Dear South Africa...
Lebokgang Mokone via email
In light of the past few weeks, I have decided to break my silence and tell our great nation what I truly think. My heart is aching and I am deeply disturbed by the turn this country is taking. Is this the South Africa our past leaders and freedom fighters fought and died for? Is this the rainbow nation Nelson Mandela envisioned and was imprisoned for?
I have always seen our country as great. The love I have for South Africa is immeasurable. I cannot believe, after all we’ve been through, that there are still such racist and hateful citizens.
Racism will always have a negative effect on our country. It will, in the end, be our Achilles heel.
We have the power to get over it. We can live in a land where we are all free, but this is only possible if we work together – if we all truly strive for justice.
We need to learn from each other. There’s so much we could teach each other and it is from those lessons that we can build a greater nation.
Apartheid took that from us; it took our opportunity to get to know one another and to learn from each other.
We now have a chance to do that, yet we are wasting our time on hatred, racism and the blame game.