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»Respect«

by Isaac Ntabankulu, June 18, 2009

My approach to it
Might be different from yours
I have my own culture
And my own language

My view of intlonipho
Might not be the same way
As your view of respect

Intlonipho was instilled into me
From day one on this planet earth:
'Respect elders and strangers, my son
Regard every human being as umntu'

The man and the woman
You meet on the street
Are the same as your parents
The word 'stranger'
Does not exist in our culture

Always avoid eye contact
When talking to elders
Never exchange words with them
Respect them

They have seen many days
And that gives them the licence
To always understand things better than you

You must always remember:
The colonial education you acquire at school
Will never introduce this to you
It will give you a certificate...
That will make it easy for you to serve...
Under the instructions of our 'superiors'.

Written: June 2009
Tags: Social

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"Simple, easy to read and informative about our culture to other race groups."
Sipho Kekezwa, Jul 3, 2009

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