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Have we lost sight of what we fought for ?

By unknown | Nov 27, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

REFLECTING on the events around the Second Miniskirt Festival, one cannot help but wonder what our society has been reduced to.

It is quite a sad state of affairs to see that women and gender activist groups still have to go to extreme lengths to fight for women's rights in a country that fought apartheid injustices to afford equal rights for all.

The public humiliation of Nwabisa Ngcukana by taxi drivers at the Noord Street taxi rank over her miniskirt is one of the many atrocities that hang a man's soul in sorrow when he contemplates the ramifications of such indecent acts.

One is forced to wonder if the offenders who harassed Ngcukana know and acknowledge the cost in lives South Africans had to pay to afford our women, sisters and children the very rights they arrogantly take for granted.

What is more shocking and hard to understand is the thought that the offenders might have been the very men who took arms and threw petrol bombs to claim our then denied human rights.

Have we really lost sight of what we fought for? Do we even know what we fought for?

Or was the prize won an exchange of a right to discriminate and harass the very people we thought we were fighting for?

How does a man with ancestral lineage of mothers, sisters and grandmothers parading in topless traditional outfits claim that a miniskirt on women constitutes an invitation to harassment?

Maybe if we embraced our roots and cultures, we would stop making excuses for our adopted, unbecoming behaviour.

Seefane Malatjie, Pretoria


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