#UniteBehind is a civil society coalition constituted of over 20 organizations that organises and mobilises together around common campaigns and local struggles. By coming together under a united banner, we can more effectively mobilise for a just and equal South Africa where the people share in the country’s wealth.
The #UniteBehind coalition was formed by a number of activists from various peoples’ movements after the Cape Town Memorial for Ahmed Kathrada. We are young people, struggle veterans, queer people, women, workers and unemployed people, who have come together to form a coalition for a just and equal South Africa. Over the years our struggles for women’s equality, land justice, informal settlement upgrading, equal education, open, participatory and accountable governance, racial and economic justice and all the rights in our Constitution have been pursued in an isolated manner. Now we combine our struggles for justice and equality under the banner of #UniteBehind and commit to mobilise against the current crisis of state capture.
#UniteBehind is committed to the demand that the ANC recall President Jacob Zuma, that we stop the Nuclear Deal, and that we restore the credibility of our criminal-justice system by investigating, charging, prosecuting and convicting all those in state-capture and corruption.
Our most pervasive systemic injustices—inequality, unemployment, colonial legacies, apartheid spatial planning, and crime and gender-based violence—requires knowledge, mass mobilisation and persistence and these cannot be overcome as long as President Zuma continues to sabotage our state and destroy the economy. Now we combine our struggles for justice and equality under the banner of #UniteBehind and commit to urgently mobilise against the current crisis of state capture which disproportionately affects the most vulnerable in our society.
Our struggle is for a just and equal South Africa – a democracy in which people participate in decisions affecting their lives.
Government must be elected, open, accountable, ethical and effective. They must put the needs of the people first. This applies to anyone who exercises responsibility or power in society. But, government commands resources on our behalf and therefore it must set the example.
Over the years, our organisations, movements, unions and communities, including faith communities, have called for a different society, culture and economy based on these demands.
Our society is the most unequal in the world with the highest reported rate of unemployment, particularly Black African and Coloured youth unemployment. Our households and individuals carry a crippling debt burden. Every one of these demands requires both radical economic wealth creation and redistribution. We understand that our economy is subject to global market forces and powerful global companies. These forces can be overcome but government, unions, social movements and political parties must unite with our allies internationally to ensure a just, fair and equal world economy.
We want to discuss and improve this vision. Divided movements cannot overcome these powerful obstacles. #UniteBehind must be a space for organisation and action but equally also to discuss and disagree with dignity.
These principles and demands are not cast in stone but they indicate the world in which we wish to live.