I am often asked what difference the work and activities of civil action generate? How does collective civil activism measure its effectiveness? And are we really getting somewhere in changing SA for the better, today?
The short and direct answer is: yes! It may not appear that way, because we keep getting distracted with the happenings of the here and now. But stepping back and taking stock of recent developments is extremely uplifting. South African citizens, and their civil interventionist organisations that work hard for them, can be proud of a number of telling achievements.
Let’s face it, we still have long way to go, but the sheer gravity of the cesspool that Zuma and his cronies have been made to wade through of late is thicker than treacle and their conduct is unsustainable, with the tide rapidly turning against them. The cord of support that keeps him in power has worn close to breaking point.
One cannot ignore the achievements over the recent past such as:
And there are more successes but let’s stop there for now and reflect on the bigger and more important turning point, being that the ANC themselves can no longer ignore the fact that State Capture is a reality and their leader is its pivotal kingpin.
Every time a new opportunity arises to tackle the elephant in the room – Jacob Zuma’s continued presidency – the internal ANC numbers against him keep climbing.
Serve yourselves a Bell’s, folks, and reflect on the great work you are doing. But celebrate not too long, as the bigger parties at the end of many stages in the journey are still to come. This country’s healing is not limited to the removal of their corrupt president, but more so in the rebuilding of the nation by tackling corruption and restoring the compliance and oversight bodies to do the good work intended of them.
There is reason to feel upbeat. Not complacently so, though, but just enough to watch and reflect on the tide that is rapidly turning against evil.
Thereafter, the hard work of rebuilding and strengthening a weakened education system, health structures and so much more can begin. This is where the real excitement of nation building lies. DM
Wayne is an entrepreneur, businessman and activist harboured in one soul. He is the Chairman of OUTA and has served as a Board member of the Tourism Business Council of SA. His recent activities include Chief Executive at Avis and President of SA Vehicle Renting and Leasing Association. Family, travel, a dram of Scotland's finest and some erratic golf makes him smile.