Evita launches Twitter campaign to fight corruption and pessimism

2015-01-20 00:00

SOUTH African social activist Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout’s “national onslaught against corruption and pessimism” campaign got off to a slow start yesterday.

Actor Pieter-Dirk Uys’s alter ego announced a 10-day campaign yesterday at 10 am on Twitter, encouraging people to take selfies and tweet them using the hashtag #CommitYourselfie.

Her tweet “#PayBackTheMoney & do what? You decide NOW! #CommitYourselfie & join me to help build a better SA & fight corruption!” was retweeted more than 50 times.

Afrikaans musician Karen Zoid and Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille also joined in, with Zille tweeting, “Read with your Child #CommitYourselfie @readerwarehouse @ReadaBookSA @lead_sa.”

Uys said Bezuidenhout’s campaign was inspired by the popular hashtag and slogan “Pay back the money” that was coined by the Economic Freedom Party.

“Through the #CommitYourselfie campaign, she suggests that if these monies illegally and corruptly taken can be returned, the wheels of our democratic society can once again be properly oiled and we could all expect a better delivery of services,” said Uys, speaking for Bezuidenhout.

He said Bezuidenhout used Twitter because it was the perfect platform to spread her message to her more than 70 000 followers and the world.

Uys said Bezuidenhout has written and recorded a special anthem to be ready by the first week of February.

“The anthem will be focusing on the passionate chorus that, ‘We are ­marching to tomorrow, tomorrow starts ­today’.

“Added to this will be a selection of public contributions through Twitter and other social highways inspired by her hashtag CommitYourselfie,” said Uys.

She encouraged people to join by ­taking a selfie holding a sign that states what part of their lives they want to see enriched by the returned funds.

Bezuidenhout said for example ­people can tweet “#PayBackTheMoney so that health, welfare, education, ­children … and hundreds of other pillars of our society can benefit for all in a better future for all.

“Let the people lead and maybe the government will follow.”

She said by taking a selfie while also holding a message of hope, countless South Africans enrich the nation before the State of the Nation address on ­February 12.

“Whatever confusions will emerge, it should not diminish the national demand that monies and funds illegally and corruptly taken should be returned and used for what matters, like housing, education and health,” she said.

Bezuidenhout said she hopes the project goes viral.

“It’s all about the smile that will grow broader when any MP hears the slogan ‘Pay Back The Money’, having also embraced the hashtag #CommitYourselfie … that might convince us that freedom of expression is not something of the past,” she said.

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