As Dr. M.L.King’s life was celebrated this past Monday January the 21st, 2014, I could not help but listen to his ‘I Have A Dream Speech’ repeatedly. A lot of his ideologies resonated so much in my spirit. As I listened to him, I found myself groaning and aching for the liberation of the people of Mthwakazi.
30 years after independence, Mthwakazi is yet to experience the freedom from what was initially colonial domination to what is now tribal domination. The world is yet to understand and fully comprehend that Mthwakazi as all people living in the country of what is currently called Zimbabwe is yet to experience the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Mthwakazi is still denied the right to educational, economic, and all other privileges that citizens of that country enjoy today.
Mthwakazi refuses to subject herself perpetually to these injustices. The world must know that Mthwakazi, with a united voice is now saying enough is enough. We are tired of seeing young man and woman growing in this country without a future. We are tired of seeing young girls imprisoned by the mindset that marrying a young man from Mthwakazi is tantamount to poverty. Mthwakazi is tired of being treated like a second class citizen. Mthwakazi is tired of seeing businesses and schools that were designated for future generations now taken over by those that have found pleasure in dominating and suppressing Mthwakazi. Mthwakazi is tired of seeing jobs in local communities given to people from outside those communities, whilst men and women of Mthwakazi who are just as qualified are denied jobs each and every day. Mthwakazi is tired of seeing our young man and woman aimlessly walking in the streets of Johannesburg and other cities in South Africa or neighboring countries sleeping under bridges because there were no opportunities in their own land. The people of Mthwakazi are tired of being marginalized simply because of their God given names to the extent they are sometimes tempted to change their names in order to gain access to opportunities that will enable them to feed their families. Just like Dr. King said, Mthwakazi is saying “Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children”. God loves Mthwakazi just as He loves any people. Mthwakazi now rises up and sees herself as the apple of God’s eye. Mthwakazi acknowledges it is not God’s will for her to be in the plight that she is in. Mthwakazi declares that God will stand beside her as a mighty warrior. One day her persecutors will stumble and Mthwakazi will not remain defeated forever. Now is the time for Mthwakazi to join hands and see that we have more in common and less of that which divides us. It is time for Mthwakazi to put aside her differences and focus on the common goal. It is time for Mthwakazi to tighten those chords that cannot be broken.
We have now reached a point of no return. Must we now look back and accept defeat and deprivation as if God has turned His face against us? We must now understand the qualities required that will take us to the next level. We cannot afford to harbor bitterness and anger for the atrocities that we have encountered as a people. We must clearly understand that bitterness is a cancer that only destroys and paralyzes the one who carries that bitterness. It causes one to become non-productive, as it triggers wide ranges of hatred, cruelty, antagonism, self-pity, un-teachableness, vindictiveness, pride and arrogance. It causes one to become irrational, and causes one to become their worst enemy. We now say that we no longer fall prey to the temptation of harboring bitterness, anger and its resultant paralysis. We will free ourselves from our selves before we seek to seek freedom from elsewhere. We will no longer fall prey to this cancer that has destroyed us for this long. I say enough is enough.
We also choose to carry ourselves with dignity, pride and discipline. We will not commit the same atrocities that our oppressors have. In other words we cannot be guilty of the same wrong doings. We will focus our energy on that which builds Mthwakazi not that which destroys. We will not focus on the faults of others, but we will join hands with those who are doing something, pat them on the back and tell them how proud we are of what they are doing for our people. We will commend and applaud those who even in their imperfections have attempted to make a change. We will rally behind those who are serious towards our cause. We are not position seekers, but we are seeking for the welfare and wellbeing of our people. That is what should give us satisfaction. It should give us joy to see one child getting an educational opportunity, one orphan getting a meal, one business developing in the city that we love. The process of multiplication will only result in the restoration of a community. One child at a time, one business at a time, one school at a time should be our goal. We can no longer be satisfied with the status quo. I plead to those in the Diaspora to join hands with those at home in ensuring that a change for the better begins to take place for Mthwakazi. I plead to those who are in the Diaspora to sacrifice just a little to ensure the children of Mthwakazi are guaranteed of a bright future. I plead with those in the Diaspora to work tirelessly to ensure that our beautiful God given languages do not become extinct. We must stay the course until we see our dream for the future of Mthwakazi finally come true.
We have been dreamers alright. However now is the time to put legs to those dreams. Now is the time to cease from thinking another will come to deliver us from this plight. With God’s help, we have the power, the resources, the skills, required to see to the preservation and restoration of Mthwakazi. We have what it takes to get us to our ultimate destination. God is willing to help us if we are willing to take hold of the plough and and not look back. God is willing to help us as with determination we maintain a non-defeatist attitude. God is will willing help us if we get hold of the idea that He did not create us to be the least. We are not mere grasshoppers and should cease to carry a grasshopper mentality. We have a strong heritage and now is the time to have a full grasp and understanding of that heritage. Our heritage is that of warriors who did not succumb to pressure. Now is the time to make a difference. Dr. King says and I agree, “We should not longer wallow in the valley of despair”.
Just like Dr. King I also have a dream that our city will be restored to its fullest potential. I also have a dream that Mthwakazi will walk in unity again. I also have a dream that we will no longer be the laughing stock or a despised people. I have a dream that God who hates the oppressor will see to the deliverance of the people of Mthwakazi. It is the dream that allows me to venture into unchartered territory, with no fear for I know the one in whom I have put my faith. He is a Faithful God.
Arise Mthwakazi, and grab hold of your God given heritage. Arise Mthwakazi and cease to see yourself as a people without a hope and a future, but see yourself as one whose has a deliverer. I declare that Mthwakazi will be free again.
Dr. King said and I quote:
“I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.
This is our hope ……… With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with a new meaning, “My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim’s pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.”
As a refresher and for your edification, please listen to his speech in the link below: