Because we are

We are the ones who left. Some ran away. Others walked away. Some were simply taken away. Others sent. But today, no matter where we are or how we came to be here – today, we are all South African.

Today we have changed our Facebook covers and our profile pictures. Today we have posted – proudly, sadly, South African.

Today we have remembered the good – the greatness of our story.

Today we understand Ubuntu – I am because we are. Today our identity isn’t lost in the collective. Today we long for the crowd.

Today we long to dance and sing in the streets. But instead we are trapped in cities where you just don’t do that and so we turn to our iPods to remind us of those songs that speak of home.