The “Rainbow Nation” and our collective amnesia
23 Apr 2018 KAYA VOICES
By Zuko Komisa
What happens when things that fundamentally affect you are not addressed? When scars and bruises that still exist remain ignored, no therapy, no reparation or justice. What happens when a nation collectively decides to begin a journey but refuses to put reasons of its painful past as an important agenda on the table.
The measure of the aftermath of a brutal war-like regime murderous in its nature dubbed as a crime against humanity by the United Nations all forgotten. A sprinkle of fairy dust, a false illusion intended for stability in a volotile nation.
Creative methods used to keep the illusion alive that completely ignore the real reason the conflict ensued, we live a very dynamic country with constantly changing narratives.
Patterns of ownership.
Corridor conversation around BBBEE in many industries in South Africa liken it to a cup of cuppucino, with white froth, a sprinkle of cocoa on top a large portion of black coffee at the bottom. Elitist industries that don’t reflect the population of this country, unashamed exclusion and the limited access for black South Africans. The banks, stock exchange, insuarance industry, let’s not even talk about agriculture all evidence of a large part of the population being subjected to sit in the sideline and not being allowed just create the much needed wealth.
Have we fully explored the window to which we reconcile our blackness with the era we find ourselves in? The constant conversation about the embedded patriarchy in our society, exploring the cause and effect along with the roots of the behaviour.
Have we forget?
Speak to any older South African about what they know about the history of this country and, depending on which side of the struggle they were, you overwhelmingly will either hear a grim recollection of Apartheid, their lifestory intertwined with the system; or see their discomfort with the present day and claims of knowing absolutely nothing about the 48-year regime of apartheid. Of course, there are the questions around over-negotiation, the raw deal that was served to the majority of the population at CODESA.
How do we heal this nation?
The consequences of the decisions we make are felt by the generations that follow, so much so it’s subtly seen in our everyday life. The reality is there are many angry people around us, who’ve had to be subjected to collective amnesia, how dare you bring up the way your ancestors were treated by the old regime. The falsehood of this mythical rainbow nation narrative slowly becomes a past time in South Africa.
We as a nation are continually ignoring a ticking time bomb that is rooted in the inequality that is lived by millions of South Africans, there is a placard that has made its rounds on social media that says “One day the poor will have no choice but to eat the rich” simply stating that one day when the genuine demands of the masses of the population are not met chaos and anarchy will follow. A concern which we as a nation in the midst of our collective amnesia will subsequently have to confront.