Anti-Zuma protests TAKE OVER SA
While the marches are drawing attention to political debate, are they achieving their intentions?
MANY South Africans have taken to the streets to express their dissatisfaction with President Jacob Zuma’s presidency. This mobilisation is led by opposition parties and civil society groups. This comes after the president’s reshuffling of the cabinet and the downgrading of South Africa to junk status by credit rating agencies.
THE NECESSITY OF DEMONSTRATIONS
According to policy analyst and human rights activist, Nkosikhulule Nyembezi, these marches and demonstrations are an indication that in this country there’s freedom of expression which is something positive about our democracy.
He says even if they don’t manage to achieve their goal of removing the president from office, these marches are necessary to bring awareness. He says it’s about mobilisation of the masses.
There were people who were unaware about the political situation and now these demonstrations will make them aware.
“A march will draw the attention of the public to that debate and Nyembezi says it’s not easy to put weight into what the president is saying, pointing out that we ought to question ourselves about being in junk status.
“The effects of the bad credit ratings will be felt for a long time. But there are other sectors that will feel it later in the year. To turn the situation around will take about five to seven years. The question is, is our economy resilient enough to withstand it this time? The answer to this question is, only time will tell.”
WHAT IS UNIQUE
However, he says we shouldn’t think we’re headed for the same fate as other African countries. “What is unique about South Africa is that we are in the adolescent years of our democracy,” says Nyembezi.
“We’re going through these stages because we’re a maturing democracy. This is a test of how strong our democracy is.” expose the cracks within our politics,” he says.
President Zuma says the marches were a clear indication that racism still exists in South Africa.
JUNK STATUS AFFECTS US ALL
MARCHES NECESSARY TO BRING AWARENESS