Why shouldn't the DA not exercise its right to march and protest?

2014-02-13 13:50

What is the hype all about? Why shouldn't the DA not exercise its right to march against burning issues like poverty alleviation, job creation and corruption? Yes,the DA,like any other party or entity has the right to protest and to march. To make visible the tear in the fabric of our constitutional democracy.

I do not agree with the DA but I shall defend and uphold its right, to the death if needs be, to exercise its democratic and constitutionally sound rights.

Like it did in Johannesburg concerning job creation.

Having said that,if it is serious about issues like job creation and poverty as well as corruption,then it should also march in downtown Soweto,Gugulethu and Kwa Mashu. It should march in Sandton and Clifton Beach as well as in Umhlanga Rocks where the well healed are situated. It should join the rank and file of those in the burning townships against service delivery.

I drive through Kwa Mashu at times, past informal settlements. I often come across the pathology of desperation, on my way to work, around breaking dawn when I see human beings at strategic places eyeing road users for work, any work to stave off the wolfish temptation that often turns to crime. Their hungry eyes reminds me of scenes from Charles Dickens "The Tale of Two Cities".

I often travel through Umhlanga Rocks, past gated communities and high electrified walls whose opulence belies the haunting cry of the hungry and the desperate.

Helen Zille should challenge these as well as private donors and those capitalists in private industry with her concerns not with kid gloves but with the same intensity and passion as she manifested recently. That is if she is genuine crusader against corruption,poverty and in favour of job creation.

This is a test for sincerity as opposed to pinch hitting cheap politics that Helen Zille positions her party with in the guise of raising,yes, genuine concerns.People down on the ground are not as fickle and gullible as she pretends they are.They have shown their resilience by launching service delivery protests often at peril to their lives ,a fact that the ruling ANC is shaken up about.

People will exercise their right comes May 7 but not for the shallow and the charlatans trashing our country with rhetorical gamesmanship.

Saber Ahmed Jazbhay @jazlaw24


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