Memorandum garners 1200 signatures

Shellene Marshall standing with Mr Corlet Simango, holding their placards.

Stephan Lehman

Community members came out in their thousands to take part in Edenvale’ #SAWillRise march on April 7.

A calm and peaceful mood was carried through the demonstration by all who participated.

The march began at Horwood’s Farm on Second Street, went down Van Riebeeck Avenue and ended at the Edenvale Library where a memorandum was meant to be handed over to an official from local government.

Ms Linda Mckenzie, one of the organisers of the march, said although representatives were invited to the hand-over of the memorandum, none arrived

The march was organised by community members to show their unhappiness about decisions recently made by President Jacob Zuma.

Complaints from the demonstrators were raised through a memorandum.

The complaints raised were:

  •  President Zuma recalling the previous Minister of Finance, Mr Pravin Gordhan and his deputy Mr Mcebisi Jonas, from their international investment roadshow.
  •  The dismissal of Gordhan.
  •  The appointment of Mr Malusi Gigaba and Mr Sfiso Buthelezi.
  •  The effects these decisions had on South Africa’s economy.

The march saw a community united.

About 1 200 demonstrators signed the memorandum.

McKenzie said she estimated that in total, 4 500 demonstrators took part in Edenvale’s march.

When the march began she thanked all of the demonstrators for their support and for showing up at the event.

“The march was unbelievable. It was total success,” said McKenzie.

She said the ending was the best for her.

“Everyone danced together and sang together – it was amazing. When everyone sang the national anthem at the end I got goosebumps,” said McKenzie.

Mr Duane Joaquim, an Edenvale dance instructor, said he was excited to have taken part in the demonstration.

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Stephan Lehman

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