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Toyi Toying


Toyi Toying

The poor are getting poorer
And the rich are getting fatter
And never the two shall meet.
Toyi toyi to the beat.

How many times
Must education be overhauled
Yet still the masses cannot read?
How many bright ideas
Fail to light the way?
How can we succeed
With no recipe for success?
Does it suit the powers that be
To make no inroads into poverty?
Toyi toyi.

Back to basics:
Who taught the teachers?
Or can they teach at all?
Who pays the piper
To pipe his little tune?
One thing is true
In this country of ours,
Everyone is paid
Whether they do their job or not,
All get a raise
No matter how bad their work.
Strikes are a tool
To blackmail the schools.
Toyi toyi, toyi toyi
Down the never-ending road of life.


Current use in South Africa
After Apartheid ended, people have used toyi-toyi to express their grievances against current government policies. Use of the dance has become very popular during recent service delivery protests and among trade unions, and some South Africans have used it in violent attacks against refugees. The country’s independent social movements such as Abahlali baseMjondolo and the Anti-Eviction Campaign have begun using toyi-toyi and other liberation protest strategies for their anti-government protests. [3] The Anti-Privatisation Forum has come out with a CD that they see as a compilation of music specially for toyi-toying.[4]


Author: adeeyoyo

I am a middle-aged South African woman, living in Johannesburg. I began writing poetry towards the end of May 2010. I love animals – sometimes more than people! I am back after a break. Thanks for still being here, if you are! Missed you! xxx

11 thoughts on “Toyi Toying

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  2. There is something for you on my post…please pop over and collect it!


  3. Hard truths in there adee!


  4. good for you laying it out there…they have cut the education budgets deep here in the US…and in the next breathe complain we are falling further behind….nice write…


  5. very true, well written.

    sad that we have to wonder if people are deliberately hampering educationm here


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