BRAVEHEART // NAKED WOMAN AT NELSON MANDELA SQUARE

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Wow did you guys see this story? On Monday, a woman walked towards the giant Mandela statue at Nelson Mandela square in Sandton, Johannesburg and stripped naked until security probably came to remove her as demonstrated in these images above.  There’s something really wonderful about it.  It is not clear who this woman is or why she did it but somebody on twitter called her Braveheart and I must agree, there is something spectacular about this statement.  Some dim witted people on News 24 are complaining about the type of body she has, some have called it ”yuck” and how it would have been better to have a young ”firm” body. Whether it is art or not, my interpretation of this is that she is making the invisible real and black body visible, making it visible at the physical embodiment of South Africa’s neo-liberal agenda, one that prioritizes capital not people, it is a building that represents all the wrong turns we’ve made to end up in a situation where 25% of South Africans are unemployed and poor, a building that represents our nation’s status as the dumping ground for Western Imperialism . It’s a comment on how commodified the image of Mandela has become. It towers over a mall, a mall whose shops consist of celebrating the success of international brands and globalization that impedes our own development.  Her body and statement are beautiful and brave. Thank you mystery Braveheart….if that’s what you were going for. Please do it again somewhere else. Of course, this is just my interpretation.  Some of you may think this is totally messed up. At least she has us thinking.

// Comments (109)
  • Leseli says:

    Lovely interpretation! I didn’t get what it was about and only saw one pic

  • Siyabonga says:

    I Love What You Wrote Here……It’s Beautiful

  • Tsepo wa Mamatu says:

    Of course your thoughts are instructive here. More so, you equally correct to point out the structural realities and borders that have been once a part of the white administration are suitably ordered and asserted by the current state. Moreover, can we not imagine the naked state we are being forced to contemplate over? Are we not being encouraged to ask of ourselves probing questions of where and who we have become? Is the madness not the sum total of the state of our state? If this be the case, then I too wish to bleed my nakedness as a site of shame, the shame we read of daily, of corruption and other ills. These ills are the dis-ease of body politic. I want to be naked too, for I am ashamed of who we have become. This lady, implicates me…like you saying, she remains my brave heart.

  • nonikiwe says:

    I love this ‘braveheart’. I think she has an amazing body and I particularly LOVE the image where she’s has her head on Madiba’s leg…such a powerful image. I wish I knew her story…
    Thanks for sharing:-)
    xx

  • Very interesting observation sis’ MilliB…. I sure got the whole country thinking & talking…Braveheart!!!

  • Lwazi says:

    Cray cray!

  • Funny – the first thing I thought when I saw these pictures was “Wow, what a lovely shape that lady has…” It’s a pity someone with your mindset isn’t more involved in the media. Sadly these things make “news” but always for the wrong reasons. There is always judgement and never any real dialogue on motivation. I like your interpretation. It makes total sense. But, of course, let’s not ask ourselves any “real” questions. Let’s all berate the woman for how her body looks instead…right?

  • Zona says:

    I’m not sure how I feel bout the move. But then again I don’t have to have to an opinion on it right. Anywho I think she has a gorgeous bod. The perfect hour glass!

  • Fundzi says:

    I would like to know what caused her to do it. She is indeed Braveheart!!!

  • Tebogo says:

    Well said. Very well said.

  • MICHAEL EASTWOOD says:

    Yes she is brave but I THINK her statement is even deeper than that, too many mothers are bringing up there kids alone yet the fat cats in that very big building have forgotten about our masses that are struggling to get a basic good living wage and employment. YET our shepherd stands TALL and all his hard work seems to be falling on deaf ears. Viva to our BRAVE one

  • louise hildebrand says:

    i think her body is perfect. and the image of her leaning against madiba’s knee is beautiful.

  • Nobubele says:

    It truly is your interpretation…But it has nothing to do with body beauty. If this woman felt beautiful she would not go around taking her clothes off…
    What I see is a frustrated woman…we don’t know whats happening in her mind. We will all sit and interpret a situation that doesn’t need interpretation. How about someone walking to her and ask her what is really happening, why did she do it, whats happening in her mind…? we have a became a nation that does not care? That we see someone in pain and suffering and interpret as beauty? Really…Buphi Ubuntu..Do we even understand that…?

  • chris keys says:

    your thoughts about it are spot on. i am a white guy and so i realise my voice here is probably very small. i hate malls and globalization and the commodification of Mr Mandela’s name and image as much as the next guy, but the willingness to confront it with her own nakedness (all that she is, everything that she is) is brilliant and yes very very brave… i dont get the old body thing, or the ‘yuck’ thing, if Braveheart is not a stereotypical babe it only makes her point stronger! thanks for the insights!

  • Andy says:

    I am sure this women went there to ask TataMandela tht u said we will be free but now I dont have nothing on my hand im poor struggling to support my kids and all that. The pic looks perfert n beautiful but I can see pain from far that there is a problem. Whatever it is my the lord helpher n open the doors for her n her kids…

  • Mandi Smallhorne says:

    I was furious at the stupid comments about her body. I found the picture I saw moving and mysterious. I like your interpretation.

  • joanne says:

    Look up at the towering statue of the faithful old man, know that if you even stand before him stark naked, you can trust him. It’s a tribute.

  • Abe says:

    Pulverizingly epic!

  • Sanga says:

    Wow milli you have got me thinking!!!

  • kholofelo says:

    braveheart!
    Reminds me of Erykah Badu’S Window seat music video 🙂

  • kholo says:

    Braveheart!
    Reminds me of Erykah Badu’s Window seat music vidoe :).

  • kholo says:

    Braveheart!
    Reminds me of erykah Badu’s Window seat music video

  • shura says:

    I am so moved by her gesture. I don’t know what was in her heart but I can feel these captures. Beyond her body being my body. .her total and unequivocal courage, if even she viewed it as that. Was she called by something higher..more spiritual. .I believe so..some in our society sees so many things thru eyes of ignorance and fear. ..God is present in this ….Those who understand. ..know

  • Phillippa Yaa de Villiers says:

    What a brilliant statement. I love your reflection on it too Ms Milli B. No disclaimers, your perspective is true to you and to others, the more you share it.

  • Slo says:

    Love your interpretation

  • margie says:

    Beautiful, brave, naked woman. Powerful.

  • Mbali says:

    I love that you have the capacity to see it as beautiful, its without a doubt brave. I think globalisation is a part of our development (as it is with every other country), doesn’t neccessarily impede it.

  • conrad steenkamp says:

    Folks, beautiful hour glass shaped body or not, each will make his/her own interpretation of the significance of what ‘braveheart’ did. We don’t know what went on in her head or why she did it.

  • Stella says:

    Beautiful woman.

  • thandi chauke says:

    The first thing i said was wow what a great art portrait,coz i believe there is more of a story on this pic..than meets eye….its a really beautiful pic indeed…

  • Aimee says:

    There is always going to be that one asshole who has something nasty to say, but I think this she has made an incredible statement with a beautiful sentiment. The fact that her body actually ROCKS is irrelavant. I think she is trying to portray her vulnerability and what human identity is, underneath our perceived labels. An appeal to the now late hero. Very brave indeed.

  • Diek Grobler says:

    I love it. Even the appalling comments she got in the press is a statement about the disgrace our society has become. Protest performance pure, simple and brave indeed.

  • julz says:

    There is more to this act , brave heart indeed…….she is really trying to bring some naked truth ,wish we could hear more of her story !!!!!.

  • julz says:

    Her to strip naked was a way of having to show how intense her motive , so at least people can reach out to find out what exactly she might be going through , either frustrated , going insane , moral decadency, yuck , all sought’s of interpretation. But i think she really pulled it.

  • Rochelle says:

    i think she went to Tata in her humbleness asking Him to forgive a nation. I’m forever grateful for such a brave women i would have never dared but i get her i so get her 🙁

  • zama says:

    this is rubbish what are we raising our young kids to if we applaud such crazyness. if she is not mentally disturbed she need to go to Jail.

  • Andile says:

    I obviously do not know the plight of ‘Braveheart’. But I can say she is just that, brave.

    She has a beautiful body, and I am hurt by the people that have gone on to say that she shouldn’t display her naked body! Why not? Is it because her body is a beautiful representation of everything we as African women have been conditioned to believe is not beautiful? Is it because she has chosen to do what we are all too afraid to do, expose our physical nakedness to the world?

    Whatever her reason is for doing it, I support her fully. And I wish she would do more of such activations, and tell us why she is doing it so we can show our support!

  • NjabuloThabo says:

    Rather pathetic that you see the African female body as ‘black’. She looks caramel. The ultra-dumb fixation with forcing the wrong colour reference on the African is so last century.

  • Reynardt says:

    That’s bull! Set aside physical appearance, race, art etc. That’s all irrelevant! Nobody stop to thin about the children seeing this in public? Hell, let make porn compulsory in schools, its a form of art and expression right??

  • Tshepiso Konopi says:

    A strong statement needing further under sting… Our beloved South A-freak-a

  • Rodger Pool Mc Dyck says:

    Christ died naked on the cross another historic symbol used by the haves to control the have not’s.

    Naked not covered by Religious or Financial “play acting” but true to the core off humanity.

    Standing Naked for the world to see, a cry to GOD to intervene and help his people (humanity) his creation. To set us free from the false sence off Religious and Financial atonement.

    We spend all our energy focused towards creating Great Wealth. (Oblivious that the mirror image – Great Poverty is also ours)

    Newtons law “Energy can not be created – it can only be transformed from one form to another”

  • Gugu says:

    I think this is beautiful artistry, because there more to the story than the picture. Some may call it talking in silence.

  • Miss Oh! says:

    Simply beautiful.

  • keanan says:

    the fact that this woman has gone to that length of adressing the statue naked must tell u, her desperation is huge and she wants to make a point,its nt always necessary to revert to violence or protests to bring ur point across.people are crying for the spirit of ubuntu to prevail yet we pull up our noses or turn a blind eye when we see somebody struggling,some might even go as far as saying im glad thats not me… what is hapenning to our beautiful country… the rich are geting richer and poor are getin poorer.. God help us

  • Wa-Thusi says:

    It is the rehabilitation of Mme Sarah Baartman in the now… probably it would rekindle discussion about ways en means to change how the black female body is treated, looked at. Young girls are being raped, young girls commodify themselves to survive. The list is long, fact remains not yet UHURU for the female black body.

  • Fifi says:

    I find it hard to comment on this not knowing the underlying issue.
    I will say this, if this lady saw her nakedness as the only form of protest in her arsenal(assumption), against all the ills in RSA then we have reached a low point. This is extreme;it means that if one doesn’t demand attention,non will be given.
    Naked spear.. nudity.. people paid attention.
    I suspect that is more of an art project. If you want to protest.. your actions must be accompanied by a statement. At this stage, We may all be part of her art project and our views on her body, Mandela’s statue, her silence may just prove some point that has nothing to do with the state of RSA politics.

  • soso says:

    An African woman,,,,,,,,beautiful as ever! What she did speaks volumes!,,,,, I may not understand her fully,,,,the motives,,,,,but I admire her courage,,,, ! We as African have nothing to show,,,, nothing in our pockets or cubboards,,,, we are naked,,,,in the middle of the rich and fat mall ,,,,,”””” ! Thank yu “mistery woman”!

  • Muzi says:

    I think when she gets to talk about her deed she will prove many people wrong. Her moves on the video shows her as “not well”. I hope she talks out and prove me wrong too.

  • Kim says:

    I like your interpretation…but coming from a psychology/research background…often we are too quick to put our own thoughts onto other people’s behaviours/actions and look for things we want to see…don’t get me wrong, I like your interpretation, it is wonderful, and creates a dialogue on the points you have raised about the status of this nation…but she may also be a bewildered woman suffering from confusion… just my take on it 🙂

  • Angelina Namiba says:

    Your interpretation is ‘Spot on’! and her body if fabulous. Proper coca cola shape. A braveheart indeed.

  • sam mofokeng says:

    I have absolutely no idea what she was up to, but her intentions look, noble and humble. I think she has courage the size of a lion, and I can learn so much from her. We deal with anger, frustration, happiness, pain and agony in different ways. Thank you lady for doing yours. You are courageous beyond my comprehension. YOU ARE REALLY A BRAVE HEART!!!!

  • Thuliso says:

    Firstly Bravo to you Millie for sharing your intelligency with us.
    One can look at your statement in many different ways that would suite the main issue.
    Big ups to this Braveheart lady.The pictures have so many stories to tell, there is just too much to say about each picture.From your point of view Millie it suites the pictures and the place of incident.
    To me every picture have a story to tell and what fasinates me most is the fact that it falls under so many catagories.In Christian’s eyes she was praying, in cultural view she was asking for support from “idlozi loMzansi wonke” in Political she was showing that we treasure international desingers yet we posses all the good things.

