Africa belongs to Africans

Posted: August 31, 2010 by Danny Lurie in HillsideDigital, Khayelitsha
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By Zolani Ndevu [tweetmeme source=”hillsidedigital” only_single=false]

Siyakhona Khayelitsha's Zolani Ndevu

Life is a great blessing ever given to human creatures with its ups and downs, after 1994 (democracy) I looked to a great future full of prosperity and lots of open doors not only for young black people but for the whole Nation. It hurt very much to see South Africans and not just any South Africans but black South Africans fighting against Africans from around Africa in great disputes over the scramble for resources in our townships.

As I was not part in fighting against apartheid, I am here to see to it that Africans understand that Africa belongs to Africans. After watching a documentary called the Burning man I realized that Apartheid still exists but this time its Africans against Africans.

Where are we suppose to run if we are not able to run to our neighbouring countries for safety? During apartheid our own revolutionary soldiers went to these same countries for protection; countries citizens’ that we now are fighting.

We claim to be living the Mandela dream but yet we disrespect his wishes of uniting our nation and building a United Africa. How long are we going to keep killing our brothers and sisters because we fear that they are here to steal our women? Where is that Xhosa saying that says ‘INDUKU ENTLE OKHIWA EZIZWENI’? Instead of killing each other why don’t we think about the future of our country?

Before you throw that stone, before you set that light or before you say or call that African a Kwere Kwere, take a look at your hand and look to see what is it that makes you different from him, is it the way she/he speaks? If I know how to say mhoro shamwari Makadii does that say I am not South African, does it mean you have to kill me because you don’t know what I am saying?

Why don’t you take time to learn about other cultures instead of assuming that you know the situation or circumstances that led them to come to our great country. Inspired by my job in the Siyakhona program about telling story’s from the heart, I made a film about xenophobia and how it affects our society. It’s called Ubuntu.

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