The community of Diepkloof in Soweto took to their streets in a clean up drive in the aftermath of the looting that took place in their area. Picture: Itumeleng English/African News Agency(ANA
The community of Diepkloof in Soweto took to their streets in a clean up drive in the aftermath of the looting that took place in their area. Picture: Itumeleng English/African News Agency(ANA

More than 80 signatories join in plea for ’peace and security for all citizens of SA’

By Opinion Time of article published Jul 19, 2021

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The Movement for a United South Africa (MUSA) together with various civil society formations and individuals are calling for implementation of sustainable peace and security for all citizens of the country. Read the statement signed by more than 80 individuals and organisations from South Africa and internationally.

We call on State Institutions to uphold the Democratic function of Government espoused in the Constitution and the Justice System of Law and Order. We call for active participation by communities in promoting calm and local stability including the National Action Plan (NAP) adopted by Cabinet in August 2020 and launched in March 2021 for Women Peace and Security (WPS).

All state institutions and all three spheres of government (national, provincial, and municipal) as well as all three arms of government (the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary) must ensure the implementation and maintenance of the rule of law in terms of the Constitution and ensure social democracy that promotes socio-economic justice for all to live in peace and security.

The Security Cluster and National Security Force must act responsibly within the rule of law in the best interest of the Nation to restore calm, peace and stability for all law abiding citizens to continue and rebuild their livelihoods and revive the economy especially in the context of the Covid pandemic. Swift and commensurate action is required by the security forces to stop the looting and lawlessness.

The actions of the security forces have to be measured, timely, agile and creative in dealing with the volatile situation in the country, working proactively together with communities on the ground. They need to act quicker and be seen to be using necessary and commensurate action to deter further outbreaks of violence and looting. The lack of visibility of policing and the low numbers of police reacting is extremely concerning and has to be urgently addressed and remedied by government.

We call on all South Africans to remain calm and focus on the task of building an inclusive and sustainable economy. The fault lines in our country related to poverty, unemployment, inequality, sexism and racism are being exploited by lawless elements and we must remain united and steadfast in our commitment to the constitutional democratic order and its vision of post-conflict freedom. We must work towards eradicating racial conflict and all forms of racism across society to appreciate the strength of our diversity and common destiny. We must not allow ourselves to be side-tracked in working collectively towards the constitutional aspiration of socio-economic justice, development, dignity and the well-being of everyone.

We call on our communities to be discerning and not to be used by lawless elements and political factions to create chaos in our country which will have a long term detrimental impact. Communities have to hold themselves to moral values and they need to be responsible and hold each other accountable in the task of upliftment and development.

This is an on-going long term process that requires stability, perseverance and vision for a prosperous future for our youth and not to further break their spirit and desire to live in a country of opportunity and hope.

We must strengthen our consciousness and activism for socio-economic justice in South Africa. We must push a developmental state agenda towards a new socio-economic model that is inclusive, transformative and dignifying. It must include social safety nets for the most vulnerable incorporating a Basic Income Grant to support our people to uplift themselves within a framework of responsible citizenship. This requires an ethical and capable Government at all levels that is free from corruption, factionalism and all forms of state capture. Decision-making and public resources must always be in favour of the needs of the people and not for the benefit of corrupt elites.

The violence and looting impacts most on the poorest of the poor in local communities where there will be further job losses and pain. It is a great setback for community and local economic development. It is happening against the backdrop of the forthcoming local government elections. The State must ensure that the elections are free, safe and fair. Citizens must take care to elect moral, ethical and capable leaders who are willing to serve and hold themselves accountable to their communities.

We must increase our resolve to protect our Constitution and Country from insurrection and lawlessness. We must ensure successful local elections with a renewed commitment to participation and activism in local governance and development. It is at community level that we can fully transform our country and uplift all our people.

The objective of this statement is for communities to engage in dialogue on the construction of a new socio-economic model as a collective transformative consciousness and methodology needed in our Country. The Media including Social Media must spread messages of hope, good conduct and respect for law and order. All sectors of society and government must engage in a renewed social compact that balances the rights and responsibilities of citizens within a framework of socio-economic and political justice, good governance, economic opportunity, credible service delivery, fair billing and payment for services towards building sustainable communities and municipalities.

This social compact must include how we want to be governed and how participatory governance and accountability must be practicalised at all levels in our country. This social compact process must be immediately operationalised towards and beyond the upcoming local elections. In this dialogue, the voices, perspectives and knowledge of all citizens including women and youth must have a central and harmonising role.

