We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in Gauteng, we shall fight on the highways and in the streets, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength, we shall defend our rights, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight in the courts, we shall fight with our wallets, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and if, which I do not for a moment believe, this province or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Comrades in the other provinces, armed and guarded with what they know to be right, would carry on the struggle, lest e-toll take over the country.
Borrowed and adapted from the great sir Winston Churchill, this is what the government and Sanral do not understand. We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We are going to live on! Today, we stand together! For the first time, all the people of South Africa have a common goal.
We will make e-tolls unworkable!
You do not have to break the law to protest. If enough people do not get an e-tag the system will become cumbersome and difficult to manage. This will cause the system to fail.
"One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law."
--Martin Luther King, Jr.
The time has come. We all have to do our part. Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it.
Democracy only works when the masses makes sure their voices are heard. The government are working against the wishes of its people and seem to be ignorant of the war we are fighting.
The minister of transport, Dipuo Peters, said that only a “few” people in Gauteng are against the implementation of e-tolls in Gauteng, with the majority in favour of having “world class roads”. They are not yet listening to the people they serve.
We will fight, not with violence. We will fight with our voices, the pen is mightier than the sword and the pen is merely words being written down. We will fight with our words, with every legal means possible to us. If we are united in our goals, nothing can stand against us!
This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning of our democracy.
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