Mandela’ a Legacy of sanitised shades!
Mandela our hero and nightmare,
Mandela the victory and the scarecrow,
Mandela in this season in sanitized history
Mandela forced on us today
As our necessary freedom delay
The only “white” spot
In pitch blackness of shame
The iconic one-sided paragon
Where leaders are claimed gone
Mandela the only nice- one!
Just not sure what nice !
Mandela a twisted saga
Mandela a convenient claim
Whitewashed into Sainthood
The beatings stick of Africans
A single man like Atlas
Who had none before?
At least so say those who reinvent him!
If they could make him white
If they could exorcise him from his cradle
If they could rewrite his history – devoid of an ANC stench
If they could call him theirs
In which theirs exclude ours…
If they can… they do
Mandela the myth,
Mandela the agony,
Mandela the horror !
Who, was born in 1994
Got his identity in Springbok rugby jersey
Mandela from a skewed “Invictus”
Mandela the gold coin
His name has made them filthy rich
Those around him star-struck for the Arian race
Be it statute, movie, book, memorabilia etc
Mandela number 6 of Africa’s game of Big 5
As they click away their claim of him being theirs
When his own never could meet him!
Mandela the free-born
Mandela – Apartheid benefactors currency
Mandela, who in ripe age forced to,
Still slog for narrow white interest
Who must work for them!
Who must protect them?
Against who? If not us?
Mandela the demilitarised zone…
Black man’s yardstick..
If you embrace him as hero
Accept at some point he was a zero
If he ensembles peace
Don’t naysay him as revolutionary
If he is reconciler
Forget not he was among those who founded MK
If you love, his smile and dance
Forget not the Black pimpernel trance
If you make him a morality
Forget not his many flaws
If you celebrate his greatness
Ask who was before him, for he stands in huge shoes
He is a soldier
He is a freedom fighter
He is a defiant soul in hate of apartheid
He is a comrade, less an icon…
He is common less a god!
You can’t whitewash him
You can’t sanitize his past
How long do you think it can last
We won’t let you detox his history
We won’t let you get away with this lie
For his is ours,
You can’t separate him from us,
He didn’t come from space
He is our hero, but one of many
He is our brother, from many
He is ours not in uniqueness
He is ANC, He is ANC, He ANC,
For he was always ANC!
You can’t attempt remake him now –
To suit a ‘white’ privilege agenda…
You either accept Mandela in all his shattered shades
Or you reject him in all your sophistic claims.
Clyde N.S Ramalaine