Leaders Need To Listen To Protestors

2015-10-08 20:25

Why are citizens always protesting in the streets? Politicians should not tell me its democracy in action. Yes, to a certain point, but leaders need to do self-reflection.

This is not a tongue-in cheek question and by no means am I trying to degrade the efforts of thousands walking on the streets with bill boards. For various causes I have also walked the streets and I have the utmost admiration for individuals who walk the talk by participating in non-violent protests to raise awareness for a cause, like the recent anti-corruption march.

Leaders need to take heed of these protests. These protests marches are in retaliation of the lack of service delivery and the expectations of the masses. There is a strong link between corruption and the ongoing service delivery protests.

We need more people to talk truth to power in order to bring about a life of dignity for all and to hold our leaders accountable.

In this regard, I truly agree with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s statement that “peace would continue to elude the country if goals such as social justice, human solidarity and accountability were not achieved.” (News24, October 7).

The ailment of corruption is something that, unfortunately, plagues many countries and organisations.

Corruption and self-aggrandizement hinders the progress of countries, alienates the masses and prevents nation building.

Corruption is a serious, age old menace which, if left unchecked, has the potential to unsettle our hard worn democracy and can also destroy the economy.

Corruption amounts to nothing more than stealing and self-indulgence and needs to be rooted out as it deprives communities of much needed basic services.

It is a sad reality in South Africa that leaders in the political, private and now even in the religious sector put themselves first ahead of the needy masses.

There has to be a political will to end corruption and improve important services like health, education, security and rule of law.

While the ANC-led government needs to be commended for making some progress towards a better life for all, there is a lot more that needs to be done on service delivery and other areas like empowerment, skills development, entrepreneurship, poverty eradication and job creation.

Let’s work together to improve the lives of all who live in South Africa.

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