerting...
Many, whenever they read this piece, are going to cry "Xenophobia". But what is pertinent to me and my reality is that, I do have a right and gumption to question things or issues about our lives, people and our existential reality.
Who are we? Where are we, today? If we look in the mirror, what we see staring back at us, is ourselves.. Do we really see ourselves looking back at us? Do we like what we see about ourselves? Or, do we not want to see ourselves as we appear in the mirrors we would be staring at? Well... We need to begin at the beginning.
All of us who have lived under Apartheid, as I have asserted in many articles written here on FB, are suffering from Apartheid Hangover. What am I talking about?
We had hardly sobered up from being under the jackboot heel of Apartheid, then we are now face with a bungling cabal of amateurs, who are very good at oppressing their own: Us. And we too, who were once victims, are complicit in our own genocide...
Today we are the gatherers of wood and hewers of water in the land of our birth, but, at the same time, we have lost sight as to who we really are. We have been completely transformed by the Imperial cultural Imperialism which has gobbled us completely.
Whether you talk about Education, Employment, social engineering, community and national cohesion, you name it, we are totally swamped!
We are the most suffering, poor, deliberately made illiterate, abused, exploited, derided, disrespected, unseen, in fact, told to our faces that we are lazy, stupid, and our women stink, and we men of Mzantsi useless and dumb.. Yes... That the truth and nothing else has been embellished...
One can check out the various posts in WhatsApp, Twitter, You Tube, Twitter, and everywich way that matters.. We are facing the virulent attack by foreign nationalities, that are now grabbing and grubbing our lands, cities, natural wealth, and they tell us to our faces that they, those who dare say so to our faces, that they are going to take our lands... They have been doing so, very well indeed.
Many of our people are dropping dead, poisoned, malnourished, starved, poor, unemployed, sick and dejected people who are seeing ourselves getting wiped out by many unforeseen circumstance and happenstances.
Our Youth and elders are quickly disappearing, and yet we stand bye and pretend as if that is not happening to oneself... All the while, we are disappearing at an abnormal rate
One might not like what I am about to write about here... I reserve the right to speak out as an indigenous of Mzantsi, and let the pieces fall wherever they might.
I did not come to writing such an article as a knee-jerk reaction to our reality; but, this is penned from the excoriating and debilitating existence that I draw upon lived experience, and still at it, today.
Really! Is this us, today, we the people of Mzantsi? Really? What am I onto?
We are going to have to face up to the truth and facts that we are our own worst enemies.l. We are busy looking for short-cuts into being rich, getting tenders, and the blaming others and the whole bit. We honor and glorify corruption because it has become our very lived reality... Everyone wants to get rich, and many are fumbling in an effort to do that..
We drink dry the SAB(South African Brewery.. We are fully and totally inebriated.. Completely blacked out.. We are drugged out of our senses and Ubuntu... We are abusing our women and children and we are putting each other down akin to crabs in a barrel...We are peddling a chain-less life bicycle and going nowhere fast...
In fact, we are burying each other, daily, that in our Kasie, everyday looks like a Weekend. Burial space is constantly running out, and we have resorted to bring people on top of each other. Our national state of health, education and economic development is zero-and atrocious for the poor masses of Africans in Mzantsi, and indigenous to Mzantsi...
Armies of the poor are unemployed and idle... Many are dying out everyday.. We are so inundated with misery, poverty(which is being used as a weapon against us) that is wiping us off the face of the earth..We do not even control the economy of our our own communities. We hardly know what to do with our children's education... We are lost at sea, and no respite in sight.
Yes, people have it as a mantra that "kuyafiwa"(we are dying in droves) and nothing comes of it.. Instead, we have now accepted the death of our population as a normal thing! Really! Seriously!!
So... We are now 'free' to be 'dom'?(Freedom) We are free to be dumb and stupid?... Ya, neh... We are lying to ourselves about ourselves. We ape foreign cultures, languages, mores, and manners of behavior and thought.. We are totally lost, and do not even know it, or ignore it, under the ruse and guise that we are now 'modern' and are with it... Say What?
Who are we really kidding.. We are new kids on the blog of the 'free' countries of Africa, and we are doing a very bad, bad job of it. We guzzle liquor like people committing national suicide. Our youth and elders are abusing alcohol like it is water we need to live... ..
Our children and youth are on weird drugs and shredded, and our families are fighting one another along with our marriages breaking up. Promiscuity is a norm... Our elderly watch ago and in awe... Yet we sit with our arms folded as if we are not concerned nor affected.
We send our children to so-called private schools.. Where they do not measurer up with the latest Matric results... Where many of our children have passed en masse, and are facing a cut-off from the universities they apply to, because their 'points' are very low for university entrance... Their Matric certificates cannot get them employed for they are weak and non-consequential...
We are clearly and really mis-educating our own children, and expect that other nations will teach our children to be better than their children. We go and 'Toyi-toyi in White people's school because we want our children to be accepted and taught by White teachers, in their White Suburbs... What are we really doing?
We do not have Technical colleges(The One we had in Dube is housing the Metro Police... There is a paucity of Nurses Colleges, our Township High school are a drag and serve us no purpose... They are the worst schools in our land...
We cannot even summon our own government to refit and upgrade out own school, we pretend and think that we will be of the World, and be intelligent like the White people in their institutions, and the sad thing is that we really believe this and are doing it in even greater numbers... To our detriment.
We have become depended on 'Mdende"(so-called Social security... Our present government is parcelling out food akin to the Food Pantries and Kitchens of the poor in America...
How can we copy all American values and life-style up to the point of copying poverty dole outs, and rest on our laurels just because the present ANC government is giving us paltry handouts, whilst, the very weaponized poverty is our achilles heel? Mmmm.. What's going on!?
When the festive season took hold and dragged on, we hit fever pitch in inebriation and sex and drugs.. AIDS is still wiping us to hell and back and now we are logged in and living that hell... Our people are now some of the most illiterate people in the land, that even foreigners from Africa boast to us, in our faces, how dumb and illiterate we are..
They even come to us, after attending colleges in our land, and tell us that they are more educated than us... We have not drawn upon our paltry resources to make sure that our children get the best education, and fill up our Universities, Technical colleges, Teachers colleges, and come back to work in our midst for our own betterment.
Yes, they man our hospitals, our schools, the national economy, you name it, we are absent, they are the ones in the powerful positions, that they in turn tell us that we ain't shit! We are the enablers of such tawdry merciless abuse and scorn.
We watch, paralyzed with fear and wonderment, as people make our land their land, and we cower like people who have been living in darkness, and now are suddenly thrust into the light(1994), and we still cannot hack it!
So that... that some of us are even afraid to walk in some or our own towns Towns that are now occupied and renamed by these foreigners, who flaunt their power; some mug us, kill us, and many use the social Media to hurl scorn our away, and we are just spectators of all these shenanigans, and are unable to even try to put our act together, to push back, and that, is our own created downfall... That is our own self-inflicted Genocide.
Our women, because of poverty, are targets to many of the drug dealers and foreign marriages of convenience for South African citizenship; men hanging out in the corners jobless, hopeless, very dreary and drudged also within that decrepit existence which, if one were to take stock, we are the complete and total losses in our land... This is because we allow, and ignore all this to our our own peril, and GENOCIDE!
Whither... Mzantsi...
Who are we...? Why are we in this state of helplessness and disrepute...? Many might find my piece very disturbing.. some will cry out.. Xenophobia!!! Yeah.. Right... Bring it on...!! For instance... When the Xmas season was in full swing, one thing many of us noted is that our townships were empty, all the people who were not of our land had gone back to their places of origin, and in that instance, we were involved in sexual escapades and excursions, some were stuffing themselves with all kinds of foods...
Meanwhile, whilst still on this home front...
We are seeing a rise in Cancer cases, Aids Deaths, Sugar Diabetes, High Blood is killing us, especially prostrate cancer... Yes.. Guys, Prostrate Cancer... It is killing us, and we are not talking seriously and more poignantly or truthfully about this scourge. I would like to devote an article to Prostrate Cancer to begin to inform ourselves what it is we are dealing with here.
Our women do not access OBGYN, and we have a high rate and cases of Ovarian and Uterus cancer. We have lost most of our body mass-as poor people, except for the gluttons with big bellies and double chins, who greedily live opulent lifestyle.
They are the ones most deformed as fat slobs, as to compared to the ailing and shrinking-body-wise and and numbers wise in the population of the armies of the poor African masses-in this case, I include poor Whites , too, who live in ramshackle tin/plastic and cardboard hovels... Just like the rest or many of us African people of Mzantsi.
The rest of us, in the townships and rural areas and the plastic, cardboard box tin-shacks that dot our landscape of Mzantsi. How the people of African descent of Mzantsi are living and existing like, when one passes through, stays with, or congregate amongst, the debilitating poverty in their midst, is heart-wrenching and mind bending and numbing.
I do not need any media outlet to say all what I am pointing out to in this article... This is our authentic lives.... I do not need any self-styled analyst who is a TV taking head, or media celebrity, just because he or she has done nothing, but is in the limelight to tell me or our people what it is that we are dealing with and and are faced with, today...
In 2018, we need to take serious look at ourselves, in the way we use and behave in Social Media surfing, on Twitter, Facebook, that, what we are doing, saying, acting-like and presenting ourselves to the viral world, is disgusting, at best, and destructive at worst.
Our women, because of poverty, are targets to many of the drug dealers who are foreign, with marriage of convenience for South African citizenship; African men hanging out in the corners jobless, hopeless, very dreary and drugged/or inebriated; living through a decrepit existence which, if one were to take stock, we are the complete and total losre in our land...
This is because we allow, and ignore all this to our our own peril, and Self Inflicted GENOCIDE!
Whither... Mzatnsi...
As a result of all this, and then some, discrepancies in our midst, we are going to have to recognize that we are suffering from multiple life crippling pathologies. I have written articles here on FB highlighting these pathologies. I
I listed them as Amnesia; Delusion; Fantasy; Frustration; Pathological Anxiety; Apathy; Alienation...
The sooner we begin to understand and relate these pathologies to ourselves, whence they emanates from; what their effects and affects are on us; understand them from our own and original African centered perspective.
So that we will merely be digging our Hole even deeper, and will end up being buried, as we are, over the vast terrain of our land, with wooden crosses, and expensive tombstones to show for our carelessness and and not taking care of our own business, as the people whose land is Mzantsi/Azania(South Africa).
If we do not come to grips with what is happening to us, everyday, talk and write constructively about it, we are merely hollering and cursing in the darkness. Articles like this one try very hard to refocus us as to:
Who Are We? Who Are You? What do you see when you look at the mirror staring back at you? When will we ever pick up our own burden/cudgel and fashion it it as we see fit?
Who is there that is going to question us? Up to this far, do we really believe and think that we are going to be any better, doing the same old thing we have been doing for the past 24 years? Really!!
This is really just a bit I wanted to out since I have been quite when it comes to writing my own original pieces. On Christmas day, I was with my son, I cried when I tried to really lay it out to him what is it that is going on...
I deeply feel pained when I see what is happening to us, and it does not matter where one is, the likes of me are striving to reconstruct our story/history, not as influenced by any person, but right from the gut experience that is our stark and decrepit reality.
There are many of us who hoarding and guarding their incomes and position that talk like this is not palatable to them.. I do not give a rat's ass as to who says what... Here is the truth... We are being wiped out in various genocidal ways...
I do not aim to go down or out like that.. At least, if I relay these thoughts on the social media, many will have a clear picture what the present-day Africans in South Africa live like. At this juncture, I'm more interested in talking to, about and for our African people...
We have a state of Emergency in our hands and lives.. It does not matter who the detractors are and what they say.. At this point, I am ready and willing to engage anyone who might think otherwise about what I have written here. This is our lives... This is our reality...
And if anything else or more that should be done or happen, we, the African people of Mzantsi are going to have to begin at the begining, as I have averred above
I have used, again, a painting by Dumile as a photo for this article, in order to capture the essence of what I am talking about...
Dumile Feni painted the picture below for us and this dovetails perfectly with what I am describing above....
Watch This Space On This Wall For further additional comments on this subject...
We Are Much Better Than This....

Depression Of Oppression By the Oppressed: The Quest For Humanization
Paulo Freire:
While the problem of humanization has always, from an axiological point of view, been humankind’s central problem, it now takes on the character of an inescapable concern.[1] Concern for humanization leads at once to the recognition of dehumanization, not only as an ontological possibility but as an historical reality And as an individual perceives the extent of dehumanization, he or she may ask if humanization is a viable possibility. Within history in concrete, objective contexts, both humanization and dehumanization are possibilities for a person as an uncompleted being conscious of their incompletion.
But while both humanization and dehumanization are real alternatives, only the first is the people’s vocation. This vocation is constantly negated, yet it is affirmed by that very negation. It is thwarted by injustice, exploitation, oppression, and the violence of the oppressors; it is affirmed by the yearning of the oppressed for freedom and justice, and by their struggle to recover their lost humanity.
Dehumanization, which marks not only those whose humanity has been stolen, but also (though in a different way) those who have stolen it, is a distortion of the vocation of becoming more fully human. This distortion occurs within history; but it is not an historical vocation. Indeed, to admit of dehumanization as an historical vocation would lead either to cynicism or total despair. The struggle for humanization, for the emancipation of labor, for the overcoming of alienation, for the affirmation of men and women as persons would be meaningless. This struggle is possible only because dehumanization, although a concrete historical fact, is not a given destiny but the result of an unjust order that engenders violence in the oppressors, which in turn dehumanizes the oppressed.
Because it is a distortion of being more fully human, sooner or later being less human leads the oppressed to struggle against those who made them so. In order for this struggle to have meaning, the oppressed must not in seeking to regain their humanity (which is a way to create it), become in turn oppressors of the oppressors, but rather restorers of the humanity of both.
This, then, is the great humanistic and historical task of the oppressed: to liberate themselves and their oppressors as well. The oppressors, who oppress, exploit, and rape by virtue of their power; cannot find in this power the strength to liberate either the oppressed or themselves. Only power that springs from the weakness of the oppressed will be sufficiently strong to free both. Any attempt to “soften” the power of the oppressor in deference to the weakness of the oppressed almost always manifests itself in the form of false generosity; indeed, the attempt never goes beyond this. In order to have the continued opportunity to express their “generosity,” the oppressors must perpetuate injustice as well.
An unjust social order is the permanent fount of this “generosity” which is nourished by death, despair, and poverty. That is why the dispensers of false generosity become desperate at the slightest threat to its source. True generosity consists precisely in fighting to destroy the causes which nourish false charity. False charity constrains the fearful and subdued, the “rejects of life” to extend their trembling hands. True generosity lies in striving so that these hands — whether of individuals or entire peoples — need be extended less and less in supplication, so that more and more they become human hands which work and, working, transform the world.
But almost always, during the initial stage of the struggle, the oppressed, instead of striving for liberation, tend themselves to become oppressors, or “sub-oppressors.” The very structure of their thought has been conditioned by the contradictions of the concrete, existential situation by which they were shaped. Their ideal is to be men; but for them, to be men is to be oppressors. This is their model of humanity.
This phenomenon derives from the fact that the oppressed, at a certain moment of their existential experience, adopt an attitude of “adhesion” to the oppressor. Under these circumstances they cannot “consider” him sufficiently clearly to objectivize him — to discover him “outside” themselves.
This does not necessarily mean that the oppressed are unaware that they are downtrodden. But their perception of themselves as oppressed is impaired by their submersion in the reality of oppression. At this level, their perception of themselves as opposites of the oppressor does not yet signify engagement in a struggle to overcome the contradiction; the one pole aspires not to liberation, but to identification with its opposite pole.
In this situation the oppressed do not see the “new man as the person to be born from the resolution of this contradiction, as oppression gives way to liberation. For them, the new man or woman themselves become oppressors.
Their vision of the new man or woman is individualistic; because of their identification with the oppressor they have no consciousness of themselves as persons or as members of an oppressed class. It is not to become free that they want agrarian reform, but in order to acquire land and thus become landowners — or; more precisely, bosses over other workers. It is a rare peasant who, once “promoted” to overseer, does not become more of a tyrant towards his former comrades than the owner himself.
The oppressed, having internalized the image of the oppressor and adopted his guidelines, are fearful of freedom. Freedom would require them to eject this image and replace it with autonomy and responsibility. Freedom is acquired by conquest, not by gift. It must be pursued constantly and responsibly. Freedom is not an ideal located outside of man; nor is it an idea which becomes myth. It is rather the indispensable condition for the quest for human completion.
- Paulo Freire

