cry wolf

The world is silent to my tears
Deaf to the plight of the voiceless
Blind to cries for help
When my voice loses its pitch
Decreases in volume
Drowned by the establishment
As I try to breathe
Gasp for a pint of air
Will you recognise my goat wails
My pleas for help from behind the veil of a choke hold
Should a strong uniformed arm over power me
Place my fragile neck in a vice grip
Will you document the proceedings
Just in case the surroundings decide to do me in
Should the most probable occur
Don’t look away
Place your recording on record
As my corpse is placed on trial
Castigated for my dress style
Persecuted because I wore a hoodie
Please highlight my side of the story
Or at the very least
Allow me to state my case in absentia
Tell ‘em I ain’t no thug
When the world ignores my cries
Trying to breath is no crime
Mistaken for resisting arrest
Tell ‘em I have ghetto mentality
I don’t do no fairy tales
I don’t play no cry wolf
I am dying



They plunge hers wares
Embroil her in their wars
Steal her jewels
Dishonor her name
Misrepresent her history
Little do they know
Material matters not to her
Despite their attempts to rape her soul
Separate her from her offspring
Little do they know
Her children matter most to her
Whether they adorn themselves with beads
Attire themselves with hoodies
Her children matter most to her
Black lives matter
No matter their location
Their pigmentation
A reminder of a mother’s love
Blessed with melanin
Africa is more than a landmass
She is a congregation of souls
A village filled with hope
Black men united
Sounds of blackness
Sisters with voices
She is a survivor
The voice of love
The face of humanity
A resemblance of the supernatural
Knox Mahlaba
Author – Back From The Dead: The Rising of an African Spirit
Copyright 2015

Jacob Zuma puts South Africa first!

We need a President in the CEO mould!

Someone to take Brand South Africa to a new level. Mandela’s departure got us more television exposure and goodwill than the World Cup 2010; it also reminded me of a time when we had Presidents that the world respected – individuals who could garner the support of the African continent and the entire nation. Sadly that is no longer the case.

We need a President that can leverage on the very goodwill and take us forward, by inspiring us and challenging us to aim for greater heights as individuals and as a nation. Once upon a time we were a nation of winners but of late we exude mediocrity at all levels. We forever have to explain ourselves after the damage has been done. Even the ‘deaf and dumb’ have literacy problems because apparently they couldn’t understand the sign language guy at FNB Stadium.

Frankly, I am tired of a President who is forever fielding questions about his personal issues. I like Jacob Zuma as a man, a traditionalist, a comrade and a family man but as a President he has serious short-comings.

He reminds me of George W Bush; a man who wasn’t qualified to be a president of anything even the PTA*. I watched him bring peace to KwaZulu-Natal and he was sufficiently rewarded for his effort and contribution. I again thank him for his glorious contribution to the struggle against Apartheid.  

As President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma inspires no confidence or exhibits no presence of mind. I don’t care about his ‘educational background’ but I have issue with his integrity or lack of! He is forever a motion-of-no-confidence away from losing his job.

Leadership is a blessing you receive from a higher power and you convey this to your followers not by manifestos and speeches but by all your actions, intended and unintended. From time immemorial individuals have led, never caucuses or committees or task teams or sub-committees

Someone must bear the responsibility of a decision.

If Mandela had consulted on all issues we would still be stuck at Kempton Park awaiting the outcome of Codesa I to this day.

Fuck collective leadership, there’s no such.

The Office of President of the Republic of South Africa isn’t a retirement package or ‘umhlaphansi’ or ‘a score’.

(*courtesy of Chris Rock)


the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania should be placed in the Intensive Care Unit.

the land question is at the forefront of local politics and yet the PAC struggles to remain relevant. 

on Tuesday two PAC members from opposing factions spent the entire hour on Metro FM arguing over internal legitimacy instead of agreeing to disagree on internal matters and selling the PAC’s policy position to the public. 

the PAC is like a team that loses despite having home ground advantage; since its formation it has owned the land issue and yet it is allowing new upstarts to steal their thunder.

it is very sad when an institution like the PAC requires palliative care.