Not yet Uhuru

We continue to live within the lasting effects of apartheid laws an odd 70 years
after their inception in the 1950s. The state of poverty which has led to the
development of sophisticated crimes perpetrated by the ones once affected to
those still affected have been normalised. This beyond claims and promises of
change for the average citizen. The systemic division of a people on the basis
of race and ethnicity continues to find expression today. So much so, that it
has graduated to forms of discrimination and prejudice seen as the broader
African community pointing fingers at itself. The masterminds of apartheid and
colonialism must be popping champaign in their graves in celebration!

It shouldn’t be a question of which black person’s plight should be advocated
for by which black person. It is a matter of understanding that a black person
anywhere in the world has ancestral and living realities of oppression. Call the
reason for it slavery, colonialism, apartheid – fact is, it has had lasting effects
which we feel today. The existing institutional racism was always designed to
promote division across various lines – social, economic and otherwise. What
we see today in the world was by design and we know this, it’s not new
content and logic. Question is why does it seem like there’s a desire to keep
these divides alive by the very same people affected most by it? The idea is not
to learn how the system works. Neither should the idea be to continuously beg
for the system to include you rather than integrate you in the development of
a system that sees and accepts you. The idea is to learn how to create systems
that work. Systems with value. That are competitive and sustainable for the
benefit of what we desire to see as an equal, just system for the benefit of all

64 years after the Federation of South African women protested against the
carrying of pass books, women still find themselves in severe bondage and
extreme oppression. With no need to carry a pass book, but with her basic
human right to free movement in hand, her life is still under threat.

44 years after the Soweto Uprising, the effects of the apartheid laws on the
education system are still felt by a 6-year-old in grade 1. With an increasing
population of African children still attending the same schools, the equality
Tsietsi Mashinini marched for is still in absentia. The educational equality
Hector Peterson and many others died for within and beyond the borders of
the country is for many, just a dream. Are we doing enough?

When we’ve decided what our generational mission is, which by the way we
are betraying right now. If its economic liberation lets be damn sure we
possess the consciousness required to sustain it. While the focus may have
undertones of taking the economy from someone else, or being included, lets
also focus on the economy beyond the movement of money but creation of
value to contribute to its growth. Let’s focus on building systems that are fit for
purpose and can outlive us. The effects of the work we put into building these
systems must be felt beyond our time. When we are ready to organise
ourselves towards working on that, then we would have realised our
generational mission.

Lets build systems that don’t reflect and perpetuate divisions. If we say we
want systems that are fair, just, non-discriminatory for the benefit of all
citizens, lets build it. What do we want it to look like? What skills does
achieving that generational mission look like? Are we doing enough to build a
value-chain of like-minded citizens to achieve this? I wish I had the answers to
these questions.

Indeed, not yet uhuru, but POWER TO YOU for all you may be doing to realise
this generations Uhuru. What it looks like, what it needs and your role in
making it come to life.

In the meantime, the skillset of relevance and quality required to sustain that
generational mission needs to be built and strengthened. So let’s get to work!

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