THURSDAY marked 39 years since the horror of 4 May 1978, when hundreds were killed in one of worst atrocities committed by apartheid regime.
The South African airborne attack, now known as the Cassinga Massacre, is deeply etched in our psyche.
It was because of the men, women and children, who perished on that day; that the flame of resistance grew brighter and fanned into flames that engulfed a system, which propagated racial hatred.
It was at Cassinga that the rules of engagement were thrown out through the window and unsuspecting refugees were killed.
Perhaps no other single event better signifies the bitterness of Namibia’s struggle for independence.
It is necessary on the anniversary of such a painful historic event to reflect on what transpired, and honour those who lost their lives.
It is also necessary to consider what exactly these lives were lost for and how best we can honour them, through our actions today.
We should pause and think about the selflessness of the people who abandoned the comforts of their homes, in order to liberate themselves and their countrymen and women.
It should also be remembered that the massacre triggered the desire of others to enlist and serve on the battlefield; it sparked a desire to stand together and unite, to achieve a common goal.
Today, we have independence, because freedom fighters pulled together in one direction, and so the Cassinga Massacre must remind us that when we unite for a common purpose, and join hands, we can be victorious.
The Namibian spirit of ubuntu should flame afresh, as we work together, shoulder-to-shoulder to face the enemies of poverty, unemployment and hopelessness.
The second revolution, which has been spoken about by this country’s leaders, cannot be sustained by disunity.
The inequalities we face cannot be overcome if we are divided on grounds that seek to tear to pieces that foundations laid by those who died in pursuit of our freedom.
This second revolution, which is to address the economic injustices of the past, should not be hijacked by those who want to see the same individuals getting richer and richer, at the expense of the poor.
Economic emancipation must be for the Namibian masses, not for cowering elites, who are fighting to maintain their positions at the feeding trough.
Revolution is a perpetual teacher, and we must not be sidetracked by the schemes and strategies of those who would want to retain the status quo.
All Namibians who want to see the upliftment of the poor and disadvantaged should join hands across colour and creed, to drive and sustain the push towards the significant transformation of the country’s economic edifice.
As Namibians, we should have one vision, one revolution, and one national aspiration.
Our diversity must join in common aspiration, so we plot together how to execute our second revolution, in the interests of all.
There is no greater honour that we can pay the heroes of Cassinga!
Confidente. Lifting the Lid. Copyright © 2015