(Inspired by a message to Bra Mike Stainbank, the rightful owner of the stolen trademark: The Apartheid Museum®, BHK expands on misery in occupied Azania)
The 1994 Mandela project reinforces and reproduces injustice. Worst still, is that Afrikans cannot reclaim their human dignity, let alone their land and sovereignty without first respecting, loving, and doing it for themselves. Mzansi is so far gone that, were there to be a revolution, it will consume its children. The ANC/UDF, so-called Mass Democratic Movement, through the influence and direction of White liberals has already shown us what revolution without conscience and consciousness is like – not just what it can be like. The failed post ‘94 project, a consequence of White media, sanctioned and sensationalised lynching by necklacing, rape and jackrolling of Black people by the self-same victims of White Supremacy.
Notwithstanding racist repression that was playing all sides against Black self-liberation, the ANC/IFP parallels became but another side of this onslaught. Typically, Black man against Black woman, along with middle-class aspirations, prevailed over our collective yearning for Black self-liberation.
The global White liberal insurgency wrote the script for the 1994 project. The self-actualisation effort for family and unity of purpose was replaced with the dishonest promise of free housing, water, electricity, education, and health. Family was decimated at the altar of gender and sexuality while material poverty was reinforced with state grants and apathy. Mythical visions of “success”, “celebrity” and “entertainment” denigrated our aspirations for nation building and sovereignty. Paper qualifications eclipsed self-application from lived experience. Human rights overrode human responsibilities and moral rectitude. ANC styled democracy smothered self-love, respect, knowledge, and belief. Lawlessness became free-dom. SA became a kingdom of fools, and occupied Azania imploded.
Mandelarisation captured the hearts and minds of our lifeless selves. Materialism and escapism merged into rainbow shades. Idols of capitalism became gods of greed and strife in church, state, industry, and university. Truth and lies waltzed in rhetoric and public relations tunes. Nkosi sikeleli Afrika, was bastardised as anthem. Right became wrong. Wrong became right, while Azania razed to the ground on promises of heaven. Her charred and decapitated body lay in state on the altar of democracy and elections. Women and men in ornate and flowing garments served one another accolades with decorum, while feasting on their young alive.
We have been here before. . . . from Autshomata, Hintsa, Sekhukhuni, Moshoeshoe, Manthatisi, Makhado, Bambatha, Moiloa, Moroka, Seme, Plaatjie, Sobukwe, Lembede, Biko, Shezi, Tiro, Loate, Kgwari, Tladi, Modingwane, Myeze, Mcwera, Chasibane, Lebelo, Masemola, Mothopeng, Mpendulo, Phama, Tatane, Seatlholo, Mokhine, Nkutshweu, Sharpeville, Langa, Soweto, Boipatong, Kinross, Marikana, The Es’kia Institute, The Apartheid Museum®, Mike Stainbank.
To “beasts of burden”, weary and laden, for truth and justice. Revolution begins within. Were it not, material poverty would not be as bad. Coupled with spiritual poverty, it would not be as worse . . . Glorious would-be heaven piercing the inferno of hell in occupied Azania. – Being human would not be incantations on Earth bleeding lamentations to Creation.
Mabule Z. Mokhine, is a mathematics and sciences tutor whose approach builds from an appreciative inquiry that is vested in helping learners understand the concepts from a human and intuitive experience. He is one of the custodians at the GreenHouse Project, a walking demonstration and information centre on environmental sustainability and sustainable living practices, for community and home enterprises. In his praxis, Elder Mokhine draws from the Black Consciousness Pan-Afrikan school of thought, thus, he plays the role of a Group Process Facilitator at several Black Consciousness Pan-Afrkanist community organisations among which are Mphatlalatsane e-Learning Programme, and eBukhosini Solutions. Mokhine is Co-director at BlackHouse Kollective.