Unanswered questions over the ANC-DA march on 12 Feb

Following a DA-ANC march that happened this week, I was left with many questions. Although this is not an exhaustive list of questions, at least these came to my mind immediately and I would appreciate if you could add your own…

  1. Weren’t people who supported your march supposed to be at work, working and ensuring that we grow our economy whose failure to grow will not result in any job opportunities – something they are marching for in the first place?
  2. If these people that had gathered to give you support – whatever the hell that is – are not working, are you not using people’s circumstances and vulnerability of being destitute and unemployed for your own political gains – something they actually do not benefit from except running around the CBD and sweating they bodies out?
  3. If you do not agree with another party’s manifesto – why the hell march against it? Why not provide alternative to what they gave already provided?
  4. Where is your respect for separation of power? Why conflate the ruling party (policies) and its manifesto with government policies?
  5. Why did you not learn from your previous experience when you marched into another organisation’s offices a few years back – that there will be blood on the floor?
  6. As someone has said on Facebook at the time – why is it that there were less, if no, white people except a few of your party’s leadership? Put differently, you claim to be a diverse organisation of people of all colour but why is it that there were no white people in your march?
  7. Should you not rather let the electorate decide whether they are agree with another party’s manifesto on 7 May later this year and not march to another’s office – your right to demonstration notwithstanding – just because you do not agree with it on many other things, including its manifesto?
  8. Again, as someone noted on Facebook: Can you imagine if those voices shouting at each other in the Johannesburg CBD were united in demanding an end to exploitative labour broking; increased domestic investment by the state and capital; access to free tertiary education and the prosecution of the construction cartel that stole billions from us through collusion and price fixing?
  9. Are you aware that it is not about the number of (un)employed people – mainly black – that you brought to the march but the immediate change and difference the march itself would have on their lives?
  10.  Again, as someone further noted on Facebook: If we all accept that private sector has a critical role to play in job creation – as much as government does have to – when will you (DA) march to private firms and companies, or the JSE even if just symbolically?
  11.  The general people of South Africa do not agree with your manifesto (because you are not in government today but only ruling Western Cape province which you can lose at any given time because of the perception its people may have about you as a party) – can they now come and march into your offices (at anytime without giving any memorandum of their grievances)?

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