Uniting behind Madonsela

2014-10-11 00:00

AN online march called “We The People”, expects to take South Africa by storm.

Created by Pietermaritzburg local and founder of Together SA — Di Smith and her team — the march aims at uniting South Africans in support of the Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela.

“Thuli Madonsela and her office stand for humility and integrity and that is what a great leader stands for,” said Smith.

“Many South Africans support Thuli and it would be great for South Africa to unite in an online march.”

Smith explained that the online march was a similar idea to a physical march but with people from all over the country participating and not in just one area.

Supporters of the We The People campaign have been flooding Together SA’s Facebook page with selfies of them holding up signs in support of the public protector.

“We want to offer a platform to voice South Africa’s support for her. She is such a humble person, let’s just show her that South Africa is behind her,” said Smith.

Involved in the online march are renowned South African businesswoman Ali Engelbrecht and founder of South Africans Against Drunk Driving (SADD), Caro Smit.

“We need to protect democracy in South Africa and stand up to corruption and that is exactly what Thuli Madonsela is doing,” said Smit.

Smit said she joined the march as soon as she heard about it as it was her civic duty to speak out against injustices, as the public protector has done.

Engelbrecht said she met Madonsela in June this year at the Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government awards.

“I walked into the ladies’ room and she was there. We both stood by the mirrors, putting our lipstick on together and we started chatting,” said Engelbrecht.

“She is an amazing, humble woman with a huge amount of inner strength and what she does for South Africa is amazing.”

Engelbrecht said she involved herself immediately in the march as she wanted to show support for Madonsela amongst fellow South Africans.

Mandonsela’s spokesperson, Oupa Segalwe, said the public protector was unaware of the online march that will be taking place on November 18.

Smith said she had called the campaign “We The People” as those are the first three words of our Constitution.

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PART of the Together SA team, Nikita Stanley, explained how the online march would work.

By using the new app, Thunderclap, the user links the app to their Facebook or Twitter account. The person joining the march will then agree to link the app with the social media and Thunderclap will send out a message of support for Thuli Madonsela on November 18.

“The app sends out a status or a tweet on the day, flooding social media with our message for Thuli,” said Stanley.

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