28 June 2006

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity!

Ghana is out. Bowed to the mighty Brazilians of course. There was hope, I was a supporter. Yup, once again I gave them my good wishes. Still had certain reservations after the apology of the Israeli flag waving, but I am an African so had to support my African brothers!

As the Ghana spokesman said, ‘He was unaware of the implications of his actions, he was just naïve.’

I mean, what does a soccer player need to know about world politics? What does he need to know about anything! He just plays soccer in Israel. In the nice, flashy Israeli side, he sees nothing of the suffering of Palestinians.

He probably has not even seen the Apartheid Wall. The hideous structure that is visible from all over the West Bank is virtually invisible to anyone in Israel. If it was visible, then any decent, human being would be against it!

But no. Not a naïve (aka dumb) soccer player from Ghana.

Inj`emnyaama- Black Dog. A 1982 play about the struggle against Apartheid. Currently showing in the Barney Simon stage at the Market Theatre. Barney Simon also wrote the original play in 1982.

The play, with a new cast, tells the story of the different players 30 years ago at the 1976 Soweto uprising. It looks at the culture of the time and speaks for a lot of people through a few characters. It provides an inside view on what life was like for the different races and groupings- oddly there is no ‘indian’ role.

But then I guess Indians were probably not considered to be part of Apartheid in any big and/or significant way!

They were not ‘that’ affected by it, and neither could they have been mistaken for supporters, so I guess back in 1982, when the play was written, Barney Simon saw no reason to even get them into the picture. Or unless he did have an ‘Indian’ role but there were no Indians to play it!

In that case, things will be changing soon, with some good okes now taking to the arena- as I’ve said before: Indian is the new black, and black is so last season:-)

Where are the African writers? Asked and answered by the legendary African writer Zakes Mda at a book launch last week.
Where are the African writers that are sharing our history with our youth? Asked and answered by a lady at the Apartheid Museum lecture.

The Deputy President gave a lecture there at the inaugural Solomon Mahlangu Commemoration Lecture.

Solomon Mahlangu was a young activist who left South Africa in the wake of the Soweto Uprising. On re-entering South Africa as a militant of Umkhonto we Sizwe, he and a colleague, Mondy Motloung, was captured after a skirmish with the police and white civilians who were assisting them. Two of the whites were killed.

Although the judge found that Solomon had personally played no direct part in killing them (either by shooting or throwing a hand-grenade) he was found guilty of murder through 'common purpose' and sentenced him to death. Mondy Motloung was so badly assaulted during interrogation that he was unable to stand trial due to brain damage.

Solomon Mahlangu was executed on 6 April 1976, the anniversary of Van Riebeeck's first colonial settlement in South Africa. He, and many others, paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. We appreciate this and remember them.

The Cradle of Humankind- Maropeng. Where they claim life on earth began. Seemed to take a lifetime to get there and yet there was never reached! Well, not Maropeng exactly, but I could say that a cradle of humankind was reached. The banks of a little river, under the shade of evergreens, on the comfort of rocks, with the occasional passing of a wild, scary beast hungry for the meal of meat primed on a tiresomely prepared open fire - sure sounds like a cradle of human kind. Suppose it could also be called a braai somewhere but nowhere near Magaliesburg!


Fatima said...

Aw man, I was hoping you would tell us about your experience in Soccer city...

I've been meaning to go to the Apartheid museum for a while now.
Haven't had a chance!

i_am_not_who_i_am said...

u are a real durban-nite!!!.............or is it durban-height! hah!

nice blog!

fida . .. .

Bilal said...

bella- what experience? The museum is very well done- make a point of going...
fida- i am not:P

Fatima said...

mmm...your experience on youth day?
didn't you go to soccer city to listen to pres. mbeki make a speech?

Saaleha said...

Well, I'm inclined to agree with Fida about you being a Durbanite. You'd have to. It's the surname you see, and the interest in politics, and the ability to think.. Youth in Jozi are soooo brainless (the guys, naturally)

Bilal said...

fatima- oh,i c. made some mention of the event on the previous post- but it was awesome! 40 000 locals and us 12 'outsiders'! Not that we were treated as outsiders at all- really good vibes:)
saaleha- youth all over the country are the same! just need to find the pockets of hope whereever you are:)