The Relevance Of Biko In Today's Decrepit Existence In Mzantsi
Our bout with our present reality, in its dysfunctional, and debauchery formation and manifestation, has been premised upon being conditioned, for 48 years by the Apartheid regime, and it is important we take a brief look at some musings from Bantu Biko.
The progressives have never been an African man's real hope.
Biko Talks about Liberals below:
Biko:
"No race posses the monopoly of beauty, intelligence, force, and there is room for all of us at the rendezvous of victor." I do not think Aime Cesaire was hinting about South Africa when he said these words. The Whites in this country have placed themselves on a path of no return.
So blatantly exploitative in terms of the mind and body is the practice of white racism that one wonders if the interest of Africans and Whites in this country have not become so mutually exclusive as to exclude the possibility of there being "room for all of us at the rendezvous of victory."
"The White man's quest for power has led him to destroy with utter ruthlessness whatever has stood in his way. In an effort to divide the African world in terms of aspirations, and their powers have evolved a philosophy that stratifies the African world and gives preferential treatment to certain groups.
Further, they have buildup several cocoons, thereby hoping to increase inter-tribal ill-feeling and to divert the energies of the African people towards attaining false prescribed "freedoms".
"Moreover, it was hoped, the Africa people could be effectively contained in these various cocoons of repression, euphemistically referred to as "homelands". I predict that a time will come when stooge bodies will prove very costly not only in terms of the credibility of the story the Nationalists, [but the reinstatement of the former oppresors].(DA?)
I Paraphrase here: "Biko said that the legislation of Apartheid, the use of propaganda on Radio Bantu, and promises of freedom granted to the 'homelands' that Apartheid meant well... the mass removals from urban areas by Apartheid goons.
The unnecessary harassment of Africans by police, inside and outside the Township, and the ruthless application of the dreaded pass laws, which Biko says just goes to show how much Africans are being 'tolerated' by White people-[this will be the achilles heel for apartheid, but also a victory of having their stooges bring them back to power once they lose it].
Biko closes this part by stating: "Needless to say, anyone finding himself at the receiving end of such deliberate [though uncalled for] cruelty must ultimately ask himself the question: what do I have to lose? This is what the Africans are beginning to ask themselves."
We now come to the group that has longest enjoyed confidence from the African world — the Liberal establishment, including radio and Leftist groups. The biggest mistake the African world ever made was to assume that whoever opposed Apartheid was an ally.
For a long time the African world has been looking only at the governing party and not so much at the whole power structure as the object of their rage. In a sense, the very political vocabulary that the Africans have used has been inherited from the Liberals. Therefore, it is not surprising that alliances(Coalitions? Today) were formed so easily with the Liberals.
Who are Liberals in South Africa?
"It is that curious bunch of nonconformists who explain their participation in negative terms; that bunch of do-gooders that goes under all sots of names - Liberals, Leftists, etc. These are the people who argue that they are not responsible for White racism and the country's "inhumanity to the African Man/Woman; these are the people who claim that they too feel the oppression just as acutely as the Africans and therefore should be jointly involved in the African people's struggle — for a place under the Sun; in short, these are the same people who say that they have 'African Souls Wrapped In White Skin".
"The Liberals set about their business with the utmost efficiency. They made it political that all groups opposing the status quo must necessarily be non-racial in nature, They maintained that if you stood for non-racialism you could not in any way adopt what they described as racialist policies. They even defined to the African people what the latter should fight for.(Recall Malema's saga and Lord Robin Renwick talked about above).
"With this sort of influence behind them, most African leaders tended to rely too much on the advice of Liberals. For a long time, in fact, it became the occupation of the leadership to "calm the masses," while they engaged in fruitless negotiations with the status quo.
Their whole political action, in fact, was a programmed in the art of 'gentle persuasion' through protests and limited boycotts and they hoped the rest could be safely left to the troubled conscience of the fair-minded English folk.
"Of course, this situation could not last. A new breed of African leaders was beginning to take a dim view of the involvement of Liberals in a struggle that they regarded as essentially theirs, when the political movements of the Africans were either banned or harassed into non-existence. This left the stage open once more for the Liberals to continue their work of "fighting for the rights of the Africans.'
"It never occurred to the Liberals that the integration they insisted upon as an effective way of opposing Apartheid was impossible to achieve in South Africa. It had to be artificial because it was being foisted on two parties whose entire upbringing had been to support the lie that one race was superior and others inferior.
"One has to overhaul the whole system in South Africa before hoping to get African and White walking hand in hand to oppose a common enemy. As it is, both African and White walk into hastily organized integrated circle carrying with them the seeds of destruction of that circle — their inferiority and superiority complexes."
This is what has and is happening with the DA and EFF coalition.
Biko continues:
The myth of integration as propounded under the banner of the liberal ideology must be cracked and killed because it makes people believe that something is being done, when in reality the artificially integrated circles are soporific to the Africans, while salving the consciences of the guilt-stricken Whites.
"It works from the false premise that, because it is difficult to bring people from different races together in this country, achievement of this is in itself a step towards the total liberation of the African people. Nothing could be more misleading."
Biko enlightens us thus:
"How many White people fighting for their version of a change in South Africa are really motivated by genuine concern and not by guilt? Obviously, it is a cruel assumption to believe that all Whites are not sincere, yet methods adopted by some groups often do suggest a lack of real commitment. The essence of politics is to direct oneself the group which wields power. Most White dissident groups are aware of the power wielded by the White power structure.
"They are quick to quote statistics on how big defense budget is. They know exactly how effectively the police and the army can control protesting African hordes — peaceful or otherwise. They know to what degree the African world is infiltrated by the security police.
"Hence, they are completely convinced of the impotence of African people. Why then do they persist in talking to the Africans? Since they are aware that the problem in this country is White racism, and why do they not address themselves to the White world? Why do they insist on talking to Africans?
"In an effort to answer these questions, one has to come to the painful conclusion that the Liberal is in fact appraising his own conscience, or at best, is eager to demonstrate his identification with the African people only so far as it does not serve his ties with his relatives on the other side of the color-line.
"Being White, he possesses the natural passport to the exclusive pool of White privileges from which he does not hesitate to extract whatever suits him. Yet, since he identifies with Africans, he moves around his White circles - White-Only beaches, restaurants, and cinemas — with a lighter load, feeling that he is not like the rest…
"Yet, at the back of his mind is a constant reminder that he is quite comfortable as things stand and therefore should not bother about change. Although he does not vote for the Nationalist(now a majority, anyway), he feels secure under the protection offered by the Nationalists and subconsciously shuns the idea of change."
In the following piece below, Biko gives the sum of his thoughts as follows:
"The limitations that have accompanied the involvement of Liberals in the African man's struggle, have been mostly responsible for the arrest of progress. Because of their inferiority complex, Africans have tended to listen seriously to what the Liberals had to say. With their characteristic arrogance of assuming a 'monopoly on intelligence and moral judgment,' these self-appointed trustees of African interests have gone on to set the pattern and pace for the realization of the African man's aspirations.
"I am not sneering at the Liberals and their involvement. Neither am I suggesting that they are the most to blame for the African man's plight. Rather, I am illustrating the fundamental fact that total identification with an oppressed group in a system that forces one group to enjoy privilege and to live on the sweat of another, is impossible.
"White society collectively owes the Africans so huge a debt, that no one member should automatically expect to escape from the blanket condemnation that needs must come from African world. It is not as if Whites are allowed to enjoy the privilege only when they declare their solidarity with the ruling party. They are born into privilege and are nourished and nurtured in the system of ruthless exploitation of African energy.
"For the 20-year old White Liberal to expect to be accepted with open Arms, is surely to overestimate the powers of forgiveness of the African people. No matter how genuine a Liberal's motivations may be, he has to accept that, though he did not choose to be born into privilege, the Africans cannot but be suspicious of his motives.
"The Liberal must fight on his own and for himself. If they are true Liberals, they must realize that they themselves are oppressed, and that they must fight for their own freedom and not that of nebulous 'they' with whom they can hardly claim identification.
"What I have tried to show is that in South Africa, political power has always rested with White society. Not only have the Whites been guilty maneuverers, they have managed to control the responses of the Africans to the provocation .
"Not Only have they kicked the African, but they have also told him how to react to the kick. For a long time the African has been listening with patience to the advice he has been receiving on how best to respond to the kick. With painful slowness, he is now beginning to show signs that it is his right and duty to respond to the kick in the way he sees fit."
Many of us are averse to having a discourse about what causes our maladaptive personalities and lives in today's vicious and broken South Africa. Well, our friendships and many other types of relationships with everyone but ourselves, are to be found in our history. The past 48 years of Apartheid rule have set us up to be what we are today. Our ANC government is perfect fit for such devious undercurrents and hidden agendas. We are still hung-up on us being modern and all that junk, but in reality, many of us are merely taking the opportunity presented to them: a society built on slavery, anomie, and Amnesia of all types.
We have a longing and feeling to be what we are not, and running helter-skelter towards other cultures, mindsets, belief, values, norms and the whole bit-at the expense of our own selves and what and who we are..
We need to carry on a constant critique and evaluation of our whole zeitgeist and historiography in order for us to have grip on what's happening in our land of birth. Many people do not read such pieces, and in our case in Mzantsi, we are curtailed and disabled by the expensive data that we have to purchase just to ride the viral stream.
Be that as it may, we are also going to have to start questioning the hurly-burly chaotic existence we are all mired-in here in our country of Mzantsi. Many of our brightest, are still corralled within the Western sphere of reference and influence, and many fear to even venture to write about ourselves in a more cohesive and confident because of our state of pathological apathy.
So long as we pretend to be Westernized, as aptly surmised below in Biko's maxim in the photo below, we are going to loose our lands, our people, not-yet-formed-nationhood, and will loose our fledgling power, which we just have a smidgen of.
We need to regularly cajole our consciousness and consciences as to what has to be done to yank us out of this morass and these doldrums. Pretending to be what we are not, not recognizing ourselves, abilities and capabilities, is very essential and paramount, without aping anyone, which should be our modus operandi and modus vvvendi.
It is ourselves that can free us from this mess....

Rejuvenating Our History, Culture And Traditions

Let Us Recalibrate Ourselves, We The People Of Mzantsi: We Are going To Have To Begin Economic intelligence About Our Country And Is Resources
We Can Only Make Money, And Be Wealthy If We Know, Learn and Respect our History and Our Traditions
Now that Ramaphosa has returned with his bag of investors, I presume, and hope, we are beginning to see the stirring of the Rand to R11-something-gaining, slowly and steadily in strength, we hope of good tidings from his excellency.

Also, this, we hope, will be the loosening and dismantling of the ANC strongly and tight choke on all avenues of governance and the private, whereby, I dare say, some of the educated talent of our land will be fully employed and deployed in all relevant position, maybe, we can kick the can down the road.

This is all and only but hope we have since we dug ourselves so deep, we can only go up and rise as a people. There is so much to be done, and little time to really achieve and complete our really and direly need work amongst polities, that is, about our selves. In this piece, I talk to us and for us on our own behalf.

I am tired of our people being accused of all sorts of discrimination and whatever.. so far as I am concerned... Who cares? All those lackeys and charlatans who are making careers for themselves by presenting themselves as amiable to the Western world, well, to them turncoats, I throw down the gauntlet.

Until we reach the state and stage of not running way from our own gotten Freedom, we will be putty to all and sundry of anyone but us, in our Once one starts talking about and nation-building, we see all sorts of political, economical and intellectual leeches come out of the woodwork. Lets put it straight from the get-go. We are now, here, talking about Nation-building and social engineering of our people's interests, land and all that is ours by right.

Well, Ramaphosa, since you were once a Union leader and once a practicing lawyer, here it is is... Work on teaching/handing our people their Basic Bill Of Rights.. Thoroughly. I might be a lilliputians of state rule and policy making and building/implementing, but am not dumbed down enough not to know that once a people are taught and made to know their Bill of Rights, enshrined in our Constitution, they might function better.

I still like What Sol Plaatije had to write about us, in the remote/ancient and dark days of segregation and pre-Apartheid rule.. He tabulated our success/good life and our misery without let-up and managed to chronicle our decrepit reality.

So that, in my highlighting the contemporary history that is affecting and effecting us, I am merely trotting in his giant footsteps. Many of us would do well to go and read up on his writings and will surely understand and fully appreciate our present state of existence and reality.

Sol Plaatjie made his researches in the farms/rural areas and many Townships in order to chronicle our past and present social malaise. When anyone, who has time, read Plaatjie's book "Mhudi"(Mist), they are going to learn about our lives, as African people, when there was no abject problem of poverty to speak off greed was unknown and people were content.

It is also important to note how we cooperated and worked with and for each other. Jobs that would take months to do would take a day because of communal help and togetherness; the host would even slaughter a cow for the helpers, and other goodies that were prepared for the workers who were helping.

Upon reading "Mhudi", one begins to see why and how we are who we are today. The European colonial discipline, manners of behavior left us, the indigenous, irrecoverably unable to be normal pre-colonial times as described in Plaatjies book-today.

Our not understanding today is made worse by not even knowing that there were writers, in our midst, who wrote about, and researched our lives, post, during a post the rule of divide and conquer and Apartheid.

Plaatjie informs us that men led a patriarchal life under kings who paid allegiance to no one but themselves. He informs us that we we raised our own corn and this satisfied our simple needs and wants. He also reminds us that we were engaged in hunting and in pastoral duties; we tanned skins and sewed magnificent fur rugs.

We learn from reading in "Mhudi" that we smelted iron and manufactured useful implements which today would regarded as crude by the then semi-westernized descendants.

Cattle breeding was our forte and a rich man's calling; hunting was a national enterprise. Our cattle had enormous horns and ran almost wild and multiplied prolifically as the wild animals of the day.Work was of a perfunctory nature, for mother earth yielded her bounties and the maiden soil provided ample sustenance for man and beast, Plaatjie reminds us in his book, "Mhudi".

"But woman's work was never out of season. In the summer she cleared the cornfields of weeds and subsequently helped to winnow and garner the crops. In winter times she cut the grass and helped to renovate her dwelling.On addition to the inevitable cooking, backset-making, weaving and all the art-painting for mural decorations, these were done by women.

"Childless marriages were as rare as freaks so, early and late in the summer and winter, during the years of drought and of plenty, every mother had to nourish her growing brood, besides fattening and beautifying her daughters for the competition of eligible swains.(Plaatjie)

Writing about our past is crucial to our understanding where we have been/what we were in the past; why is it we are where we are at today, and why we are who we are today in the 21st century.

"Fulfilliing these multifarious duties of the household was not regarded as drudgery by any means; on the contrary, the women looked upon marriage as an art; the daughter of a well-to-do peasant, surrounded by all the luxuries of her mother's home, would be the object of commiseration if she were a long time finding a man.

"And the simple women of the clans accepted wifehood and transacted their onerous duties with the same satisfaction and pride as an English artist would the job of conducting an orchestra..

Our lives were not necessarily humdrum, instead our lives were interesting, to say the least. We planted in different stations and in different directions over scores of miles; and it was often easier to kill wild animals meager home than go to the cattle-post for meat.

"Very often the big game ran 'thalala-motse'(when wild animals continued their frolics straight through our villages), when there would be systematic slaughter of antelopes and orgies of wild-beef eating.

"Many of our people, as in the case of the Barolong, at times attempted to create a new species of animal by across-breeding between an eland and an ox.. Many of these people, raised dozens of claves sired by buffaloes. The result proved so devastating that the Barolong tradition still holds up this achievement as either a masterpiece or folly, and attempts at cross-breeding thereafter became taboo.."

