Monday, September 19, 2011
Disappointing Turnout in Joburg's Anti Secrecy Vigil
Small amounts of people ascended on Constitution Hill, holding candles and sharing their reasons for opposing what is being called the Secrecy Bill by some. Talk show hosts who would ask people to sign petitions and become a part of this fight against ANC plan to hide things were also not present at the event. Instead it was just a few journalists, many of whom came from the print media.
Members of the public and civil society also shared stories about how they think service delivery would slow down as the media wouldn’t be able to report on how government funds are spent. Some who said they were from Soweto said delivery is slow where they are from and the bill would protect leaders who don’t fulfil promises.
There are those who say the ANC proposed bill will take South Africa back to the days similar to apartheid when people were expected to accept the status quo and ask no questions.
While those at the vigil complain about apartheid it is also my view that oppressive systems are not defeated if people sit in their homes and choose not to go out in their numbers to voice their opinions with many others in order to fight injustices. Jo’burgers should probably stop calling radio stations if their actions do not support what they say.