Poetry

A TRIBUTE TO APLA (TshiVenda)

 Phethani Madzivhandila

Ngoho ndo zwi vhona nne 

Uri mukapi wa tshisima asi munwi watshi 

Nge vhahali vha mulovha 

Vha kudzwa daledaleni sa mathukhwi a tshifhefho

Vha sathulwa sa mufukakadzi wa muumba

Samba la ralo nambatela sa vhutoma ha vharema
Ngoho ndo zwi vhona nne nga mato aya anga

Uri tsiwana I laiwa ndilani 

Vhadzia vhumbulu na vhuada vha amba asina tserekanyo

Nge sa khali ya u afhulelwa vha shaya muzio 
Iwe Azania People’s Liberation Army

Mishumo yau ya mbilu ya tombo ari ngo I hangwa 

Naho na namusi no kudzwa khothoni nge na ralo u lwelwa vho ngwaniwapo 

Ri di tongisa nga iwe, 

Sa lulimi na mano ,dzina lau li dzula li milomoni yashu 
Iwe APLA,mmbi ya ma-Afrika 

Malofha au o shuluwa fhala bramley, St james cathedral, Kgosi Mammpuru Prison 

Utshi ralo u lwela vhana vha Azania 

Mishumo yau a ri ngo I hangwa 

Wa ralo u lifhedzela zwa Sharpville,Langa na fhala Cape of Good Hope 
Fhedzi ha nne ndo zwi vhona 

Madzhakandila na vhalelwa mbofholowo wa musi ula 

Vha sika nga ndala na dora 

Ngoho ndo zwi vhonanne mukapi wa tshisima ai munwi watsho 

Vhungoho ndi khare ya mipfa I rumbulaho 

I rumbula vha lingedzaho u I dzumbetshedza 

Vhungoho ndi mushumi wa biko

A lulamisaho ndila dza magombikombi 

Naho zwi tshi konda zwi tshi lemela 

Iwe APLA u songo fhela maanda

Vhuiwa vhu tsini 

Iwe tsiwana I sina mavu , farelelai hanefho u phumule mitodzi

Sa izwi ri sa athu u swika thambo
Iwe Azanian People’s Liberation Army 

Kondelelai Mbofholowo na vhudilangi zwi ndilani 

Mulambo wa mahovhohovho u kumbaho u tsini 

Ri do ralo wela seli ri tshi todana na ngoho 

Kondelelai tsiwana ya Afika 
Muvhuso wa vhukoloni ri do u minula

The Azanian People’s Liberation Army (APLA) was the underground military wing of the Pan African Congress (PAC). APLA was formed in the 1960s, after the banning of the PAC and other political organisations such as the African National Congress (ANC) and the South African Communist Party (SACP).

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