Comedian launches political movement

South Africa
A leading comedian isn't finding South Africa funny any more. Pieter-Dirk Uys is getting serious about politics. He believes the country is sitting on a power keg. eNCA

CAPE TOWN - A leading comedian isn't finding South Africa funny any more.

Pieter-Dirk Uys is getting serious about politics. He believes the country is sitting on a power keg.

So he has launched his own political movement to get people more united

Uys made his name poking fun at apartheid. He is now concerned about the Rainbow Nation.

After almost 20 years of democracy, he says all is not well, and he is convinced the country's fifth democratic election next year, will be the most important one yet.

"If we are careless about this election of 2014 we are going down a dangerous road," he said.

"Arab spring is something that is used constantly. I don't think it will be an Arab Spring, it will be a Mzanzi spring.

"Very angry young people are not going to be sentimental about the struggle."

That's why Uys has launched the South African Democratic National Alternative.

It's not a political party, but rather a social platform to get South Africans involved in the big decisions that affect them.

Uys says his movement is not about rallies and campaigns but rather about getting South Africans talking to each other with a united voice.

-eNCA

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