By Siki Dlanga
When they refuse to mention her name
among the greatest warriors that ever were.
When you see them side-line her;
tainting her with titles
more fitting on them.
When they write her off as a murderer;
rather than the greatest protector of your people.
When they say that she killed a child,
when you know that she fought off their bullets
with her bare body bleeding,
the children of the nation.
Tell them that you know what they did to their Joan of Arc.
Tell them that if she was not, they would not have their Nelson to deify.
Tell them that she confronted their guns with nothing but her fury and said
NOT ON MY WATCH!
Tell them that she was framed as an uncontrollable violent woman because
with all their armies of police,
with all their scores of spies,
with all their spin doctors,
with all their guns pointed at her,
Winnie defeated them.
Tell them that they failed to diminish her mission, they multiplied it.
Tell them that they failed, and Winnie won.
Tell them that they bought journalists to invent a witch for them to burn in public.
Tell them that she has been publicly tried and humiliated, but she was not destroyed.
Tell them that she was more than a general,
Tell them – she was an army.
Tell them that her God-given superpower was simply that
she was a black woman.
They thought that was a curse.
They thought it was something to be downtrodden.
They thought it meant to be nothing.
They thought a lot of things that meant nothing.
She was a black woman,
9 April 2018