  • Zama and the other negative commentators are wrong. The lady is very beautiful and brave in her nakedness before Madiba, placing her expressive head on his leg, looking up at him and carrying on a conversation with him. It is a very private moment, and your interpretation of the moment is thought-provoking, because Madiba is still here in spirit, encouraging us to emulate his generosity and greatness. We can learn a lot from her.
    Viva Braveheart!

  • Aurions nous un de ces jours la grandeur de comprendre la GRANDEUR et le SUBLIME de ces images? Et partant, du geste?

  • Thiokére says:

    Aurions nous un de ces jours la grandeur de comprendre la GRANDEUR et le SUBLIME de ces images? Et partant, du geste? Je pense qu’un petit laïus en français, sur l’histoire et les motifs des photos; rendrait la chose plus explicite pour nous francophone.

  • Milli Bongela says:

    Hey Kim, thanks for your comment. Yeah man, I am totally projecting what I see. Have you seen the video of this? That has a lot of insight into why she is not mentally unstable, it seemed like a very thought out and deliberate statement. Anyway, it’s good to see what everyone thinks.

  • Christine says:

    Brave beautiful strong woman, I salute you!

  • Dolry says:

    Beautiful – I love her

  • Ashley says:

    She pays tribute to the liberator. She stripped herself of her Westernised culture, and in that moment, in who she was, who she is, remembered the past and thanked the father of our nation for the liberation. Of course, as has been mentioned, the state of both our government and society is not worthy of celebration. However, all we need to do is look back a few decades and see the beauty of our state. She remembers her roots. I think we can all reach back to our rich cultures and momentarily celebrate the identity of our people, but in this diverse nation, in the union of cultures, we have left almost no space to hold onto traditional identities. It is sad. And it is liberation. Every ideal bares traces of a myriad others.

  • Milli Bongela says:

    Look what this woman has done. Thank you Ashley.

  • pearl says:

    So touched by your interpretation, it is clearly that the lady has a powerful message sent across, sad but true that our leaders are too blinded by greediness to notice that our country is going from bad to worse. Our kids are killing each other,high rate of unemployed youth and poverty, our country is overwhelmed by drug addicts.

  • Anton Long says:

    What a load of old Sociology 101 uni-speak! It isn’t “globalisation” and international brands that have impoverished the masses of South Africans, but rather a corrupt and inept leadership that is more intent on illegally raiding the fiscus than educating and uplifting its poor.
    And, if you really insist on bringing race to the table, consider this: If it had been a white male who had dropped his kit in Mandela Square, he would’ve been branded a dirty old flasher and corrupter of youth!

  • Bohlale Nakeli says:

    What a gorgeous site! What a beautiful analysis you have written! The reaction of main stream media is indicative of how alive we have become to allowing abnormal views to censure our normal everyday reactions that are not poisoned. The toxic gaze and commentary from our media needs a major detox! This sister is gorgeous. What I find peaceful about her action is the reverence that it evokes. We have forgotten that word. We are no longer in reverence of the beauty of the simple actions, words and being. I think here we are witnesses to an energy that should provoke us to disrupt the discourse of care of ethic. We should disrupt the discourse that want to hijack that place in use that make us feel amazing that keeps us alive to the possibility of actions that drop a memory in us that gives us that sense of woooooooW!

  • I love how all of you think. It’s just marvelous that most of you are all on the same level of thinking. It’s sad that some people see this brave act, not as an abomination.

  • Estelle Hester says:

    I find the action of this `BRAVEHEART` woman VERY moving. To be naked is to be stripped of all pretense, it is to be completely vulnerable – and then she gently bows her head against the Mandela statue. Is it a sadness she conveys? Standing so vulnerable in a mall surrounded by shops selling glitter and bling and luxury items. It is truly a beautiful action.

  • Smangaliso says:

    Wow they have called her names and as you know the first thing a human does is judge anything without checking.for that story you are the first person who has written sence.It is indeed the matters of the heart the deep heart she has was so brave that your topic is spot on the heading is spot on.I would have been great to get some info from her and let us hear from her what was in her heart unlike these perverts who would rather see a firm body to do what to fulfill their sexual habits shame in them.she followed her heart and it is her and only her and God who knows what was going through her mind…your piece was the best review of her act and it is really good…

  • Tshepo Tlou says:

    I’m just curious, and astonished by the negative interpretation by media of this womans act, if it had been a white woman would be such a bad thing would it still be depicted the same way as it has,wouldn’t we then see multiple people streaking demonstrating they femininity,and free independence as it would then be contextualized.

