Unite Against Corruption is hoping that its two events planned for August will “place corruption on the national agenda”.
In a statement on Wednesday‚ the coalition of trade unions‚ activists and poilitcal parties “put out a rallying call to action for people from all walks of life to join the marches on August 19 in Cape Town and Pretoria”.
This‚ Unite Against Corruption said‚ will be preceded on August 7 by a picket outside the the National Assembly in Cape Town during the parliamentary debate on the so-called “ ‘Nhleko report’‚ which found that President [Jacob] Zuma does not need to pay back any money for Nkandla upgrades despite the findings of the public protector”.
Police minister Nathi Nhleko’s report was widely been condemned as a whitewash.
“There is a mood in the country that enough is enough‚ and something must be done to demand accountability from our public officials‚ to demand action against corrupt business practices‚ and to demand respect and support for the public protector’s office and other Chapter 9 institutions‚” the statement said.
Since the marches were first proposed in early June 2015 “as a way to tackle the spiraling levels of corruption in South Africa…more and more people have expressed their support for the call to unite against corruption”.
“The objective of the movement is to bring together large swathes of society to make a public stand for an end to the corruption that has eroded every aspect of our lives: in academia‚ business‚ civil society‚ government‚ public services‚ trade unions and faith-based organisations.
“Rampant corruption threatens our fragile democracy and it is our responsibility‚ as the people of South Africa‚ to protect it.”
While Unite Against Corruption has urged people to join the Pretoria and Cape Town marches – apart from a time of noon‚ no other details have yet been confirmed – the coalition has also suggested a DIY approach.
“Wherever you are‚ start now to organise a march or demonstration. You know who is corrupt in your school‚ community or workplace! Organise against it and let us know about it‚” its statement concluded.