March ado about nothing?

2017-04-07 08:02

It is a democratic right for people to mobilise and protest if they so choose. What I have realised from the discourse occupying the airwaves is the lack of understanding of how the democratic system in which we live under operates.

For those thinking marching will result in President Jacob Zuma stepping down, they have another thing coming their way. The President is at the helm of the ruling party and also of the country.

In the party he was democratically elected and because the ANC has the majority in parliament, he in turn got elected as the president of the country. In line with the democracy that South Africa is, there are two options available for those wanting the president to go...and these are the same as how he got in.

Option 1: The ANC decides to recall the President

Option 2: ANC Members of Parliament decide to support the motion of no confidence to bolster the numbers of the other political parties pushing the motion (201+ MPs must vote for the motion).

Gathering from sentiments that I have come across, some are marching based on “we want to be able to say one day we took a stand.” Whether the march will have the intention they have hoped, I don't think so.

Some questions which has been raised by some holding the ‘anti-march’ view has been why no such mobilisation has happened for other issues which have been at the fore in recent months and years. It sure does smack of double standards when corporations actually send out communication, give a day off and even providing transport to their employees to attend the marches etc.

Mine is not to condone the actions or inactions of the President in the recent weeks or months. I am vehemently opposed to decisions being made which are not with the best interests of the nation at heart. My part is to get you to ask yourself 3 questions regarding today and other days in the future;

WHAT is the reason for what I am doing.

WHY do I hold the view I hold, what informed it?

HOW will my actions help in achieving my intended goals?

For either option 1 or 2 to come to pass, those at the helm in the ANC and/or those who are MPs in Parliament are the ones who need to be mobilised to take that route. We need to make our Leaders accountable for their actions or lack thereof regardless of whether they belong to party X, Y or Z.

Failing to ask the above questions will result in us having a scenario of doing much without any meaningful impact. Post the march today, our President will still be president tomorrow and next week.

More than anything, the massive mobilisation which has taken place should bring people to the realisation of the power that is actually held by the masses if they join forces. Nothing depicts this more clearly than the image below;

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