EN PASSANT

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS -

THE WHOLE po­lit­i­cal sce­nario is in dis­ar­ray due to the selfish gains of the few from the ma­jor­ity.

What hits one’s com­mon sense (is) why and how were these few ma­nip­u­lated, but are still in con­trol; is it fear of be­ing sin­gled out, or why does “truth, jus­tice and cor­rect con­scious­ness (not) pre­vail”?

The cracks in the Tri­parte Al­liance are widen­ing more and more and, sur­pris­ingly, noth­ing – noth­ing con­crete or pos­i­tive for the ben­e­fit of the coun­try’s dif­fer­ent woes and ills – came out of the last ANC’s five-day con­fer­ence be­sides ret­ro­gres­sive land and Sarb is­sues.

What about the “big­ger pic­ture”? Where’s the Rain­bow… that we all are wait­ing for – the way for­ward. For South Africa! Baba Saloo­jee Rusten­burg

WE ARE re­peat­edly told that ANC branches may not make de­ci­sions, the NEC only, de­bates mat­ters but does not make de­ci­sions, and the ANC pres­i­dent is not based at Luthuli House, but in Pre­to­ria.

MP Makhosi Khoza has re­ported threats to her­self and her daugh­ter to the chief whip, Jack­son Mthembu, who has for­warded the prob­lem to Luthuli House, and to the SAPS.

If no pro­tec­tion can be pro­vided for Ms Khoza then why not de­ploy the brave mem­bers of the MKMVA who ap­pear to revel in dis­play­ing their mil­i­tary skills and uni­forms?

Are the MKMVA re­ally trained in any mil­i­tary skills, in­clud­ing de­fence tac­tics, or are they just a bunch of young wannabes? Who ac­tu­ally makes any de­ci­sions in the ANC? Tom Lambe Oak­dene

HAV­ING the abil­ity to move young and old alike isn’t a par­tic­u­larly easy feat in the mu­sic in­dus­try, but Ray Phiri was able to do that with the mu­sic group Stimela.

At a time when the apartheid gov­ern­ment could ban songs at will, mu­si­cians like Phiri re­mained at the fore­front of re­mind­ing the world of its re­spon­si­bil­ity to­wards the op­pressed peo­ple of an un­demo­cratic South Africa. Con­sider the hid­den mes­sages in the songs We miss

you Manelo by Chicco Twala and Ed­die Grant’s Gimme Hope, Joanna.

In the for­mer song, the artist was ac­tu­ally singing “We miss you Man­dela” and the lat­ter was re­ally a song about the apartheid gov­ern­ment un­der the guise of Joanna, rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Jo­han­nes­burg and the then South African gov­ern­ment.

No doubt the mu­sic of Phiri, and other mu­si­cians of his gen­er­a­tion, made ex­iles liv­ing abroad feel as if they were back home in South Africa… A mu­si­cal leg­end has bowed out now, as death does not have a re­turn ticket in our cur­rent ex­is­tence.

Yet on many Sun­day af­ter­noons to come, in many jazz lovers’ homes and cars, Phiri will live on. Sandile Ntuli Joburg

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