It’s write easy June 21, 2013
(The following came up in my mind while thinking about something that worries/worried me. These are only my ideas!)
June 14, 2013 during the 6 o’clock news there was a bulletin on Nelson Mandela being admitted to the heart hospital in Pretoria. Why the heart hospital I wondered? Why not the Military hospital in Voortrekkerhoogte where they always treated high profile people?
The report on Mandela said he was admitted for a lung ailment. Then 6 days later the report was that his kidneys are failing. To me as an ordinary citizen it sounded like something to worry about. The president Jackob Zuma said – nothing to worry, Madiba is making progress! Family were all coming and going.
When I think back to the last weeks my mother spent in hospital before she passed away this sounded familiar. Her lungs were still breathing and her heart was still pumping but her kidneys failed at the end. She was just lying there. No reaction, no movement. When I touched her, her skin was soaking wet. All the fluids were pouring out of her body through her skin. She was so to say drowning in her own fluids. This sounds to me much like what is happening with mr Mandela.
The reports keep coming positive but in the mean time I think many people do not believe the reports. How can a 94year old body still function without all its organs? I wonder!
The ANC is busy trying to win time and votes for the next election by saying Madiba is getting better.
There are two ways that show it is not going that well within the democratic Republic of South Africa. One is the economy. The Rand is still dropping and the miners discontent. Second is the people’s living circumstances – the lack of sanitation. These are the biggest problems that have not been solved in the 23years after Mandelas walk to freedom. Everything is slipping away from Mandela into real life now!
April 27, 1994 we as a nation went to the polls to vote for a democratic South Africa. Three days were used to vote. Everybody could vote. Schools were closed for three days because school halls were used as voting stations. Security in and around the poling- stations was very, very strict. Long rows of voter waited outside to cast their votes. It took about 2 and a half hours waiting till I could cast my vote. I voted the first time in Secunda at a Primary school near my home. The atmosphere was kind of nerve breaking , because nobody knew if it would be calm around the country. Some people expected riots but luckily everything was under control.
Monday June 17, 2013 was Youth Day in South Africa. I saw on the news that there were peaceful marches by young people and meetings held to commemorate the riots and shooting of young people that day in Soweto in 1976. The marches were peaceful and quiet because everybody was thinking about Madiba in hospital.
This event also took my memory way back to 1976 to the Soweto uprising , June 17. I was a teacher in Potgietersrus and my parents were still living on our small holding between Pretoria and Johannesburg. These marches and riots were not far from where my parents lived. My school’s rugby and netball teams had to play some matches in Pretoria on June, 18. We were going by bus and sleep-over in Pretoria the Friday night. My father called the principal to tell him that it was to dangerous to travel to Pretoria by bus. Busses were set alight by the demonstrators. We traveled to Pretoria that afternoon. Just before entering Pretoria we saw a bus that was still smouldering along the high way. This was very scary!
Everything was quiet the Saturday morning. We played our games and got home safely late afternoon. The riots were all because the government of the day made Afrikaans the main language in all schools. The police shot and killed some rioting students. It is so sad that those marches were instigated by politics and the young people were swept away by the force of the masses.
June 24, 2013
Update on health of Mandela- He is deteriorating , no getting better message coming through anymore. This is all we heard this morning on the news in New Zealand.