By Karabo Mafolo
Eastern Cape poet Siphokazi Jonas. Photo: SUPPLIED
‘What does not sink’, performed ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address on Thursday evening, is a moving poem about what we’ve lost during Covid-19 and a reminder that we are not alone.
Standing on the steps of Parliament, poet Siphokazi Jonas tells us that: “There is a flood inside our house. The water climbs up the walls when we weep; it does not let us breathe. Everything is wet with grief.”
“It was a big scope (to cover) because the effects have been far-reaching (as) schools were closed, people had their salary cuts so I needed to balance that and our reality of how Covid-19 has changed our sense of community,” Jonas told Daily Maverick on Friday.