I have resented being a venda since at a young age. My athnecity has always been a magnetic of scorn and and ridicule.when I was in combined school around Johannesburg,my classmates favourite's pasttime was using me and my other venda friends as outlast of their tribalism.My brother and I were often referred as Gizara or azwindini(vhafuwi)-characters from SABC 2 popular soapie,Muvhango.Other times we were simply called amashangaan .In addition I often had to listen to people's jokes about Venda's supposed ability to courier lightning to different parts of the country or how we use teaspoons as means of transport.I was an outlet of people's prejudices.The way I saw it there was nothing to be proud of.
My father had to tell me how he had to contend with the same tribalism when he moved to joburg in early 80s.there's literally one event that itched itself into his memory,he was in his mid-20s and had to spend a day walking around the CBD,his Cv tucked under his arm,looking for a place to hire him.toward the tail of the day he has made his way towards the most industrial central part of the city and stubble upon a factory that was hiring general works.he didn't make it past the gate,the security asked him a barrage of questions,demanding him speak zulu before prodding him in the ribs and promptly telling him to voetsek.
I came to accept this as my lot in my life,my inheritance.everyone has their cross to bear; mine was ethnicity.it is not until late a few weeks back when I started to examine my own prejudice.that I became aware of the complexities of tribalism.I was having a conversation with one of my roommate (most of them are xhosa) about dating.I jokingly told them that I was wary of xhosa women because they have a habit of cheating to their significant ones,.They laughed it off.but the conversation kept rattling into my skull.and that conversation was a reminder of how marginalised people have the capacity to bring others down.It took a while and I think I get it now.we are all brocked and need a little bit of fixing. #writing#venda#tribalism#black#africa#gifted#my#embrace#humble 😊 #proud#art#artist#writer