In a bold move that has stirred the political landscape of South Africa, former banker Roger Jardine has officially launched his new political movement, “Change Starts Now,” in his hometown of Riverlea, Johannesburg. After weeks of speculation about his potential alignment with the Democratic Alliance, Jardine opted for an independent path, emphasizing the urgent need for fresh leadership to navigate the country out of its current crisis.
Jardine’s vision for Change Starts Now extends beyond traditional party lines, advocating for a broad movement that unites people from diverse backgrounds. With the upcoming 2024 elections looming, he challenges the nation to make a critical choice to either persist on the current path or embrace new leaders committed to steering the country towards recovery.
Addressing the pressing issues facing South Africa, Jardine highlighted the economic challenges, rampant crime, corruption, and the deterioration of public healthcare. His rallying cry centers on rebuilding institutions damaged by political interference and rescuing the country from its current state of crisis.
A key focus of Jardine’s movement is the reform of state-owned entities, such as Eskom and Transnet, which are currently mired in crises. He emphasizes the need for a competent and patriotic leadership that prioritizes the well-being of the nation over political interests.
Change Starts Now aims to collaborate with other political parties and civil society organizations, seeking to build a consensus that transcends partisan divides. Jardine envisions a democracy where political parties prioritize citizens over power, advocating for coalitions that center on communities, their struggles, and voices.
In a poignant reflection, Jardine acknowledges that the ANC of today is not the ANC of his generation or that of his parents. Expressing serious concern, he reached out to individuals within the ANC and other parties, signaling a collective call for change from veterans and concerned citizens alike.
As South Africa stands at a crossroads, Roger Jardine’s political entry signifies a commitment to political rehabilitation and national redemption. Change Starts Now represents a new beginning, and as Jardine invites the electorate to join this journey, the nation awaits the unfolding chapters of a movement poised to reshape its destiny.