Dear South Africa...

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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.

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