Many of us do not really know nor remember what we were all about, and todays stories and histories have been marred by many falsities to the extent, that many of us do not even want to know nor care about our past. for instance:

"Our ancestors were content to live their lives as described above, and thought nought of their overseas kinsmen who were making history on the plantations and harbors of Virginia and Mississippi at that time; nor did they know or care about the relations of the Khoi/San and the Boers at Cape Town...(Although Chaka and Dingiswayo knew of the going ons of the military exercises and the presence of the Boers in the Cape, both Eastern and Western Cape).

"To Africans of Mzatnsi, the limit of our world was Monomotapa(Portuguese East Africa) - a White man's country - which they had no ambition to see.
"Of monetary wealth, we had none except for or flocks and herds. A little bartering was done with neighboring clans in exchange for other commodities, and none could be so mean as to make a charge for supplying a fellow clansman with the necessities of life. When the rainy season was good, everyone had too much corn, and in the years of drought, the majority went short of porridge.

"We were simple and happy folks and were perfectly happy without money and without silver watches and all the present-day accouterments of modern day material supposed-well-being'."Abject poverty was practically unknown; we had no orphanages because there were no nameless babies. We also did not have any old people's homes(for no body threw away grandma and grandpa-(Professor Clarke would also observe).

"When a man had a couple of carouses to make,he invited the neighbors to spend the day with him cutting, fitting in and sewing together the sixty grey jackal pelts into two rugs, and there would be intervals of feasting throughout the day.

"On such an occasion, someone would announce a field day at another place where there ws a dwelling to thatch; here too, the guests might receive an invitation from their neighbor who had a stockade to erect at a third homestead on a a subsequently; and great would be the expectation of the fat bullock to be slaughtered by the good man, to say nothing of the good things to be prepared by the kind hostess. "thus, a month's job would be accomplished in a day.

What was great about our past society, even if the seams of a rich man's kaross carried all kinds on knittings - good, bad and indifferent - the wife of a poor man, who could not afford such a feast, was often gowned in flawless furs. It being the skilled handiwork of her own husband, the nicety of its design seldom fails to evoke the admiration of experts."

Nowadays, with the ascendancy of Ramaphosa, a lawyer and former Unionist and now a Mining billionaire, he and his ANC crew are talking about us teaching and learning our story and history. This for me is an attempt to respond to such a call and am using Sol Plaatjie to recapture our past, albeit paltry.

But, if we are going to have our history written down and passed on intergenerational to our ailing and drugged youth, it such articles that should be shared by all and sundry of African descent in South Africa and begin to read or distribute it amongst ourselves, our children and our communities.

Below I have written a piece(Scroll down the wall here on FB to read this article) castigating us as a people as to why we allow ourselves to be victims in our own country.

In this country I am motivating us, as a people, to begin to realize that we have more in our history and culture that we can learn from and begin to rebuild and recreate our own nation, today in 2018, without having some pseudo-intellectuals from foreign countries come and tell us about ourselves, and yet, they fail to deal or talk about their own countries and people.

I implore all my African brothers and sisters in Mzantsi to read "Mhudi" by Sol Plaatjie for further and more in-depth history an story of our people
the objective of this piece, is not necessarily a purely historical reference, although that is used as prop to the story. But, it is a way of realigning or perspectives as to what happened to us, and how and why our present decrepit state is rippling and helping our detractors wipe us out.

What Plaatjie captured of our history is not only our destruction by the colonialists and their lackeys, but also, but rebels like Mzailikazi and his hordes. These are important historical facts, and what I aim to do is to connect that story for us, today, in our contemporary history, and what lessons we can learn from that dastardly and seriously genocidal experience as we are experiencing it today.

Amos Wilson writes:

"In his section about the Economic Maladjustment of African people, we learn that - according to Wilson:"Why do we suffer from this problem then? Why is the African personality created?

"I try to get across the fact that every maladjusted characteristic in the African personality serves an economic function. Each maladjustive characteristic is not there by accident; it's not there simply because Europeans hate us; It's there because it maintains their economic dominance."

That is why, for me, even though Ramaphosa is having a love-fest with our beleaguered people, in essence, his is there, in his present position to serve foreign investors and their demands and wishes. The Rand, today, hovering around R11 to a dollar, is further proof of what I am writing about.

Wilson continues:

"If I've got money, I can help you, but if I distrust you, I won't help you and you may not make it."It's not the absence of money ... it's the presence of mistrust. If i will not cooperate, if you cannot rely on me, then we cannot have an economic system, even though we may have money."

At the beginning of this piece,, I cited from Sol Plaatjie to bring to the fore our story and history. We seem to have a serious misunderstanding and grasping what this whole 'economics' thingy is all about. We all know you need to have money, but even if we get it, have no sense as to what that means for us as a people.

Let me make this point more concrete by picking up on Amos Wilson:

"We say:

"Well, if we had money..." We are suffering from the 'absence of an economic system. Money is not a system; money is what it is.

"A system involves the systematic ando organized utilization of money. Without the pattern, without the organization,one does not have an economy.

"There were economies in the world before money was invented. We don't even have to have money to have an economic system system.

So, ultimately, when we study economic systems, we recognize that an economic system at is base refers to the nature of the relationship between people.(Readers should go over the part of this piece culled from Plaatjie).

The idea was to begin to give a historical account about our existence before there was money, and how we lived. I know we cannot live like that anymore, today, but the past forms the present and helps us to formulate and better manage the present. That is our task and challenge, today.

So that, Wilson adds:

"It's the systematic way people choose to relate one to the other that takes an economic system - Not money.

When we lack a systematic way of relating to each other, then we can have money and still be poor, have money, and be robbed - Which Is What We Are[Today].

The economics of Maladjustment

I will like to delve much deeper into Wilson fleshing out this Economic advice...

"Why do we suffer from this problem then? Why is the African personality created?"Each maladjustive characteristic is not there by accident; it's not there simply simply because Europeans hate us; It's there because it maintains their economic dominance.

"I got money, I can help you, but if I distrust you, I won't help you and you may not make it. It's not the absence of money...it's the presence of mistrust. If I will not cooperate, if you cannot rely on me, thence cannot have an economic system.

"In other words, a people must trust, be reliable, be dependable, have respect for each other, if they are to develop a viable economic system.

"When they have those kinds of relationships, they have a social system, and they can build and they grow economically. Suspiciousness ad other negatives are implanted in the collective African personality o that African people cannot challenge European people, even though we are a majority of the people in our land, on earth and we live over the riches of this earth.

"A people who do not share history, who do not appreciate the shared experiences that their history represents, are a people who cannot utilize mutual trust, dependability, and so forth, upon which to build an economic social system.

"African people who forget their history, are a people who forget that they had an economy before the European came into existence.

"They are a people who forget that their economy was developed and maintained prior to the European Imperial ascendancy."

In understanding our economy, we will be best served if we understood something about the present money institutions like banks. On this issue, we heed the information about banks from Wilson"

Banks Are Us...

"I tell people, there's no such thing as an African Bank There's not an African Bank in existence. there's no such animal, whether Freedom National Bank, Carver Of African bank in the case of South Africa, for instance. - none of them are African banks.

"Anytime you have a bank regulated by another people and another people's rules, it's not yours, you're just there.

"On another occasion I'll show you where the presence of African banks have retarded African economic development, not advanced t. Other groups will have moved into economic existence and control before they even build a bank.

"After they build a an economic base, then you'll see them build a bank., not the other way around. But dominated people who don't know themselves do it backwards; they build a bank and don't even have anything to invest in, ignoring the fact that banks make money by loans and investments.

"That's why African banks have suffered. We have to build a basic economic "mom and pop"(Sphaza) base first it is through lending people money this way and so forth that a banking system grows, not the other way around.

"But the African starts with the bank first because it makes him look good. It retards us and then puts us under the rule of another people. They tell us that we can o only this, that and the other thing with our money. Let us use our money under our own rules and regulation.

"It helps when we [Africans]look at our our economic situation in termsThe European baking system comes from another pop;e's tradition, another people's history; it represents the means by which they have developed to deal with their own economic situation in terms of a developing economy Therefore, it doesn't fit us and our needs.

"Our economic circumstance is one that requires a rather high level of what is normally called "venture capital", high risk capital. When we deal with banks, we're dealing with a system in a so-called mature economy. Therefore, the basis upon which they lend and allocate money, etc., is foreign and separated from our economic reality.

That's why we get turned down again and again, besides the fact that Whites want to maintain domination. We must develop a banking system and a money system in line with our economic reality

"Families are people who experience a shared history, which is the basis for their shared identity.. We are not just a bunch of people who happen to live in the same house. What makes them family is not merely being born to the same mother and father, but it is the common experience that they have as a family that ties them together.

"The commonality of experience and blood is used as a basis for our economic advancement, plus wrong families, community ties, and cash money...things go faster and cheaper that way."

In this article I have been taking about our past and present history, economy and raising money with the eye of creating our own banks If I have have learned anything from Wilson, is the fact that we can do this by using our History and traditions.

African people throughout the Diaspora have figured some of this economic things as it relates to them as an African entity/polity. But, we, African South Africans, we are working assiduously hard to identify with the and imitate White, all the while, we have all but forgotten your own economic traditions and history that could have given us an advantage of the wealth of our land, under our feet, and in our pockets.

"Wilson writes:

Then we say, :"History ain't gonna make you money." No, it's the lack of knowledge of our history and traditions that doesn't make us money!

"If we get back into our history, get back into our traditions, we'll make more money.
"I am not an African who tells us to identify with poverty! I think that the more we identify with our African history and tradition, the richer we are going to become as a people.

"I am not here to assert that poverty-stricken and welfare-laden people are virtuous and righteous than people who are making a decent living; that's not my style.

"We can't say that we we are poor and our nations are suffering as a result of our wealth being stolen when if we talk that [with the]wealth we won't be richer.

"How is taking back what belongs to us going to keep us poor? "A sure sign, then, getting back into one's African self is becoming wealthier, ladies and gentlemen.

"Does that frighten us? Has the world so convinced us that as an African people we're destined to be poor?

"Some of us have that thought and that's why many of us are frightened of money and wealth. "That has been inculcated into us by religions and churches, and the very ones inculcating it in us are living quite well.

"Amnesia means an undiscovered self, an emptiness, a self incapable of self-understand, incapable of self-direction and self-determination, a reactionary self, a self that does not understand others or the world in which they understand - a fatalistic externalized self.

"To rediscover one's history is not only an act of self-discovery; it;s an act of self-creation - a resurrection from the dead; a tearing away of the veil, a revelation of the mystery.

"To discover our history is to discover our somethings(beingness) before someone else created us. to come to know ourselves as we were prior tour creation (colonization) by aliens(colonizers), means we will be in charge of our own becoming, the creators of our own consciousness, the creation of ourselves as namers of the world, the namers of our selves which gives us the power of self-determination and self-direction."

Now up to this point, thus far, our self knowledge and del-affirmation and masters of our country and universe, we are going to have to read through this whole article up to this point, and for many, take as much as we can and distribute it amongst ourself and become our talking point and narrative.

So long as we overlook each other, disrespect and not acknowledge one another, we are doomed for and to extinction. If articles like this one do not reach our own milieu and effectively affect and influence mens perception, and if we cannot tell the world what it is that we are decrying and talking about, no one will care, and we too will not longer be there to put our story history and narrative across to anyone and ourselves.

If our past does not inform our present, and the future then, then, is a moot point, and null and void.

Our history, history cultures and traditions are our crushes that will enable us to see the light at the end of the tunnel. We cannot keep on pretending and aping other people's futures, traditions, custom and modes/manners of behavior and hope to maintain our reality.

We are the one in charge of our our own destinies and all that goes with it. So song as we act like we are unimportant to ourselves and our stories, histories and tradition plus culture, we have nothing that we will be standing for, and we will ultimately fall for anything as we are now doing to ourselves today.

We are going to have to pocket and control the incoming and outflowing of our moneys, and control and develop our stories, cultures, tradition and history. If we come to that realization, that we are no worse off than other people in this world, that we do not need to whine and grope for what is not ours original, we will never see the day of our being 'free' to be anything we want or wish to be, as a people, and as a nation.

This is a very lengthy article, and I have purposely created it to so. If we can distribute our stories histories and ultures/tradition to all and sundry within South Africa, at least, we will have begun to be on the road towards our our final Liberation and Freedo(being intelligent about that.)

Our History and traditions are our wealth and salvation.. If that is not clear, nothing will ever be. We are going to have to outgrow the mold of oppression and live as free human beings and men in the land of our birth. I still say and maintain:

We Are Much Better Than This!


Educating The african Child For The 21st Century

Our Lost Youth And Their African Identity Crisis

Our Youth Will Have to Stop calling Each Other "My Nigger/Nigguh" - Same As Calling Themselves "My Kaffir"....

We Are Either An Integrated African Or Are Alienated Slaves... Recognizing Identity Crisis Welling Within Us...

African Identity (Integrated) vs European Identity (Alienated)...

TO RETARD AND REDUCE THE AFRICAN CHILD’S TREMENDOUS POTENTIAL, there’s one thing that must happen: THAT’S THE SEPARATION OF AFRICANS FROM THEIR BASIC AFRICAN IDENTITY!

You have a positive identity, it is difficult for another person to impose a set of values on you because having a positive identity is a defense against being penetrated by alien forces.

A positive identity functions to locate us in space and time (past, present, future), gives us a sense of purpose and direction, and provides us with self-knowledge, a sense of belongingness. When we say that we’re Africans, we’re not merely identifying ourselves as individuals, we indicate that we belong to a people, a culture, a nation, to a system of values, perception, behaviors, folkways, mores, etc.

An identity permits us to cooperate with other people, to understand what role we must play within a particular group, to know our own interest, to provide ourselves an evaluative system, permits us to evaluate what is going on in the world.

AN IDENTITY PROVIDES US WITH A DEFENSE AGAINST POSSESSION!
I often say: WE CANNOT BE AFRICANS (INTEGRATED) AND BE SLAVES (ALIENATED) AT THE SAME TIME! We cannot be fully identified and at one with our African identity and be subordinates of another people.

THE EUROPEANS, OF COURSE, RECOGNIZED THIS IMMEDIATELY!
When we talk about the history of our enslavement by Europeans (in particular), we often talk about the destruction of African culture by Europeans, and the rewriting of African history as an attempt, again, of destroying African culture and personality by Europeans.

We recognize that the destruction of our African culture (in whatever form and manifestation), the separation from our African identity, and the separating of us from our history by Europeans is ultimately…

THE SEPARATION OF US FROM OUR AFRICAN IDENTITY (EUROPEANIZATION).

It means, then, that a split and schism is created in the personality; when a split and schism is created in the personality, the individual is made exceedingly uncomfortable. It’s the first rule of brainwashing, when you wish to brainwash (transform) their personality, you break them from their old personality, from their old mooring, make them question (doubt) their previous culture and outlook.

When you get them to doubt themselves, get them to reject their culture, and get them to see their past life as negative, the individual is left in a tremendous state of confusion and ambivalence. That state is painful and generally motivates the individual to seek some kind of release and seek a way out.

Then it becomes the function of the brainwasher to say, “If you follow my way, if you accept my definition, if you do it the way I say do it, if you look at it the way I say look at it, if you value it the way I say value it, then you’ll feel better.”

Then often the individual accepts the values and orientations of the brainwasher or brainwashing group, and then becomes a part of that group, and distant from or anti his/her intrinsic group.

The splitting of the African personality by Europeans, mainly yet not exclusively, is a necessary process of inculcating into the original African personality an ALIEN/EUROPEAN PERSONALITY/SPIRIT (EUROPEANIZED AFRICAN).

Consequently, creating a personality of servitude, and makes it possible for the alienated (Europeanized African) to believe the lies, to accept European distortions, to accept European self-serving and twisted realities, and to accept the stereotypes projected by Europeans.

For instance, when you ride the subways, which can become an embarrassing event, and you listen to an excess of our youngsters use the degrading term (Nigger) again and again, so loudly, so unselfconsciously, it is much a demonstration of a people who’ve been destroyed in many ways (irrespective of all the rationalizing thereof) to talk about themselves in such historically demeaning ways.

