• RSAvoices.org.za is a civil initiative to encourage and support a quality connection between South African politicians and citizens.

    Initiative #1: The "No Confidence" vote in President Jacob Zuma

     

    South African members of parliament will vote in the next days on the issue of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

    1. Decide where you stand on the issue
    2. Select the MP that you want to connect with
      or we can help you do it
    3. Take action

    Make an impact in minutes.

     

    Imagine

    Each member of parliament receiving 658 messages about the no confidence vote. This will happen if you and a few friends take action.

     

    Marching and protesting are powerful but there are other ways to make your voice heard. Ensure that the MP's who vote on the President Zuma no confidence vote, know exactly what you think. This page gives you an easy way of writing directly to members of parliament and telling them what you think they should do.

     

  • Take Action

    "Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you."
    - Thomas Jefferson

    How to take action once you have decided on the issue.

    Do these three things.

    1. Decide who you are writing to by either letting us pick an MP for you or choose your own MP and choose eMail, SMS/WhatsApp or another.
    2. Create your message or copy one of the sample messages and edit it to be from yourself.
    3. Send
  • The Campaign

    Marching and protesting are powerful but there are also other ways to make your voice heard. Ensure that the MP's who vote on the President Zuma no confidence vote, know exactly what you think. This page gives you an easy way of writing directly to members of parliament and telling them what you think they should do.

    Members of all opposition parties march in Pretoria on 12th April 2017. Image source: Sowetan

    RSA Voices is a simple campaign. Imagine you are an MP and you arrive at your office to find a pile of physical letters, postcards and faxes on your desk. They are from people just like your friends, your family and your neighbours. The messages tell you persuasively and in no uncertain terms what they think you should do as a MP when you vote on the President Zuma no confidence vote.

     

    You turn on your computer and receive 117, no (still loading) 159 more emails clearly stating what voters around the country expect you to do. Your secretary leans into your office and hands you 190 additional pieces of paper, each with a message about the vote and a number to call back.

     

    You glance down at your phone and see two red dots. WhatsApp tells you there are 260 new messages and your SMS count is at 134.

     

    How would you feel if you were a MP?

     

    One message is interesting

    80 messages will grab attention

    128 messages will feel persuasive

    387 messages will be difficult to ignore

    658 messages make it difficult to disagree

    More messages may make you feel like there is nowhere to hide

     

    MP's should feel they are voting on behalf of us the voters.

     

    Help MP's to get a sense of what you are feeling about issues in South Africa. If 1% of registered voters use this site to easily contact just one MP then each MP will receive 658 messages.

     

    To make it easy we have given you all the contact details of every MP in the National Assembly in an easily accessible format. If you don't want to choose who to write to then we have suggested a random MP.

     

    We have suggested some simple messages that you can copy and paste. Even better take a minute to adapt them and make them even more personal and powerful.

     

    Lastly - let us know who you have contacted so that we can keep track and update you from time to time on which MP's haven't heard from us yet.

     

    That's the campaign. Now take action.

  • Here is your MP

    Choosing can be hard. To make it easy here is a randomly selected MP for you together with their details. To select a different MP, refresh the page.

  • Choose your own MP

    You can copy the details of a single MP, a couple of MP's or mail merge and send personalised messages to many MP's for maximum effect.

     

    Remember to click collaborate so that we can spread the love and
    make sure all MP's hear from us.

     

    Please use this Excel Spreadsheet responsibly, because it is the right thing to do, and more importantly because you are not likely to have much impact if you send unprofessional and spam-like messages to multiple MP's.

  • Sample Messages

    Choose your format, choose your style, or express yourself in your own unique way.

    Sample message #1 - for ANC MP's

    Dear <insert name here>

     

    I have been watching with growing interest the events unfold regarding the vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma. It is deeply worrying the level of controversy that surrounds our president and while any leader is subject to criticism, I believe it has now reached the point where action needs to be taken so that the leadership of our country can focus on the key issues that require attention, namely poverty, education and jobs.

     

    Any work that you and your colleagues are doing in these areas is being drowned out and made irrelevant by the sheer volume of noise that the issues around President generate.

     

    "The time is always right to do the right thing"

    - Martin Luther King

     

    I will be watching the record of how you vote closely.

     

    Yours faithfully

     

    <your name here>

     

    Sample message #2

    Dear <insert name here>

     

    Thank you for representing us in parliament. I am relying on you to vote for the people you represent when casting your ballot on the issue of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.

     

    Kind regards

     

    <your name here>

    Sample message #3

    Dear <insert name here>

     

    Please do not ignore the people of South Africa. When your career as a MP is evaluated it is at difficult moments when there is lots of pressure that your decisions count.

     

    In the issue of the vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma, I would urge you to help our country to move on from this era of recrimination and conflict so that we can together start to build a nation that is good for our children.

     

    Yours sincerely

     

    <your name here>

    Sample message #4

    Dear Minister. This message is ahead of the vote of no confidence in President Zuma. Here is my reason why I believe you should vote in favour / against the motion.

