Nadine Gordimer’s death should, at least give birth to the new struggle against crime, corruption and racism. This would be a fitting tribute for this literary heavy-weight who used her literary skills to bring apartheid to its knees.
As tributes poured in after her death I wouldn’t stop thinking about the best way to send her off. In the process of thinking, memories of how apartheid was defeated by all races and social classes kept on flashing in my mind. While some victims of apartheid like Nadine remained in the country and continued the struggle from within and in the process using all sorts of tools such as music, culture, arts, literature to weaken apartheid a lot of South Africans had to flee the country to pursue the same goals that those who remained behind were determined to achieve freedom.
The civil society in all its formation such as the church and other organisations pulled in one direction. Efforts of those who died and fought apartheid culminated in the total collapse of the brutal system of government.
And now with apartheid dead SA facing the problems of crime, corruption and racism which threaten to reverse all the hard earned gains of 1994 there seems to be lack of will to overcome the current problems. But the unity and determination we saw in the fight against apartheid is almost non-existent in our society. Where are the artists, cultural practitioners, churches and ordinary men and women fought fearlessly against apartheid?
It is for this reason that I came to the conclusion that uprooting crime, corruption and racism would be the best send off for the giant who spent her life fighting for the rights of the vulnerable until the last day of her life.