You must break the African from his/her African culture and identity for this kind of embracing of racist stereotypes to happen, and this is principally what has happened to Africans separated from their African culture and identity the world across.

Nature abhors a vacuum, so when Europeans create a vacuum in the African personality by separating it from its African culture and inherent personality, there’s an attempt by the emptied African personality to suck into itself something to fill the emptiness.

Therefore, when Europeans are in control of information, knowledge, definition, reality, and so forth, and project lies as truth, it would be these things that will be sucked into the emptied African personality.

It would, then, be these sucked in European stereotypes, lies, perceptions, distorted and self-serving views of reality, etc., that are inculcated into the emptied African personality and would take on a life of their own, a structure and organization, and represent themselves as the personality.

At that point, the emptied African personality becomes POSSESSED by a European spirit. When we hear the African youths speaking with the same racist stereotypes of Europeans, in a way it isn’t them who’re speaking, it’s the European spirit speaking.

When they believe the lies that they cannot learn as well as or better than any other people, esp., Europeans, when they're afraid to try, are afraid of failure or success, and otherwise, it’s an indication of the possession of them by an alien/European spirit.

We talk a lot about racism but I don’t think that we’re ready to do anything of substance about it. Because doing something about it in a definitive sense means preventing and/or neutralizing the perpetrators of racism (Europeans).

ULTIMATELY, IT MEANS REMOVING EUROPEANS’ ABILITY TO PERPETRATE RACISM AGAINST US ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD! It isn’t about getting Europeans to “love us, to assimilate or accept us,” but getting Europeans in a position, regardless of how scandalous they’re in terms of us, that they cannot do a damn thing about it. Because we would, then, have the POWER (SELF-DETERMINATION) in of ourselves to defend ourselves against their insults, slander or other oppressive efforts.

Unfortunately, many of us have been so emptied of our African personality and therefore, are not prepared, in the slightest, to take on this task of defeating Europeans (and others).

Hence, they’ve opted for some kind of armistice, some kind of “suing for peace,” some kind of “getting along,” because they believe that is the best they and Africans can do altogether, and don’t truly believe that the African global collective can ever defeat the global system of European racism and white domination of Africans.

In this sense, we’ll continue to be possessed by the introjected racist European spirit (remain alienated and self-defeating).

The introjected racist European spirit will continue to speak to us saying: “you can’t succeed, you can’t run the world on your own, you’re incapable of a successful culture, you’re not technical, you’re not mathematically oriented, you can’t count money, etc., etc., etc.”

This means that there’s an evil spirit possessing the African personality and it whispers to us, keeping us from attempting many things that we should boldly attempt and achieve.

The emptied African personality that’s possessed by the European spirit lacks insight, clear and realistic vision of itself, of African people and of the world, and finds the extrication of itself and Africans from European (and other) servitude and subjugation impossible.

THIS CAN ONLY OCCUR WHEN WE’VE BEEN SEPARATED FROM OUR AFRICAN SELVES!

– Dr. Amos Wilson (1988)

We Have No Vanguard... We Have No Rear-guard: Whatever Is Happening To Us Today In Mzantsi... We Are Complicit And Accountable For Our Own Destruction...

Mzantsi Woes... Forward Ever... Backwards Never...

Pedagogy Of The Depressed, Oppressed And Suppressed....

We are smack-dab into the year 2018, and things have gotten worse in South Africa(Mzantsi).... Our "MO" is totally out of whack... We are not only totally dysfunctional, but we are facing "Genocide", and the total loss of our country, albeit there's a glimmer of some hope with the ascendence of Ramaphosa as ANC's top honcho. We will see....

This raises the question: "Why and How" we have gotten ourselves into this clamor and morass?. The point of all this is to begin to ask ourselves(we the people of Mzatnsi - who Are We and What's going on in our country and lives? The Township I live in has lost many of its original inhabitants, and all I see now are new people who are not of our land. This is disconcerting...

Many, whenever they read this piece, are going to cry "Xenophobia". But what is pertinent to me and my reality is that, I do have a right and gumption to question things or issues about our lives, people and our existential reality.

Who are we? Where are we, today? If we look in the mirror, what we see staring back at us, is ourselves.. Do we really see ourselves looking back at us? Do we like what we see about ourselves? Or, do we not want to see ourselves as we appear in the mirrors we would be staring at? Well... We need to begin at the beginning.

All of us who have lived under Apartheid, as I have asserted in many articles written here on FB, are suffering from Apartheid Hangover. What am I talking about?

We had hardly sobered up from being under the jackboot heel of Apartheid, then we are now face with a bungling cabal of amateurs, who are very good at oppressing their own: Us. And we too, who were once victims, are complicit in our own genocide...

Today we are the gatherers of wood and hewers of water in the land of our birth, but, at the same time, we have lost sight as to who we really are. We have been completely transformed by the Imperial cultural Imperialism which has gobbled us completely.

Whether you talk about Education, Employment, social engineering, community and national cohesion, you name it, we are totally swamped!

We are the most suffering, poor, deliberately made illiterate, abused, exploited, derided, disrespected, unseen, in fact, told to our faces that we are lazy, stupid, and our women stink, and we men of Mzantsi useless and dumb.. Yes... That the truth and nothing else has been embellished...

One can check out the various posts in WhatsApp, Twitter, You Tube, Twitter, and everywich way that matters.. We are facing the virulent attack by foreign nationalities, that are now grabbing and grubbing our lands, cities, natural wealth, and they tell us to our faces that they, those who dare say so to our faces, that they are going to take our lands...
They have been doing so, very well indeed.

Many of our people are dropping dead, poisoned, malnourished, starved, poor, unemployed, sick and dejected people who are seeing ourselves getting wiped out by many unforeseen circumstance and happenstances.

Our Youth and elders are quickly disappearing, and yet we stand bye and pretend as if that is not happening to oneself... All the while, we are disappearing at an abnormal rate

One might not like what I am about to write about here... I reserve the right to speak out as an indigenous of Mzantsi, and let the pieces fall wherever they might.

I did not come to writing such an article as a knee-jerk reaction to our reality; but, this is penned from the excoriating and debilitating existence that I draw upon lived experience, and still at it, today.

Really! Is this us, today, we the people of Mzantsi? Really? What am I onto?

We are going to have to face up to the truth and facts that we are our own worst enemies.l. We are busy looking for short-cuts into being rich, getting tenders, and the blaming others and the whole bit. We honor and glorify corruption because it has become our very lived reality... Everyone wants to get rich, and many are fumbling in an effort to do that..

We drink dry the SAB(South African Brewery.. We are fully and totally inebriated.. Completely blacked out.. We are drugged out of our senses and Ubuntu... We are abusing our women and children and we are putting each other down akin to crabs in a barrel...We are peddling a chain-less life bicycle and going nowhere fast...

In fact, we are burying each other, daily, that in our Kasie, everyday looks like a Weekend. Burial space is constantly running out, and we have resorted to bring people on top of each other. Our national state of health, education and economic development is zero-and atrocious for the poor masses of Africans in Mzantsi, and indigenous to Mzantsi...

Armies of the poor are unemployed and idle... Many are dying out everyday.. We are so inundated with misery, poverty(which is being used as a weapon against us) that is wiping us off the face of the earth..We do not even control the economy of our our own communities. We hardly know what to do with our children's education... We are lost at sea, and no respite in sight.

Yes, people have it as a mantra that "kuyafiwa"(we are dying in droves) and nothing comes of it.. Instead, we have now accepted the death of our population as a normal thing! Really! Seriously!!

So... We are now 'free' to be 'dom'?(Freedom) We are free to be dumb and stupid?... Ya, neh... We are lying to ourselves about ourselves. We ape foreign cultures, languages, mores, and manners of behavior and thought.. We are totally lost, and do not even know it, or ignore it, under the ruse and guise that we are now 'modern' and are with it... Say What?

Who are we really kidding.. We are new kids on the blog of the 'free' countries of Africa, and we are doing a very bad, bad job of it. We guzzle liquor like people committing national suicide. Our youth and elders are abusing alcohol like it is water we need to live... ..

Our children and youth are on weird drugs and shredded, and our families are fighting one another along with our marriages breaking up. Promiscuity is a norm... Our elderly watch ago and in awe... Yet we sit with our arms folded as if we are not concerned nor affected.

We send our children to so-called private schools.. Where they do not measurer up with the latest Matric results... Where many of our children have passed en masse, and are facing a cut-off from the universities they apply to, because their 'points' are very low for university entrance... Their Matric certificates cannot get them employed for they are weak and non-consequential...

We are clearly and really mis-educating our own children, and expect that other nations will teach our children to be better than their children. We go and 'Toyi-toyi in White people's school because we want our children to be accepted and taught by White teachers, in their White Suburbs... What are we really doing?

We do not have Technical colleges(The One we had in Dube is housing the Metro Police... There is a paucity of Nurses Colleges, our Township High school are a drag and serve us no purpose... They are the worst schools in our land...

We cannot even summon our own government to refit and upgrade out own school, we pretend and think that we will be of the World, and be intelligent like the White people in their institutions, and the sad thing is that we really believe this and are doing it in even greater numbers... To our detriment.

We have become depended on 'Mdende"(so-called Social security... Our present government is parcelling out food akin to the Food Pantries and Kitchens of the poor in America...

How can we copy all American values and life-style up to the point of copying poverty dole outs, and rest on our laurels just because the present ANC government is giving us paltry handouts, whilst, the very weaponized poverty is our achilles heel? Mmmm.. What's going on!?

When the festive season took hold and dragged on, we hit fever pitch in inebriation and sex and drugs.. AIDS is still wiping us to hell and back and now we are logged in and living that hell... Our people are now some of the most illiterate people in the land, that even foreigners from Africa boast to us, in our faces, how dumb and illiterate we are..

They even come to us, after attending colleges in our land, and tell us that they are more educated than us... We have not drawn upon our paltry resources to make sure that our children get the best education, and fill up our Universities, Technical colleges, Teachers colleges, and come back to work in our midst for our own betterment.

Yes, they man our hospitals, our schools, the national economy, you name it, we are absent, they are the ones in the powerful positions, that they in turn tell us that we ain't shit! We are the enablers of such tawdry merciless abuse and scorn.

We watch, paralyzed with fear and wonderment, as people make our land their land, and we cower like people who have been living in darkness, and now are suddenly thrust into the light(1994), and we still cannot hack it!

So that... that some of us are even afraid to walk in some or our own towns Towns that are now occupied and renamed by these foreigners, who flaunt their power; some mug us, kill us, and many use the social Media to hurl scorn our away, and we are just spectators of all these shenanigans, and are unable to even try to put our act together, to push back, and that, is our own created downfall... That is our own self-inflicted Genocide.

Our women, because of poverty, are targets to many of the drug dealers and foreign marriages of convenience for South African citizenship; men hanging out in the corners jobless, hopeless, very dreary and drudged also within that decrepit existence which, if one were to take stock, we are the complete and total losses in our land... This is because we allow, and ignore all this to our our own peril, and GENOCIDE!

Whither... Mzantsi...

Who are we...? Why are we in this state of helplessness and disrepute...? Many might find my piece very disturbing.. some will cry out.. Xenophobia!!! Yeah.. Right... Bring it on...!! For instance... When the Xmas season was in full swing, one thing many of us noted is that our townships were empty, all the people who were not of our land had gone back to their places of origin, and in that instance, we were involved in sexual escapades and excursions, some were stuffing themselves with all kinds of foods...

Meanwhile, whilst still on this home front...

We are seeing a rise in Cancer cases, Aids Deaths, Sugar Diabetes, High Blood is killing us, especially prostrate cancer... Yes.. Guys, Prostrate Cancer... It is killing us, and we are not talking seriously and more poignantly or truthfully about this scourge. I would like to devote an article to Prostrate Cancer to begin to inform ourselves what it is we are dealing with here.

Our women do not access OBGYN, and we have a high rate and cases of Ovarian and Uterus cancer. We have lost most of our body mass-as poor people, except for the gluttons with big bellies and double chins, who greedily live opulent lifestyle.

They are the ones most deformed as fat slobs, as to compared to the ailing and shrinking-body-wise and and numbers wise in the population of the armies of the poor African masses-in this case, I include poor Whites , too, who live in ramshackle tin/plastic and cardboard hovels... Just like the rest or many of us African people of Mzantsi.

The rest of us, in the townships and rural areas and the plastic, cardboard box tin-shacks that dot our landscape of Mzantsi. How the people of African descent of Mzantsi are living and existing like, when one passes through, stays with, or congregate amongst, the debilitating poverty in their midst, is heart-wrenching and mind bending and numbing.

I do not need any media outlet to say all what I am pointing out to in this article... This is our authentic lives.... I do not need any self-styled analyst who is a TV taking head, or media celebrity, just because he or she has done nothing, but is in the limelight to tell me or our people what it is that we are dealing with and and are faced with, today...

In 2018, we need to take serious look at ourselves, in the way we use and behave in Social Media surfing, on Twitter, Facebook, that, what we are doing, saying, acting-like and presenting ourselves to the viral world, is disgusting, at best, and destructive at worst.

Our women, because of poverty, are targets to many of the drug dealers who are foreign, with marriage of convenience for South African citizenship; African men hanging out in the corners jobless, hopeless, very dreary and drugged/or inebriated; living through a decrepit existence which, if one were to take stock, we are the complete and total losre in our land...

This is because we allow, and ignore all this to our our own peril, and Self Inflicted GENOCIDE!

Whither... Mzatnsi...

As a result of all this, and then some, discrepancies in our midst, we are going to have to recognize that we are suffering from multiple life crippling pathologies. I have written articles here on FB highlighting these pathologies. I

I listed them as Amnesia; Delusion; Fantasy; Frustration;
Pathological Anxiety; Apathy; Alienation...

The sooner we begin to understand and relate these pathologies to ourselves, whence they emanates from; what their effects and affects are on us; understand them from our own and original African centered perspective.

So that we will merely be digging our Hole even deeper, and will end up being buried, as we are, over the vast terrain of our land, with wooden crosses, and expensive tombstones to show for our carelessness and and not taking care of our own business, as the people whose land is Mzantsi/Azania(South Africa).

If we do not come to grips with what is happening to us, everyday, talk and write constructively about it, we are merely hollering and cursing in the darkness. Articles like this one try very hard to refocus us as to:

Who Are We? Who Are You? What do you see when you look at the mirror staring back at you? When will we ever pick up our own burden/cudgel and fashion it it as we see fit?

Who is there that is going to question us? Up to this far, do we really believe and think that we are going to be any better, doing the same old thing we have been doing for the past 24 years? Really!!

This is really just a bit I wanted to out since I have been quite when it comes to writing my own original pieces. On Christmas day, I was with my son, I cried when I tried to really lay it out to him what is it that is going on...

I deeply feel pained when I see what is happening to us, and it does not matter where one is, the likes of me are striving to reconstruct our story/history, not as influenced by any person, but right from the gut experience that is our stark and decrepit reality.

There are many of us who hoarding and guarding their incomes and position that talk like this is not palatable to them.. I do not give a rat's ass as to who says what... Here is the truth... We are being wiped out in various genocidal ways...

I do not aim to go down or out like that.. At least, if I relay these thoughts on the social media, many will have a clear picture what the present-day Africans in South Africa live like. At this juncture, I'm more interested in talking to, about and for our African people...

We have a state of Emergency in our hands and lives.. It does not matter who the detractors are and what they say.. At this point, I am ready and willing to engage anyone who might think otherwise about what I have written here.
This is our lives... This is our reality...

And if anything else or more that should be done or happen, we, the African people of Mzantsi are going to have to begin at the begining, as I have averred above

I have used, again, a painting by Dumile as a photo for this article, in order to capture the essence of what I am talking about...

Dumile Feni painted the picture below for us and this dovetails perfectly with what I am describing above...

