Komani res­i­dents join #Zu­maMustFall call

The Rep - - NEWS - ZOLILE MENZELWA

ABOUT 1 000 Komani res­i­dents from across the spec­trum joined to­gether chant­ing the slo­gan #Zu­maMustFall dur­ing the Save SA march.

The marchers left the truck stop at the west­ern end of Cath­cart Road at about 12.20pm in high spir­its, singing anti-Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma songs and slo­gans.

Along the way peo­ple came out of busi­nesses to show their sup­port by shout­ing “amandla” and “phantsi nge cor­rup­tion” (loosely trans­lated as away with cor­rup­tion).

Oth­ers took pho­to­graphs and videos while the march steadily and peace­fully pro­ceeded up the town’s main street.

Two Enoch Mgi­jima Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity traf­fic ve­hi­cles were all that was needed to di­rect traf­fic as there was good co­op­er­a­tion from mo­torists. No busi­nesses were forced to close and no prop­erty was dam­aged.

Hordes of peo­ple, those par­tic­i­pat­ing and passers-by, shouted in uni­son, “Zuma must fall”.

The marchers went past the Komani Mag­is­trate’s Court at about 12.40pm be­fore re­turn­ing to Cath­cart Road next to the Post Of­fice just be­fore 1pm.

Soon af­ter reach­ing Cath­cart Road, there was a brief stop for the singing of the Na­tional An­them.

The marchers ended the day at the park­ing area in front of the San­lam build­ing, where DA coun­cil­lor Zuko Mandile thanked them for par­tic­i­pat­ing and for march­ing peace­fully be­fore dis­pers­ing them.

DA MPL and Komani con­stituency leader Ce­leste Barker said the unity shown sent a fan­tas­tic mes­sage. “Peo­ple feel enough is enough and they have no­ticed how the cabi­net reshuf­fle and the down­grad­ing to junk sta­tus of our econ­omy is tak­ing away their hopes and dreams of get­ting jobs and fight­ing poverty,” Barker said.

She added that late ANC pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela had once said if the ANC did to peo­ple what the apartheid regime had done to them, the peo­ple should do to the ANC what they had done to the pre­vi­ous regime.

“The march was about unit­ing SA be­hind a com­mon vi­sion and it had the in­tended im­pact,” she said, thank­ing those who had taken part and showed sup­port.

Shortly af­ter 1pm the marchers dis­persed, although there were some who wanted to con­tinue singing.

Pic­ture: ZOLILE MENZELWA

IN UNI­SON: Hordes of Komani res­i­dents take part in the na­tion­wide Save SA march. The peace­ful march saw many peo­ple com­ing out of busi­nesses to show their sup­port

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