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Readers write 1987 No 3

A NEW CLUB IN BETHELEHEM We want people to join us in Bethelehem. We have some space and we want to make a park. We call ourselves the Life Club. We ask you to put our message in your magazine. We want to teach people to work for themselves. We want to teach each and every person to use their talents. If people want to join us, they must write to: Life Club, P.O. Box 5085, Bethelehem 9702 . Moeketsi Mokoena BETHELEHEM

APARTHEID The people are dead The children are being killed and are killing Is this really Africa? Do people really care? Do people really know what is happening? There is a war. The war is between people who are right and people who are wrong We are fighting because of Apartheid. One day this war will end. Yes, the war will end. Alexander Kaye HYDE PARK

THE YOUTH The youth are important because the future lies in their hands. I want to ask these questions. * how must young people behave? * what responsibilities do young people have? I think that young people must have good manners. They must be on time. And they must have self-discipline. They must learn to choose between good and bad. Education is very important for young people. Education must open our minds and help us to find answers to our problems. We must also learn about our own history. When we know our own history, we make our society strong. The youth must take part in things that are happening in their communities. We must know what is happening in our country. We must work for a better future for everyone. We must keep our minds open to new ideas. And we must use our talents to help other people. I want to know what other people think about the youth. Thank you. Abednigo Motsopi T.C.C.Student Piet Retief

LOCATION AT NIGHT If you move around at night, you are making a mistake – or that is what the SADF and the SAP say. And sometimes they come, doing house-to-house searches. Why don’t the SADF and the SAP go and guard their tri-cameral parliament – and leave us alone. We want to enjoy our Freedom Charter. We want the ANC and PAC to be unbanned. We ask for the same education for everyone -not Bantu education. We want the SADF and SAP out of our townships. We want the State of Emergency to end. And lastly, we want the newspapers to be free to write what they want. A Member UITVLUGT YOUTH CONGRESS

Hello, Learn and Teach readers Hey Comrades, we have a problem here in Piet Retief. The police go around with guns. They say they want to keep us safe. But in December and January, there were two very big storms and a tornado (inkanyamba). The police did not protect us then -they ran to their houses. Two people were killed in those storms – two of our comrades. Now, what we want to know is this: Why did the police not use their guns shoot the inkanyamba? Why did they not handcuff the inkanyamba? Why did they not use their sjamboks to beat the inkanyamba’s buttocks? Why did they not put the inkanyamba in their hippo’s and take it away? Why? Why? Why? Worried Comrades

MAKING A FALSE PICTURE What does Botha think he is doing, stopping people from knowing what is happening in the country? He paints a false picture so that whites will vote for the Nationalist Party in the coming elections. And what will the Nationalist Party do when they win? If Botha is serious about wanting peaceful change, then people must know what is happening. How can you have peaceful change if people are not ready for it? Also, they tell whites that the Africans in the townships are their enemies. Then Botha complains that many whites think that we cannot have peaceful change. Botha thinks by stopping the newspapers from writing about what is happening, the rest of the world will think there is peace in South Africa. But he must think again. My people see what is happening. No law can stop them from knowing. And they watch in horror. A Comrade  CAPE TOWN

ABOUT SLOPPY I like Learn and Teach very much, especially Sloppy. I think Sloppy is not only for laughing. I think Sloppy says something about our lives, here in Southern Africa. Am I right? Colin  OMARURU

A LETTER FROM LUDERITZ My name is Junias Alfred. I was born in Ovamboland in 1961. I have worked in Luderitz since 1978. I am a delivery man. My work is not easy. I work hard. I deliver to many people. I also have many friends. But I have a problem. All my friends want to talk to me when I am working. And I want to talk to my friends. But they cannot speak Vambo. So I must talk English. I try but I cannot talk English well. Now I go to night school four days a week. There are six teachers. They teach me and other workers to read and write English. I think this is my chance to learn. I call on other workers to use this chance, too. Junias Alfred LUDERITZ


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