17 January 2018

South Africa: Race and Class Remain Our Biggest Challenges


The recent senseless killing on January 6, 2018 of a farmworker, Aaron Mutavhatsindi, by a white security guard at Tarlton near Krugersdorp has once again brought to the fore the fact that our raison d'etre as a nation - building a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic, prosperous and equitable South Africa - remains but yet a "dream deferred" as highlighted in the ANC's recent January 8 statement.

Aaron Mutavhatsindi, a farmworker and breadwinner for his family, was senselessly killed in a manner that lays bare the racial tension that lies beneath our ideal of a Rainbow Nation.

Upon hearing of this sad and sickening loss of an innocent life, one was reminded of the words of the recently deceased South African poet-laureate and Struggle icon, Keorapetse "Bra Willie" Kgositsile in his poem No Serenity Here,

When, then, did the brutality of imperialist appetite and aggression evolve into something of such ominous value to us that we torture, mutilate, butcher in ways hideous beyond the imagination, rape women, men, even children and infants for having woken up on what we now claim, with perverse possessiveness and territorial chauvinism, to be our side of the boundary that until only yesterday arrogantly defined where...

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