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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

South Africa and Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) were part of the British Empire and shared common characteristics, including the settlement of Europeans and the dispossession of native Black Africans. The area brought into the Empire by the British South Africa Company led by Cecil Rhodes.

Zambia became independent in 1964 and, under President Kenneth Kaunda, the country actively supported the African National Congress. In 1990, the ANC expressed sincere gratitude to Zambia for their selfless support and involvement in the struggle.
Zambia was home to many liberation movements waging wars of liberation against colonial domination in the Southern African region and that Zambia did this at a time when she just gained her independence and therefore still vulnerable.
The shared history reflected a people that had collectively lived together dating back well beyond liberation times.

The difficult years of fighting colonialism and apartheid together must translate into a successful joint quest for economic freedom and social development. Our shared history must encourage us to work together to fight poverty, disease to ensure that our people have decent jobs and a better quality of life here in South Africa and back home.

Kaunda’s assertion in 1962 that ‘Zambia shall be free’ was a simple statement of fact and also metaphoric. In the context of pan-Africanist view of decolonization in Africa, Zambia was not yet free for as long as apartheid in South Africa and minority rule in Southern Africa continued to Survive.
Zambia’s support for the liberation struggles in Southern Africa was a deliberate decision of the founding leadership of independent Zambia.
In Zambia, there was an Anti-apartheid Movement which was a continuation of the country’s struggle for independence. The Anti-Apartheid Movement in Zambia was integrated in a general and national support for armed decolonisation in the region
Between 1982 and 1985, South African incursions, landmines and bombing continued in many parts of Zambia.

Zambia’s and Kaunda’s leadership in the Frontline States emerged partly because of unified support in Zambia. As noted earlier, Zambia’s decolonisation partly focused on an enemy which regrouped on Zambia’s borders. Kaunda and his party sought national unity partly as a strategy to face a racist enemy in southern Africa who had subjugated thirty million Africans. The same charm, tactics and principles Kaunda had used to unite Zambians against Colonial rule, he also deployed against apartheid in South Africa. He waved his white handkerchief and sang Zambians into a social movement against apartheid and racist governance.

He sang:
Tiyende pamodzi ndimtima umo!
Tiyende pamodzi ndimtima umo.
Amayi tiyenemwe
Limbani moyo
Limbani moyo
Tiyende pamodzi ndimtima umo
Ayusi tiyenemwe!
Limba moyo
Limba moyo
Tiyende pamodzi ndimtima umo.
Tiwoloke Zambezi ndimtima umo !
Tiwoloke Zambezi ndimtima umo !
Tiwoloke Limpopo ndimtima umo!
Tiwoloke Limpopo ndimtima umo!

In view of the above, we the Zambians in South Africa should join hands together and petition the Africa National Congress through the able help of Dr Kenneth Kaunda, to ask for amnesty to live in South Africa through being given work permits, permanent residency and South African Identification Cards just like the South African government has done to Zimbabweans and BaSotho’s.

Our hearts bleed when we see our fellow Zambians being imprisoned at Lindela for lack of legal documents to live in South Africa. Our hearts bleed when we see our fellow Zambians being given 5 years Prohibited Immigrant stamps in passports because of overstay.
The Zambia Association in South Africa will lead the way and we need your support. We will meet the Zambia High Commission for guidance and approach; there will be no turning back.

Once the petition is signed nationwide, we will invite Dr Kenneth Kaunda to submit the dossier to His Excellency the President of South Africa, Mr Jacob Zuma.

We call upon all Zambians regardless of their status to please support this initiative to save Zambians living in South Africa.

We thank you,

Ferdinand Simaanya
ZASA President

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