The Rivonia Circle has called on South Africans to come together to tackle corruption and poor service.
At a citizens’ event in east London on Wednesday evening, Songezo Zibi said, former Business Day Editor and Rivonia Circle Chair, said it’s important for communities to be actively involved in decisions that affect their lives.
“We can’t have a situation in of [communities refer to] people who fail to clean up the streets as leaders. How come someone who steals treasury is called inkokheli [leader]? they don’t respect you Hold them accountable for their actions,” Zibi said.
The Rivonia Circle is a nonprofit organization formed four months ago by Zibi and other activists with the intention of creating a stimulating political debate and encouraging communities to actively participate in politics. The team also conducts research and political advocacy work.
Zibi described their events as “democracy builders” and said the gatherings help them gather opinions from members of the public With the collapse in service delivery and rampant corruption, can we work together in the future?”
A member of the public speaking at the event advised Zibi to also help fight it of “political illiteracy” in poor areas. The 63-year-old man said the illiteracy he was referring tois not the inability to read or write, “but helping ordinary people understand their constitutional rights.
“People accept anything thrown at them. If you want to see change, educate people. Go up to them and make them understand that they don’t deserve this bad treatment,” he said
The Rivonia Circle has held similar workshops in Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. In the Eastern Cape they have held community engagements in Alice and East London and will host another event in Gqeberha on Thursday.
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