On Sunday night as news broke out announcing the unfortunate passing of Fezekile Khuzwayo I was deeply sadden by how media had chosen to reduce her to “Zuma’s rape accuser.”
What’s the likelihood of a journalist in 2016 writing a story that’s mirrors Moipone Malefane’s Sunday Times article in March 2006?
Statistics say 1 in 3 women in South Africa will experience sexual violence in their life.
In March 2006 I was a 10 year child. Unaware of the realities of this world. Naïve. Political unaware. Social issues were of little interest to my young mind. Also in March 2006 Moipane Malefane, a journalist, wrote an article on the silencing of women in ANC exile camps amidst the Jacob Zuma’s rape trial.
In 2009 Beyoncé serenaded the President and First Lady at the inauguration ball for their first dance. Barack And Michelle danced away into history as Beyoncé sang Etta James’ 1960 At Last. Five years later in 2013 she sang the National Anthem at the inauguration in Washington, DC. It’s only fair that at the 2017 inauguration the Obamas return the favour and sing at Beyonce’s Presidential Inauguration.
Yes, Beyoncé for President.
If transformation can only offer grassroots solutions, we need to take a much more radical stance and call for the decolonisation of universities. A decolonised institution would be a non-racist, non-sexist, non-ableist, non-homophobic, non-xenophobic, non-classist and non-misogynistic place for all. It would separate itself from colonial legacies, names and practices. Its curriculum would be decolonised.
The South African government adopted its first democratic constitution. It was meant to be non-racial, non-sexist and South African was meant to be this beautiful rainbow nation. The South African government set up the TRC trials. None of the politically motivated crimes would be punishable, if the perpetrator showed remorse. So, basically the government put plasters to wounds that never healed.
The name ‘T.O Molefe’ sounded pretty familiar to me. Actually too familiar. So when T.O introduced himself as a “prolific tweeter” who tweets “intellectual stuff” and, his words not mine, “trash.” I knew exactly what he meant because I follow him. And what a pleasure it is to have someone I discovered on social media ‘lecturing’ me.