Kekeletso Nakeli-Dhliwayo
2 minute read
22 Jul 2021
7:40 am

Protests: A nation in pain must address the ‘us versus them’ battle

Kekeletso Nakeli-Dhliwayo

While we celebrate the phoenix spirit that has restored our faith, it would be naive to not acknowledge that rage still exists within our people.

Looters can be seen running from police in Alexandria township during the day's protests and unrest across Gauteng on 12 July 2021. Picture: Jacques Nelles

The looting has subsided and the country is beginning to find itself again. We appreciate the spirit of Ubuntu that prevails people from all walks of life who have rolled up their sleeves and come to sweep, donate, offer help and assist wherever they could. This is the South Africa we want to love, the one our parents and grandparents were promised when the dream of the “rainbow nation” was presented to them. While we celebrate the phoenix spirit that has restored our faith in people and a sense of community, it would be naive of us to not acknowledge...