Do you remember Freedom?
The ‘apartness’ of National Party
Oh! Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd
Thick skinned, heart of steel.
Balthazar Johanne Vorster
The detention mechanic.
Non-violence protest, defiance campaign and Armed struggle.
Blood bath, on the streets of Bantu,
Of the deprived innocent students,
Hector Peterson was only thirteen,
A minor within his rights to education.
Masses sung Mayibuy’ iAFRIKA
With sorrows drown in hymns
and the last will and wishes of Tiyo Soga
“Lizalis’ idinga lakho Thixo nkosi yenyaniso”
Hadn’t African pledged and prayed
“Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrica”
In a state of emergency,
Enoch Sontonga would’ve died in vain.
Biko! Biko! Biko!
Black consciousness cried so hard
“Senzeni na, Senzeni na?”
Bantu Biko died, so far from home
Perhaps imprisonment to him,
was peace, better than society…
So far from Democracy…
Freedom?..Bantu had walked past;
Soweto uprising of ’76
Freedom?…you’re the price of
69 deaths in Sharpville massacre
45 deaths in Boipatong massacre
28 deaths in Bisho massacre
Freedom?…you’re the sacrifice
Of the nights never slept
In Alexander township, crossroad, kliptown,
Tsakane and many more around South Africa.
But I remember Bantu education
So is dompas
Anti-pass women’s march of ’56
Was never in vain, the power of rock
Lillian Ngoyi, Dorothy Nyembe,
Adelaide Tambo, Albertina Sisulu.
God bless you and all the 19996 other women.
Winnie Mandela was just sixteen
By the time of the pass law act of ’52
Helen Joseph you’re worthy of that ISITHALANDWE
“Injury to one is an injury to all”
A comrade states that;
“Your vote, and my vote counts”
As a united front;
we shall mark the queues
Fill the voting stations, ballot to box
elections shall set us free
Hence the People’s choice, by majority
Because “People shall govern”
“the time is now, Show the world we’re one”
together we shall strive
Unlock the jail cells
Free mental, physical and social slavery
Let the man, African man reign
God!!! The force of masses;
Deflected racial segregation;
27 April 1994, a peaceful emotional reference.
An architect of legitimate freedom charter.