This is part of a blogging campaign to Unite South Africa, given the recent events in the country, which show a disturbing increase in violent rhetoric and alarmist reasoning. You can follow the conversation on twitter as it unfolds here: http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23uniteSA
South Africa stands at a crossroads – a time in which racial tensions run high and the world is focused on us. Neither the people of South Africa nor the country itself can afford to have negativity and irrational outbursts rule our daily lives.
To that end, UniteSA is an attempt to bring people from all corners of our nation together in a call for peace, calm and rational thought.
Various ministers have called for restraint as has President Zuma – certain organisations have chosen to use this time to push a political agenda and we appeal to them to allow the authorities the chance they need to resolve the issues.
We urge the people of South Africa to express faith in the police force and the justice system at this time.
We call upon the ANC to rein in Julius Malema appropriately and urge him to behave responsibly.
We call upon the AWB to continue to act responsibly after the tragic death of Eugene Terre’blanche.
We call upon the National Government to plan for protection of farmers as they worry about their futures.
We express our solidarity and empathy for those who have suffered because of crime and corruption in our country.
We are far stronger united than we are apart.
Also, please take the time to read Sipho Hlongwane’s column in the Daily Maverick on this issue, because, as 6000.co.za says, "it might just be the most accurate and most salient collection of words I have ever set eyes upon."