KZN matriculants join forces to protest for rights, help those less fortunate

2013-11-21 00:00

MATRICULANTS from several schools across KwaZulu-Natal have joined forces to take a stand against human rights violations in South Africa through peaceful protests, petitions and community development work.

Now RiseUp, which was started by Durban pupils Gregory Keal from Kearsney College and Tannagh Pfotenhauer from St Mary’s DSG in May 2013, is already paving the way for next year’s matriculants.

They are now collecting old textbooks, notes and other learning material from matric pupils to pass along to underprivileged Grade 11 pupils in the Shongweni area.

There are about 12 volunteers, all matric pupils from various schools in KZN, who are involved with the running of RiseUp.

James Stapelberg, one of the volunteers, says educating the youth and enabling them to take responsibility for the country’s wellbeing, are not all they wish to achieve.

RiseUp held their first official protest against the Protection of State Information Bill in July this year with a flashmob at Gateway.

“Participants of the protest stood in the middle of Gateway with a piece of duct tape over their mouths where words such as ‘silence’ and ‘my opinion’ were written. The flashmob was a huge success and a video of the flashmob was recorded and uploaded onto YouTube,” said Stapelberg.

“We have also organised successful litter drives and clean-ups.”

Greg Keal and the organisation’s financial manager Edwin Bunge, both representing Kearsney College, recently won the Rage For Good competition, earning them R50 000 for Makhuputu Children’s Village.

• Follow RiseUp on Twitter: @riseupRSA and join the movement by liking their Facebook page: RiseUp Youth Movement.

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