CAMPAIGNS & EVENTS
In order to achieve our objectives the SA First Forum will be engaging in a number of programs and activities. Some of these will be conventional and some unconventional. The intention will always be to “speak truth to power” and enable ordinary people to get their voices back and hold those in positions of authority accountable.
We had a number of campaigns thus far, some of these are:
"ENOUGH is ENOUGH" march
On 02 November 2016, as an extension to our rolling mass action awareness initiatives, and parralel to a call by lobby group Save South Africa, SA First Forum embarked on a "solidarity" protest march through the streets of the Cape Town CBD. Patriotic South Africans from all walks of life, assembled on the steps of the iconic St Georges Cathedral in Wale street. The gathering was led in prayers by leaders representing a cross spectrum of religious denominations.
A crowd of +- 1500 marchers was then led to the offices of the provincial NPA in a disciplined and peaceful march. A brief statement was read from the terrace of the NPA offices by SA First Forum national convener namely Advocate Rod Solomons, whereafter a memorandum of concerns were singed by both parties, and handed over to the provincial head of the NPA Advocate Rodney De Cock.
Copies of these documents are attached in our documents section.
At SA First Forum we say, good people will no longer be quiet and THE CHAIN OF CORRUPTION MUST BE BROKEN!
As one means to mobile, we have embarked on weekly pickets.
Our first weekly picket was on Friday, 2 September 2016, on the steps of St. George's Cathedral as we added our voices to that of ordinary patriotic South Africans who say “HANDS OFF Pravin Gordhan
” and “We demand accountable & wise leadership of our country!”
Since then, we have launched a weekly picket on a Thursday morning, at 11H45, outside the gates of parliament, and on the first Saturday of every month at 10H30, on the steps of St Georges' Cathedral. We invite anyone who shares our love for this country and our concerns for the future to join us as we speak truth to power. We believe that we, as a generation, will be severely judged by future generations for remaining quiet and inactive whilst our country is being mismanaged and looted.
The SA First Forum was accredited by the IEC to be election observers during the 2016 Local Government Elections and 16 of us executed this task in Cape Town and Pretoria.
On 4 August 2016, Kyoko Morgan wrote, “I felt very fortunate to have worked as an observer for the local election.” Kyoko was one of a number of SA First Forum volunteers, who contributed in a small, but important way to building and sustaining democracy in our country, by working as an election observer.
SA First Forum working as election observers is just one way in which we seek to foster and contribute to a new era of civil society activism. To a large extent this died in 1994, when activists surrendered their social purpose to the state - the demise of the UDF is a case in point. But the state has failed us repeatedly.
Today, we have to start building mechanisms by which we can stand apart from the state and hold those in positions of authority to account. This includes those at Local, Provincial and National government levels.
On 27 April, SA First Forum had its first public event, a dispersed picket. We wanted to register our deep concern at the direction in which the current leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) in Government is taking our country.
We wanted to make a clear and unequivocal call:
- To the ANC to remove Jacob Zuma as both ANC President and State President of South Africa. In the direct words of the Constitutional Court Judgment, Jacob Zuma “failed to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution as the supreme law of the land.” He has therefore clearly violated his Oath of Office as President of the Republic of South Africa. President Jacob Zuma must go.
- To the ANC Executive and ANC representatives within the National Assembly, to address what the Constitutional Court judgment called their “attitude problem”. This means acknowledging and accepting their culpability for not adhering to their constitutional obligation to hold the President accountable. They publically supported his wrongdoing and continue to do so. The judgment was clear and without contradiction, and appropriate corrective measures along with an apology to the Nation are required.
- To Parliament for the dissolution of Parliament and the immediate scheduling of fresh elections, since if the ANC Executive and representatives referred to above still intend to lead society, they will need to seek a new, legitimate mandate from the electorate at the polls.
- To Parliament for the replacement of the current Speaker with a fairer and more independent-minded person, capable of prioritising our country, Constitution and people above any party political and personal allegiance.
- To the African National Congress to hold a Special Elective Conference of its members and voter- supporters to address the failure of its current leadership, its failure to put the interests of South Africa first, its failure to adhere to our Constitution and its failure to put the People first. This may open a possibility of a renewal of their movement.
- To the ANC leadership to stop the intimidation, intemperate language and the labeling of struggle veterans and patriots as ‘enemies’ simply because they criticize the current situation, and in doing so, exercise their constitutional right to freedom of expression and association. We have serious concerns about senior ANC officials’ threats against and dangerous vilification of fellow South Africans. This is an ominous sign that our previously free political environment and the fundamentals of our Bill of Rights are being undermined.
- To the ANC to formally reaffirm a commitment to remain law-abiding and respectful to the spirit and letter of the Constitution and the Courts of Law. No political party, including the ANC is above the Laws of our land.
- To all members of government and parastatals, for an end to corruption. This culture permeates the political aristocracy, some of its members of Parliament, Cabinet, the President and the Civil Service, as well as some within opposition parties and the corporate sector. Corrupt relationships are reciprocal between corruptor and corrupted, and urgent steps need to be taken to root out and sanction all those culpable on both sides as well as prevent future corrupt activity. In theory, our existing laws and formal anti-corruption agencies are adequate in this respect, however they are inadequately utilised and/or have been subverted by those who benefit from corrupt activities. This needs to be rectified.