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We can't wish Transkei away

By unknown | Sep 15, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

IT LOOKS as if both the national and provincial governments are trying by every means to forget the apartheid homelands and anything they represented. Unfortunately, we can't just wish them way.

Just recently I was driving past some buildings in Mzimkhulu that used to be a checkpoint for travel documents for Transkeians entering South Africa.

To say that they are neglected would be an understatement. In fact, they are slowly rotting away. It's as if the new government is warning people who set foot there that Chief George Matanzima's ghost will deal with them.

I am sure the people of Mzimkhulu would love to use those buildings and they are quality buildings, I might add.

If our government is afraid of Matanzima's ghost, I wonder why they utilise the Botha Sigcau building in Mthatha. That one should be more haunted than the Mzimkhulu buildings.

No wonder people from Tsolo nostalgically rejected the closure of the old colonial hospital that served them for decades .

If we pretend that Transkei never existed it will only make people more attached to the past.

If there is one thing I wouldn't mind seeing disappear or refurbished in that part of the country, though, it is the town buildings used as shops. They are an ugly sight. When you see them you know that you are in Transkei.

The government should force the owners to maintain them and if they refuse, demolish them.

Richardson Mzaidume, Pimville


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