Democracy is at risk in the Congolese Community living in South Africa

Since they have been in South Africa, Congolese people always try to gather in order to debate why democracy is not promoted in their own country, the DRC ; they also try to find strategies to influence the regime change. Some are using the diplomacy, others are going by violence, developing a set of sanctions to impose any organisation or individual who has direct connection with the power or any activity that is intending to disturb the focus of the people on the regime change.

It is to ask at the same times if those who are claiming to defend the imple-mentation of democracy in their own country are respecting its principles or are living up to those principles out of their country ?remy3

Democracy as a system of government in which a country’s political leaders are chosen by the people in regular, free, and faire elections, has universal principles that cannot be compromised in any how. In terms of citizens’ rights,

Everyone has the right to have their own beliefs, including religious beliefs, and to say and to write what they think ;

Everyone has the right to seek different sources of information and ideas ;

Everyone have the right to associate with other people and to form and join organisations of their own choice, includ-ing trade unions ;

Everyone have the right to assemble and to protest government actions ;

However, these rights have to be exer-cised peacefully, respecting the law and the right of others.

Unfortunately here in South Africa the right to seek different source of informa-tion and ideas, which the country pro-motes, seams not to be respected in the Congolese community since a minority group of people have decided to deprive the whole community for organising any kind of conferences that debates on the current political situation in the DRC ; they go to many threatening extends that make the majority of Congolese to not express themselves by fear.

How to expect change in the DRC while it is difficult to respect the basic rights of democracy while living in a democratic country like South Africa ?

«coming from a dictatorship country, we should start to learn how south African are leaving their democracy ; this is the only way we can carry something valu-able to our country when we get the chance to go back.» said a 35 year old Congolese women when asked about what Congolese could gain from living in South Africa.

South African authorities should be con-cerned when democracy is at risk in any community that the country hosts and come up with some resolutions that could hep solve the problem. Indeed real assistance is needed in the Congolese community regarding democracy.

Prisca Kamaria Zaleka, Miss Congo South Africa 2016, an inspiring Congolese young woman.

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Prisca Kamaria Zaleka Khoza is a 26-year-old young woman that was born in Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo which was formally known as Zaire. She was born in 1991 and was raised in Mbinza, until her family decided to relocate to South Africa in April 1999. She has now lived in Johannesburg for the past 18 years and has obtained a South African citizenship. She spent most of her early primary years moving from school to school until she eventually settled in Malvern primary up until she completed grade school. The boarding house of the grade school was situated only a few blocks away. She then started high school at Bed-fordview High where she also did her metric. Prisca is now doing LLB at the univer-sity of South Africa. She goes by many nick names such as Leka (which is pro-nounced as lee-kha), Kammy and the recently added one, Miss, which she got after winning Miss Congo SA in December 2016. She de-scribes winning Miss Congo SA as being be-yond anything she had ever dreamt of. She says its a happiness no words can ever describe. The young lady went on to say that it means a lot for her to represent or rather stand for her country and giving everything she has to bring a community together away from home. “I have no greatest achievement, I’ll forever strive to be a better version of me and ac-complish greater things than this. “she said when asked what her greatest achieve-ment was. She also dreams of creating a programme for young adults from the ages of 17 to 25. A programme that will help this group of young individuals build their careers, job development and give life orientation. She hopes that the programme will be up and acting by this year early October. She would like to have in South Africa, with the help of the community, establish Congo Houses by the end of next year. Everywhere around the world these houses exist to take in migrants and refu-gees however in South Af-rica, a country that has taken in more refugees from the DRC compared to the rest of the world has no existing Congo Houses. The houses she has great faith of estab-lishing will be based in three cities, Cape Town, Johan-nesburg and Durban. It will have all the necessities a national house should have. One more thing she would like to do is to offer a Congo-lese Bursary given to three matriculants each year that will cover them throughout the years of their studies. “If it is God’s will, I’d prefer to unite the Congolese commu-nity above all” she said.