MARCUS GARVEY’S BIRTHDAY MUST BE THE ONE TO BE CELEBRATED!
Within the Pan Africanist Women’s Organisation (PAWO) we resolved to invoke a debate on the “origins of the subjugation of women” rather than deal with the obvious topics that usually comes up at this time such as the issue of women abuse and women oppression as these issues are a given. We do not undermine the importance of dealing with these issues however at this juncture we are interested on how the oppression of women came about. As per the theme of this address “a people desiring to emancipate itself must understand the process of its enslavement” [WP van Schoor, 1951]. In essence if we understand where we come from, we will know where we are going and what vehicle we must use to arrive at our destination…that of an egalitarian society freeing both men and women from bondage.
Thami Ka Plaatjie’s article in Sowetan of June 21, 2011 published under the headline, “Malema does not mince his words” reminds me of the words of the Pharaoh of African Studies the late Dr Cheikh Anta Diop during the time whites claimed that race determined the intelligence of a people. Diop responded that equating intelligence with race is like confusing rectal temperature with good health.
Ka Plaatjie claims that the recent ANCYL “conference affirmed its President Julius Malema as a critical voice of the youth in the current South African trajectory, secondly the conference confirmed Malema as the political and ideological heir of the mantle of Anton Lembede and AP Mda, thirdly Malema used the elective conference to lavishly display his nationalist ideological thrust and fourthly, he exposed his Pan African political and ideological outlook and fifthly, Malema has brought about a greater urgency to issues such as nationalization and land reform”.