You did not think I was letting this one go now did you?

August the month in which women are celebrated in SOUTH AFRICA. In my country, South Africa, women are celebrated because of the immense bravery that was shown during the struggle. They are celebrated because of the contributions they made in the quest to overthrow the apartheid government. We celebrate women because they were strong, beautiful and fearless Lionesses who took leadership in the quest to revolution. When South Africans were at their troughs, their contraction phases, when all hope was almost gone, women decided to also step in, because they could, and they would, and they did.

I hope the irony is transparent. WOMEN? AFRICA? CELEBRATED?

This is a continent where AFRICANISM is at its peak. It is where it is borne and where it will orientate until the end of Africa i guess. Now, according to the African proverb which says : ‘Mosadi o tshwara thipa ka bogaleng’, the doings and happenings since 1952 are justified and women indeed hold the sharp point of the knife. Women have risked their lives and bravely voiced their thoughts on the ‘dompass’ law which was passed by the apartheid regime. This is exactly what we are celebrating and  this is what Mr President Jacob Gehlehlegisa Zuma urged during his speech, that it should be carried onto the next generation of women, and so on. We are proud of them, Lilian Ngoyi, The Late Albertina Sisulu and Helen Joseph, to name but a few. These women have really faced the honed edge of the sword and showed their two feminine power. The political activists that sat on the same thought cloud as the men.

‘Tja eta ke tshadi pele di wela ka leopeng’, this proverb reflects that if its lead by the woman, it will definately fail. Trust me, this proverb was still there and then when women were out there fighting. It was still there when the ANCWL league was initially founded and it still persists. An African woman was/is expected to sit behind the man and watch him take the lead because well, ‘the man is the head’, he is the ‘seed’, and he is the ‘axe’, thats Africanism for you.

Being a woman means deciding to break the ‘law’ like the women we are celebrating today did back in 1956, or submitting to your life and rules like could have done then, and that would not lead to todays female freedom of choice.

Being a woman means choosing between leading and being lead, shining and being overshadowed and ruling or being overruled. It means being put in your place, or putting people in their places. I am for breaking these norms and logics and rules and laws and proverbs against feminism, the women I am celebrating this month told me I can break these rules and change the world.



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