I am a black South African, born in Transkei — a rural area that is said to be a national disgrace, with the worst government institutions. As a result we are labelled, stigmatized and made to feel inferior. Even after Apartheid, there are inequalities and hierarchies within my people.
South Africa has 11 official languages and 9 of them are African. But English is regarded as prestigious and superior. In Transkei we speak Xhosa; we are the Xhosa Nguni tribe. However, we belittle ourselves by calling us â€œiziXhosanaâ€? (black-minded).
This is an ideology that we fought for during Apartheid that â€œbeing black does not mean youâ€™re uncivilized, barbaric or stupid.â€? However, today we are oppressed by a backlash that we are enforcing upon ourselves.
Transkei means the region beyond the Great Kei River. In 1950 the Group Areas Act was put in place to separate South Africans according to their skin colour. The lawâ€™s mission was to exclude non-whites from living in the most developed areas and non-whites were forcefully removed for living in â€œwrong areas.â€?
Black people were separated according to the language they speak, age, level of education and level of importance to the Apartheid regime. Black people were taught Bantu Education, a syllabus that trained blacks how to be of better services to their slave Baas (Afrikaner for white master).Therefore, the young and able-bodied were moved to shanty towns next to mines, women worked as domestic workers, the less educated worked in