I am not in the business of bashing South Africans in London. I love London and respect those who have been and are over there for their efforts. But some of the time I am frustrated by the attitude that some of the expacts (can you call them that?) pick up when over there.
I was recently pointed to a Facebook group started by South Africans (Saffers as they are called over there) living in London. This group intends to stage a protest in London against crime in SA. Agreed, crime is an issue. An undeniable issue. But could someone tell me what good it will do ANYONE to stage a protest on another continent?
I am a firm believer, as I have stated numerous times on this blog, in staying and fighting for what you hold dear. I hold this country close to my heart and thus I stay and I try my best to build it up and fix it in my little ways. In my humblest of opinions, the little bit that I do here in SA is more than 10 000 Saffers can do in London walking the streets in protest of crime in their “home” country.
Do everyone in SA a favour and come back. If you feel so passionately about the situation here then come back and try to better it. Running away and staging a protest over there is not doing anyone any good. In theory the idea is grand, majestic and admirable. In practice it falls flat due to the fact that these people have left the country they are protesting for.
The protest is being organised in support for those who have been influenced by crime, lost someone they love or support the cause. It is tragic when someone dies due to crime in SA. I agree. And the cause is one worth fighting for. However I believe that if you want to fix things your actions will speak louder than your words across the world.
Wouldn’t it be phenomenal if every South African abroad returned and made a stand. Returned and organised a protest gathering here, in SA, at our capital. Maybe we should get HomeComingRevolution involved and see what the think?
I am interested to know what everyone else thinks about this so please comment and let me know.
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