2 November 2016
Government has noted the marches by members of the public, civic organisations and some political parties currently underway in Pretoria. Government calls on marchers to respect the rule of law and the paramountcy of the Constitution in guiding all public participation and active citizenship and as such today’s activities demonstrate a strengthened democracy which is important for shaping the public discourse.
South Africa is an open society and our democracy creates space for and encourages an active citizenry envisioned in the National Development Plan.
Acting GCIS Director-General, Donald Liphoko, said, “The various voices and actions are reflective of a democratic and progressive society. Citizens have the right to march and voice their opinion, however it must be done peacefully. No person should be coerced against their will. It is the responsibility of each citizen to play their part in protecting our hard-earned democracy.”
Whilst, every person has the right to protest as enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic, we encourage all people of South Africa to protest within the confines of the law, and not destroy or damage property or infrastructure during their actions.
The Security Cluster remains operationally ready to police all planned protest actions to ensure that they remain peaceful, and safeguard property; and that the democratic rights of others are not trampled upon in the process. “ We have noted with serious concern utterances attributed to some political leaders to occupy the city centre of Tshwane and such actions do nothing but detract from the legitimate and democratic practices of participatory and open democracy” added Liphoko.
Citizens are encouraged to continue partnering with government to resolve issues and work together to achieve Vision 2030. By working together, we move South Africa forward.
Mr Donald Liphoko
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