Save South Africa petition to President reaches 100k signatures in less than 24 hours!

The Save South Africa petition created by Good Things Guy, to the President of South Africa, has reached 100 000 signatures in less than 24 hours!


South Africa – On the 2nd of September Good Things Guy decided to switch our website off to protest the crime and violence in our country, little did we know that the idea to create a petition would also start important conversations!

Link to the petition can be found here!

When you think about what is going on in SA, it is easy to get lost in negativity. The news reminds us daily that our crime is exceptionally high, that the economy is on the brink of breaking, unemployment stats are at an all-time high, corruption is rife, and the average South African is feeling the pressure. It’s becoming increasingly challenging to be optimistic about the future of our country.

And this week was no different but somehow worse.

Parts of Johannesburg were on fire, women, so many women were raped, violently beaten and murdered & numerous children were kidnapped. But that was just Monday.

“The Good Things Guy team sat at our desks yesterday afternoon feeling absolutely helpless. We looked at the good news in front of us & realised we wouldn’t be doing the country any justice if we didn’t at least try to do something to use our platform as a vehicle for change.” 

So we shut down the site and put this notice up to any of the readers:

Petition to President reaches 100k signatures in less than 24 hours!

The petition went live at 6:30 pm on the 2 September 2019 and had collected 100 000 signatures by 3:30 pm the very next day!

This is what is said:

“Dear Cyril Ramaphosa,

The country is burning, women are being murdered & children are being kidnapped. But that was just today.

The crime in South Africa is OUT OF CONTROL! The country we love is falling apart.

You need to do something. Today. Now.

We need you. This country needs YOU to step up & help us be safe again. How many more people need to die for you to listen.

Hurry up. PLEASE!!!”

The idea was to go silent for 48 hours or until we reached 100 000 signatures, which we have officially done in just 22 hours, but that doesn’t mean we are going to stop.

We are not closing the petition until the President comes up with a workable solution to helping with crime and violence in our country.

We are also in talks with various amazing organisations who are working towards a better South Africa & will update you with any movements going forward.

Thank you to all our readers who stood with South Africa and us while we switched off the site in protest!

Sources: Good Things Guy | Save South Africa 
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Brent Lindeque is the founder and editor in charge at Good Things Guy.

Recognised as one of the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South African’s as well as a Primedia LeadSA Hero, Brent is a change maker, thought leader, radio host, foodie, vlogger, writer and all round good guy.

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