By Tiisetso Makhele
It was on the 6th of April 1652 when the fate of African people staying on the southern top of the continent changed forever. As a consequence of the events of this blasphemous day, today, more than 70 percent of privately own farmland is owned by whites, who originate from Europe, and constitute a mere 9 percent of the population.
Africans must beg for job opportunities, in the land of their ancestors. They must beg to plant because they do not have land. They must beg to practice their own traditions, for they are landless. Even when they beg, they are often killed by racist Europeans.
On the 9th of April this year, just 3 days after the 369th anniversary of land dispossession, brothers Amos and Zenzele Coka joined other African members of the community to engage a racist farmer for job opportunities, as it was harvest time.
Instead of hearing them out, the farmers started assaulting one of the unarmed, peaceful protestor. In trying to assist the victim, the Coka brothers were gunned and down and killed by these racist farmers. May their souls rest in peace.
In a normal situation, or had the 06 April 1652 calamity not happened, these Europeans would be asking indigenous people for job opportunities, but the opposite is the case.
Because they are landless, they must beg Europeans for jobs, when they should be working their land. They died whilst seeking justice, in the land of their ancestors.
The Coka Brothers are real heroes of our struggle. Unlike our leaders, whose obsessions with blue lights and perks makes them forget the basic goals of the struggle, these martyrs confronted the enemy head on, and met their deaths.
They died in the quest for land and justice, not embarking on unnecessary wars to please capitalist handlers, as is the preoccupation of our leaders.
Long live the undying spirits of Amos and Zenzele Coka. May their blood nourish the tree of freedom, for the struggle for land cannot be deferred anymore.
Makhele is an African Marxist. He writes in his personal capacity
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