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Branding A luta Continua 2017

For the marches against President Jacob Zuma to be a success, they need to be apolitical and under a unifying banner. Here’s a suggestion.

– Pieter-Dirk Uys, Daily Maverick, 10 April 2017

For the proposed march on Wednesday 12 April to the Union Buildings (and probably on futures dates too), seven political parties — DA/EFF/IFP/UDM/ ACDP/COPE/ APC — have presented themselves as active participants.

However, it is unlikely that opposition parties will tilt the balance of democratic power and unseat the elected president in the run-up to the 2019 general election. The ANC will protect its leader as expected of loyal members in the party of Luthuli, Tambo and Mandela.

In the last week most political parties in opposition and other politically concerned citizens have already made their standpoint passionately clear, visually and in print. If on 12 April they could all be united under an apolitical banner as citizens in protest against corrupt and destructive leadership (without losing their party political independence), here is a suggested name:

South Africa’s Democratic National Alternative. Most important: SA-DNA (i.e. #SA-DNA and @SA-DNA)

We are all part of our country’s DNA – and if the majority of the people identify with that, the next step will not be attacked as an attempted opposition victory against a democratically elected government. It will be a united people’s protest against the criminal capture of our country.