- Mar 27, 2007
https://www.enca.com/south-africa/khoisan-4-in-third-dangerous-week-of-hunger-strike-at-union-buildingsA group of Khoisan activists who have embarked on a live-in protest at the Union Buildings are facing a rough Christmas as their hunger strike enters its third week.
The activists walked for two weeks from the Eastern Cape to Pretoria and are demanding to meet with President Jacob Zuma.
They want formal recognition of the Khoisan language and of the Khoisan as "first citizens".
“The sad thing is that our families may never see us again,” says Chief Khoisan SA, weeping.
He and fellow activist Christian Martin have been living off ice and water for 16 days. Martin was admitted to hospital after experiencing chest pains.
“What exhausts us more is when the paramedics told us when I was 2.8 that this state of myself is in such a nature that if I go to sleep I might not wake up, I might go into a coma,” says Martin.
“Will it mean I and my colleague have to depart from this world in order for you [Zuma] to hear the demand of our people?' says Chief Khoisan SA. "All we need from you is just 20 minutes to come to the Union Buildings and take the memorandum and sign it and then we will go from there.”
Says Martin: “When I hear the voice of my wife, the voice of the children, my tears start rolling ... especially during this time, which is family time, so the president is going to be with his family and all government people are going to be with their families ... all we want is just to speak with the president and off we'll go home and be with our families.”
Zuma has given his word that he will meet with the Khoisan 4 early next year. But at this rate, it seems time isn’t on their side.