  • Katarina says:

    I think this can be taken as a statement about what is real and what we should value. She has stripped to reveal her true self – something we are told to cover up. She seems like she is lamenting the statue as a symbol that has become almost empty considering the surroundings and the outcomes of all the struggles that were meant to empower the masses and not just the wealthy and privileged few. She touches it to see if it is still real, she questions everything and she gets us to question it too. Bravo!
    This is truth and beauty in the midst of a hollow collection of concrete blocks. I once spent a day in Sandton, killing time after an interview. As I walked past the shops, everything started to look the same, it reminded me of a prison I had visited during a school trip. I started to become alarmed at the uniformity and the meaninglessness of the whole place. So cold and ugly in comparison to this young woman. We need more like her!

  • Joshua says:

    It’s as if she is saying, “Here I am as naked as I was born! Regardless of beauty! We still knee’d you. You left us too soon.”

  • thabiso says:

    I felt her pain as she looked up to Tata statue. She looked like she was pleading,begging …. What ever going on in her mind/heart hope it gets resolved. Ooh!! What a braveheart

  • True a woman with a brave heart to show how the world that its just not art she did but to show that life is always full of dreams and that you must not be afraid to achieve the to the fullest.

  • Milli Bongela says:

    Oh Anton, yes it would have been because the agency of a white man is different to that of a black woman.

  • Tando Bonga says:

    A Moment In Time

    For a moment we lost our humanity. In that moment, we lost the meaning of life, the essence of living. Yes, we lost a sense of being. With our arsenic laced tongues, we spewed bile without first finding the meaning. We judged based on her appearance and not on the meaning.

    Yes, we labelled her ‘fame-seeker’, ‘ugly’, ‘with hair everywhere’, ‘sagging body parts’, etc.

    I dare say that if the woman was younger with firmer body parts or paler skin colour, I am sure the pervert amongst us would have labelled her act PROFOUND, CLASSIC, MURNING-IN-DIGNITY, ARTISTIC and so forth. She would have been given an audience like the young Zulu and Swati girls during the reed dance. We wanted to see perfection.

    Africa is littered with naked women with sagging boobs, from the Bushmen in South Africa, Herero in Namibia, and other tribes in East, West and Central Africa to this day. No, that is not important! “How dare this woman strip naked in the centre of our civilisation, ‘Sandton City’? Her crime is that she was not wandering in some bushes where she belongs.

    Strangely, most the criticism come from men whose dicks barely cover their balls. I will not even mention their beer-bellies.

    I a moment of time, an African Queen stood silent mourning the departure of a GREAT. An African princess stood firm in defiance of man-made rules. I can hear her whispering, “Ndize kanye Nkosi” (Here I coming with nothing and I will leave with nothing!).

    We will never know the meaning, but we threw stones at her.

  • Milli Bongela says:

    PREACH Bohlake. Reverence is the perfect word!

  • Milli Bongela says:

    It’s sad that you do Sduduzo but each to his or her own. Our minds are as different as our eyes and that’s ok

  • Phiwe Mxenge says:

    I think this lady was indeed brave for doing what she did. There’s a lot we can take out of what she did. The video I watched was more detailed than the images, she just got there did her thing, put her clothes back on, people tried to talk to her she seemed disinterested as it also looked like someone was trying to ridicule her on the spot.
    I like the fact that she was so disconnected to her judgemental environment, especially with all the things being said about her that she couldn’t hear but I could hear from the people taking the video.
    I want her to know that she’s brave and she has a nice body and thank you for getting us conversing! Thatha ntombazane!

  • Katleho says:

    wow, your view made my day

  • Sposh says:

    Whatever her reasons are, I appreciate the dialog her extreme act has triggered. She got our attention.
    We are being challenged to do something about the state of our country as it stands i.e. education, health, unemployment etc. By “we” I dont mean gov, ANC, DA, politicians etc., I mean us, tax paying citizens who are funding the system. There are so many countries where people took it upon themselves to change the course of history by being brave, ours included. Only when we all accept the problems and how they all affect us, can we collectively find a solution.
    What will future generations say about our generation? That was the generation that enjoyed the new SA, ignored the problems of the country when they arose and were too concerned about their skin colours.
    Thank you Braveheart for triggering the dialog.

