The breaking of the news about the death of Fezekile Ntsukela Kuzwayo, famously known as Khwezi, has left many of us feeling saddened. Perhaps it is because there was a sublime hope that one day in the very near future her real voice would be heard. There was hope that she would emerge to gain back her life and her real name. The outcome of the trial matters very little. The social behaviour leading to and during the trial offered no support but shame to her very being. She did not deserve the treatment she received. She was forced into exile and pushed into the darkness of silence. The fact that she did not enjoy our protection should haunt us. I often think about other victims of rape and wonder if the treatment Fezekile got scared them into silence too. It must have. A poem by LAWRENCE MDUDUZI NDLOVU.
Take Me Home
Let OGumede take you home Fezekile
Them that never left your side,
Even when a people rose against you.
Let OQwabe show you belonging Ntsukela
Them whose very blood brought you life,
Even when your very name was taken from you.
Let OMnguni kaYeyeye bid you welcome sisi
Them who shielded you
When the nation neglected you,
Even when your very existence was threatened.
Let OKhondlo take you home MaKhuzwayo
To restore to you everything lost.
Let them lead you to God
Where a nation’s tale of neglect and hypocrisy will be told,
Where the powerless were stripped of their very being
Lala ngoxolo Phakathwayo! DM
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Lawrence Mduduzi Ndlovu is a Diepkloof, Soweto-born Catholic Cleric, writer, speaker and youth worker. Lawrence holds a Bachelors degree in Philosophy which he passed with distinction on and received the deans award for outstanding academic achievement in 2011. Following his philosophical studies Lawrence was requested to continue his studies and training in London. He is currently finishing off his Bachelor Divinity Degree with the Heythrop College of the University of London while also doing a Sacred Baccalaureate running concurrently. This are set to end in June 2015. Lawrence has worked in media starting at Radio Veritas as a presenter and seasoned contributor. He still contributes for a UK segment on Radio Veritas every Friday. He was a field worker and youth facilitator in Soweto and around Johannesburg for the Catholic Youth Office. He worked in schools, prisons and as a youth developer and project leader, activist for youth issues, speaker and motivator. He joined the National Facilitation team of the South African Catholic Bishops Conference (Education for Life programme). During this time he travelled and worked extensively with young people all over South Africa and Swaziland. As a writer he has contributed for several publications including The Thinker, The Southern Cross, The South African and others.
"Look for lessons about haunting when there are thousands of ghosts; when entire societies become haunted by terrible deeds that are systematically occurring and are simultaneously denied by every public organ of governance and communication." ~ Avery Gordon