Tracey Foulkes
Written by Tracey Foulkes

Team, Tribe, Fellow South Africans

Considering¬†myself a non-political South African, it was my natural instinct to stand back when first learning of Zuma’s “Midnight Ministerial Massacre” super early on Friday morning. The news did not come as a surprise; there’d been speculations earlier in the week, most notably in articles about¬†Ahmed Kathrada’s¬†funeral.

The axing(s) made me think of business. The role of the CEO is to set and drive the¬†company vision. They do this with a team who should challenge, question and at times, disagree. That’s what brings progress. The Board is there to ensure the CEO remains accountable to achieving the objectives set. If I consider Zuma as our CEO, and us, the nation, the board,¬†it is our role, my role and my duty, to stand up passively or vociferously for what I believe is our vision.

Signing¬†the “Petition to remove President Zuma” was easy enough to do. I did it without hesitation straight after my Piloxing class, I was sitting alone in my car. It felt safe. It aligned with my vision of building a thriving South Africa.

This past weekend however, as I watched emotions unfold across Facebook, embarrassingly, I found myself pondering the authenticity of #BlackMonday as a gesture of solidarity. As a business owner, with part of my team based in South Africa, I grappled with the idea to take Friday 7th April as a day off from work to protest together with our country, against what I know to be true. Frankly, I was cynical. For that I apologise. In retrospect I realise I was simply feeling insecure.

Do I have enough knowledge to stand up and fight against a government that I believe to be unlawful?

Will my support count?

Can I make a difference?

Truly, I don’t know. Honestly, it doesn’t matter because I do love this¬†country¬†and I want it to succeed. I do believe that our government is corrupt¬†and this affects¬†me and my family and my business.

Today I will wear black.

On Friday, I will take to the streets.

Please join me.

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