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Save South Africa Campaign and DA will hold separate Freedom Day Rallies in PE

BY JESICA SLABBERT - APRIL 25, 2017
Save South Africa Campaign and DA will hold separate Freedom Day Rallies in PE

The Save South Africa campaign, which recently organised huge anti-Zuma marches in the Eastern Cape, will be holding a National Freedom Day Rally in Port Elizabeth on Thursday, 27 of April, which will be addressed by the leader of the movement, businessman, Sipho Pityana.

Despite both Save South Africa and the Democratic Alliance (DA) having similar goals of kicking President Jacob Zuma out of office over alleged bad leadership, that culminated in the firing of former Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, and his Deputy and former Eastern Cape MEC for Economic Development, Mcebisi Jonas, as well as a double credit rating downgrade, the DA in the Eastern Cape will be holding its own separate rally.

The DA, UDM, Cope, IFP, ACDP and EFF as well as unions - Fedusa and Solidarity, last week annouced the launch of the Freedom Movement, a joint effort to get rid of President Zuma.

But Save South Africa distanced itself from the movement saying that they are an independent movement and does not align itself to any political party. 

Addressing journalists in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday morning, Save South Africa Eastern Cape said that Freedom Day will be used to celebrate South Africa’s freedom and to ensure that its peoples are protected from further state capture.

“Save South Africa convenor, Sipho Pityana, will address the rally, along with former Constitutional Court Judge, Zak Yacoob, and Anglican Bishop, Nceba Nopece, as well as a number of speakers from local, civic, and trade union organisations,” said Khutsa Jack, Save South Africa convenor for the Eastern Cape.

The movement has also planned a march that will start at the Njoli Shopping Square in Zwide, Port Elizabeth, at 9am, and end at the Dan Qeqe Stadium, where the official rally will commence at 11am. It is expected to end at around 1pm.

“We encourage other organisations to show their rejection of the state capture project by taking to the streets and holding rallies and marches on Freedom Day and beyond,” said Jack.

“The message from our Freedom Day event will be clear: No to corruption, no to state capture, no to junk status, Zuma must go! Anyone else who shares that vision is welcome to join us and play a role in saving South Africa.

“We are marching to the Dan Qeqe Stadium, which we view as a shrine of South Africa’s liberation struggle, and we are very grateful that the national leadership coordinating committee of Save South Africa recognised and bestowed this honour upon this chapter here.”

Security and transport organised

He said that a lot of effort has been expended with regards to security for the march.

Volunteers have also been organised to ensure that any disruptions are controlled and that the infrastructure of the Stadium is safe and secure.

Jack said that the Save South Africa Campaign is working very closely with the South African Police Service (SAPS) to ensure public safety.

Buses and taxis have also been arranged to help transport those wanting to attend the march, but do not have their own cars.

Buses will be provided in the Eastern and Northern areas, while taxi industry park and ride services will be available in the Southern areas. The taxis will charge R25 for a lift to the stadium and R25 to get back. The buses and taxis will be leaving at 8am.

The taxi’s will be parked in the following locations:

  • Kings Beach car park,
  • The Lilian Diedricks Bus stop, next to the terminus,
  • The City Hall car park, opposite The Herald,
  • Greenacres Shopping Centre, opposite the taxi rank, and
  • Walmer Park car park.

At each location, there will be a Save South Africa representative as well as an industry representative.

Parking will be available at the Stadium but the public is encouraged to utilise the public transport system as to not have too many cars in the area.

Food and refreshments will also be sold at the rally. It is a family friendly event so no alcohol will be sold or allowed at the venue.

“What would I be scared of now? The country is free; we want it to continue to be free. Being silent the freedom will disappear, that I’m afraid of, but I’m not scared to stand up, we are not scared to stand up across the country,” said Jack.

“We want a freedom that is guided by leaders who respect the people they lead, and who are exemplary in their behaviour, and what is good that they want for themselves, they also want for everyone.

“One of the most important things that Save South Africa is introducing back into South African Culture, is to revert back to the values of freedom and the values of Ubuntu.”

DA rally at Vuyisile Mini Square

Meanwhile the DA in the Eastern Cape will host its Freedom Day event at the same time at the Vuyisile Mini-Square in front of the City Hall.

According to DA Eastern Cape Provincial Leader, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, the rally will be to demand “better governance at a national level is an expression of our hard-earned democratic freedom”.

“Change works, as we've seen in Tshwane, Johannesburg and right here in Nelson Mandela Bay,” he added.

The rally is expected to be attended by DA Provincial Deputy Leader, Bobby Stevenson MPL; Port Elizabeth Northern Areas Constituency Leader, Edmund van Vuuren MPL; and NMB MMC, Councillor Nqaba Bhanga.

Highlights from the last Port Elizabeth Save South Africa marches:

Highlights from East London Save South Africa marches: