It’s important that my hunger strike continues in Government custody lest this effort be pointless. Consequently, I must be arrested next week.
My health is ok though a 2km walk almost broke me yesterday. At the halfway mark, I drank a Windhoek quart which was all it took to feel drunk. Nice until I fought nausea for over an hour.
Overall, I’m good, far better than that awful crash I had on May 23. I should be an advert for the power of Rungani carrot juice and Good Hope soya milk which is what I mostly consumed. \
For the past 2 months, I was a Winter bear in bed. I’d only get up to drink or clean myself. Weekly, I’d go ‘shopping’, the exception being this past week when I took several walks. Weight loss slowed considerably in July, only a kilogram weekly.
Under normal circumstances, in the beginning, I’d have needed 2800 calories daily to maintain my weight. But having lost weight and become sedentary, I needed less than 2000. That’s surely a lesson for overweight people who’re struggling financially i.e. their food budget could drop by 29%.
My average intake the past 30 days has been 345 calories daily, 17% of what I need. You can view my drinking schedule t the bottom of this blog but note that I may treat myself to a decaf coffee today.
The human body is exceptional. When this began, I’d had no idea that I could last this long. That prompted me to research.
I realised that some successful hunger strikes were grossly overrated, and easy to accomplish with a bit of willpower and distraction (for me, movies, music and activism). Most Western hunger strikers cannot compare to the challenges their counterparts face in, for example, Middle Eastern prisons. Several hunger strikes in South Africa appear ridiculous; from those in the prisons in the early Nineties to the recent joke at the University of the Witwatersrand.
I don’t want to die, and don’t know if I’ll be brave enough, but the 10 IRA hunger strikers who gave everything in 1981 are the symbolic holy grail.
Next week’s main goal is to be arrested.
The Public Service Commission has spoken to me but without quick action will become meaningless. Likewise for the South African Human Rights Commission which contacted me last week. I asked the Cape High Court for a date but the Registrar hasn’t responded. I can’t wait for the other cops I spoke to.
If there’s no meaningful response by Monday, the bad cops can take me. In preparation, I will only drink water for 3 days before, and with 2 energy sachets to assist the transition and keep me compos mentis for the first people I meet.
The beginning of the end of the hoped for beginning must start next week. No more delays. President Cyril Ramaphosa must meet me and punish the corrupt politicians I reported to him and his staff.
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