Tuesday, April 14, 2015


There is currently so much being said about the #rhodesmustfall situation, and the ongoing impact on Soith African society. Till now I have been silent, just listening and reflecting on what others are saying. At the same time though, it feels somehow immoral not to say something.

On the one hand, I totally agree that Rhodes was a racist who made his fortune through oppression. So, I agree that he should not be venerated.

Yet, I also agree with those who say that removing statues and street names, etc. is merely attempting to wipe out our history, which we can't do. Forgetting the past is impossible.

I believe that change is needed, yet there are always those who get on the band wagon simply to have the opportunity to create violence and be thugs. They don't really believe in the principles, and would seldom if ever resort to discussion and reason to resolve their problems.

So what should we do? That is the question. How do we truly transform this nation? How do we rid our nation of all forms of corruption, oppression, racism and violence? Whatever political solutions may be offered will be, at best, flawed. Yet, that doesn't mean we don't need them. Whatever social solutions are offered will probably alienate many. Yet, that doesn't mean they aren't necessary.

This is one of those times when I can only pray for our leadership, in the hopes that they will lead us effectively, and with integrity, humility and compassion.