I am an African

This week the heightening of Xenophobia and the attacks on fellow Africans in KZN and Johannesburg has brought on a lot of shame and sense of helplessness for me as a South African. Simultaneously I am also appalled and outraged as an African, how can we be committing such violent acts to ourselves as Africans and as human beings? Yet I don’t know what I can actively do to stop this. I think this is a result of our government failures and not delivering but to resort to violence is unacceptable. Also a low sense of self worth, thus a do not value another life. This is not who we are!

I realise that my sense of identity stems from unity, self worth and my African-ness. I am first and foremost an African, then a South African, Black and a Woman that is the hierarchy of my self definition. For those who don’t know me personally let me give you some context I was born in Harare, Zimbabwe to parents who were in exile in Zimbabwe fighting for the liberation of our South Africa.

My people, my heritage is a marraige of Mozambican and South African (Swati, Xhosa, Malay, Irish and Scottish) blood lines. So to attack another human being and an African in particular is self hate and tantamount to suicide. So much of who I am as a person and as a foodie is a result of living surrounded by a melting pot of cultures.

I am a table filled with bowls of kapenta fish in a tomato and onion sauce with sadza (pap) and pumpkin leaves, roasted piri piri chicken, Feijoada (a Mozambican mixed stew of offal, pork and beans), sweet curried tripe with soet patat, brown onion mutton stew and peppery cabbage bredie.

I will not stand by silently as we, South Africans, continue to attack our fellow Africans.

A friend on Instagram MelanieCarmen posted the following list of places that need assistance this weekend:

  • Primrose Methodist Church (011 828 7126) in need of baby goods, toiletries + dry food i.e. rice pasta etc.
  • Primrose Police Station – assistance with serving lunch tomorrow Saturday 18 April 2015
  • African Diaspora Forum (Cnr Raymond and Rockey Streets 011 4870269) ** every little bit counts
  • Gift of the Givers – Christ Church Mayfair, cnr Park Drive and Main Reef Road, Mayfair, opposite Dragon City. Contact Saadiq Natha, Technical Assistant for the Gift of the Givers on 082 557 5071 OR saadiqnatha.gotg@gmail.com.

I contributed a box dry goods from my pantry and went out to get a few more things, it’s not much but it will help. If you are compelled, do what you can.

I am an African!

About thando

Hi I'm Thando Creator of the Jozi Foodie Fix, traveller, foodwriter, ramen lover, strategist, entrepreneur and follower of the Cool based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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