We are #RightToProtest!
On Tuesday 19 November #UniteBehind marched in solidarity alongside our affiliates the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) along Philip Kgosana Drive to Parliament for the #RightTo Protest. Also taking part in the march were Reclaim the City, Ndifuna Ukwazi, Equal Education, Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce, 350 Africa, Tshisimani – Centre for Activist Education to protect and defend the right to protest.
The march included protest performances by Tandile Mbatsha, Tshegofatso Mabutla, Precious Zililo, Dawn Fisher, Yamkela Ntendiyiyo, Lwanda the Poet and the SWEAT Sex Workers Theatre. It was curated by Puleng Lange Stewart and Qondiswa James.
We march in solidarity with mass civil action all around the world. We especially think of Reclaim the City who will be at the Cape Town High Court on 25 November to 28 November 2019 to hear the ground-breaking Tafelberg case which is set to have a far-reaching impact on the affordable housing crisis in Cape Town.
During the march, #UniteBehind successfully applied to be amicus curiae in the matter between PRASA and Sechaba Security and others. This, after PRASA cancelled the use of private security on trains and stations across the country with immediate effect, and without a suitable plan for the provision of security services for the present moment. This irrational decision placed commuters rail workers and infrastructure at much worse risk than before.
We are a united civil movement that refuse to accept the current injustices and we will fight for as long as it takes.