Recently I’ve been seeing a lot of posts from angry “land thieves” regarding decolonisation and land reform. They seem to believe that, because the Nguni tribes that now make up the majority of Azania’s population “migrated” from Central Africa into the southern parts of the continent thus nearly eradicating the tribes that had settled on this diverse 1.2 million km² piece of beautiful land, decolonisation is a hypocritical concept coming from the mouths of Nguni people angered by the aftermath of colonialism and, effectively, Apartheid.


Now, this would be a sensible argument, assuming “decolonisation” was a concept exclusive to South Africa. However, we, the Nguni people, are Afrikan before we are “South African.” When the Nguni people trekked south in pursuit of inhabitable land, they weren’t crossing any borders as they hadn’t been made as yet. Borderlines are but a by-product of colonialism. You rarely hear stories of European nations at each other’s throats over land issues. It is one thing to annex a neighbouring country or one within your continent but to sail to a completely different land mass with the intention of raping, torturing and killing millions of the inhabitants and then claiming their land as yours solely for the purpose of looking powerful. When the Nguni people came to Azania it was due to a growing need for food and resources and they did not kill off the Khoi. The Khoi were victims of the settlers’ genocidal ways. After which they stole the resources our beautiful land had borne us. It is for this reason that “South Africa’s” biggest mining company has its headquarters in London. It was founded by Ernest Oppenheimer whose grandson Nicky is currently the second richest man in South Africa thus proving that the gains from the stolen resources has not changed hands and inequality still lingers. Additionally, the biggest diamond mining company has its headquarters in Luxembourg. This was founded by Cecil John Rhodes who, for some reason still has a university and a “foundation” glorifying his name over a century after his death. It is small gestures like these that illuminate the deceitful ways in which colonialism is continuously being etched in the impressionable minds of oblivious South Africans.

A letter that got my attention was Tian Alberts’ letter to Edward Jacobs regarding his post about Stellenbosch’s “Ou Hoofgebou” representing the centuries of “hegemony, imperialism and colonialism” that our forefathers were subjected to by “white men who stole their land”. She argues that any principled man believing in this “extremist hogwash” would not have set foot in on the Stellenbosch grounds in the first place. As much as many of these “extremists” might not necessarily want to be at such an institution, the aftermath of this very colonialism still haunts us today. As a result, we are required to go to these schools to gain the best of the Western knowledge there is in order to stand a better chance of economic prosperity in a world run by Western policies whether subliminally or in our faces. Many young black kids are thrown into institutions that embrace this culture of, in most cases mental, oppression; as subtle as it might be. They very easily lose touch with their roots in an attempt to fit in only to find that the very people they sacrificed their identities to try and impress, really had no interest in friendship post-Matric. Be it at a primary school level or in high school.
In essence, we must remember that it is not easy for young blacks living in South Africa as the systematic oppression of our peoples minds has put us in a position where we are required to gain Western education in order to improve our chances of coming close to having or pleas for land reform catered to and getting the message across to as many people as possible as it is difficult to get to influential positions without the education offered by the oppressors’ schooling system.


About Don Luthando Mabika

Teenager from the East Coast of Azania counteracting the white man's brainwashing tactics. Join the movement.
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