#CommitYourSelfie says Tannie Evita
Satirist and political activist Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout has launched an ambitious campaign ahead of the State of the Nation Address, largely aimed at challenging corruption and demanding better governance.
South Africans from all sections of our democracy are putting their hopes in their hands and joining the demand for change.
Bezuidenhout outlined the goals of the #commityourselfie campaign in the build up to February 12, when President Jacob Zuma will be delivering the annual State of the Nation Address (SONA).
“If we the people lead, the government will follow. Commit yourselfie to a better future!” Bezuidenhout tweeted.
In Bezuidenhout’s onslaught against corruption and pessimism, she said: “Pay back all the money! Spend where it’s needed! Take a selfie! Tweet your selfie! And email it with your wish for SA to EvitaSelfie@gmail.com before 6th February!”
Bezuidenhout’s campaign takes the lead from the “Pay Back The Money” demands made towards Zuma by opposition parties regarding the expenses incurred in the construction of his Nkandla homestead, but she added she intended on addressing other kinds of abuse and misuse of funds in government.
“If these monies illegally and corruptly taken be returned so that the wheels of our democratic society can once again be properly oiled, we could all expect a better delivery of services to the people,” said Bezuidenhout.
The #commityourselfie campaign involves members of the public submitting selfies of themselves holding a sign that states what part of their lives they want to see enriched by returned funds #PayBackTheMoney so that “health, welfare, education, children, homes, hospitals, schools, transport, justice, safety, environment, electricity, water and hundreds of other pillars of our society can benefit for all in a better future for all.”
There is also a special anthem to be recorded for the campaign, and it will be used in the first week of February.
Bezuidenhout’s expressed her wish that through this campaign “the people lead and maybe the government will follow.”
The Cape Town Press Club will host Bezuidenhout on the February 10, where she will present the Luthuli Housekeeping Report.