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This resource is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, but was compiled and authored by Padraig O’Malley. It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

"The land of which I feel sorry"

I was born in the dark soil of Africa
Growing in jungles like wild animals
Searching for food wherever in the jungle
Our forefathers were ignorant and backward
Nevertheless they make our land fertile of which they cannot taste

Jungle was the natural habitat fir blackman and his dignity
Growing in the jungle was the black culture, hunting for animals
That's the way Blackman obtain his daily meal

Since Europe was small, they prefer to Africa
They left Europe unchased and come to settle in Africa uninvited
Yes that's where the colonial scramble and competition begins
They started to dismantle our culture and started to share our land of birth

Yes they turn our land into a modern land
The modern land which have a philosophy of fear and destruction
The land which was jungle turns to modern land
Urban life is the motto of success
Rural life turn into waste land
Why don't emacidate me from the chains of ignorant
Feed me with knowledge and truth, for freedom is getting rusty

We shall fight upon taking over power
We shall abolishe all the regime machinery
We shall fight on two fronts
The war never won one one front

Africa teach one another
Africa love one another
Africa shall mean togetherness
Love shall mean hatread
Love shall mean happiness
But happiness is the sign of danger
In Africa, shall find no peace
Until we the South's are free

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