For over a century women and men with dreams of other peoples’ equality and dignity in their hearts were prepared to sacrifice their own life possibilities in the belief that a better society was possible. In the end, their dreams were unstoppable and on 27 April 1994 they took 35 million expectant people over the finishing line to freedom. Tragically, however, the baton has been dropped and besmirched by those to whom they handed it. And yet, the future can still be made better for all South Africans.
A long, long time ago King Lear roamed the moorland in a dizzied state of madness, braving a heavy storm, defeated by his daughters and their armies. Perhaps shaken by the lightning, he suddenly found a common humanity with the poor of his former realm.
In words that have rung through the ages he cried out:
Poor naked wretches, whereso’er you are,
That bide the pelting of this pitiless storm,
How shall your houseless heads and unfed sides,
Your looped and windowed raggedness, defend you
From seasons such as these?
Then, in agony at realisation of the inequality and indignity he has been complicit in, Lear lamented:
Source : Daily Maverick