DA’s march for real jobs thwarted by ANC supporters 2

By Lia Marus

Yesterday, the Democratic Alliance (DA) staged their long-planned march on Luthuli House for real jobs . In a meeting between the DA, ANC and the JMPD, ANC representatives stated they “couldn’t guarantee that there would be no violence”. Well, this is exactly what happened: the DA marched peacefully but some people – “in ANC gear” – started throwing bricks at the marchers. What ever happened to the constitutionally guaranteed right of freedom of expression?

The bill of rights – which is enshrined in the constitution – guarantees every single South African the freedom of expression. What this means, according to the department of justice, is that you have the right to, among others, say whatever you want. However, if what you say is considered hate speech then a muzzle will be put on you.

I would really love to know what these ANC supporters thought was hate speech in this gathering. To me, all Zille and her supporters were trying to say is that the ANC hasn’t delivered on their initial promises of jobs – which is a fact –
and that it’s time for South Africans to give someone else – in other words, the DA – a chance to create those jobs.

Those faithful devotees of the ANC obviously didn’t like the intimation that their beloved party has done wrong and demonstrated their beliefs through violence. They aren’t believers in the saying: “Once bitten, twice shy.” They’ll be faithful to their party until their dying day – no matter how much wrong they do.

Me personally? I honestly think that we need to give the DA a shot at creating the jobs we so desperately need. It’s not a race issue. It’s a question of our country surviving. If the ANC was successful in creating jobs I would be 100% behind them. Sadly, they didn’t succeed. So let’s give the DA a chance to show us what they can do!

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2 thoughts on “DA’s march for real jobs thwarted by ANC supporters

  • Des Squire

    The recent march by the DA through Johannesburg and the response from the ANC is the personification of childishness.


    Whatever the perceived motive or whatever the message to be delivered was (by either party) the way in which it was done was nothing short of disgusting. There is no place in our society for this form of demonstration as it is nothing short of recklessness.


    Our two leading parties are making a mockery of what this country is supposed to stand for, they are making a mockery of the legacy of Madiba and they are making SA the laughing stock of the world.


    I say shame on the DA and its leadership and shame on the ANC and its leadership for your combined childish behaviour. Have you taken stock of the damage to the image of the country you have caused as a result of your obstinate behaviour?


    There are so many issues that need to be addressed and there is so much work to be done yet our politicians have time and money to waste on useless and futile marches and demonstrations.


    The behaviour of those involved in the march – without placing the blame anywhere was, to say the least disgusting. Paving stones were ripped up from pavements and bricks removed from other structures. This is the behaviour of children as is the burning of tyres, blocking of roads, tearing down of street signs and even worse destroying and burning public property we see so often in other demonstrations and marches. No one in a country where law and order is supposed to prevail has a right to behave in this manner. No one is above the law.


    In this year of “free and fair” elections in what we believe to be a democratic country I call on government to ban all marches, for whatever reason, once and for all. This is a legacy that we do not need to carry into the future. There are peaceful ways of making a point but gatherings and marches, whether legal or illegal must be totally banned.