67 MINUTES OF DIVISION
By: Siphephelo Sibiya
Clermont commuters have not been supportive of an initiative to keep their street clean on Mandela Day.
Many people around the world spend their 67 minutes and more, giving assistance of any sort to those in need. Gugu Zulu and his crew joined in this initiative, started by former President Nelson Mandela for his birthday celebration.
Zulu and his group of local children took their time and picked up papers around Clermont, but the initiation was unsuccessful as they were offered no support by fellow community members.“I was so disappointed to see young and old people folding their arms, watching us picking papers as if we were crazy. This showed me that there is no unity in this community,” said Zulu.
Zulu told the Journalismiziko reporter that some parents even came and requested their children to stop picking papers.“People think I was doing this for myself but I was doing it for the neighbourhood as a whole. Unfortunately for the gossipers, who called me crazy when I started this, next year I will do the same thing and put more effort,” she added.
Lele Raputi, a community member, said that she could not allow her grandchildren to join the initiation because they are just visiting for the holidays.
“My children have nothing to do with this dirt that Gugu wants to clean. So I’m sorry they can’t be part of this,” she said.Nomvula Hlela, one of the mothers, said that Zulu has no respect for them as parents.
“No one has a right to force my child to pick up papers. She should ask for our permission as parents first,” said Hlela.The ward councilor Sibongiseni Mkhize said that the local government would have loved to help, but the proposal was submitted at short notice.“Next year we will give a hand to such activities. We will supply with necessities such as plastic bags and plastic gloves,” concluded Mkhize.