Throughout this year I’ve been forced to question and evaluate my own privilege. How the institutions I’ve been placed in, the language I consider my mother tongue and the friends I’ve come to love and support have all somehow become consequences of a certain level of privilege I was born into.
By true miracle and unbelievable dedication my parents were able to send me to both private school and university. It wasn’t easy by any stretch of the imagination. And this is what gets me… It should be easy. It’s our right.
Why do our parents have to jump over the moon and back to send their children to a place of education? Why must there be blood scattered across our screens for the story to be heard?
Yesterday’s events highlighted many things but the most glaring thought is that our parents fought a very similar fight some 40 odd years ago. Except now we are united, solidified by a common a cause and powered by the notion of free education.
This is not about me, this is not about you, this is not about black and this is not about white.
It’s about us.
It’s about now.
We have to stand for something or we will fall for anything.
Stay woke South Africa, hear the cries of your students. Let’s turn this privilege into the norm #feesmustfall
Zano Mthembu is an actor, writer and an aspiring filmmaker.
He acted in the local TV Series The Coconuts as “TK Mbuli”.
Zano achieved his Bachelor’s Degree in Drama and Psychology
graduating at Rhodes University in 2014. Having trained for many
years in theatre and learning the craft under esteemed theatre
professionals his love for theatre is undisputed.