Editor’s Letter – April 2015
Almost two years ago now I experienced Africa and it’s people in a way that is never going to leave me, as my family and I headed off on our three month roadtrip. We made many many friends on our way, and they are all indelibly etched on our spirits. With the events of this last week I had to make a decision that broke with everything that I believe in, has a tone that I very seldom use, not in my personal life, or my professional life, as editor of this good news publication, but until the latest Xenophobic attacks are a thing of the past I am caught in a hole of sadness.
This is the letter I had to write to Alice, Kumbu, Ezmeekie and Thoko, living in Malawi, a country where the people live with less hope than we do, but have larger smiles, bigger hearts and are true believers in the ethos of hard work. Alice typifies a giver, not a taker and Kumbu, for love, agreed for Alice’s sake to consider offering his children a better future in South Africa.
“as I sit here in South Africa, I have a deep sadness at what is currently going on with our people locally. As you probably guessed I AM an African and I love Africa and its people with all of my heart however….at the moment I am deeply disillusioned with our ability to live with our neighbours, and the Xenophobic attacks that are going on as we speak are filling me with horror, and anger that Africans can do this to each other. It is weird how it has turned out – my delay in writing – as I have written you a letter in my head many times just to say that I don’t know whether South Africa is the place for you and Kumbu. At the moment with the Xenophobic attacks going on on my doorstep it would be wrong of me to be positive, and there is no way that I would want you to bring those two beautiful daughters of yours and your hardworking husband here.”
From the bottom of my heart I hope that this story changes from hopelessness to hope, between now and the next edition …. or even the one after that, for Alice’s sake, and our Nation’s.