By: Aluta Humbane
Isisho sithi ‘intombi Yes’godi icanasa ngakubo. That’s exactly what I did for my holiday, December 16 holiday which is commemorated as day of reconciliation. It is sad that many youth do not know the significance of this day.
16 December is a day of great significance in South Africa due to two historical events that took place. The first of these was in 1838, when the Battle of Blood River took place between the Voortrekkers and the Zulus. The Voortrekkers, having moved into the interior of South Africa during the Great Trek, were eager to settle on land. The region that they intended to settle on was already inhabited by the Zulu people. Thus the Voortrekker leader, Piet Retief was eager to negotiate with the Zulu chief Dingane. Having misunderstood Retief’s intentions, Dingane planned an ambush and murdered Retief and his party of 100 people. This act culminated in the Battle of Blood River, in which 470 Voortrekkers, having the advantage of gunpowder, defeated the 10 000 strong Zulu army. This Voortrekker victory was commemorated since then as the Day of the Vow.
The second historical event that took place on 16 December was in 1961, when Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) was formed. This was the military wing of the African National Congress (ANC), which was launched to wage an armed struggle against the apartheid government. Prior to its formation, the ANC had largely approached the fight against apartheid through passive resistance, but after the Sharpeville Massacre in 1960, where peaceful protestors were indiscriminately shot by police, passive resistance was no longer seen as an effective approach in bringing apartheid to an end. MK mostly performed acts of sabotage, but its effectiveness was hampered by organizational problems and the arrest of its leaders in 1963. Despite this, its formation was commemorated every year since 1961.
South Africa’s first non-racial and democratic government was tasked with promoting reconciliation and national unity. One way in which it aimed to do this symbolically was to acknowledge the significance of the 16 December in both the Afrikaner and liberation struggle traditions and to rename this day as the Day of Reconciliation.
Now that I have schooled you. Asibuyeleni ebumnandini, vele niyabuthanda! I visited my favorite up and coming spot in KZN. Sbu’ s Lounge, which is situated in my hometown inanda and as Sbu organised some artists to commemorate this special day.
Firstly, I must proclaim that, the misconception that inanda violent is exempted from sbus as it has provided the warmest welcome to us Gay people. Sbu – thank you for always taking care of us!
Ake size kwi show. I must admit it was rather diminishing to allow artist like Zakwe and Tilongo, amongst many who performed, to perform with that sound quality. Uweh bhu uvan damn.
Ngithokozile in my hometown, and appeal that lokhu enikwenza kwi Intombi Yes’godi, nikwenze nakwabanye. Bo Sisi, hhayi niyaliqobisa iqolo ka Sbu, jealous down.
If its uniq, were are there!