This is to call on all artists, those engaged in the creative and cultural sector as well as other citizens to participate in the Unite Against Corruption marches taking place in Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria on Wednesday 30 September.
While numerous unions may not be able to participate as originally planned (NEDLAC has granted permission allowing workers to participate in such protest actions only after 6 October), the marches are proceeding with scores of organisations representing community, gender, faith-oriented, youth, arts and culture, issue-based and other sectors, having endorsed the citizen-action marches to protest the increasing levels of corruption and their adverse impacts in our society. Details below.
Cape Town: Meet from 11:00 at Keizergracht, opposite the entrance to the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. The march starts at 12:00, will pass the City Hall (Darling Street), turn left into Adderley Street, then into Spin Street, and right into Plein Street, ending outside the entrance to Parliament at the end of Roeland Street. Arts and other cultural stakeholders are welcome to gather in the reception area of the District 6 Museum’s Homecoming Centre, 15 Buitenkant Street (2 blocks down from the museum itself, towards the Castle), from 11:00, and will leave from there to join the march in Keizergracht. Feel free to create your own posters, banners and statements that you would like to make! There will be music and poetry both before the march starts, and during the final event outside parliament, all of which will end by 15:00.
Durban: The march will start at 12:00 at Botha/Dinizulu Gardens/Park near the DUT City Campus (opposite the Durban Christian Centre) and proceed down Dr Pixley KaSeme Street (formerly West Street) to the City Hall. It will end by 14:00.
Pretoria: Burger’s Park will be the beginning point of the march, with busses shuttling people from Burnett Street, should they need. Marchers will begin to gather from 11:00, with the march starting at 12:00 and ending at the Union Buildings. Mehlo-Maya is coordinating scores of djembe drummers to participate in the march under the slogan “Beat Corruption”. They are inviting anyone to bring whistles, shakers and drums to participate both before the march starts and during the march itself.
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