  • LETLHOGONOLO MATHABATHA says:

    I love you interpretation, She is a beautiful black woman who has flaws just like everybody, only a few can be that brave .

  • Chantelle Wallace says:

    You people need to do your homework on how the actual story of “Braveheart” en-spires… nowhere does it resemble the naked bodies of females in the city reminiscing a statue! FFS!

  • Milli Bongela says:

    What are you saying Chantelle? What is FFS?

  • Smoo says:

    I am confused but this is admirably amazing, I think she has a story to tell…. Would like to know her strategy. impacable. Smoo Ndaba

  • Lerato says:

    I find it soooo odd how her body was discriminated…coz all I kept saying from the get-go was ‘At least she had a beautiful body…coz if she didn’t…fellaz wouldn’t have taken out their fones. There would be zero footage’

  • Me says:

    Idiotic shit. People talking about god, keep that nonsense to yourselves. People praising mandela, sure, hail a terrorist who ordered the murders of so many and whose name is behind the start of necklacing. People going on about how brave she was, lol shut up man she was probably on nyaope and blady bostik.

  • Karen van Heerden says:

    Just to silence any religious hypocrites; in the Bible it was a common practice for people to tear all their clothing off in grief. It is still practiced in many different religions and cultures. Secondly the Bible clearly states that we are not to judge others, that is for God alone to do. How can you spew negativity about someone you don’t know? What is her back story? Her motivation? Her action brought many issues to the surface – sexism, racism, body image, crime, human rights, freedom of expression, etc. The list is long! I see her as a mirror; where each person’s reaction shows what’s going on within themselves. Break down and destroy that which we don’t understand seems to be the usual response. No wonder our country is in this current state….

  • Teboho. says:

    I don’t think that Neked woman she was thinking straight,maybe she mental disterbense.she absolute wrong,not because is Mandela statue,anywhere that’s not right.she is humulate the African woman.

  • anonymous says:

    art??? is 10 year olds seeing a naked body art?!! please check your morals

  • Nomisupasta says:

    Art is incredible. It speaks directly to you.

    When I read Milisuthando Bongela blog on Braveheart, it was the first time coming across this story, or at least a reflection on what had occurred. I hadn’t heard about it, all I’d seen was a post on my ever faithful sister Ntsiki Mazwai’s wall. I googled “Braveheart Video South Africa”, and Milli’s blog came up.

    I was’t even at Sandton Square, and yet its so powerful to me. Milli captures the scene so well. The images spoke ‘here I am, here we are, we come as we are on this earth’, to me. It says, ‘ok, and then?’.

    I chuckle.

    These securities, they make it into every notable artistic statement to come from our new South Africa. I’ll be honest, I apprecuate the police. There are those who come to protect and serve. They are community builders, I don’t mind them. It’s these securities. They are not always very sure about how to handle situations. We’ve seen some that demonstrate vividly the legacy of the apartheid system and that evil regime, this one however, quite honestly is just like, ‘now, what do you want me to do?’. I bet they had a conversation.

    What do you think the security guard said? What did this mystery heroine say? Were they silent, did they speak in signs?

    I also found looking at the images weirdly peaceful.

    #BraveHeart

  • Noah says:

    Yah its a good interpretation,but I think its time I shade some light on this particular amazing and extraordinary event: It all started as a joke and it became international news; How was all this concieved? It all started with some people arguing about doing something like that in broad daylight without fear of condamnation,and it later involved high stakes in betting and surely nobody thought someone would go ahead with it until we all saw those pics on social networks. So how much money did she make? Ask Dr cash at one of the popular night spots in Sandton.

  • Gugu says:

    yooo God help us,,Jesus is coming soon..

  • Simnikiwe says:

    Thank you for this piece, it inspired me to right a poem especially now in women’s month. She stands naked in her truth but the 1st thing and the only thing that seems to make a conversation is her body. My heart spilts and shatters that the hell this women has faced and the demons that continue to haunt her had/have her this frustrated, she tells and untold story.

  • Lerato. Amore says:

    I’ve been deliberating over this since I saw it…my first reaction was wow she is so vulnerable, she’s trying to say something that words simply cant articulate. I saw love, I saw a delicate fragility and I saw myself, naked and questioning, unafraid…thanks for this Milli

  • Milli Bongela says:

    Yes, the 10 year old comes out of a naked body!

