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Ingrid Wolfaardt

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May there be another miracle.

Anene Booysen’s blood is on my hands. Yours too. Before you huff and disagree, stop a moment to think, if there is any truth in what I am saying.

If you believe that you are part of a family, a community and a nation, then Anene’s death is your death too, you are not removed from it, you are not washed from it, you are not an outsider looking on at the heinous crimes of others. It is our crime too, our passivity, our turning our faces away from what we hear and see.

For we, you and me have failed Anene. And you are to me, the president of this country, the cabinet, the departments, the ruling party, the municipalities, the churches, the civil organizations, the schooling system, the people on the streets, in their houses, their walled villages. And the taxpayer’s money that is so carefully, so thoroughly, so efficiently collected, even better than in countries known for clean administration, no, this is one area we seem to get right, to get the money in and then to be spent on what? Holidays in the Seychelles, five star hotels and homes, banquets and fleets of vehicles that would make even a sheik green with envy, while the blood flows, daily, hourly, minute by minute, second by second, the blood continues to flow and so we all die a little each time and we don’t’ even know we are dying, as a people, as a nation.

Where is the money, the manpower, the passion, the commitment to this?

I watched the History channel last night. I watched a program called a Miracle Rising and so it was, none of us can deny that, our democracy is and was a miracle rising and yet 19 years later the miracle has faded into the sunset, it has turned into a monstrous affair, a living nightmare and hell for the weak, the helpless, the voiceless and the dumb, for them there is no justice, no democracy, but rather to be the democratic recipients of carte blanche violence, for this hell knows no class or culture. To have died in the struggle was a noble thing, your family could bear and brunt the pain with that knowingness of your sacrifice but what is Anene’s death for and all the others who are daily mutilated, not in solitary confinement, or by military forces but by friends, family, the neighbour down the road, for what purpose is her and other’s death?
For what cause, for what war?

Does no cause drive us any more to speak? To be moved to action?
And did not many of us walk away from the miracle and thought it to be the life and times of others, did not we, and here I speak to me, let the miracle, die?

Hector Pieterson’s death changed the world we live in forever.
May Anene’s death too, be the beginning of the end of another regime of violence,
A regime that rules in the streets, the houses, the inner rooms of this land, we so love to call our country, our South Africa.
Cry my beloved country cry.
Rise up my country rise up, to another miracle, perhaps greater than the first.

“Let freedom reign,” was Mandela’s call.
I reiterate his words again, “Let freedom reign.”

We are not free.
For freedom flees from us all.
We are not free, until the likes of Anene can walk the streets of their hometown, without fear.


Recent comments:

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Ian Martin</a>
    Ian Martin
    February 13th, 2013 @22:03 #

    I wonder why there have been no supportive comments from the furious feminists and the gerontocratic academic gatekeepers? Strange.
    Anyway, for those who would like to make a difference without having to get up off their asses, go to and petition the President, no less.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Ingrid</a>
    February 14th, 2013 @09:10 #

    Thank you for the link's details Ian, i joined the call last night and encourage others to do so as well.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Ingrid</a>
    February 14th, 2013 @16:32 #

    over 47 000 people have signed so far. go to the above address and sign if you are moved to.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">tiah</a>
    February 14th, 2013 @16:58 #

    Sixty seven likes - that sounds supportive to me. Ingrid, thank you for writing this.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Ingrid</a>
    February 14th, 2013 @17:43 #

    yip Tiah, something is happening.

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    February 15th, 2013 @00:08 #

    The supportive comments are over on Facebook *grin*-- this touched a lot of folk, Ingrid. And yes, I daren't hope yet, but it seems that some sort of glacier of indifference and helplessness might be shifting at last...

  • <a href="" rel="nofollow">Ingrid</a>
    February 15th, 2013 @22:17 #

    anene booysen-reeva steenkamp. femicide makes no distinction.


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