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      ixwa 

      5 months ago

      Will Gladly Provide The Bibliography... Check On the Article, Again... I do not claim it as mine, in as as much as I have added some of my own lived experiences, not only from the book mentioned.. But I appreciate your tip, and will make a thorough follow though, and work much ore, also on my said lived experiences of the time, within the article... which are the same, and many of those kids were my neighbors, nephews, and so forth... So, for sure, I wanted to raise the awareness of the Time, and I will very soon provide the Bibliography and the correct crediting of the Narrative... Thanks again, Joe Kr... I will rework the suggest as proposed by you...Much Appreciated..... I

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      Joe Kr 

      6 months ago

      Ixwa (author) - a very large portion of your article is taken word for word from a book entitled "The War Against Children: Apartheid's Youngest Victims" (New York: Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, 1986).

      I don't see a reference of this book in your article. This amounts to plagiarism and it appears you are crediting yourself for writing the whole article. I would suggest you create a bibliography annexed to this piece crediting the original author (s) for the section of their work you used.

      This aside, I am glad you are raising awareness of this tragedy by researching and posting it to the web.

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      ixwa 

      4 years ago

      weelittlefishy: Welcome to the Hub above, and I hope you read the entire Hub. This is not an invented story-we live(-ed) it and exist(ed) in it. It is our reality. Now, Your first question: I think you should start reading your history from van Riebeeck, the story of the Great Trek, and Anglo Boer War, up to the coming into power of the Apartheid regime. The historical consistent theme running throughout this narrative, is the fact that the Boers would never accept Africans as free and not their slaves. This happened from 1652 to the coming of the ANC into 'power'.

      As to being a Marxist, I will simply say as one who likes reading, I have seen Marx works, but am not his follower in a sense of being a Marxist. The core of of your jargon is mostly one acquired and used by admirers with a supposedly Marxist orientation. Well, for me, it is what happened and is still affecting us, and that blaming the victim of apartheid, linking the communist ideas and perspective to what transpired in the Ghettoes of Soweto and the like, does not strike me as what the articles above is all about. Your characterizing the events that actually happened as if telling and talking about it, is disingenuous and dishonest-or Marxist. It is so because what's good for the gander is not good for... This is so narrow

      Your response reeks of the very people who are a rare-bread of pseudo-Marxist, who cannot even think or write in way that is out of that box. You are really ahistorical in your numbered points above because if you really knew your history very well, you would not have even thought of numbering such weak/vague points. For one, when the Afrikaners lost 'their' Republic of the Transvaal, lorded over by Kruger, they should not really be talking about that. Meaning, if we intelligently ably write our own story from our perspectives and are of low IQ, we are viciously attacked. With assertions from our detractors like "We built nothing, you aver; Whites are of a higher IQ; that whites, in your points above, built civilization for the uncivilized Africans; blaming a movement you chased into exile and hounded it there as carrying a campaign of violence; that the victims of all the atrocities above should not blame their torturers and Abusers;Your Number 4 point is incoherent; what you say in numbers 3, 2 and 1, really, it makes it hard for me to even respond because you will have to rewrite it. This is catastrophic. The Hub stands a testimony of what we had to deal with in south Africa

      As for the Hub now, it is is not something made up. Surely you were not on the side that I was on: receiving and battered side. Surely your pontificating that is coughed and immersed within the Marxist jargon say more about you and your Marxist fascination. I am an African who experienced a very horrible history and I am writing about it for the historical posterity of the victims of this abuse. The Afrikaners can write their story and history as they see fit. I am writing a story whose events and affects happened, were recorded, and this should be kept in the memory and historical records of the African people-and are still being felt as we live as its victims and with its hundreds of thousands of victims and effects, and will do this by any means necessary. I am really nonplussed by your comportment in this Hub, but I am giving you enough respect to answer you and point by point, highlighting your foibles and follies embedded within the tone and attitude/way of seeing other people, and general put-down in your diatribe above.

      Just as you're doing in your posted piece above, you have never had the compunction to respect and see African people as human and capable of telling their story from their point of view without having to check out with the Master if it is right to do so, or say so, or not.

      You came and read the Hub above(I hope you did), and now you splurge vague, unsubstantiated speculations which are seriously flawed and sad. They show a knee-jack reaction more than addressing the problems you have with the Hub, specifically.

      I am not an ideological Left or anything like that. I am here in Mzantsi and live in a concentration Camp(Dubbed a Township-now of late suburb) and do not feel nor see that you have learnt anything from the Hub, because, sadly for you, you were not there. I was there and am still here. As a human being, with the least intelligence, as you have ably demonstrated and characterized Africans above with your statistics, so that the least I can do is become a chronicler of the story and History of people without any embellishment and with forthrightness for historical posterity and record.

      Well, no Marxism was present when the children and the parents were brutalized by the army in our Townships; when the whole Township(s) would be subjected to some serious army-like lockdown and shutdown; where state or emergences were the norm; attack by the Vlakplaas goons and their ilk a sport for them hunting us down like rats, at night; living and seeing fear, and just try to survive it, any possible way, is not like seeing it on TV or reading one picture stories in the present tech age we live in- radio was literally having a news blackout of the events, that, really, what can I say to you. I do not know how you have lived your life thus far, but this is my yarn.

      Please, refrain from using lewd language here on the post because next time I will not be so kind. Respect this Hub whatever you think of it and write about what you think is pertinent to your concerns.

      The Hub above is not a written theory, it is a lived experience, and you will have to wrap your head to or around that. I am not going to say more than what the Hub states above. But bear this in mind, I have lived and survived and am experiencing the after effects of those brutal times, and am sane enough to record them as historical reference or file(whatever). And, to date, am not angry, but am a student of history and a chronicler

      You may not like what I have composed above, but that does not mean that it did not happened, It did.

      Thanks for the response

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      weelittlefishy 

      4 years ago

      As an ex-Marxist, I can say that whoever wrote this is either a flaming Marxist himself or a useful idiot. This article has all the hallmarks of being written from a Marxist class analysis perspective.

      1) Viewing the issue as a group of haves vs have nots.

      2) Blaming the haves for the have nots not having.

      3) Never looking at other reasons the have nots may not have.

      4) Moralistically ranting solely about the real and imagined crimes of the haves, and often exaggerating the real ones.

      5) Never saying anything about the behavior of the have nots unless it is framed in a context of blaming the haves.

      6) Downplaying or ignoring the crimes of leftist regimes and political parties, such as the ANC. To wit: Mandela's hands are clean in spite of his membership in the Central Committee of the South African Communist Party and the ANC's 30-year campaign of intentional targeted violence against civilians.

      7) Portraying one's enemy as monolithic evil and leaving out such things as the South African government giving schools and medical care to the blacks - which they never had before whites got there.

      8) Failing categorically to consider the impact of group IQ differences on the upward mobility of lower IQ groups. Sub-Saharan blacks average 30 points lower in IQ than whites. How does a group of people with an average IQ of 70 build a society comparable to one of a group with an average IQ of 100? Ignoring this question doesn't make it go away. It means you're not being honest.

      And they wonder why I left the Left.

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      ixwa 

      4 years ago

      Liz Kemp: Welcome and thanks for 'viewing' the Hub above. I am a product of Bantu Education. Secondly, everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but facts remain facts. To be honest with you, I write history, and never rants or ahistorical palavers. You are making some serious assumptions above, and am not surprised that you have. You see, I am not only a product of Bantu education(which you really have no inkling what it was all about), but I am a recovering victim of Apartheidized violence. I also live in a Township that is littered with broken bodies, spirits and scarred souls. You have never really come to my Township to observe first hand what you and your Apartheid government have wrought amongst us. You only know these young children you are miseducating and deculturing, and you think maybe you are doing us a favor, and we, the broken people are writing articles that will incite violence to your little English kids and those African ones and other ethnic groups who will be affected by what I have posted. Wrong. You must remember that you are now in no position to talk down, berate and be condescending to us anymore. Those days and times are gone. Also, that African you are used to, was long buried in 1976 by me and my deceased, disfigured, dismembered, crippled, disfigured children(now adults and going into their sixties), some of them, that your Afrikaner(Goons) people devastated and wasted, needlessly. The Jews from the Concentration camps of Dachau, Terblinka and so forth declared that "They Will Never Forget." Neither shall we, Africans of the Concentration Camps, dubbed Township (Or Lokasies) here in Mzantsi. You assume that this is written by someone from Overseas, just because you cannot fathom any Africans you had oppressed from 1948, are capable of writing what I have posted above. You think less of us, that you even reiterate that "Ironically one of the main objectives of apartheid was to ensure the survival of Afrikaans and to prevent it from regressing and dying under the weight of the English juggernaut. Black people preferred English, of course. But now Afrikaans faces many new problems as a result of apartheid." Your beef with the English is your peoples own centuries old grudges that started from the times of Van Riebeeck to the Boer War, and ya'lls cessation from the British in the sixties, which have nothing to do with us Africans here in Mzatsi. We did not call upon the Boers, along with the morbid Broederbond to come and Apartheidize us. What you call "Inflammatory Information" above, is the dastardly and cowardly history that the Afrikaners imposed and foisted upon us, for no reason at all either than to chase your delusional beliefs in the Boeremag". For us, lady, this is not the 'hating' game, as I can see, this is the case of your blaming and calling the victim a 'hater.' You are really disingenuous and dishonest and a poor/ignorant teacher for that matter. The Boer caused the world to call them a "Pariah" for reasons which were obvious to all, and this Hub historically recaptures that reason out of the many. I am not enamored and nonplussed that the Afrikaners need some support when it comes to writing of history. My job, as a person of African descent, just like the Boers did about the Anglo Boer War, is to record and write the history of my people to the best of my ability. You are no master or madam of mine to try and tell me what to write and how and why to write it. Tell that to your students, not me. In the 1940s, before the advent of Apartheid, the Boers detested the very fact you are talking about that they should have English foisted upon the, and most of the would-be Apartheidizers detested that, and finally took power in 1948 to reverse that trend. That has nothing to do with us as African people. You also assume that I or other people do not know Afrikaner History, silly you, that is my pet peeve, if you will. Also, writing African history is not "shouting news of all newly discovered Nationalist Party atrocities from the rooftops" just of cite you. An you go on to feebly suggest that "Is it not better to just document them properly and store them in books and databases?" What.. Which world are you living in? We have not just discovered these atrocities, we are living proof thereof, that is why I said you do not even know us here in our Concentration camps you built for us. This is not 1652 my dear lady, we are living in the Technological age and society and dissemination and writing of history is splurged within the viral soup, in case you have not woken up from you 'Rip Van Winkle slumber'. And, by the way, you should have by now have visited the Apartheid museum, if you think such things are not here in Mzantsi, and I have taken it a step further, I have and continue to write about it, from an African-centered historical and historiographical perspective. You are still threatening civil unrest, you do? Then, the more so I will write articles/Hubs as this one for your types. What do you know about (which) people will be over stimulated? The fact that we all have the same borders here in Mzantsi you should have seen that when the times were good for the Boers to inflict the damage that this article is articulating, clearly and truthfully. You have nowhere to hang your tired and weak argument here. Who is mad at who? We are not mad at Anyone, we Africans. My article is not your TRC, which failed dismally, and that is when you should have lodged your complains, and not here on this Hub. And finally, It Is Very Much Worthy Passing This Information, and I am going to add some more on this Hub to expand the narrative and photos of the madness and hate we were subjected to for no other reason either than the fact that our skins were "Black" and the Boere were intoxicated with the superiority complex that was unfounded, now that we(Africans) rule. I want our African children and African people to remember and not forget what happened to us so that we can better deal with the present, and maybe we will be able to formulate our futures in a much ore better and informed. Yes, As a Historian, it is my duty to make sure this information gets written and passed on to the future generations of Mzantsi, and if your little school children are going to be denied it, so be it. I do not really care what the Boers do with the studying of their history, that is for you and your people, I do what matters and is important for my African people, and the fact that you irked by it, it means I am on the right course. What good is there in remembering atrocities, well, what good is there for the Boere in remembering theirs? You think that what you are saying is smart, no, you are just having a knee-jerk reaction to information you yourself never knew existed or happened. It is the first time you have come across such information and images and now you having a bellicose reaction, which really does not surprise me. I have met you type over the years of my decrepit existence you created for us, and try and read my articles and see if I am surprised by you or not. You have really taken more than you can handle here and you are deep in over your head, and you do not know us. You need to invest your time in doing better things than coming to Hubs like this and delivering vague and unintelligible diatribes without also having read the 'whole' Hub. You need to read and stop talking about issues you really have no idea about. If as an African I write something you do not know, and are fortunate enough to come across, better be prepared to learn, from me, and if that is too much, then there is nothing I can help you with. I can be rude if I chose to, but I decided to answer your response line for line, and so far, you have really said nothing. Read the Hub and stop embarrassing and exposing your lack of knowledge in this tired way. Even though I am a product of Bantu Education, I was never your people's slave, that is why we fought with your "Mighty" army in 1976. I am the one they never killed, harmed or maimed. By the way, I do not really care for your mixed schools, I have much to say about those dumb schools. Ciao-Hola

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      Liz Kemp 

      4 years ago

      I appreciate this article, but I really have to ask how one should go about keeping memories of atrocities alive without causing much new and unwanted tension in the population. Surely, say, in an English school, where races are generally more mixed, if lessons are given about these specific acts of cruelty and the images shown on this site are passed around, will it not lead to small minded children singling out the few Afrikaans kids in the school to give them a hard time? What good is there actually in remembering atrocities? What more can white people of the new millennium do other than paying a lot of tax and standing aside and let affirmative action do it's work? Afrikaans people are already aware that they and not English South Africans are the ones who are historically responsible for apartheid and the extremities that went with it. Of course Afrikaners (Boere) and our decisions and actions were also a product of circumstance and the radicalism after getting independence from the UK is understandable if you are open minded enough to analyse and study our history. Very few people are. Most don't care or don't even consider that it might be important, especially those who condemn from overseas. Also keep in mind that we are talking about a totally different era from the one we know today, the 1940s - 1980s. There are a few reasons why English South Africans were more liberal towards black South Africans, and some of them had nothing to do with them having a better functioning moral compass, but no one cares about such details.

      Ironically one of the main objectives of apartheid was to ensure the survival of Afrikaans and to prevent it from regressing and dying under the weight of the English juggernaut. Black people preferred English, of course. But now Afrikaans faces many new problems as a result of apartheid.

      The spreading of new and more inflammatory apartheid information, especially anything relating to violence against children, will most likely make it very hard for them to survive as a cultural group. As we know, western white nations love the hating game, and their general lack of understanding of apartheid and the human habit of judging the past through eyes of the present, will most likely make it hard for Afrikaners to find any kind of support if the government decides to take revenge. There's already some pressure on Afrikaans schools to switch to English, as it will supposedly help kill the homogeneous Afrikaner spirit and "improve race relations".

      So is it really wise to shout news of all newly discovered national party atrocities from the rooftops? Is it not better to just document them properly and store them in books and databases?

      If we all lived in separate countries, like the Europeans, it would be alright. There every country has countless museums displaying the atrocities of every former invader in vivid detail. But here we can't do this, lest we want civil unrest. There are too many people that will be over stimulated. We all have to share the same borders in this country and can't afford to be eternally mad at one another. Is it really worth passing around this information?

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      ixwa 

      6 years ago

      pmk: Thank you for writing on the Hubs comment box above. As for your request as to how you can contact me, you have already done so on this Hub and you can use it to talk or write or comment on the Hubs. I also notice that you have not commented on the Hub above about its contents and so forth, that would have been good. I await your comments as they relate to the contents of the hub above. Thank you for the query and hope to hear from you about the hub above...

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      pmk 

      6 years ago

      How do I contact you ixwa?

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      ixwa 

      6 years ago

      ChristinCordle: Welcome to the Hub above and appreciative you kind comments. Yes indeed, this is 'So sad story' and as part of the history of South Africa, it needs to be told. The very same pain described above foisted on the Africans is still going on in many other ways and means. It is our duty as the people of the world to make certain our fellow-human beings aware of such atrocities, and all of us try to make sure this never happens again. Thank you very much for visiting the hub and hope you do find time to read the rest of the Hubs.

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      ChristinCordle12 

      6 years ago

      So sad story.

