CSVR concerned over no confidence march

Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) executive director Nomfundo Mogapi said they were very concerned Tuesday’s march would lead to violence. Furthermore CSVR believes that next week’s planned marches will not influence MPs in the vote on the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

“If you have these two opposing groups there‚ the likelihood of this turning into violence is our biggest concern. The concern is not whether this [march] will influence the decision or not‚ because we know that when the governing party has made a decision [it doesn’t often change]‚” said Nomfundo Mogapi.

“We’ve been seeing this trend of what we call collective violence‚ where we find that a group of people will go and protest for a genuine need or concern‚ but what usually happens is that it ends up becoming violent. Protest‚ as a language for being heard in the current dispensation‚ is not really the best vehicle. What we have found is that the majority of protests are becoming more and more violent.”

Mark

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