“Kgaka ya hwa,mae a bola!”,are we really a prejudiced society? 1


Kgaka ya hwa, Mae a bola!, are we really a prejudiced society?

Whilst we are virginally in the women’s month, it is lettered to interrogate some of the unwritten laws of nature and perhaps the implications of some stereotypes impacted to us through the idiomatic expressions of our rich vernaculars.

There is one which goes as follows;’kgaka ya hwa, Mae a bola’, loosely translated as ‘if a guinea fowl dies, the eggs putrefy’. And these words have narrowly suggested that any person who has lost a mother at a tender age, the chances of him or her making it in the life of great competition for survival is scarce.

Perhaps, the argument as per the person who coined it was based from a dietitiary perspective due to chances of malnourishment and/or lack of maternal love etc, or were these sentiment painted on the basis of undermining the incapacity of paternal responsibilities.

Can we confirm that our historical upbringing was therefore prejudiced based on this idiomatic expression?

Certainly, the other interpretation might be that a single guinea fowl if it was to ‘warm’ eggs alone, the chances of these eggs bearing fowls are slim, because it has resorted to negate communalism [togetherness] in shielding responsibility of these eggs [potential fowls].

Have we lost the moral ground as a society to take every child we see on the street, in a bus,in a mall,at school or elsewhere as ‘ours’ and ensure that when he or she goes astray, we shoulder that moral ground to shelter the eggs? I think not!

How many eggs [children] are left to misbehave [rot] in our midst and we are afraid to say a thing; either because we are afraid or we have not embraced a fact that these kids are kids of our society!

Perhaps, we need to reorientate ourselves as a nation on how have such prejudices has injured our consciousness in challenging the status quo. Nyaope and other substances are indeed undermining the ‘warmth’ that as guinea fowls, we should be warming our eggs [kids] and protect them from unsavoury antics and/or misdemours; however, we are defeated by barriers such as ‘you are not my mother or father to competently tell me a thing’!

Are not heading for a straight fall where all kids will be wiped by these drugs?

Are we becoming a spineless society where we are heading for a free for all?

Inoculation of better ways of shouldering ‘eggs’ [children] not to offensively rot in our hands is a supreme occupation of us all.

Women’s month must continue to provide modern-day solutions to these challenging times.And let us not render our society putrid!

Issued by:

Mampane Norman

National Spokesperson

Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union

Tel: 0112424600/4615

Cell: 0720737959

Email: normanm@popcru.org.za

www.popcru.org.za

 

01 Marie road

Auckland Park

2006

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  • sylvia hammond

    Wonderful post – thank you Norman.  Now that is the kind of thing we need to know about each other.  I recall an African proverb:

    “If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family (nation)”, which they suggest is from Ghana, that I found on this site:

    http://www.afriprov.org/index.php/african-proverb-of-the-month/25-1

    It’s interesting when you consider the “absent father” syndrome which seems to afflict not only our society but also it seems is a problem in the UK as well – as it was mentioned many times after the recent riots.

    It is surely also relevant to the problems of education – particularly with the amount of homework needed.