Hush the nation | A lament for democracy

by You Have My Word

Protection of Information bill, Nelson Mandela

“I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” (Nelson Mandela, Rivonia Trial, 1964)

Silent nation, do not cry – you may not cry. Be silent! Your time to riot and picket and rally is up. No more. Truth, no more. Honesty, no more. Democracy, no more.

I weep for you South Africa. I weep for lives lost in vain. I weep for freedom lost. I weep black tears this Tuesday. Black Tuesday. Sad Tuesday.

Resentment. Bitterness. Hatred. Ignorance. Defiance. Darkness.

Protection (prevention) of Information – what’s the difference? Only people on either side of the fence. Burn it! Stand as one. But stand silent.

Do they even know? Do they even know?
If I was brave I’d write a letter to the president
and have him pass it to the leaders of our parliament –
but for now I won’t say nothing.

We are angry. Lies now run deep – but we won’t know. Corruption covered. The truth we’ll know will be that truth fed to us. Who’s truth is it anyway?

Whole truth. Hole truth. Shaded. Jaded. Heart ache. Heart break. Apart. Hate. Are you for or against the state?

We need to know – plead to know! Freedom of expression becomes treason. No way out. Is there? For us? Or for the spoken word at least.

Nation, do not lose hope. People, do not lose hope. Comrades, do not lose hope.

Thula Sizwe, ungabokhala. uJahova wakho uzokunqobela. Inkululeko, Inkululeko! uJahova wakho uzokunqobela.

Be still nation, don’t cry. Your Jehovah will conquer for you. Freedom, freedom! Your Jehovah will conquer for you.