“The conduct by the authorities in trying to place approval barriers in the way of the Pretoria march to the Union Buildings, is a stark reminder of the behaviour that once emanated from an authoritarian government of yesteryear, one which feared the power of the people,” says Wayne Duvenage, the Chairperson of the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse.
Fortunately however, we have a strong constitution, a fair judicial system and hard working people like Mark Heywood of SaveSA and others, who have enabled the public to enjoy their constitutional rights to protest in Pretoria.
Today will be an historical one that will trigger the formation of unity between civil society organisations, political parties, labour and faith-based organisations to grow into structured movements, in order to place pressure on a government that is found wanting in good governance and respect for the people. Today marks the start of a rolling mass action campaign against the governing authorities, who need to be reminded of their role serve the best interests of the people.
“To the people of South Africa, we appeal to your civil courage and efforts to protest peacefully and with passion, as we begin the journey of taking back our future, and placing South Africa back on the constitutional path that Nelson Mandela and other great leaders prepared for us.”