If I could change one thing about South Africa, it would be inequality – whether it’s gender inequality, economic inequality, social mobility ... We have these conversations about economic transformation, but they are happening in spaces that are inaccessible to the average black person.
How do you explain inequality to someone who comes from a township? I grew up in a township in Cape Town, and was exposed to white education and white schooling. That provided me with social mobility and the ability to assimilate myself into different kinds of spaces.
But obviously that’s not the case for every South African from a township. The biggest issue for these people is access. Not just access to information, but access to spaces, language, academia. Access, in essence, determines whether or not you have social mobility. I’ve made a conscious decision to never fall in love with vaginas and penises. The labels force us to choose, but I feel I have reached a point where I can manoeuvre through my own academic theses.
It’s typical for me to lie in academia. People ask me questions as a scholar and I have to respond with lies to fit into heteronormative discourse. But I am finding my own spaces where my queerness is okay.
My attraction to a person comes from their aura. It’s intuition, something that is outside of the empirical ... Although my parents passed away when I was very young, there is a knowing that I have never walked alone. What inspires me most to be active in politics is my existence, my identities. It inspires me to occupy and disrupt certain spaces. This is a new generation. We have a different language, different ideas. And we act on these ideas even if they might be older than us. We act on them in different ways, new ways, new mediums, new platforms.
The languages spoken today are archaic. The tools of change are archaic. It’s about making a new normal and embracing that fluidity. This change inspires me because it’s such a beautiful story, a beautiful narrative and I’m glad that I am telling it.
Everyone wants to be a part of this because we all feel it. South Africa is healing right now. Whatever the change looks like, there is only one direction to go in: back to self. The direction is home.