This report gives you a taste of the day as it happened and is divided into three sections:
- The march itself
- Shortly after the march ended
- Handover of the letter of demand
For commentary on the day please go to: Suurbraak rolling mass action: a commentary
1. The march itself
The organisers of Sunday’s protest march in Suurbraak (14 May 2017) were the SYM (Suurbraak Youth Movement chaired by Donovan Julius) and the SCA (Suurbraak Civic Association chaired by Burton Beukes). Both these organisations can feel justly proud of what they achieved. Apart from one troubling incident, about which I’ll report below, the march was efficiently managed and executed.
The organisers amassed an impressive Suurbraak-style turnout comprising children, young men and women, middle aged and the elderly following in cars, bakkies and on a truck. In fact I felt quite sorry for the kids who must have been forbidden by their parents to take part and who watched the passing cavalcade with longing.
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2. Shortly after the march had ended
Continue reading ‘Ons soek huise’: Suurbraak march for housing
I reported earlier how I came away troubled from a meeting I had attended two weeks back called by the Swellendam executive mayor, Councillor Nicholas Myburgh, to address a host of community-related issues.
Flowing from that meeting was a protest action this past Sunday 7 May 2017, which ended in the symbolic burning of a banner depicting Swellendam Municipality.
As has repeatedly been demonstrated, Suurbraak is a microcosm of the whole. This being so, I believe this current protest enables us to understand why this country is imperilled. I therefore urge you to read my earlier post (Canaries in the Suurbraak coalmine) as background to this report.
In order for this all to make sense I shall:
- briefly describing Suurbraak, its history and its people
- provide some background to some of the issues that surfaced during the protest
- provide a synopsis, from memory, of what happened during the protest
- try to pull together all the threads and show, as I see it, why this process holds significance for Suurbraak and South Africa as a whole
Continue reading Reasons for, report on, and thoughts about the Suurbraak protest