The problem with just dancing …

by Black Captain

Waving sticks, whistling and ululating, the women performed the apartheid-era toyi-toyi dance up and down a dirt road. They sang songs, some mournful, some defiant, warning: “When you strike a woman, you strike a rock” and invoking the memory of heroes of the anti-apartheid struggle such as Oliver Tambo. They joined hands in a circle for a soulful rendition of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika, the national anthem and originally a hymn. They kneeled before police armed with shotguns and sang “What have we done?” in the Xhosa language.