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      ixwa 

      7 years ago

      Mathilda: Thank you very much and I am a little perplexed that your comment took eleven days from to see it. Anyway, I appreciate your coming to my Hub above and leaving thoughtful and advising comments. i will give the photo gallery you suggest and see how it looks like. Great idea and I will be using it to add-up on the existing picture gallery. Thank you again.

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      mathilda 

      7 years ago

      hey i really like the site and the imagery is good i would love it if graphic elements such as design and posters of the aparteid could be viewed...

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      ixwa 

      7 years ago

      The Truth is...: Welcome to the Hub above. It is clear that the crimes against humanity committed by the Apartheid regime have gone unpunished. It is up to the World Court, through the ANC that should bring these charges against them that will determine the fate of their evil deeds. The Truth And Reconciliation efforts spearheaded by Tutu did not have any serious resolution to the violation of Human rights of Africans and children in South Africa. Until these elements of the Apartheid regime are brought to justice, the situation in South Africa will remain unchanged and favorable to the violators of human dignity and sanctity of the Africans in South Africa. To date, these unequal and one-sided social relations and prosperity still affect Africans in South Africa negatively(even Though there is an African(Pinnochio-like) government which carries out the dictates of foreign powers and foreigners at the expense of the poor and huddled African masses today in South Africa. Africans in south Africa still need redress of their suffering and plight under the Apartheid regime. Thank you for your comments and appreciate it.

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      The Truth is..... 

      7 years ago

      White people deserve extinction for the horrors they have perpetrated on indigenous populations around the world throughtout history. I'm not going to waste my time trying to make them feel better about their filthy, depraved and deviant past and present interactions with the rest of the world. One day, they're going to cop it, and I pray I'm there to drink in the healing sight of their justly deserved colletive misery.

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      ixwa 

      7 years ago

      bf2002: Welcome to the Hub Above. Yes, it's true, the semantics to the word Apartheid affords us the chance not to see its evils . But even if we say it is the peoples who are responsible, it was and still remains a crime against humanity There were some White people who were pushing back hard against the system, and they too should be recognized for their valiant and great efforts. What is happening today in South Africa is due to many reasons, and topping the list is the illegal immigration issue (undocumented aliens) who are also involved in some shady and bad criminal behavior), some locals are involved in the crime and violence, but it is a beautiful country to go and visit; if you do this, you might catch glimpse of that beauty of its peoples and the countryside. Thank you for your comments.

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      bf2002 

      7 years ago

      Apartheid is not evil, people are. A concept, a gun, a sword. None of these kill or hurt anyone. It is the evil person using them wrongly that does this.

      The evil people are the fascist Boers and racist Afrikaners who ran the system, and the more moderate whites that kept voting for it to stay in power.

      Now the blacks are basically having their revenge and more evils are occurring.

      I am happy I was not born in SA or involved in this terrible place of violence.

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      ixwa 

      7 years ago

      mandatory retirement: Welcome to the hub above and I appreciate your succinct comments. True that and simple as it sounds, it is astonishing how this keeps on repeating itself, day -in-and-day-out to date. The most difficult thing is re-establishing

      Man's humanity to Man.. Thank you for the post.

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      mandatory retirement 

      7 years ago

      Another case of man's inhumanity against man.

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      ixwa 

      8 years ago

      justamber: Thank you very much for visiting and commenting on the Hub above. I am very impressed that you read the Hub and found it very provocative. The history of every people should be written and the the truth should prevail for the next coming generation. The intention was to make sure that these historical events should be written as accurately as possible without any blemishes. I am looking forward with hope to your next visit and that the Hubs you will choose to read will edify you and meet your expectations. Again, I thank you very much for the visit and comment on this Hub.

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      justamber 

      8 years ago

      I've been reading more and more about this and it is just heartbreaking. I look forward to reading more of your Hubs!

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      ixwa 

      8 years ago

      Grog: Thank you for reading and commenting on the hub above. It is also important to note from some of the comments above how many people are still in denial about these bestial actions against a people who at tis moment are still trying to recover from these age-old atrocities. The victims of these abuses are still alive(if not wiped out by Aids and other debilitating diseases). One will find that many of these abused kids of '85 and beyond, some with bullets lodged in their heads, spines and other parts of their bodies, their minds and brains messed up, physically disfigured and spiritually tortured, being nursed by their poor families and decimated communities, still survive. It is also important to make a note of to the victimizers that they should go into the Townships and see their handy works as part of a defense force that was brutal and relentless; i.e., they need to see what has happened to the communities where their special forces like the RECCE's and so forth have been operating, and the wanton destruction they left behind. As you say, if as the human race we cannot, I add, Acknowledge) and fight this kind of horrors(abuses and deadly repression), we are no better than beasts. I concur, and we need also for the victimizers to visit the Townships and learn more about the people they have been torturing and segregating for nearly 500 years...

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      Grog 

      8 years ago

      If we, as human race, can't fight this kind of horrors, we are no better than beasts.

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      ixwa 

      8 years ago

      Izzy Anne: Yeah! Welcome to the hub above. I think you need to heed the following quotes:

      Europe has laid her hands on our continents, and we must slash at her fingers till she lets go.- Frantz Fanon

      A state in the grip of neo-colonialism is not master of its own destiny.- Kwame Nkrumah

      The truth is that we understand fully what we do not want: oppression, exploitation, humiliation. But as to what we do want and to get it, our ideas are necessarily still vague. They are born of practice, corrected by practice by. ... We undoubtedly will run into setbacks. But it is from these setbacks that we will learn.- Samora Machel

      What we have in common is that we are all, in relation to the developed world, dependent - not interdependent - nations. Each of our economies has developed as a by-product and a subsidiary of development in the industrialized North, and is externally orientated. We are not prime movers of our destiny. We are ashamed to admit it. But economically we are dependencies - semi-colonies at best - not sovereign states.- Julius Nyerere

      The hub above is not a "debate", but a historical account and fact of what Africans have undergone and are still going through. If you think that Apartheid is dead, then you are being ahistorical. "No group is totally innocent, but Whites obviously have suppressed the 'blacks' and enjoyed disproportionate economic benefits(How so and through who?) for "decades (centuries, to correct you). Yes, I know all that (What? You are vague and are lacking facts that are substantiated!) As I have said above, this is not a debate, but a true and factual account of what happened and it has been told from the "Victims"(African Children's) point of view, and is recorded as a 'serious' historical account or narrative. Anyway, what evidence do you present that is contrary to what has already been stated in the Hub above?What are you saying when you state that you have "not read any support for the statement the ANC is suppressing historical facts," is utter nonsense and a senseless utterance. You need to make sense whenever you are against something. The questions you ask at the end have no correlation to sense nor about the article above, and both demonstrate a person who did not know what to say about the article above. This is no debate, and in all you are not making any sense. Here then is sense. The article above is making a historical note of events that took place from 1985 and beyond the year 2000. Anyway, you are still a person who has never visited nor talked or lived with the victims of oppression, depression, segregation and suppression of Africans by Apartheid and what has been the ultimate results and outcome of that enslaved existence. Thus far, you are merely venting and not thinking properly. Africans and their offsprings are going to have a record of what happened to them within a certain time line. This is important to record and honestly written about these events in order for Africans to learn about themselves and those who were crushing their skulls, tearing their bodies, shocking their genitalia and terrorizing them for them to discover their own humanity and self understanding and self rebuilding. It is time you accepted what Africans are saying happened to them, and if you are so concerned about the article above(which you have not commented upon in your rants), why don't you go among the Africans in South Africa and ask them, or tell them that Apartheid is over and what happened to them,also tell them it was nothing but a debate; and that for the past 348 years(nearly three centuries and a half), if they write about has what happened to them, and has formed part of their African history and historiography, should be sneezed at, by your 'types', why don't you do just that? You can remain amazed that the presentation of African history, by Africans, is what you see as a 'debate', all you want. I will tell you this much, each free people all over the world record anything that pertains to them and how it has affected them as a people, nation, without consulting anyone, but writing their truth without apologizing or be scared-stiff of telling it because some insensitive people are going to have their fragile egos affected. This hub is true and nothing you say (which you have said nothing about it) will make it go away. These events happened and I will keep on improving on the details more, after seeing and observing from the reaction it is getting, that it is a very true and an important issue for Africans to tell it like how it happened to them. Today, the same kids above are in their mid 30s and the poor African community, with its limited resources(which they inherited from the Apartheid regime) are working tirelessly and assiduously to mend the children and the African society. You need to learn more from the article and maybe then you will have 'your interest satisfied and satiated as to what should be done, now that you know a little bit more about the people who have been ravaged and affected by Apartheid and its minions. And Apartheid lives, and I will soon be writing an expose about its second life. The article above is true, correct and historically accurate.

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      Izzy Anne 

      8 years ago

      It is amazing that such a debate still continues. Apartheid is dead and there is no way it can be resurrected. Atrocities happened. No group is totally innocent, but the whites obviously suppressed the blacks and enjoyed disproportianate economic benefits for decades. Yes, I know all that. I'm more interested in what can be done now. Is having debates over the past helping people NOW? There is lots of evidence of past occurences of violence, but I have not read any support for the statement that the ANC is suppressing historical facts. How is it being done? Where is it being done?

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      ixwa 

      8 years ago

      benefits of fish oil: thank you for commenting on the hub above. The ordeal that the victims had to go through is till being felt today amongst the African peoples in South Africa. This is the reality and the truth about the history of South Africa from 1652 to beyond Y2K. Thanks for our comments and hope you read some of the articles written about South Africa. Thanks again

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      ixwa 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Tonymac04, and South African patriots like you are sorely needed to calm the heads of the those who are still in denial of the South African reality. Your counsel and advice is much appreciated, and again, thanks a lot.

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      benefits of fish oil 

      8 years ago

      I am scared badly after seeing all the pictures of victims. How can anyone do so with everyone. Its ridiculous.

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Tom Truth, whoever you are (why do people with this kind of attitude hide behind silly names like "Tom Truth"?) - I do not know what you mean by "deliberately killed"? Is that as distinct from "accidentally killed"? Are you talking here only about those tortured to death in police cells and shot in police ambushes? What about those who died, perhaps "accidentally", because they refused to move from their homes, those who died of exposure in the veld where they were dumped in mid-winter without food or shelter to make way for white areas? What about those children who died of starvation in the so-called "homelands" because the labour of their parents was no longer wanted by the whites? What about the babies who died at birth because the level of health care provided to blacks was so inferior to that provided to whites? South Africa, a country rich in resources and skills, had one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world during the apartheid years.

      As for education, looking for example at the financial year 1969/70, the amount spent per white child in school was R272,70 and per black child in school R8,62. These are official apartheid government statistics, by the way. And then we wonder why we have a problem with skill levels now?

      There is no getting away from the fact that apartheid was deliberately, not accidentally, designed to keep blacks in a position of inferiority. So no matter the comparisons with the rest of Africa or anywhere else, blacks in South Africa were, by government policy and action, kept, in terms of development, way behind whites.

      Aparheid killed, physically and perhaps more importantly, tried to kill psychically too. Luckily the human spirit, the human need for freedom, is more powerful than guns and fences, and so apartheid was defeated, after long and difficult struggles.

      But this debate is becoming sterile and won't really get us anywhere. Why try to defend a system and ideology that is, or at least should be, dead and buried. Apartheid was evil, by whatever measure of evil one measures it. Let's leave it in its grave and move on. There are new struggles ahead in the everlasting quest for human dignity. Let's conserve our energy for these new struggles.

      But let the evil that apartheid was never be forgotten. Just as we should never forget the horrors of Nazism, Stalinism, the Chinese and Saudi human rights abuses, the massacres in Rwanda and elsewhere. They are all part of the same constellation of evil. We should remember them in order to learn from them and never repeat them

      Of course things like trade and oil always come into the picture to blur its outlines. But we should work to maintain a clarity of vision and a set of values that maintains that all life is precious and that we are all connected.

      A luta continua! Until we are all free we all need to work and struggle for justice.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      ixwa 

      8 years ago

      Tom Truth! This is how I will answer you:

      1) In many countries we have chained the 'savage' and starved him to death ... in many countries we have burned the 'savage' at the stake ... we have hunted the 'savage' and his little children and their mother with dogs and guns ... in many countries we have taken the 'savage's land from him, and made him our slave, and lashed him every day, and broken his pride and made his death his only friend, and overworked him till he dropped in his tracks. ...

      2) There are many humorous things in the world; among them the white man's notion that he is less 'savage' than other 'savages', thus said Mark Twain in both quotes. Nuff Said!

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      Tom Truth 

      8 years ago

      How Evil was Apartheid?

      How does one measure evil? Is there such a thing as a universal 'index' according to which deeds of evil can be judged? If we, for example, take the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the final arbiter of what is evil and what is not, how could we then judge Zimbabwe as being more evil than, for example, China and Saudi Arabia – two countries enjoying marvelous ties with the West despite their abysmal human rights records. Is this blatant hypocrisy, or just the obligatory Real Politic of individual nations surviving in a cynical world where might (financial, military, etc) is right?

      Be that as it may; it would be quite an interesting exercise to give Joe and Jane Average a list of five words to rank according to the evilness 'index' of the West. For example; take the words Gowon, Mengisthu, Hutu, Kim IL Sung and Apartheid, and then give them a number, 1 – 5, on a scale of the evil they signify. Try it.

      It would not be surprising if your ranking closely resembles the original order of the words I listed. The first four words will most probably be vaguely familiar and have some negative connotations, whereas the last word, Apartheid, is guaranteed to conjure up images of the most evil kind. The question now obviously is whether evil is evil most foul simply because you know about it, especially in view of the fact that the above four words that you are not really familiar with denote genocides of a million and more.

      Did you know that fewer than 2000 people were deliberately killed by security forces in South Africa during the 42 years of Apartheid? And did you know that 90% of all the politically motivated deaths during Apartheid (total 20 000) was due to Black-on-Black (mostly tribal) violence? 20 000 too many of course, but seen against the background of the never-ending vilification of white South Africans, the four million-man genocides mentioned above and innumerable unknown other evils like, for example, Robert Mugabe's Knighthood, awarded by the Queen while he was massacring 21 000 Ndebeles in 1984, surely must illustrate that selective (media-borne) knowledge of evil can never be the ultimate criteria when putting together an 'index' of universal evil.

      Lest I stand accused of quantifying evil, let us examine the reason why Apartheid's 2000 dead in 42 years is judged as being more evil than, amongst others, Pol Pot's 2 million dead in 4 years and Rwanda's 1 million dead in 3 months. Apartheid South Africa was ruled by whites, and whites (the West) demand that their kin, wherever they may find themselves on this lonely planet, act according to the moral standards they have set themselves, be it those inherent in human rights, democracy or capitalism. Whenever a white nation transgresses, it is punished till it conforms….and rightly so.

      Noble and honourable indeed the West's moral hegemony is, especially given the fact that none of the other races bother to do so at all. Japan can't be bothered (except financially) by China's human rights abuses, neither can black South Africa by Mugabe's horror regime, or Saudi Arabia by the Taliban's madness. Different moral strokes for different coloured folks, it would seem.

      But then, the West has always been on a mission…..to make existence as livable as possible, for all humanity. A quest not easily undertaken or brought to fruition, especially when living in the moral outskirts of progressive human existence. ..like in Africa. Did you know that the life expectancy of black South Africans nearly equaled that of Europeans during the last decade of Apartheid? Did you know that the black population nearly trebled during Apartheid? Did you know that black South Africans had the highest per capita income and education levels in Africa during Apartheid? No, of course you didn't….because your view of evil has already been defined.

      Imagine being on a mission…to rid your surrounding world of primitive ignorance, and then you stumble across the last hurdle (the final acknowledgement of universal human rights, democracy, etc) – not because you wanted to….but because your fellow runners simply refused to acknowledge its existence.

