This is the call to come together

Last week was a sad week in South Africa with the loss of struggle stalwart Uncle Kathy (Ahmed Kathrada).

At Kathrada’s funeral there was a standing ovation when former Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe quoted the struggle stalwart’s letter urging President Jacob Zuma to resign.

We are a very special nation. As Professor Jonathan Jansen put it so eloquently: “Show me another country where the Anglican Archbishop prays at a Muslim funeral; where a white man chairs the proceedings to remember a leader from a black liberation movement; where a sitting president of a developing country is told to step down in a letter from the deceased stalwart of his own party; where the widow of the black man being buried is a white woman who gave her life to the struggle for freedom; and where Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and other faiths come together in a broad swathe of South African humanity to remember a man who fought for all of us.. Where on and off the stage no one racial or ethnic or religious group dominated the event. For a moment, just a moment, it felt good to hope again.”

We have witnessed South Africans from all sides reeling from Zuma’s decision to fire Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. But, at the same time, we are also seeing South Africans from all walks of life uniting in their anger and frustration. These are the sounds for us all to come together and stand united for a country that we all love so wholeheartedly.

We refuse to let one man hold our country to ransom. Our country stands at a precipice and we call on South Africans from all over the world to be active citizens and make your voices heard in whatever way possible. Let’s come together and ensure our country is not taken to the dark side by corrupt politicians who are solely out to serve their own corrupt agendas.

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