Civil rights movement Afriforum, together with singer Bobby van Jaarsveld and other celebrities, will stage a march to Parliament tomorrow (November 21) to demand Government action on violent crime.
The march, which is a sequel to a similar march to the Union Buildings, Pretoria in June, is supported by various Christian organisations in Cape Town, including Christian Action Network (ACA) and Family Policy Institute.
The March will start in Keizersgracht Street at 10h00 and will proceed to the gates of Parliament, where a memorandum will be handed over to a representative of the Speaker of Parliament.
Everybody is welcome to join the march. Particpants should dress in black to show that they are mourning for the victims of crime, and white to show that they stand for peace, says ACA in a media release. No political party shirts should be worn.
“The South African government has failed in its God-given responsibility to protect innocent citizens, execute justice and punish criminals,” says Taryn Hodgson, International Co-ordinator of the Christian Action Network. “Criminals seem to have more rights under South African law than ordinary citizens.”
“The Bible gives a very straightforward answer, as to why crime has spiraled out of control. Ecclesiastes 8:11 says, ‘Why do people commit crimes so readily? Because crime is not punished quickly enough.’
“Rapists and murderers should be executed and criminals should pay restitution to the victims of the crime, not to the state. It is also essential that no obstacles be placed in the way of law-abiding citizens to obtain, carry and use firearms for self-defence. Criminals prefer unarmed victims.
“Farm murders should be considered a priority crime. Crime in rural areas have caused the number of commercial farmers in South Africa to drop from 70 000 to fewer than 40 000. Thousands of people have been left jobless as a result.”
Hodgson can be contacted on 072 215 4801, 021-689 4480, or email@example.com.