The reason I joined the march

2015-10-06 10:26

Matiti Mhlongo, fortysomething, Community activist, Orlando West 

I am a community activist and corruption has affected me personally in the form of the lack of service delivery where I live. For example, we have no parks or recreation facilities, so the young men tend to get up to mischief because they are bored and have no activities to occupy their time. This is why I came to today’s march, because I want better services for the people of Orlando West. 

I hope the march opens the eyes of the government to see how disgruntled people are with corruption in this country. I hope it will push the government to address this issue. We want to see the state take more action on corruption. 

Jermina Mothata (50), HIV counsellor, Alexandra 

I am a counsellor and work with HIV-positive patients. I’m here today because I’ve been in this job for almost 15 years and earn a measly salary. I work at the Alexandra Health Centre. 

I arrived for the march at 7am and have spent the entire day here. I know my patients are suffering ... I love my job and my patients, but I am paid too little. I have children and grandchildren who depend on me. 

Sometimes, I even go up to six months without getting my salary. 

I want a better salary with benefits. I do not even have a pension. If I died today, my family would get no benefits. I want to be recognised by the government. I hope after today’s march, the state will stop wasting money through corruption and give us the decent salaries we deserve. 

Fortune Mancasa (28), Community health worker

 


As community health workers, this march means a lot to us because we are really struggling. I have been in this job since 2011 and all of us are underpaid, even though we complain frequently. It is hard to provide for my family. 

There is a lot of corruption in South Africa, not just in government but in private companies as well. I once worked for an NGO that did not pay us allowances for more than three months, even though it kept promising to pay us. 

I hope this march will mean that government and the private sector will start taking corruption seriously, so health workers can get better pay and better benefits. 

Ron Berry (64), Retired graphic designer, Pretoria

 


I joined this march because I view it as a window of opportunity to save this country. The country is going down the drain because of corruption. 

Every citizen must ensure we are not corrupt in our personal capacities, even in the smallest of ways. It is upon us to ensure that all our dealings in business, or anything else, are above board. 

Everybody has a responsibility to stop corruption, not just the government. 

Mike Masemola (23) student at the University of SA 

We came to march today because we believe corruption is robbing deserving South African students of getting bursaries to fund their university education. 

We have applied for bursaries several times and always get letters saying our applications were denied because of insufficient funds. We think the reason there is not enough money for bursaries is because of corruption. 

We hope this march makes the ANC realise that the future of South Africa’s youth is being destroyed by corruption. We hope the government does something before it is too late.

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