Old activists dusting off their anti-apartheid kit to join the Zupta struggle

By Alec Hogg

I counted 60 protestors outside the offices of Gupta agency Bell Pottinger in Holborn, London. The loud hailer was shared by a smattering of anti-apartheid activists from the 80s and 90s who told us that just like in those days, they feel compelled to make their voices heard again.

There will be a similar but far more voluminous gathering tomorrow (Tuesday) when the Rhema Bible Church in Randburg hosts a conference of civil society organisations, easily the biggest in SA since 1994, perhaps ever.

One of the insiders told me more than 90 bodies will be represented, with something between 700 and 1,000 delegates expected. He says the logistical organisation has been impressive – then again, like in London, many of those now getting involved have the experience of anti-apartheid protests to draw upon.

Things are happening quickly in this “suddenly” stage where activist citizens work at reclaiming South Africa from crony capitalists and their captured political puppets. Hope springs.

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