The first Abahlali baseMjondolo branch in Siyanda are at the Durban High Court today to contest Bheki Cele’s evictions.
Friday, 06 March 2009
Abahlali baseMjondolo to Launch Another New Branch
Despite all the hardship currently faced by Abahlali baseMjondolo and in shack settlements all over Durban the movement will be launching another new branch in Siyanda at Section B. The community is tired of the empty promises by the municipality and the negligences of the Department of Housing which delays the process of access to adequate houses. The fact that the community is waiting for houses doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be provided with the basic infrastructures like water, toilets, electricity etc while they wait. This infrastructure is basic – it is necessary for people’s safety and dignity.
This community feel like they are the forgotten citizens. Every time when they try to make queries about their future the municipality says they ‘don’t appear on the municipality database’. But when the politicians want to campaign for the upcoming election they suddenly know that this community does exist.
This community is prepared to fight this thing with the help of the movement and to show the municipality and their councillor that they do exist and that they do qualify for better houses and for basic services while they wait for housing.
The new branch, which will be the second Abahlali baseMjondolo branch in Siyanda, will be launched tomorrow:
Place: Siyanda Mazulu School
Time: 15:00 pm.
The contact person in Siyanda B is Nomusa Nxumalo. She can be contacted on 076 579 6198
The Abahlali baseMjondolo office in the Kennedy Road settlement can be contacted on: 031-269 1822