A United South Africa – Zuma Must Fall: March Against Corruption
It’s a warm April morning. I sit at my desk at work and continue to “live the dream” behind keyboard and screen. Turning thoughts into digital words. Being a technical writer is not the most glamourous job in the world but it makes me happy. It gives me purpose.
When I get home I continue to write. Delve into fantastical worlds of my creation and forget about the real world. The broken world. Only one cannot live in a fantasy world for too long. Sometimes the real world begs for your attention. Sometimes, the real world threatens. In my case, our political leader and country’s President has taken the reigns and almost literally shook the country. Shook its very foundations. Our country has physically cried out.
The air is rife with anger. Fear. Doubt.
I am not one to write about the political state of South Africa. I feel I am inadequate as a citizen to address an issue that better educated and better-equipped people in this beautiful country, have been struggling to address. The issue of a corrupt leader abusing the power we as the people have given him, for his own selfish gain. Of the questionable decisions he has made. Of our falling economy. Our unstable government. Our volatile residents.
Social Media is bursting at the seams following President Jacob Zuma’s cabinet reshuffle in the early hours of last Friday morning. A wave of dread spread across the entire country. A tectonic shift in the political world was felt through the questionable changes made to the Ministers and Deputies of the Presidential Cabinet.
We vented. We cried. We laughed. More importantly, we’d had enough.
This Friday, 07 April, 2017, the country is on a March. A nationwide march. We have been called to make a stand against the corruption that has swept through our country for too long. We have listened and watched scandal after scandal after scandal. We have heard the boisterous claims from the President who refuses to relinquish the very power we afforded him. Now we hope to make a stand against it.
It is effectively a national shutdown. We are to, quote,
“Block highways, stand with your communities, go to political houses, go to prayer meetings, arrange your own marches. Do whatever you can to make your voice heard.”
The request is a simple one – President Jacob Zuma must step down. Not for his sake, but for the sake of the country.
It is a noble act indeed. However, if you do take part in what has been dubbed #stayawayfriday, ensure you are well informed. We already have an irresponsible president, do not be an irresponsible citizen. Our economy will take a blow from industries shutting down for a day so be wise in your decision.
Staying away from work to lounge about at home under the guise of protest, or to “enjoy” a day away from work, is not only hypocritical, it persists the issue. Do not merely follow the hearsay or be moved when you have no opinion yourself. Ignorance is not bliss. Being a sheep is not responsibility. Inciting others who believe otherwise is not healthy. Think. Believe. Act.
“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.” – Albert Einstein
“Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.” – Isaac Asimov,
A petition to remove President Zuma: https://noconfidence.co.za/
Western Ideals in an Africa World: http://www.sowetanlive.co.za/news/2016/05/09/sa-finally-african-all-thanks-to-zuma