Protesters need be a smart bunch to be real

2018-06-14 06:01

Strike smart mhlali

It is undeniable that the legacy of “past” injustices, colonialism, slavery and apartheid are still playing loud even today in South Africa.

There is still a lot of work to be done to bring about transformation. And that also speaks to socio-economic issues facing the previously oppressed.

The government needs to radically respond to the unfinished business of the country, including the land issue, fees must fall and inequality.

Nevertheless, I am bringing to my brothers and sister in “township” areas, the concept to strike smart and strategically.

The torching of resources and destruction of buildings in the areas we live in, is not smart.

You cannot strike for service delivery, houses, land, electricity and water, and at the same time destroy that which you already have.

This means by the time you get what you were striking for, you are already devoid of what you had before.

This becomes a vicious circle.

You get this today and you destroy it tomorrow, because you want something else, yet you also need the very same thing you are destroying.

I fully understand that the government who is in a position to accelerate service delivery does sometimes delay that service.

Sometimes, the government does not listen to community grievances.

And sometimes the community leaders delay the process of transformation by not doing what they are meant to be doing by feeding their egos first.

We can’t have a situation where the plight of the poor is normalized even by their own leaders.

The government needs to take urgent measures to respond to people’s concerns and needs.

And that also speaks to local leaders.

Because they are supposed to represent the people, to advocate for them not to do business as usual, feeling up their pockets.

With all those dynamics mentioned, I plead and I sympathise with you my brothers and sisters.

Let us not destroy what we already have. Transformation is a process, and we are all responsible for how that process will unfold.

Let us find other strategic methods to get our concerns and needs to be heard.

I am not supporting violence, but to make one example, instead of burning a local school, is it not smart to burn tires on the N2 just to inconvenience the route to get a stronger attention? Or disrupt the airport? No-one lives on the N2; it’s just a road.

These are just two strategic examples.

Let’s us preserve the improvements we have and continue to fight for what we do not have.

That is how we should be driving this train of transformation in our communities. “Long live the spirit or resilience, long live”

Mandla Klanisi, Khayelitsha

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