Let’s avoid being slaves again, by choice
clashed with local students – namely Pitso and Motsekalle – who are now both late. Motsekalle had a blue eye to show for it.
The source of trouble was said to be a woman who befriended the Mozambican. The second relates to Pulane Makuta, a fellow university student who had been protesting the advances of Nyamukachi, my classmate from Zimbabwe.
Things got ugly as the local boys finally assaulted Nyamukachi, expressing their disapproval.
Lietsiso Mohapeloa, a fellow student from Lesotho, threw his body over Nyamukachi to save him as he was on the floor being kicked by the marauding villagers.
The brawl ended and Nyamukachi was escorted out of the hall.
But old Liphoto, a security officer, said he doubted if Nyamukachi would survive. He said he saw a knife going into Nyamukachi with each thrust coming out gushing withblood. I could not believe it because I was part of the contingent that saw Nyamukachi out of the hall.
When I saw Nyamukachi in class on Monday I was actually surprised.
Liphoto had fabricated his own facts and this fuelled discontent and prompted the need for a “tribal meeting”.
The meeting convened every evening for a week, discussing how foreign students felt and were insecure on campus.
I recall Mombeshora from Zimbabwe insisting on safeguards for foreign students.
NUL had a policy for foreign students sharing rooms with locals.
So it used to be pretty funny that after the heated exchange in the lecture theatre, roommates remained good roommates.
The impasse dissolved after Dr Mashulugu, the vice-chancellor advised the student body that each applied individually and they were on campus as such, local or foreign.
That was the end of the heightened feeling of xenophobia.
Fas-forward to the presidency of Bishop Muzorewa, whose brother was a Professor of Economics at NUL. This was short-lived as preparations for the real president were afoot.
Crispen Mudenge (now late) was heading to Rhodesia as a steward for the elections and he had to be 2 hours early at the King Moshoeshoe Airport and off to Zimbabwe.
On coming back, Zanu-PF had won the elections and it was ceremonies all over campus.
Accompanying the ceremonies were an exodus of our beloved lecturers, Sinyowera Marufu, E A Ngara, Mashingaidze, who became minister of state security, and Stan Mudenge, who became minister of foreign affairs.
There was also the brilliant statistician Simon Nyarota, who later worked for the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, and my friend and roommate Morgan Chawawa, who went on to be a governor of one of the provinces.
We were sad when our lecturers left us to go and build their country and liberate it as an economic and intellectual powerhouse.
As I proceeded to the UN Regional Institute for Population Studies in 1980, I met another team of great Zimbabweans with whom we were in class.
A year later I had to flee from Lesotho because of bad politics.
Since then, Lesotho has been in constant political turmoil and Zimbabwe has faced a continuous economic meltdown.
A friend and colleague, Tukufu Zuberi, who is a demographer and professor of sociology at Penn University, recently wrote a book titled How Africa Shapes the World.
Tukufu reminds us that as Africans, we have been slaves before.
His book asks us the question whether we shall choose to be slaves in the future when every third person will be African on earth.
Methinks Africa needs a season of hope if it is to shape the world – otherwise we shall be slaves again and this time round by choice and with our full permission.
Dr Pali Lehohla is former StatisticianGeneral of South Africa and former head of Statistics South Africa. IT’S nearing the time of year when many individuals start winding down and preparing for the festive period after a long and possibly strenuous year.
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The source of trouble was said to be a woman who befriended the Mozambican student from a seminary.
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