Apartheid: My Father's Cry From the Grave!
My Dad "Frans Fourie" 1991.
We all knew that Apartheid was wrong and that the old government of South Africa was wrong in applying it. Most white people did not even know what was happening in the land and it feels like we are now being punished for our fathers' actions.
The exact opposite apartheid is now happening in South Africa as what was happening in the 1960's.
The white "middle age" male is now the new target and everything is still blamed on Apartheid after 18 years of ANC rule!
This poem is written as a cry for reconciliation and fairness to them that do not have a voice?
My Father's cry!
From Kuruman with a single pound
Arriving in the big city for work
Suitcase with one clean pair of clothes
His earthly possessions tucked under his arm
Confused, scared, alone and cold
A farm boy arriving on a one way trip
There is nowhere to go but forward
Like a trapped animal roaming the city
Looking for some work or a warm meal
Transnet came to his rescue in 1958
First generation working for Transnet
My father was a desperate man
But worked hard and showed potential
Was sent to college for training
Got top marks and started working on my future
I was born in 1963 and Transnet provided
A steady living my father through his work
Building up a home and providing security
We grew up to be outstanding in our community
Matriculated and became the second generation
After 31 years in Transnet, providing now for my own
Looking back over all the years with its changes
Wondering what the future will bring to this Company
I will be the last in my generation to work for Transnet
Our building up over our generations will end
A new generation has come to Transnet
A new culture is driving this train
Corruption and loss of valuable skills
B.E.E. The enemy of this company’s growth
Like cancer to the experienced,
Killing them slowly
Choking the very life from their bones,
Weeding them out slowly, but surely
Like a dear in a snare, no hope of escape,
Like the generation that was once under Apartheid,
That fought so hard for equality
Hoping for a change, for the promised equality
We cry out. Save knowledge, save experience
Save this beloved Country, this beloved Transnet
A new future awaits Transnet when we open our hearts
Using the skills left to rebuild and improve our train
Not by colour but by ability, by experience and by love
Let’s stop the abuse and the corruption
Together with commitment to Transnet and to each other
Regardless of color of our leaves or the roots of our trees
Let us build a forest together with a place for all
So that the future Transnet can succeed
Transnet has always looked after us
Taking us where we want to be
Come let us stand together taking her hand
Let’s look after her
Our beloved South Africa.
By Louis Fourie.
Poor Whites & Rich Blacks?
Apartheid (Afrikaans pronunciation: [ɐˈpɑːrtɦɛit]; from Afrikaans "the state of being apart") was a system of racial segregation enforced through legislation by the National Party (NP) governments, who were the ruling party from 1948 to 1994, of South Africa, under which the rights of the majority black inhabitants of South Africa were curtailed and white supremacy and Afrikaner minority rule was maintained.
Apartheid was developed after World War II by the Afrikaner-dominated National Party and Broederbond organisations and was practised also in South West Africa, which was administered by South Africa under a League of Nations mandate (revoked in 1966 via United Nations Resolution 2145), until it gained independence as Namibia in 1990.
Racial segregation in South Africa began in colonial times under Dutch and British rule. However, apartheid as an official policy was introduced following the general election of 1948.
Non-white political representation was completely abolished in 1970, and starting in that year black people were deprived of their citizenship, legally becoming citizens of one of ten tribally based self-governinghomelands called bantustans, four of which became nominally independent states.
The government segregated education, medical care, beaches, and other public services, and provided black people with services inferior to those of white people.
Since the 1950s, a series of popular uprisings and protests were met with the banning of opposition and imprisoning of anti-apartheid leaders. As unrest spread and became more effective and militarised, state organisations responded with repression and violence. This, along with the sanctions placed on South Africa by the West made it increasingly difficult for the government to maintain the regime.
Reforms to apartheid in the 1980s failed to quell the mounting opposition, and in 1990 PresidentFrederik Willem de Klerk began negotiations to end apartheid, culminating in multi-racial democratic elections in 1994, which were won by the African National Congress under Nelson Mandela.
The vestiges of apartheid still shape South African politics and society. Although the official abolishment of Apartheid occurred in 1990 with repeal of the last of the remaining Apartheid laws, the end of Apartheid is widely regarded as arising from the 1994 democratic general elections.
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Do you think!
© 2012 Louis Fourie