The sudden recent axing of the Finance Minister together with a major Cabinet reshuffle by the President has resulted in uproars by its citizens and major financial sectors at large. Political camps growing in dissention at the unanticipated move. As a direct consequence to this, SA has been downgraded to junk status by Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC (S&P). The junk status affects the investment-grading credit rating of the country. This downgrade, amidst the prevailing economic state has increased political turmoil in the country with heightening protests and threats for a national shutdown with calls for President Zuma to be impeached.
The political history of South Africa, which was a beacon of light on the African continent at one stage, bears witness to the accomplishment that the evil of injustice and apartheid can be and was defeated. The sacrifices of its people, leadership of stalwarts Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and Oliver Tambo amongst many others who fought for freedom, and the tangible support of African countries and international supporters at large cannot be allowed to be in vain. Democracy cannot be allowed to degenerate further into a hopeless and helpless state.
As Africa YMCAs, our first form of response to any tense and unstable political climate should be to earnestly adopt and firmly entrench a non – violence approach to conflict. With our youth at the forefront of an African Renaissance agenda, we look to you in solidarity to counter any form of social degeneracy.
Of utmost highlight, our faith as a Christian Youth empowerment organisation, requires that we pray, speak and act in constructive ways that condemns any thought, word or act of violence. We are challenged to affirm our responsibility to speak truth, healing and hope to a nation that is hurting and reeling under a dark cloud.
We invite our South African YMCA membership to be bold enough to stand for justice beyond colour and race to earnestly mobilise their constituencies against violence.
We encourage dialogues and interventions that allows for leadership to focus on engaging stakeholders at various key levels to explore more collaborative and inclusive approaches that is relevant with our youth in space, voice and influence to engage in civil and transformative manners. To uphold peace and to be engagers of cooperative solution-driven agendas as responsible citizens.
We invite all YMCAs in Africa and our brothers and sisters across the world to rally together in love and faith to pray for South Africa during this time.
Mr Carlos Sanvee
Africa Alliance of YMCAs