We sympathise and stand in solidarity with all our citizens who have lost their loved ones, livelihoods and property during these extremely challenging times in our country exacerbated by the Covid pandemic.

We pray for calm, safety, peace and well-being of our country and hope for the best nature of ourselves as South Africans to come to the fore once again in the spirit of uBuntu, justice, solidarity, social cohesion, nation building and prosperity for all.

Endorsed by the following individuals and organisations from civil society:

    • Abubakr Siddiq Masjid
    • Al-Ghazali College
    • Ahmed Kathrada Foundation
    • Al-Qa’im Helping Hand
    • Ahmed Mayet
    • Aid International
    • Arya Samaj South Africa
    • As-Salaam Educational Institute – Edris Khamissa
    • Association of Muslim Accountants and Lawyers (AMAL)
    • Auwal Socio-Economic Research Institute (ASRI)
    • AWQAF SA
    • BAITUL ILM Organisation
    • Caring Women’s Forum – Dr Quraysha Ismail Sooliman
    • Central Islamic Trust (CIT)
    • Claremont Main Road Masjid Board of Governors
    • Cllr Fawzia Peer – Former Deputy Mayor of Ethekwini
    • Congress of Business and Economics (CBE)
    • Democratic Independent Party
    • Des Naidoo and Associates Attorneys
    • Ebrahim Mphutlane Bofelo – community activist
    • Environmental – Women Action Development Initiatives – Suraya Bibi Khan
    • Fordsburg Muslim Youth Organisation (FMYO)
    • Fountain of Inspiration – Yunus Jassat
    • Gauteng Muslim Shura Council
    • Haroon Nanabhai
    • Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light – Nandi Bester
    • House of Ummah – Ismail Omar
    • Husayn, Raihana and Muhammad Moola
    • Icamagu Institute – Nokuzola Mndende
    • Imraan Ismail Moosa – Local Government Councilor
    • Inspirate
    • Islamic Council of South Africa (ICSA) – Ismail Kalla
    • Islamic Forum and Vision 2020 – Ebrahim Vawda
    • Ladysmith Madressa and Mosque Trust – Dr Mohuddin Khan
    • Madressa Zia Ul Badr (MZB)
    • Masjid e Safiya – Thembelihle Informal Settlement
    • Minara Chamber of Commerce
    • Moral Regeneration Movement – Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa
    • Movement for a United South Africa (MUSA)
    • Muhammad Khalid Sayed, Member of Western Cape Parliament – personal capacity
    • Muslim Education Institute
    • Muslim Youth Movement (MYM) – Thandile Kona
    • National Interfaith Council of South Africa and National Chaplaincy - Reverend Thamsanqa Mvambo
    • Nazir Alli, former CEO of SANRAL
    • Professor Feroz Cachalia – WITS University
    • Professor Suleman Dangor – University of KwaZulu-Natal
    • Rasooli Centre
    • Rashid Nosarka Foundation
    • Saaberie Chishty Society
    • SAID’s Karate and Kickboxing Lifestyle – Solly Said
    • Sizwe Ummah Nation (SUN)
    • South African Black Muslim Conference
    • South African Haj and Umrah Council (SAHUC)
    • South African Hindu Maha Sabha
    • South African Muslim Network (SAMNET)
    • Sultan Bahu Centre
    • Tahir As-Sufi Muhammad
    • UBUHLE BOBUNYE Bomanyano – Penny Ndlovu
    • United Ulama Council of South Africa (UUCSA)
    • Zora Essop

    International Support - Australia

  • Queensland Islamic Council, Global Community Development Initiatives
  • University of Sydney, University of East London, UNICAF, Queensland
  • Arican Communities Council,
  • Australian Greens Party,
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • Griffith University,
  • As Salaam Institute,
  • Monty & Minx Vet,
  • Algester Vet,
  • Mansfield Vet
  • Naseema Mustapha,
  • Mohamed Bah,
  • Sadeq Mustapha,
  • Ferouza Mustapha,
  • Shibly Mustapha,
  • Junaid Mustapha,
  • Haseeb Mustapha,
  • Shamime Mustapha,
  • Aslam Gutta,
  • Tamin Gutta,
  • Nahla Gutta,
  • Layth Mustapha,
  • Taahaa Abu Ghazaleh,
  • Ruqayya Abdoola
  • Rehana Bibi,
  • Waseem Mustapha,
  • Heba Allouche,
  • Ahmad Abu Ghazaleh
  • Hoosein Ismail – community activist, Perth

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