On Bursaries, discrimination, disillusionment and a bunch of lawyers who’ve hated everything since 1994.

Dear: Democracy, constitutionality, equality and Solidariteit.

Remind me what was June 16th for? Because it’s been 41 years in, and very little has changed.

How is it, that in 2017. 23 years into democracy, Black students all over the country will (by representation) head to the North Pretoria High court to challenge Solidariteit , as they question the constitutionality of the Fundza Lushaka bursary scheme, which was initiated by the Department of education in order to address the inequality in access to higher education for Black children.

The bursary scheme is a measure that was put in place specifically to give us, Black students the dignity of being able to learn in our mother tongue, as well as teach others in their mother tongue.

A measure that was created specifically to allow us as black students  to go back to the communities that raised us , particularly in Rural areas and make a difference. A measure  to sow us back into our communities as  changemakers, who will inspire further change.

Why is it that as Black children in this country we must continue to fight for our right to live in dignity, in a [ Democratic, equitable, constitutional]  space that was supposedly created for us to prosper and not suffer the indignities that our parents endured under Apartheid.

May I remind you, Solidarity that in apartheid, your government created laws and regulations that specifically  advanced the interests of white people. White people had higher end Jobs reserved specifically for them. They were also the recipients of resources that kept them at the top of the ladder and has done so systematically to this very day.

What Fundza Lushaka is doing, is merely getting us off  of the ground that you kicked in our faces everyday, and onto that first step on the ladder. How dare you question that. How dare you cry foul, when faced with similar circumstances that you subjected us too. You? The very people who actually tried to force us to learn and speak Afrikaans, now have the audacity to cry foul, when we want to speak in our indigenous language.

How quickly you forget solidarity. But look at every sector in this country and you will still find your own, sitting at the highest levels.Comfortable as comfortable can be. But still, that’s not enough for you is it? What is that you actually want?  our lives? just a few more because sharpville, June 16, and boipatong were not enough hey?

But I suppose that is how democracy works isn’t it, it allows every man (as immoral as you are)  to cry foul and be attended too.

To say we are angry, is an understatement. Everyday my friends and I, eye democracy, constitutionality and equality from the other side of the fence clothed in poverty dreaming of the day when we when we will touch the garment of either one, just for a minute so that we too may prosper.

But in our view, there stands Solidarity and Afriforum. Always. Reminding us that Democracy in whatever shape or form it may come, was never for us.

You say our songs are hate speech.
You decide how successful we may be. Just smart enough to be ‘not like the other blacks’
You say our Indigenous language is discriminatory and disadvantages you. (Lets laugh together, lets laugh in apartheid)
You say our need to give back to the communities that raised us is outlandish.

In 2017, you still say we will never amount to anything. And you actively pursue that ideal.

What hurts equally, if not more is that the very pillars that should empower us and set us free. Taunt us everyday. From the bottom of pit toilets, through the cracked windows of what they call our schools. From the back of police Vans, where we shout “Fees must fall”  in the very streets that we walk. We are forced to look past out circumstances and fix our eyes on democracy.

We’ve heard many things said, all in the name of Democracy.
But when will this democracy, that was created for us,  ever be about us and for us.
When will equality reach us.
And this constitution that you argue over (while we watch from our shacks and broken RDP homes)  when will it actually free us?

Many of us have waited an age for these three wise men. We’ve watched from a distance as Democracy, equality, and constitutionality slowly make their way to us, but hardly make it to us.

But no more.

Freedom is calling.

This freedom that is ringing in our ears, sounds like democracy, it looks like equality, it looks like constitutionality.

but this time.

This freedom, is actually for us.

And guess what Solidarity, its starts with a simple Bursary Scheme called Funza Lushaka.

You mad? Stay mad.

 

 

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