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      ixwa 

      8 years ago

      Leretseh! Huh!! The hub above is about the "CRIMES AGAINST THE HUMANITY OF AFRICANS" by the Apartheid regime. The article above clearly delineates and reveals the "HIDDEN" atrocities that were committed against the African Children in South Africa by a powerful, well armed and well trained Army of the system of apartheid rule. In fact, the article clearly states these atrocities and provides proof of what was done to these children. Today, some of these children, who have managed to survive, roam the Townships as broken-down and crushed individuals. The African societies that they have to live in have the burden of normalizing these wretched children of the abused of the earth. I do not care what you have to say about Rwanda, of which you have limited knowledge of that country's history and the causes of the genocide carried-out there with impunity. As for Zimbabwe with all its mismanagement and the atrocities committed by the present rulers, that has nothing to do with the article above. You can write your own article about what you have responded to above in the comment column. As for what the article above has to say about the evils of Apartheid, you have nothing to say about it. There is nothing that you have said in your comments above that has any bearing on the article above. You have just tried to use your limited knowledge from Wiki to try and deal with an article which tells the truth and will be added to in the future to elongate the discourse which you have no response to. This is pathetic and sad. You want to try to deny the truth, but cannot do so, and your comments are not relevant to what the article about the genocide on children has been about in South Africa. Your History of the Zimbabwe 'ruins' is sadly uninformed and reactionary. You need to seriously research what you are talking about and if you utilize Wiki as your reference point, I could care less; you are sadly lacking in knowledge of the subject matter about Rwanda, also about Zimbabwe and have nothing to say about my article above. People throughout the world are not as naive and uninformed as you are. You cannot apply the tired and barren facts to the article above and hope to change the contents of the article above. You are merely exposing your apartheid twisted mindset and logic and themes of repression, and depression of a people(Africans) who have not done anything to you and your "Volk" for over or close to 400 years. The article above is "Authentic", and you have nothing on it. Yes, White communities in South African under Apartheid were free of violence because your Apartheid Minions and Thugs were were busy murdering babies, children and the African community with impunity i the ghettoes and slums you and your racist government and White Afrikaners or whatever you are have created, whilst white people sun-tanned and lollygagged in their swimming pools and beaches. That "no racial racial group owes another racial group integration rights" is trifling ignorant child-like babble which needs no response for its lack of anything. To be honest, you have nothing on the article above, and you need to start writing your own articles, if need be, you can use as much as you like from Wiki, that's your own prerogative. The article above is all about the 'Apartheid Vulture Culture' which has destroyed African children and adults up to this day, and whether you like it or not, that is the truth and the proof is there, and you have nothing on the article and your facts are putrid and decrepit. Apartheid mental disorders have wrung your mind to defunct and inane ideas about the humanity of others. Is is not time White people like you left Africa, you are a hinderance to African people's humanity with your vile and garbage beliefs of yesteryear's tired and deconstructed ideology of Apartheid. You sound despicable and igonrant, and that is why you are not writing anything but coming on hubs like this one and spewing distortions and horrible ideas of "APARTHEID'S" defeated and out of date-discredited ways of thinking and living with other human beings. Whites in South Africa are not a special people, so long as they do not believe in your rusty and outmoded thoughts about human rights and human good for all, they remain ordinary humans. Whites in South Africa are not a"chosen people' by any stretch of the imagination, and those, like you, espousing Apartheid ideas were tagged with the term of being a "Pariah" which indeed you still are one. You need to write more and read more and stop exposing your lack of knowledge so blatantly. Read the article above and talk about it, that's all. You have never even given yourself time to know and learn about the people you have decimated and abused for 358 years. You are going to have to show repsect to Africans who rule and lord over your and your motley crew of White racist supremacists! Shame on you for being such a simpleton and so insensitive, cruel, ignorant and stupid!! You should come to the Townships and see what you and your cabal and minions have done to the people, the children and many communities of Africans throughout the landscape of Mzantsi(South Africa). You need to read and write and stop crawling on hubs like these spewing filthy venom and senseless, trifling garbage as if it's sense. You ought to be ashamed of yourself in this day and age in South Africa where Africans are trying to restore their humanity which you and your riff-rags of army-type-thugs and administrators have debased and destroyed a whole people for generations with these putrid ideas you are trumpeting and regurgitating in this response column, and pretending they are something worth of acknowledging. You Jiving...

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      Leretseh 

      8 years ago

      Remember Rwanda 1994? I do believe the Hutu set a record in all of human history in which the greatest number of men , women and children were slaughtered in the shortest amount of time.

      I’ll never forget reading a story about a few hundred Tutsi who took refuge among a small contingent of Belgium UN soldiers. When the thousands of murdering-minded Hutu arrived the Belgium soldiers pleaded with them to act civilized and not simply slaughter all the innocent men, women and children among them, simply because they were Tutsi. It didn’t work. The Hutu were going to do their thing. The Belgium soldiers were forced to leave. When the Hutu knew the Belgium force was out of witness range … they set upon the innocent and slaughtered every last one of them. Such is life in Africa.

      In Zimbabwe, blacks had a wonderful opportunity to show the world that they would practice race-nullification if they were given the chance to be empowered over white people (the people who had built the political and economic infrastructure in Zimbabwe). Anyone NOT failure with black male behavior in Zimbabwe over the last 20 years, simply google ‘Zimbabwe.’

      Then there’s the gut-wrenching attack/murder on the young and innocent American in S. Africa, Amy Beil, who was hacked to death my feral black youth rampaging down the streets yelling “Kill the settlers, Kill the settlers…

      Today, on a per capita basis, South Africa is one of the most violent and most crime ridden place on Earth. Take a gander:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crime_in_South_Africa

      White and black integration within one society has NEVER worked anywhere its been tried. I do not believe it ever will work. For a variety of very sound and practical reasons, blacks should live separately from and whites … and allowed to be masters of their own destiny.

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      ixwa 

      8 years ago

      Mickey Dee: Hi, Micky, and thank you very much for your kind response. I am also glad you have read the article and find it to be interesting. It is true that in reconstructing this history to keep it as truthful as much as possible. For that, I am very grateful, and again, thank you very much for the comment and your observations.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for a hard message but one that is needed and appreciated. You've done an incredibly wonderful job here. Thanks

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      ixwa 

      8 years ago

      SXP: Welcome to the the comment box of this Hub. I am very pleased you read the Article with "Interest". I like the fact that you state that you were a grunt in the mayhem of the times, and you had no serious problem with 'Black" people and that Africans approached y'all in the "Force" to help them, especially crime, which was bad at that time', just to quote you. You might have not been aware about the events discussed above, but that does not mean that they did not happen. They took place and thus the Hub about it. Crime is something we can both discuss from our different perspectives, and this point has been well documented in my Hub:

      "South African apartheid: Soweto - So Where To?",and "Cry The Beloved People: An in-Depth View of How the Apartheidizers Blame the Victims in Contemporary South africa." and also, the Two Hubs on Health, Mental Health the Environment and Diseases of all kinds. Now, These Hubs give a historical, social, political a and policy background on the origins of apartheid and its originators and those who applied, or worked within and with it - and how this has affected African people. You will need to read them and then we can best discuss this properly from 1652 to 2010.

      I am impressed by your "honesty" and directness about the fact that you are a "Boer" and clearly state the you 'true to the 'ideals of your forefathers and that is to be truly free". I respect that assertion, but might add, the very same ideal that you hold steadfastly to, was really initiated by Jan Van Riebeck and Piet Retief: The boers must be free and independent form all other people,and yet exploit their labor, take their cattle, land and sheep, and make them slaves with no rights, "dehumanize them and commit a crime against humanity" on them, then in the end sow how they are useless because they are backwards, savages, dogs, Baboons(bobejane) "Swaart Gevaar"(Black Peril), and that even if they have voted in a government in an internationally accepted Democratic fashion, you still want your "own land,community, culture, that is separate form anybody's, and if possible, re-enslave the Africans, who have been killed through AIDS and other debilitating. By so acting, you shoe disrespect for the Democracy and rule. Well, that's your prerogative, and Africans have not refused anyone to be free, but , as Robert Sobukwe had said, "everyone is welcome to sit under the African tree and shade, and under the African Umbrella if they so choose, from Cape to Cairo" Your ideals handed down to you by your forefathers are no more acceptable to Africans in South Africa. You are going to have to go back to your forays, as a soldier and begin to know, learn about and respect, and make friends with the African people you saw through your army lenses. Now, it would be better if you begun to form relations with Africans in the Townships, which are still there and learn more about the handy-work your rained and handed down on them as unarmed women, children an men. Yes, They may be your ideals, but when Verwoerd announced his blueprint of it, you were not born, but are born from the side of those who operated the mechanism os Apartheid. It will be better if you begin to look more closely at history from the African point of view, really!. You are still and now are looking at a South Africa run by Africans(and your forefather foresaw all that), but you are still recalcitrant by holding on to the values of Apartheid, so long as it all the time favors the Boers- That's ot going to happen tis time. I understand that, and hope you begin to change how you look at Africans, either than looking at your own people, "Alone", and profess that's the way to go. You are wrong as you were when you believed Apartheid works, and you in turn say "but it(Apartheid) does not exist, but only in the minds of "communists". The real communism was practiced by the Apartheid machine, and they based their communism on slave labor and human degradation and abuse.

      I do not understand why is it you cannot bring yourself to respect Africans as people and human beings who are capable of any human feat or endeavor, or has 'crimes against their humanity still made you blind as to what the system you hope to uphold has done to a people who are just merely 16 years in government and are trying to organize their society which has been shattered for the pat 358 years, and that means nothing? I wish the TRC had worked.

      If I were to fully answer you, I will have to write a hub on it to show that your forefathers and all of those who followed them have consistently and continually "Committed Crimes Against Humanity against the Africans in south Africa, and the Humanity of the Africans who are are in Power in present-day South Africa. Young Verwoerd has his followers want their "White Boer HOmeland", Well, I think for the moment, for whatever it is worth, you are under the "Tree, Shade and Umbrella of African people, would it not be best to begin to look for a new and still-in-the-making-South-Africa(Mzantsi), where people learn to respect and appreciate each other in the terms of "nation-Building" and a New South Africa. I may be an utter lost and hopeless idealist, but, I think it would make more sense than try to reverse history and start it from 1652. By the way, the very course you were fighting against, is lost, and though it might exist in some form or the other, it is gone, old mind-sets need to go and effort be towards the-still-being-discovered-and-built-new-South-Africa. The Whole of South Africa is under African majority rule, and it is best to live and let live; it is better to work toward the new than reverse to tired old and defunct ideas of "divide and conquer, 'separate Development" of races, or Apartheid as South Africans and the World knew it. It has morphed now, but it secured for you the Force Number and all the perks that go with being a soldier under the SADF. You are well-off from the system, since it has provided for you. Why don't you go into the Townships and see what has happened to the people your were assigned to soldier upon? That would a good way to spend retirement and see if a new South africa can be created about that experience you will gather in the Townships. Read my articles noted above, and I am open to an even deeper discourse and debate about al I have said on the response column, and I take it my article is authentic since it piqued your interest. If you are for a real Free South Africa, you will have to act like it, and think anew, not along the lines of the decrepit debunked and made irrelevant authoritarianism which has led South africa to where it is now. I do not agree that all nations should go their way, or divide the country and its resources to different South African races. That has failed and the Homelands solution is a good example. You will need to accept the fact that you are a south Africa citizen under African rule. You want to change it, why not know your African neighbors much more better and closer, and afford them the respect they deserve, that's all it will take. If you love South Africa, as you say you do, then work to make a new South African nation possible and get to know them and respect Africans in South Africa. The article above has caused consternation amongst many sectors of the South African Public, better so for all south africa to face the history and truth about race relations and how a learning moment can come out of reading and knowing about the effects and affects of "crimes against the humanity against the humanity of Africans, and Humanity, what that was all about . Time for healing towards a new and better South Africa. Thank you for your response.

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      SXP 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      I read this hub with interest. I was a child during most of this time, but a soldier in 1983/84 who also did riot control duties in some black townships. Luckilly I never had serious problems and in fact black people generally approached us for help, especially with crime, which wa allready bad at that time.

      Let me be honest, I am a Boer and I hold true to the ideals of my forefathers and that is to be truly free. This means that for me it means a seperate independant country and I think this is where the whole problem of South Africa originates and still continues today.

      Black people simply do not want the Boer nation to have such a free country. Apartheid is just a silly name created by black, communist propaganda machines for what was actually something called "Separate developement". The reasons for whites(Boers included) wanting this at that time is easily understood if the history previous to that is know, which I believe you do know.

      That the whole situation got totally out of hand is true and many peope o both sides got hurt and killed. This is sad, but it is what happens when opposing sides do not want to find a solution to suit both.

      That being said, the solutions arrived at post 1994 will eventually lead to even more trouble in South Africa, as can allready clearly seen. Therefor I stay true to what my forefaters wishe for: Freedom and the only way to get that for all South Africans is to divide the country now and let each nation go its own way. It wil be hard, but the struggle for limited resources at least will stop, as these resources will betraded which is a better system.

      Every person can then decide where he wishes to live. The Boer nation however have as much right as anyone else to a piece of Africa and in my view that piece is the ZAR, Freestate and parts of Natal that was legally aguiered from the Zulus. If things are to be fixed in RSA, it has to happen fairly and not from the timeframes as dictated by the ANC and communists.

      I am all for real freedom for all Africa's people. The question is whether African are ready to let go of their herd mentality and let each nation be free in the way it suits that nation.

    • ixwa profile imageAUTHOR

      ixwa 

      8 years ago

      Sarah: How sad you should rant and rave on an article like this. Children should not be subjected to any harm, be they Jews or Africans. I will not debate you as to the merits or demerits of the death of some children as compared to others. In any case, you seem not to have understood the article and picked on a picayune issue to attack the article. Well, the article's point is that if you go to South Africa today, many of the children so tortured and abused have died, and the rest live maimed and crippled existence. There is no better evil, evil is evil, and so long as it involved children, I take exception. I have taken heed that is why this article was written. There is no disrespect of anyone, and you should never disrespect other people peoples suffering, no matter how small you think of it. I do don't want to go into other historical happenings and the genocide that has happened to Africans crossing the the oceans in the era of the slave trade. That has never been made an issue, but could be if we are going to be speaking about genocide even on a grander scale. You have picked up one issue in the whole article to rant and rave about, but the article is full of things that are just as horrible. Genocide has happened to the Red men in the United States and everywhere where 'ethnic cleansing has happened' in our contemporary history. It is has not only happened to the jews, and it has happened to the Africans over centuries in South Africa, and more specially from 1960s(Sharpeville) 1976(Students revolt, and a lot of unknown mass graves), 1980s to both children and adults; and in the 1990s some serious killings took place in South Africa right up to the election of Mandela and beyond. Genocide is genocide and it is how it affects those left behind that makes it more important for us to talk about it. In South African Townships today, if you do manage to go there, you will find stories too hard to ignore and at this juncture, I am not going to attack nor address any genocide concerning any people but that of the South African people. My article stands and no changes will be made on it, but only additions will be made on the issue of genocide to African children.

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      Sarah 

      8 years ago

      How the hell does the teller of one of the stories herein included know WHAT IT WAS LIKE INSIDE AN AUCHWITZ GAS CHAMBER? For your info, NO ONE EMERGED ALIVE FROM A GAS CHAMBER. Nobody survived to tell the story from inside.Your interviewee obviously is alive and well. Your pain may be genuine, but resorting to bogus comparisons does harm, not service to the cause. By dimishing the willful sadistic murder of innocents (including a million-and-a-half Jewish children and babies) you tarnish the very cause you wish to highlight. Respect for the pain of others will win respect. Disrespect and exaggeration will only belittle what should be treated seriously. Take heed.

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      ixwa 

      8 years ago

      No, it is not,b because the hub above is not thematically and historically the same as Blood Diamonds. and yes, Blood Diamonds' historical themes are in another context not related to the hub above. The hub has a perspective which addresses not only the time period, but contemporary African South Africa two decades or more later since. If it's hard to discern the reality of Africans in South Africa, makes me wonder if what the Hub is saying is any much clearer. I think Africans need to voice-out their concerns and have a right to write their own history from their own historical experience. By the way, in this day and age in South Africa, it's only too right that Africans and their history be told by Africans, because a lot of White people have many books about the history of Africans in South Africa. Thanks, anyway, and I appreciate it. The article is nowhere near what you cite.

