When South Africa held its first democratic elections in 1994 ending the cruel era of Apartheid, the world thought South Africa would smile again. It's been over 20 years in democracy but people are still oppressed, racism is still there, unequal distribution of resources and wealth is still there, student protests are still there, live ammunition is still being used. One can say this is a Dejavu or better yet, its like we are watching a repeat of a movie just that this time the picture and video quality is much better. We can see things clearly now. This leaves me asking my self questions: (1) The Truth and Reconciliation Commission: did it fail to resolve conflict between South Africans. (2) Did they really draw the freedom charter themselves and state one of its objectives is that Doors of Learning shall be opened to all and education shall be free. OR Was the Freedom charter drawn fro them just to keep them silent and give them false hope. (3) They talk about equal distribution of resources/ wealth and equal opportunities, But what I see is that the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. Let me refresh your memory a bit The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was created after the end of Apartheid under the Promotion of National Unity and Reconciliation Act No 34 of 1995. The TRC was considered an integral component of the transition to full and free democracy in South Africa. Has the TRC worked? You be the Judge. 20160111gs_7622_Penny_Sparrow.width-400 Twenty years after the end of apartheid racism is alive and doing well in the rainbow nation of South Africa. Despite many policies aimed at redressing the bitter legacy of Apartheid. In 2008 four students at the university of the free state made a racist video that created an international uproar, while during the same year in April it was reported that black students at the university of Johannesburg had allegedly been assaulted by their white counterpart while at the university bar. In 2015 August 20th a documentary called luister was released which showed how black students were discriminated in the stellenbosch university. While in January 2016 woman called penny sparrow called black people monkeys. The question remains, has the TRC failed to resolve the conflict between South Africans?
(FILES) A picture taken on August 16, 2012 shows miners demonstrating at a mountain close to the mine near Rustenburg. A South African commission of inquiry said on September 19, 2013 that the police lied about the shooting dead of 34 striking miners at Marikana last year, in a searing criticism of police conduct. AFP PHOTO/STR

(FILES) A picture taken on August 16, 2012

Parallels could be drawn between the 12 August 1946 African mine workers strike which was led by Mr John Beaver (JB) Marks a leader of the African mine workers union (AMWU) and the 2012 mine workers strike led by Mr Joseph Mathunjwa president of Association of Mine workers and Construction Union (AMCU). In the 1946 strike about 60 000 miners went on strike, the strike was forcibly suppressed by the government. According to 1946 official figures 9 workers were killed and 1 248 were injured. In the 2012 strike 34 mine workers were killed. The freedom charter states that people shall share in their country's wealth but poor miners died wanting a share of what belongs to them. The question remains, would we ever see equal share of resources and wealth or will the rich be richer and poor be poorer? images 0000231574 In 1976 students from numerous schools in Soweto began to protest in the streets for better education system. It is estimated that 20 000 students took part in the protest. They were met with fierce police brutality. In 2015 a campaign called hash tag Fees must fall started. Were students from different universities across the country went on to strike for reduction of university fees and free education, just like the students of 1976 they were met with fierce police brutality. The question remains, did they mean it in the freedom charter when they said " Doors of Learning shall be opened for all and education shall be free OR was that just a way of keeping them silent. Article: Edwin Lesoro

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