  • 2ply says:

    Whatever her motives, the average Sandtron shopper could do with a dose of reality and few things I imagine could be as sobering as a naked black woman in public.

  • Brenda says:

    I really think that this woman was simply saying to Madiba “look at us Tata Poverty,corruption has stripped us naked…we are losing everything…n wr have nothing..

  • Pontsho says:

    wow! really a good way of looking at it, i love your views, keep writing

  • sharpen says:

    I share Simnikiwe sentiments.” She stands naked in her truth but the 1st thing and the only thing that seems to make a conversation is her body. My heart spilts and shatters that the hell this women has faced and the demons that continue to haunt her had/have her this frustrated, she tells and untold story.”

    @Milisuthando Bongela continue writing,,,love your perspective

  • ocieno says:

    the system that our democracy protects and content feed to our scholars doesn’t only fail to protect our people but also makes it possible for them to be oppressed (not physically, but financially), for example non of our township dwellers have resources to provide basic needs for themselves, but depend on white/foreign-Owen establishments to eat, rent, wear, learn, and entertain themselves.

  • tabnashe says:

    I apologize for disrespecting the woman body publicly like that, quiet frankly what Tata did for us is beyond great, a humanitarian, a father, well the list is endless. My name is tabnashe and i am 24 years of age.In 2013 i meet a guy (Nigerian) and ever since i meet this guy my body started to deteriorate.Since the month of April 2013, my menstrual circle became heavy and heavy clots of blood every month. This continued until this year May when my boyfriend told me that i was finished. I could not understand what he was trying to say since i was madly in love with the guy. During this period, i lost tremendous weight and even my mother was telling me i was becoming white thin,what was the matter?My parent tried time without number to keep me away from him,but would snick out of the house and wld stay with the guy months without seeing them.I even got stabbed because of the guy, but overlooked it as nothing. Even with all the signs i stupidly continued with the relationship.The guy started to show no interest in me nolonger, he would treat me like i was rubbish now and insult me endless. In May 2014 now, he went out living me in the house like always but this day it was different because he came back with 2 other men at exactly 2 am, I showed respect and i even allowed them to sleep on the bed then me and my man slept on the ground. Upon waking up in the morning, i discovered that there was something wrong with my eye. The next thing my men forces me out of the house, that he doesn’t want me anymore. Now i realize that i was blindfolded on that night. But the great news was that anybody that tried to do something to me(up to now i don’t know how they do it) i always backfire on them even that my boyfriend confirmed and he used to say IGEBUMMU GEBUMMO, which means who wants to kill me will kill himself. So now after being thrown out of his house i got another house in #120 endstreet flat. i was now staying with this Zulu man with his s’bare and his two kids( boy and girl) and gogo Patricia and Sebe Sibusisiwe Buthelezi but she only moved in, in July.One afternoon in june i went out to do my runs and meet my friend who asked me why i was looking old, i couldn’t understand and then he said maybe it was the hairstyle that was old.I went straight home and took the hair off but nothing happened i remained the same until one night everyone had a dream.Since this day people told me i had a body of a baby, i still don’t understand what they see, when i look at myself i see myself but people say umtana lo.It came to a point we people were spitting at my very existence which left me hurt all the time like i had done something wrong. At Nelson Mandela Square, I was a hurting soul crying out to my Father.i don’t know how i lost my body in a split second, all of a sudden an old woman then a baby again. All i understand is that UTata did it all for us, so many people think its a curse to be blindfolded or disabled, no, its actually a blessing, it works to your advantage. BABA said its 50|50, but in my case i received something stolen and i was the one who was being affected. Well all i wish to tell all the Ladies out there, value yourself, you only live once.Your body is the temple of the Holyspirit. Your future is in your womb, have boundaries, know your control point and access points. How i wish i could study gynecology and be able to help women who could possibly be in my situation

  • Milli Bongela says:

    Ocieno! Yes!!!!

  • kas says:

    This is crazy, she picks up some little bones when she finished, watch the video. This witchcraft… and all the little kid in sandton she didn’t mind, there is nothing that educate anyone here… people say we criticized it oh yes i am, why come in public and do that stupid act pick up some bones and leave, she should have left naked.

  • Thamzo says:

    Well that honestly is an interpretation of not “bravery” but inhuman

  • tabnashe says:

    Its really sad for me, i only work up and my father was gone.

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