Komani residents join #ZumaMustFall call
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.
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