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
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.