Lawrence Lemaoana, ‘Ilifa Lezithuta’, 2018, Afronova

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Ilifa lezithutha (lezithutha bo)

Lidliwa ngabahlakaniphileyo

Ilifa lezithutha (lezithutha bo)

Lidliwa ngabahlakaniphileyo

In 1992, Letta Mbulu released a musical album title Not yet UHURU , her first in South Africa after exile. In the song not yet UHURU, Mbulu poetically sings: according to old wisdom, the wealth of fools will be enjoyed by the wise.

The words ambiguously function as a rebuttal to the the fantasy that newly gained freedom for the majority of black South Africans but also as cautionary tale to foolishness.

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