“Phantsi (down), corruption! Phantsi (down)! To be able to fight corruption we must know what causes it. Knowledge is treatment, action is cure. That’s why we’re here today: to take action and demand the cure.” says Thokozile Madonko from the Alternative Information Development Centre, as she throws her fist up into the air and encourages the crowd to join the fight against corruption in South Africa.
Heavy rain pouring down didn’t stop hundreds of people that gathered in Keizergracht Street in the CBD on Wednesday, 30 September 2015 to join the march to Parliament to deliver an anti-corruption memorandum. The Unite against Corruption People’s March was organised by the ‘Unite Against Corruption (UAC) campaign and saw the likes of various local campaigns such as the ‘Right2Know’ campaign that fights against secrecy and the ‘Churches against Corruption’ group joined to show their support against corruption.
Civic rights groups and labour unions took part in the march, along with many unhappy citizens holding up signs and posters with slogans such as ‘Enough is enough’ written on them to express their unhappiness with the South African government. Protest songs were sung as the large group marched, their feet stepping in the rain puddles as they chanted as if it were a rhythmic dance.
Many of the signs were aimed at President Jacob Zuma as part of the peoples urge to bring corruption to the President’s attention and ask him to treat everyone fairly and not put certain people or people in certain positions above the law.
“400 000 families are denied housing. 716 schools not built or maintained. 300 000 nurses not trained. This is the cost of corruption, comrades.” – This was a small section of the memorandum read out at the march. There are many more serious issues that unfortunately could not be discussed as the march was postponed due to bad weather and will take place on 14 October 2015.
Corruption is a severe issue that needs to be addressed in order to achieve equality in South Africa. One can only hope that the issues are resolved and that the government will hear its peoples cry and will step up to the plate.
Link to video: @journomishkah’s Twitter account
For more information visit: www.uniteagainstcorruption.co.za