Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has died

A dark cloud of sadness fell on South Africa as news broke of Mam’ Winnie Mandela’s passing.

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A Mother to the Nation, stalwart and warrior are words that best describe the woman who fought against the injustices of the past.

A few of her famous quotes are listed here:

“I will not allow the selfless efforts of my husband and his friends to be abandoned,” she said after Nelson was imprisoned. “I will continue the struggle for a free and equal South Africa.”

“I no longer have the emotion of fear, there is no longer anything I can fear,” she said after being repeatedly sent to prison. “There is nothing the government has not done to me. There isn’t any pain I haven’t known.”

“They think because they have put my husband on an island that he will be forgotten,” Madikizela-Mandela said when her husband was sent to Robben Island, according to Business Insider South Africa. “They are wrong. The harder they try to silence him, the louder I will become.”

You can finally rest in peace Nomzamo Zanyiwe Winifred Madikizela-Mandela. You were a martyr and matriarch, token of freedom and leader in South Africa’s liberation. We will never forget your sacrifices for the country.

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We are because you were.

#Womandla

 

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Dwelling on the Past

Recently, on Twitter, there was a fall out between a well-known, charismatic black female DJ  and her Jewish follower. The argument was based on the difference between the Holocaust and Apartheid.

Now, one would think that descendants from both victimized groups would have some common ground  or basic understanding of the others’ pain, but instead they “stood” on  my Timeline arguing.

It was very embarrassing and highly disappointing from my born-free perspective. How do you as an opinion leader stoop so low in competing  on a subject that actually had no argument?

The problem with many advocates of various causes, usually pertaining race groups, is that the people arguing are so busy trying to plead their cases that they don’t realize they are actually on the same team.

Upon reading this dialogue, a few things came to mind:

1.  Neither of the aforementioned were involved in the Holocaust or Apartheid era.

2.Neither can actually validate their points as what they have learnt about the struggles is hearsay

3. Whether undeserving, defenseless people were starved in concentration camps or dehumanized and reduced to nothingness for not having their dompasses, PAIN IS PAIN IS PAIN.

HUMANS ARE HUMANS.

One should not try and grade the degrees or levels of mutilation. What does comparing the ways in which pain was inflicted aid? Be it physical, emotional or verbal abuse, the point is both our forefathers endured violence because of their melanin.

The Jewish girl highlighted one very important notion that I feel all South Africans should begin to adapt, she said:” In all our pain, Jews never used the Holocaust as an excuse to achieve what they have.  We commemorate and remember what happened  as a part of history, but in no way does it define us today.”

Jews own a healthy share of the global economy, I can’t wait to move on with my fellow South Africans and do the same.

Mayibuye iAfrika!