Monday, March 26, 2007

On Zimbabwe again...

Last week ( 21 March- Human rights day in SA-Old Sharpville day) my wife and my daughters checked out constitutional hill. A sort of national, secular, pilgrimage to our hallowed temple of human rights. The official tour guide took us on a trip down (literally down) memory lane down the dark dungeons of colonialism and up again to the highest court in the country- the constitutional court. In the meantime there was some educational programs for children (all black of course) and a gathering of the human rights day celebrations ( all black of course). A bit further off, just missing the official dominant text was a small placard swaying, bussed-in crowd, multi-coloured. They were standing outside the gate raising their protest against the situation is Zimbabwe. (our police kept them at a safe distance).
This morning I was driving to Tshwane and gatecrashed a radio discussion on the Zimbabwe issue. We are still not saying anything. It's the elderly statesman, Kenneth Kaunda and someone from Zambia who are taking part. They're debating possible transitional arrangements, exit strategies and enhanced quiet diplomacy, etc. But then, who's listening, they are after all (still) outside the gates of the official discourse.. and teh scope our national faith where we hail our homebrew miracle and our most progressive constitution in the world.

Musings.....