Durban anti-corruption march a bit more muted

2015-09-30 20:13
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Durban - The national anti-corruption march that garnered thousands of demonstrators throughout the country did not perform as well in Durban on Wednesday.

While event organisers gathered the support of at least 400 people at the beginning of the march, the crowd dissipated by the time it had reached city hall on the blistering summer day.

EThekwini council members did not receive demonstrators, angering the sparse gathering who had made it to city hall.

“It is these people that are driving their fancy bloody cars, sitting in their air-conditioned buildings, not interested in us,” one irate demonstrator shouted.

However, others, including youth, felt the demonstration was necessary.

One of them, 22-year-old Damien Khumalo, said he took the afternoon off work to attend.

“I just really feel like this is the biggest problem in our country. There are so many pressing issues, yet our politicians are more interested in business. Yes, there is a small crowd here today, but the mayor is so disrespectful not to receive us.

“This municipality has had so many corruption issues with the Manase Report and tons of political business people. Their attitude is clear. We will show them at the polls,” he said.

One of the main event organisers, Debbie Mathew from the Aids Foundation SA, said citizens were fed up with lies.

“We want specific things. Protection of whistle-blowers is one of them. The other is business people being held accountable. Far too often we see tenderpreneurs getting away with millions. We want transparency and respect for the public protector.”

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