Quote of the week

Over the last 150 days we have learned much about the power of the habitual in post-millennial, post-apartheid South Africa. We have heard it in the grumbling, cavilling, quarrelling and grousing about the logic (or lack of) of government decrees. We have also seen it in the defiance of logic among the many bourgeois folks who mistook their entitlement for rights, whether to go running, do yoga on the beach, surf, get takeaway coffees, or to purchase items subjected to restricted trade… We saw it in the contradictory messages relayed by official government channels, in the conflict between some experts advising government, between government officials and such experts, and in the ways in which opposition parties contradicted themselves as they opposed government proclamations.

Angelo Fick
Johannesburg Review of Books
31 March 2009

Pity they are not on the ballot…

The Social Justice Coalition will be holding a protest meeting on Thibault Square in Cape Town on Saturday morning from 12 a.m. to protest the Dalai Lama decision, the arms deal corruption and the dismal service delivery. Their plan of action states that they demand a commitment by all political parties to:

  • Always act in solidarity with marginalised people by actively promoting the bill of rights and the UN declaration of human rights, both locally and internationally, and make decisions based on its principles;
  • Enforce the principle that all are equal before law
  • Protect the independence and integrity of the courts and allow for due judicial process without political interference;
  • Prioritise the needs of the poor, disenfranchised and most vulnerable;
  • Work actively to stamp out racism, bigotry, xenophobia, sexism, religious discrimination and homophobia;
  • Ensure that corporations locally and globally engage in fair trade with fair labour practices and openness in financial institutions.

Pity they are not on the ballot because then I could vote for a party in whose principles and values I actually believe. See you there?

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