By: Sthabiso Mdledle –#SENDME WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR SOUTH AFRICAN CITIZENS AND THE CIVIL SOCIETY – FORUM BY DDP AND DIAKONIA
“The best part of the speech for me was the quoting of the Thuma Mina song by the late Hugh Masikela however, the speech gave me no Idea of the South African position in the world”.
This was said by political analyst and research fellow at the Hellen Suzman Foundation Aubrey Matshiqi, at the Democracy Development Program (DDP) and Diakonia SONA (State of the Nation Address) dialogue last week.
The forum was a collaborative effort by these two Durban based CSO’s (Civil Society Organisation) to convene the KZN citizens on the contents of the SONA. To go beyond the president’s speech and analyse what it means for ordinary South Africans and the civil society sector.
Matshiqi focused on the Thuma mina challenge by President Cyril Ramaphosa with specific emphasis on who should be sent and by who.
According to Matshiqi, the song is a profound melody with a passive element, it alerts the nation of its strategic goals that South Africans need to get up and take action.
“If change must come it will not come from the opposition, it has to come from us as citizens of South Africa”, he said.
He added that the challenge in SA is to bridge the gap between words and what they describe.
And once we can archive that we may one day be on the cusp of a SA that is a nirvana of democracy and prosperity.
But if we are going to wait and sit passively until someone sends us, the words on Leta Mbulu’s “Not Yet Uhuru” song will come true.
The response from the delegates ranged from different areas of concerns being amongst other things, the land issue, the cabinet reshuffle and lack of youth representatives in the presidency.
Delegates also acknowledged Ramaphosa’s zero tolerance of corruption as well as the rand being strong in the market.