I have just got back from the protest vigil. We didn’t march exactly. We gathered. There were a few candles, many small pieces of paper with PEACE written on them, some truly meaningful signs; my favourite was HANI WOULD BE TURNING IN HIS GRAVE. There were every colour, size and age of person. Thee were lots of people telling their friends where they were on their cellphones. I saw faces from my varsity protest days in the 80’s. I saw new, younger friends and this was their first. There were times that I struggled to hold it together and times when I felt comforted by the fact that we were all there. A hymn or two were sung. There was some clapping and hand holding. There were lots of friends and acquaintances. More like a peace social actually. If only everyone in SA felt that way.