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Freedom Day in South Africa

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Freedom Day in South Africa

1.

On the 27th day of April in 
Nineteen Ninety-Four,

Freedom was won, at long last.

The battles were many, the foe 
brutal,

Apartheid tore our southern tip 
of the continent of Africa apart,

it’s notions of racial-superiority,

its religious fundamentalism,

its fascist tendencies,

its beastly nature,

ripped the flesh off the skin of 
our collective selves,

but resistance to tyranny has 
always been a basic human 
aspiration,

and so resistance flourished.

2.

Ordinary folk,

school-teachers and machinists,

nurses and poets,

labourers and engineers,

lawyers and students,

resisted!

We remember you today,

as a copper African sun shines 
bright this Saturday morning in 
April of Two-Thousand and 
Thirteen,

we honour you, who fought,

Comrades all -

Walter Sisulu,

Nelson Mandela,

Joe Slovo,

Ahmed Kathrada,

Bram Fischer,

Steve Biko,

Solomon Mahlangu,

Vuyisile Mini,

Denis Goldberg,

and many many more,

those we know and love,

and those whose bones have 
now settled in our rich African 
soil,

those who died,

those who were executed,

those who were shot,

those who were tortured,

those who were killed,

and the countless who are still 
tortured today by the swords of 
memory,

the emotional and psychological 
torture,

that still rains down on the 
valiant ones and their families.

Families!

Families fractured, broken and 
scattered throughout the world,

fragments of a sister’s laugh, a 
daughter’s smile,
bite as harshly into the soul as 
did Apartheid’s cruel lashes of 
violence.

So many died, too many died,

and I remember them,

Steve Biko – Tortured and 
Murdered in South Africa

Solomon Mahlangu – Hanged by 
the Apartheid State

Ahmed Timol – Tortured and 
Murdered

Bram Fischer – Died in Prison

and many many more,

their blood flowing into the soil 
of our ancestors,

our country, our South Africa,

for all South Africans,

Black and white and brown and 
all the shades of humanity’s 
mosaic.

3.

Now we reflect,

now we must dissect,

the fruits of freedom,

thus far,
much has been achieved,

yet,

the struggles continue,

for employment,

health-care for all,

shelter and housing for all,

and my compatriots have 
earned it,

they have stewed in the mines,

deep beneath the soil,

for shiny metals and glittering 
glass.

The revolution is a work-in-
progress,

true liberation shall be economic 
liberation,

where each and every South 
African,

can walk the land of our 
ancestors,

truly free

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  1. Date: 5/21/2013 7:08:00 AM
    I somehow missed this poem of yours, Scribbler. Geez, my loss. Indeed the struggle continues. Aluta continua, homeboy. Licia :-)

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    Date: 5/21/2013 7:16:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks as always, homegirl! :-)
  1. Date: 5/13/2013 7:45:00 AM
    One day i will visit the land of natural beauty..I love the love you have for your homeland.Keep fighting the fight for freedom as Nelson Maldena and many others mentioned above did.Never give up on being a free country..one day it would be..Heart touching.My island got independence day in 1964 after being colonolized by so many foreign states.Our land is now the land of freedom..peace and serenity..I do believe Africa too can be set free.

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    Date: 5/13/2013 9:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Your sentiments and thoughts at deeply moving, Charma! It is so heartwarming and encouraging to read your kind comments. Thank you ever so much for sharing and being as warm and as kind as you are!
  1. Date: 4/30/2013 7:10:00 AM
    Well-- very accurately penned and well written. As a fellow S/African I feel that our struggles are ongoing-- the 'powers that be' corrupt- have not held promises to those who most trusted them-- needed the changes to keep our beautiful country free of violence.

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    Date: 4/30/2013 8:34:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Indeed, Kim, we have a beautiful and vibrant country with the greatest of potential, and it does require leadership that is accountable and honest and that has as its priority the needs of the vast majority of our fellow compatriots whose dreams of a life free from violence, from hunger, from unemployment, from homelessness, are yet to be realised. The struggle, surely does continue...
  1. Date: 4/27/2013 7:05:00 AM
    These are so awesome! But truly for an outsider having visited South Africa.....once..... You have a land of Majestic beauty... All kinds of people, black, brown and white..... It makes it a land so colorful.... Keep your green lush bushes.... The child there has a smile so genuine.... You want to hold his hand and say welcome to my land too!

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    Date: 4/27/2013 4:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    How wonderful to hear that you have visited us in South Africa, and thank you for your warm words about our still very young country! Your honesty and sentiments touch me deeply, and you are always welcome back to the shores of South Africa, Sima! Stay well, and have a peaceful weekend. :-)