R2K DEFFEND MADONSELA AGAINST ATTACKKS
By: Dale Munatswa
The devoted members of the Right To Know (R2K) organisation protested in front of the Durban City Hall this weekend against the attacks on the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and her office.
According to Joanne Adams, organiser of the protest, Madonsela has had to endure all sorts of accusations levelled against her, and insults for asking the president to respond to the Nkandla issue.
Adams said that Madonsela is a public protector; she protects the citizens of South Africa and looks after the interests of people as far as corruption and fraud is concerned. This forms part of what the R2K stands for.
“The R2K is about freedom of expression: it is about true democracy and anticorruption. We feel that we want to support her, and she does not need all the insults that are being thrown at her,” said Adams.
People from different walks of life took part in the protest; however the turnout was relatively low. Many by-passers supported the initiative but were rather reluctant to join the protest.
Eric Tate, one of the founders of the R2k said, “We could have gotten a bigger crowd than this. Many People are talking about it, but the main problem that we have is that the same people that you see who are not concerned are afraid to speak up”.
Imroan Quardir who took part in the protest said that the government should work hand in hand with the public so as to drive the country forward.
He said, “We pray that the government helps out. One hand cannot clap- It takes two hands to clap. We are all together in this.”