Our History is Terrible – Yvonne Chaka Chaka


Legendary musician and activist Yvonne Chaka Chaka has admitted that South African youths take for granted the freedom that was fought for many years ago in an interview with Cliff Central.

“We have come a long way and I am so happy that we have lived to see South Africa transcending and we have these freedoms. My only problem is that we are taking this freedom for granted. All of us- black and white and purple.

“We need to make sure that we do things for ourselves. I get so angry when I see buildings dilapidated. I get so angry when I see the dirt. Who should clean up for you?” Yvonne said.

She also spoke about apartheid and adds she has dog bites on her body because white people will use dog to chase them.

“Our history is just terrible. What really angered me was when we drove from the station to the street where we lived, these young white boys would be sitting there and would be laughing. They would open the gate for their dogs and the dogs would chase us. They would have catapults and you would be walking and have rocks hit you, and they were laughing.

“I grew up hating. I grew up with hate. The only white person I liked was my madam (her mother’s boss)…I have three dog bites on my body because the dogs were set on me, because of the colour of my skin ,” she said.

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