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      Nicks 

      8 years ago

      I am reminded of the film 'Blood Diamond' and the comment expressed many times - 'TIA - This is Africa' as if that explained everything. Is that the way it is?

    • ixwa profile imageAUTHOR

      ixwa 

      8 years ago

      Dunesurfer: Thank you for posting your comment. I really wonder if you have been back to the Townships now that Africans are in government and seen "first hand" the handy job SADF did on the African population. It would really help you to understand the ramifications of yall's actions to the still poor and disarmed population. Reading is fundamental in life as breathing is to sustaining life. I had hoped the"uninformed opinions" you allude to would have been presented here. I thought there would be a much more 'honest' and 'serious' critique about the article, its thrust and contents. I will always choose my own words, and like Biko, "I Write What I like" (You should see "Cry Freedom" some more). It's being presumptuous to say people have the "wrong impression" and that it is a "dangerous weapon to the uninformed and ignorant amongst us. Now that you have said this, it would be advisable to write you own Hub showing these charges you lay on people who are in the Web and the World today. You have obviously not read the: "South African Apartheid: SOWETO - So Where To Now"; The Miseducation of Africans: Savage Inequalities in Four Part Harmony"; "The Black Man's Burden: A People's History of Not Being Seen, Nor Heard - Decapitation of Africa"; "Cry The Beloved People: An In-Depth View of How the Apartheidizers Blame the Victims in Contemporary South Africa". Your explanation of the Zulu/Xhosa conflict is the history White people in South Africa have been propagating from Jan Van Riebeck, Piet Retief, Paul Kruger; Verworerd, Vorster Botha and de Klerk. You really need more than what you have said- read the articles above. The cause of the conflict between Inkatha, UDDF, ANC and COSATU is going to be in my forthcoming hub. It takes one racist to see another. It is important that the old and tired ideas of Past Apartheid be revamped and the correction of the History of South Africa begun, and if Whites want to call themselves White Africans, that's your prerogative, but what you offer with the Khalid Mohamed Video is not what's in the hub above, and you have no right to tell africans what their history is, was and will be. It's about time you listened to the Africans tell you about themselves and what happened to them without trying to distort it assuage your conscience. The Hub above stands as is, and some additions might be done later, and it is a serious research piece which puts on record, from the African peoples" point of view as to what you and your special forces dudes were affecting and have laid on them. This is a people's lived experience, and the best you can do at this point is to see what your people in Vlakplaas, RECCE and so forth did to the population in historical hindsight. I am not going to be dissuaded from saying the things that I say so long the people who have been affected by your forays into the Townships remain seriously affected, and to them it is a legacy of the present: there are invalids, drug addicts, deformed bodies stumbling about and around these Townships and Ghettoes; there are families whose loved ones were hanged and tortured in the John Vorster Squares and prisons like that; there are many Bikos who's death left people like Kruger "cold"; there are people like you who cannot rest their consciences for the ugly mass murders that took place and were committed against Africans in South Africa. in the African Townships and so forth. You need to deal with that and respect Africans whenever they voice their story and history, and not let this be about the Afrikaners and people who feel intimidated by the truth of Africans. South Africa needs to come 360 to the African situation and learn to deal with the mess that the African people find themselves in, and not out of their own volition - but had to survive a crime against humanity perpetrated on them. This article is not reporting anything but a factual and actual historical account of what happened within that time line-period. I do not get any sense that you have really read this article, and if you did, you seem to have not found it incorrect and misinforming. As you say, "my article in "interesting", then in a small way it has reached you. You might not want to agree or acknowledge what I am talking about and present, but that does not make the article "misinformation". At this juncture, I would advise you to write a hub on how you have "helped those children" and furnish pictures of the SADF doing precisely what you say they did. But as to the Hub above, it stands as truth, and you have not drawn from it any incorrect assertions. I hope you are able to write your own hubs so that one can read and see what you have to present as the 'research' you say you have. For now, I think What I have Said Above Remains True to Today, and the children who were mashed-up by the SADF brute Force, survive, if AIDS, Mandrax and Angel Dust along with cocaine(ala Wouter Basson et al) has not finished them, and they are presently hobbling the streets of Black townships, nursed to some semblance of normalcy by their parents and relatives and the African society as a whole, which itself is trying to come to terms and grips with the destruction of their humanity that White society has done and means to them, day-in-day-out in the Sprawling Townships that dot the landscape that is Mzantsi(South Africa). Thank you again.

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      dunesurfer 

      8 years ago

      Ixwa - I became 'hostile' after miss 'tantrums' uninformed opinions off your hub.

      I am not angry at Tony. You article is interesting yet I would not use some words you are using as it is giving a total wrong impression, which is a dangerous weapon to the uninformed and ignorant among us.

      As for your question 'why'? It is well known from way before whites that Zulu's and Xhosa's never liked each other. After Shaka Zulu's empire it was a common belief among Zulu's that they cannot be ruled by anyone.The Zulu's were a conquering nation. Attacking smaller tribes and Even during Apartheid South Africa they had their own land and they took instruction from their King. When the ANC was unbanned a power struggle ensued over territories which resulted in lots of violence.

      And with this my offer still stands. However I won't be replying here. You can find me on facebook.

      Just off the record. Many of us helped children, but then again, you will never hear stories like that. Just not newsworthy.

      My problem is with racists, but the lesser unknown 'not talked' about racism and that is black racism. If reporting are not done properly extremists love to use stories as yours which is a shame. These people have many followers and they love absorbing everything in order to vilify people even further. I know this guy is dead but not sure how surprised you would be how many followers they have that still support the words spoken in this video for example.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztSzoh8N6es

    • ixwa profile imageAUTHOR

      ixwa 

      8 years ago

      Hola Tony: You spoke like the old sages within an African community who lend advice unabashedly and unbiased. Souls like you are few, but your counsel is broad, wide and far reaching. I thank you for the appropriate response which counsel being true to the truth. With people like you around, I fear no evil. Thanks a ton and I really appreciate it.

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      ixwa 

      8 years ago

      Adriana Stjuit: Hi and welcome to hubpages. Well, it sounds like you had a good vocation in the Mail, and I will not dispute the horrific events that took place within the ghettoes of South Africa. You were very lucky to experience the dreadful times in the townships, and I feel for your African colleagues. Those days were rife with strife and tears and dead bodies of children and their parents. I guess it was more easier for you because you took your cameras and left to another safe part of town. Well, the lives of the children and those not spoken for or about, are still a reality in the townships today, and they are now over thirty(some of them), that is, those who survived AIDS and other vicissitudes of Apartheid life. Anyway, it it's easier to blame the victim who has been depressed, suppressed, degraded, diseased and wiped-off(who cannot even afford to pay R10.00 to be on the internet in an internet Cafe). The article above traces a historical timeline that needs to be highlighted and known. Thanks for your comments.

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      ixwa 

      8 years ago

      Tantrum: Thanks for posting on my hub and I appreciate it very much. Oh, by the way, nice call. Thanks

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      ixwa 

      8 years ago

      Dunesurfer: You really are sounding hostile, infuriated and mad. That won't do. What you need to do is to read the article and say what is propaganda without trashing it up like you did. But what comes to the fore is the anger and nothing to dispute the article. It's a shame to note that your service in the army has been harmed by the article. And nothing in the article says anything about the Afrikaners(minority) should be put in a bad light. And the SADF now exists as the SANDF, you can find the stats in the "Cry The Beloved Peoples" hub. And you haste to say that ANC has committed some atrocities, is true to some extend, but, I would have loved to see your hubs and get a take on your perspectives. Up now, the few hours you have just joined in, make you attack without really reading the article and disputing its findings to your satisfaction. I would have thought that as an former SADF man, you'd show some anger restraint, because the article above, in a way touches upon that "Anger". Anyway, Tony did not write this article and within his rightful human right to to say whatever he wants, you should not attack him as though he wrote the article. The article stands, and your opinions are respected and accepted. Those Attrocities that did happen are all discussed in the hub above. Reading it will help.

    • ixwa profile imageAUTHOR

      ixwa 

      8 years ago

      Dunesurfer: Firstly let me say welcome to Hubpages and thank you for posting on the hub above. Great if you are from the former SADF. You say "Your aim was to keep "peace" between Inktha(Zulus) and ANC(Xhosas) (Why?) As a soldier during that time I can also say yes, children sometimes were killed ... sad to say it was a firefight.." and then you talk about a a coupla that have been killed. Well, this sounds true, but the article is merely putting it into historical perspective within a given timeline. Anyway, The truth liberates for people can function with its knowledge and avert the same future tied to an unknown or hidden past. Tony Mac nipped it on the bud when he summed up his his matured and thoughtful response that: "We just have to find a way to deal with the wounds on both sides. Excuses won't cut it." I hope you can glean some way of looking at the South African scene more from a clearer point than on all those points that I have addressed above. I could not have said it any better than Tony Mac did, and I thank him for the compassion and humanity he shares and brings in these hubs. Thanks for the offer for some help on research. I will mull over it. again, welcome to Hub Pages.

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      dunesurfer 

      8 years ago

      Tony,

      Atrocities did happen but I am sick of people fueling hatred with articles like this.

      The best part of this article is "Atrocities Y2K and beyond"....the SADF ceased to exist if my memory serves me right 1994. So who is still committing these atrocities if there are only black ANC members since 2000 onward in the army? Must be ANC comrades then. The truth can be found here and there in this article but with points like these it just adds to anger against minorities in SA, not just from locals but by SOME African Americans as well that read the propaganda garbage they like reading over there.

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      tantrum 

      8 years ago from Tropic of Capricorn

      Dunesurfer: Why don't you tell us who you are? the thread you open in the forum is so base, that I can't believe it !! come forward! Or don't you dare ?

      https://hubpages.com/forum/topic/33419

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      There is no doubt that there were atrocities on both sides. The TRC managed to uncover some of these, but many others have still not been dealt with in any way.

      What is still apparent to me, though, is that the SADF at the time had firepower that was disproportionately greater than anything the "comrades" had and that the avowed intent of the SADF was to defeat by any means the uprising. Grisly and awful as the necklacing was, it was not comparable to immense use of force by the security forces.

      The word "genocide" has become popular and is, in most instances, not correctly used, and so I would agree that it should be used with more circumspection. However, the subjective experience of blacks in South Africa, and this is what this Hub is trying to say, I think, is that whites, in the form of the security forces, were out to exterminate them. The actions of people like Wouter Basson, Benzine and De Kok, and far too many others, just gave credence to the conclusions drawn by blacks from their experience on the ground in the struggle.

      As for Mandela giving orders to necklace people I would take that with a large grain of salt, frankly, as it doesn't jibe with his actions after he was released.

      And not all blacks were in favour of necklacing - Tutu risked his own life to save at least one potential victim. And I'm sure there are other stories like that.

      We have yet as South Africans to come to terms with the horrible past. What worries me is that so many whites, when confronted with the dreadfulness of it, try to minimse it by contrasting what the security forces did with what the comrades did. Let's rather try to face the horror on both sides, not try to hide from it or excuse it away.

      I fear that the TRC was unable to fully complete the task of uncovering the evil of the past because too many people refused to participate, and sadly, most of those were whites. Very, very sadly. It's still going to come back to haunt us.

      We just have to find a way to deal with the wounds on both sides. Excuses wont cut it.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Adriana Stuijt 

      8 years ago

      I was a journalist for the liberal South african newspaper Rand Daily Mail and later for the Sunday Times of Johannesburg. I have witnessed many atrocities carried by ANC-comrades - or members of the United Democratic Front as they then called themselves - in the name of Nelson Mandela, such as the necklacing depicted on the video posted above. Most of these atrocities were recorded by journalists who became very traumatised by all these events and many of my colleagues were also killed - not by the police, but by the 'comrades'. The ANC carried out a campaign of terror in the townships and forced many people to march. I have also attended many riots where the South African police intervened in violent situations. I also have read all the testimony provided by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission about all these events from both sides and attended trials, such as for instance the first Goldstone Commission of Enquiry into the violence at Sebokeng, where I filed four news stories a day from the hearings for a three-month period. I also attended the trial of Mrs Winnie Mandela in regards to the murder of ANC-activist Stompie Sepei in Soweto. What has always struck me about all these hearings and enquiries into the atrocities carried out from both sides is the fact that Mr Mandela, on whose orders the comrades carried out the atrocities in the townships against their own people, has never testified about his exact role in all these events. Others around him testified that he and Walter Sisulu had the final say in many of the orders to kill which were carried out by the comrades. The scene of the necklacing above is particularly interested because the comrades killing this black woman shouted 'Viva, Mandela, Viva'. They well knew where their orders had come from. I also do not hide behind a fake name on the internet and anyone can contact me directly.

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      dunesurfer 

      8 years ago

      I will give you a first hand account. Not from a book, not from 'hear say' but first hand from someone who served in the SADF in many places. Our aim was to keep peace between rival Inkatha (Zulu's) and ANC (Xhosa's) As a soldier during that time I can also say, yes, children sometimes were killed. During my time I know of one child which died during crossfire.I am sure there was other incidents and you get individuals that's like loose cannons. However, it was not official SADF policy.Let's make that clear. Sad as it is it was a firefight and not deliberate. That said I can also say we came across many more children that died by the hands of fellow black citizens. Necklaced. Petrol poured over them and set alight.

      So yes, this did happen, BUT I would be very careful as to call it 'genocide' as what you are implying is the SADF 'went out to kill children' and that is definitely not true. Like in any war, from Iraq to Afghanistan you hear the same thing.

      If you have questions by all means contact me and I will gladly help with research. However, I believe in the truth, and truth does not beat personal experience.

      dunesurfer@gmail.com

      Never, Ever forget the atrocities committed by ANC members against their own, which makes the SADF issues look like a drop in a bucket.

      Not for sensitive viewers. Rest her soul.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sf39waktLVQ

      ---->Peace!

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      ixwa 

      8 years ago

      Hola Debbie Miller: Yes! Thank you very much much for the response to the article and I appreciate it very much. It is true that we need a serious and a lot of discourse and analysis of the discourse. To help with this process, you can make sure that many people either read it here on Hub Pages or wherever you are able to link it, or make copies to be distributed to all people within South Africa and the all over the world. That will be of much great help. Another thing is to always visit this hub as much as possible because a lot of issues are going to be written about here that are either hidden, not known, and I will make sure I unearth all there is to seen and known, especially about Mzantsi(South Africa) You can also listen to my radio station on-line called FASTTRACKS on Live365.com/stations/djtot12. This too you can make people aware about its existence, and it is a very good internet station for the People of Mzantsi and all the suffering people of Haiti and anywhere in the world. "Kea Leboha haholo" or "Ngiyabonga kakhulukhulu - Thank you very, very much!

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      Debbie Miller 

      8 years ago

      Siyabonga Gakhulu .. Thank you very much for bringing truth to light. Yes, much more discourse is needed and much more analysis of the discourse. I hope I can help with this process.

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      ixwa 

      8 years ago

      Hi, Tony: Thanks for the thoughtful response, and as always, I appreciate your advice that you render to me in many levels. I was pooffed-up by the time I finished this piece that I had to go to work, but nonetheless, I have have cleaned-up some glitches of which you advice me on. The other thing I am grateful for from you is that you advice me to keep my Hubs short. I will consider that, and as a writer, you know what it is like to leave a topic churning in ones mind and make a transition to another new one of the same topic. I will take your advice since you have been here longer than me. Lastly, I will be working on some more topics about the South Africa in the near future and hope you keep on reading them. Thanks a lot for reading this particular one, and now that I have cleaned it up, I hope you give it another second look. Dankie, neh!

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      The agony and the struggle continue. This is a horrible story and you have researched it well. Thanks for writing this. It is important that the story of South Africa's struggle is told. It should never be forgotten.

      A suugestion - more people will be encouraged to read your Hubs if you make them shorter - maybe make this story two or three Hubs instead of just one long one. I have learned this from my two or more years on HubPages. Also do a spell and grammar check. You will find that your writing gets more credibility.

      Great job! Keep these stories coming. They are important.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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