By Johan Pretorius
An apolitical Port Shepstone civic movement which ‘articulates the voices of the local community’ and is concerned about corruption, greed and rampant disregard for the ‘hard fought democracy of our country’, is to be launched on 1 May. The movement will be known as the Active Citizen’s Movement, and the public launch will be at the Marburg Secondary School at 14h30 for 15h00.
At a media briefing in Port Shepstone on Tuesday interim spokesperson Sivy Kalkapersad, interim treasurer Ysuf Asmal and Pastor Reggie John provided details of the aims of the movement. A statement issued by Mr. Kalkapersad said the ACM would be following the example of people around the country to note its concern about corruption, greed and rampant disregard for the hard fought democracy of our country.
The preamble of the movement’s proposed constitution outlines the following concerns:
- Alienation of public officials from the people
- Lack of delivery
- Corruption and misuse of public money
- Erosion of the principles of accountability
- An active citizenry and good governance.
In the statement it is pointed out that at a meeting in November last year these concerns were highlighted, but some five months later the state of the country has deteriorated. The question is asked: ‘Can we afford to sit back and accept the status quo?’ The organisers say the only way forward would be for every concerned citizen to attend the launch of the Port Shepstone branch of the ACM, at which a keynote speaker will be addressing those present. They request that, amongst others, the following people should attend: members of the community, religious formations, business people, civic organisations, ward committees, political parties and ratepayers’ associations. ‘Our vision is to form a combined apolitical CIVIC movement which articulates the voices of the local community. We owe this to our children and their future! An appeal is made to all concerned citizens to attend. If possible please make yourself available to serve on the committee. Membership forms, and a copy of the constitution, will be made upon request’.
More details can be obtained from Sivy Kalkapersad on 079-703-4178 and at firstname.lastname@example.org, Pastor Bongani Khumalo on 083-544-0270 or Tiruschni Naidoo on 083-544-0270.