Use your freedom of speech

2017-05-23 06:00

THE mass protests around the country against the recent radical decisions made by President Jacob Zuma prove that South Africans are tired of corruption and the lack of service delivery.

The protests show a growing disillusionment with the high levels of poverty, unemployment and dishonesty in the government.

South African citizens have not been this drenched with anger since the fall of apartheid.

The protests prove that a significant shift is taking place in the country’s political consciousness.

Although a single protest will not change much, it does not mean that citizens should not express their feelings about the leadership of the country or the lack of service delivery.

The South African Constitution allows freedom of speech with respect and citizens should use this important tool to bring about change that will benefit all who live in South Africa.

In order to fight the good fight and ensure long-term strategic achievement and outcomes, every citizen within their own communities must continue mobilising and educating people about their constitutional rights and about the harms of corruption, nepotism and cronyism.

It is obvious that citizens want ethical leadership and the opportunities promised to them when apartheid ended.

With correct leadership, perseverance and focus, the change will come. However, it can only come from a united and active citizenry.

The Vietnam War and the struggle to stop it should teach us about people’s power.

MOHAMED SAEED

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