     

    <insert your reason here>

     

    Please take this into account when you are voting.

     

    Thanks very much.

     

    <your name here>

    Sample message #5 - for ANC MP's (Xhosa)

    Botani

     

    Ndibukele ngomdla umba wo voto lokunga funwa luka Mongameli Jacob Zuma. Ixhalabisa ngobunzulu I hlazo elizungeze uMongameli wethu nanjengoko nankokheli yimbi ibinokugxekwa, kufikelele apho amanyathelo kufuneka ethathiwe ukuze iinkokheli ze lizwe lethu liqwalaselane nemiba ebalulekileyo efunwa ukuhoywa, Phakathi kwazo intlupheko, imfundo nemisebenzi.

     

    Iinzame wena noo gxa bakho enizizamayo ziyachithakala zibonakale zingentoyanto ngenxa yengxolo yomba kaMongameli.

     

    Inkokheli yi nkokheli ngenxa yabantu abamlandelayo. Njengomlandeli ka Mongameli uZuma, ndingakhuthaza uba ujonge ngaphakathi entliziyweni yakho uvote nge sazela sakho.

     

    Ndizakuqwalasela ngemehlo elibukhali uvoto lwakho.

     

    Ozithobileyo

    Sample message #6 (Xhosa)

    Botani

     

    Siyabulela ngokusimela epalamente. Ndixhomekeke kuwe ukuba uvotele abantu obameleyo xa ubeka uvoto lwakho kumba lungafuneki luka Mongameli Jacob Zuma.

     

    Ozithobileyo

    Sample message #7 (Xhosa)

    Botani

     

    Ndiyakubongoza ungabafulatheli abantu bomMzansi Africa. Xa umsebenzi wakho njenge lungu lepalamente uvavanywa kusebunzimeni izigqibo zakho zibonakala khona.

     

    Kumba wovoto wokungafuneki kunga Mongameli, ndingakukhuthaza uncede ilizwe lethu libene nqubela phambili kwelixesha lembidano nokungavani ukwenzela okokuba siqalise ukwakha ilizwe elilungele abantwana bethu.

     

    Ozithobileyo

    Sample message #8 (Xhosa)

     

    Lomyalezo uzangaphambikwe voto lokunga funeki kuka Mongameli Zuma. Nasi isizathu sokuba kutheni uzakuvotela okanye ungavoteli lomba:

     

    Gcina oku kusengqondweni xa uvota

     

    Enkosi

    Sample message #9 (Zulu)

    Sawubona

     

    Begibuka ngokukhulu ukudabuka konke osekwekwenzekile mayelana

    nokukhishwa kwevoti lokungamethembi umongameli wesizwe sethu uJacob

    Zuma.

     

    Yize kuhlezi kukhona impikisano mayelana nokuphatha kungamongameli,

    izinga lokungaphetheki kahle komphakati ngomongameli wethu selinyukele

    kahkhulu, sekudinga kuthathwe isinqumo esithile. Lesi sinqumo siyadingeka

    ukuze uhulumeni wethu uqhubeke ubhekane nezimo eziphuthumayo

    njengenhlupheko, imfundo kanye nesimo sokungatholakali kwemisebenzi. Ibalulekile indle umongameli abukeka ngayo kubalandeli bakhe.

     

    Njengomlandeli ka Jacob Zuma, ngiyanxusa ukuba ubheke inhliziyo yakho

    uzibuze ukthi umbona kanjani umongameli na?

    Siyacela ukuthi Ivoti lakho likhulume okusentlizweni yakho.

     

    Ngizobe ngibhekile ukuthi uVota kanjani.

     

    Uyena

    Sample message #10 (Zulu)

    Sawubona

     

    Siyabonga ukusimela ephalamende. Ngiyakunxusa ukuba uvotele labo bantu

    obamele mhla usebenzisa ivoti lakho kuloludaba lweVoti Lokungamethembi

    umongameli.

    Sample message #11 (Zulu)

    Sawubona

     

    Siyacela ukuba ungabashayi indiva abantu baseMzansi Africa, izinqumo

    ezithathwa kunengcindezi engaka izona oyokhunjulwa ngazo esikhathini sakho

    sokuphatha. Kuloludaba lweVoti Lokumngamethembi umongameli siyanxusa

    ukuba uvote ngendlela ezosiza isizwe sethu ukuba siqhubekele phambili.

    Ukuhlangana nodwana, ukucwasa nengxabano kumele kuphele ukuze

    sisebenzisane sakhele izingane zethu ikusasa elihle.

    Sample message #12 (Zulu)

    Sawubona

     

    Lomyalezo ngiwenza ngaphambi kweVoti Lokungamethembi umongameli. Nasi

    isizathu esingenza ngiwuvotele lombono/ ngingawuvoteli lombono

    Ngicela ukucabange kabanzi lokhu mhla uvota.

     

    Ngiyabonga kakhulu

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