By Zinhle Dlamini
Our black brothers, sisters, husbands, wives who are called foreigners are part of us, but they walk in the streets of our motherland in fear for their lives, they fear their own black brothers, they fear what could happen to them. Yet we still say we are a rainbow nation.
Children see our African brothers and sisters being attacked by their fathers and they think it’s the norm, it’s what the society does. They are children, after all, so they think it’s acceptable so they do it to their younger African brothers in schools, denying them education, the same education that Hector Peterson and others died fighting for yet we still say we are a rainbow nation.
We roam around the streets of our mother land with sticks and burning tires shouting in anger for the blood of our black brothers, the black brothers who have the same skin colour as us. During Apartheid a black person was discriminated from white and all that came to an end when solidarity was grasped. Now it’s black against black yet we still say we are a rainbow nation. What morals are we teaching to our younger generation when all they see is anger, blood, killing and all they hear are insults and bad names that we call our brothers and sisters with. Indeed blackness has become a curse in Africa, and now I wonder what skin color does one need to feel safe and be welcomed in Africa. Is it Africa or South Africa?
Blood was shed, lives were taken and souls were tortured for liberating all black people, there was never any classification of blackness, black was black but even today the blood of our black brothers and sisters is still being shed. Don’t we understand what freedom means, don’t we understand what Nelson Mandela meant when he said ` blacks are now free`. Yes, he said blacks and he was not referring to only black South Africans but all Black Africans. Do we really understand what Archbishop Tutu meant when he said the rainbow nation of Africa? Yes, he said Africa, and he simply meant that we are a culturaly diverse nation made up of many people of different skin colours coming from different nations. But we still have people who claim to fear people of different nations, yet we still say we are a rainbow nation.
I cry for Africa, I cry for our motherland. Let us bring back the spirit of Ubuntu, let us protect the future of the rainbow nation and embrace our blackness with pride. Let us protect the legacy of Tata Mandela, Steve Biko, Albert John Luthuli, Solomon Mahlangu, Ndeh Ntumuza, Patrice Lumumba and all the African freedom fighters who made it possible for us to live the lives that we have today. Let us make them proud by keeping this nation at peace. It is now in our hands to make sure that the legacy of freedom, unity, solidarity, diversity and Ubuntu goes on and not deny our fellow brothers and sisters the freedom that was denied to our fellow fighters and say we are a truthfully living in a rainbow nation.