Women of St James Street in court to prevent eviction

7 04 2009

Woodstock AEC Press Release on behalf of St James Street

When: 8th April 2009
Where: Cape Town Magistrate Court @ 09h00 am
Who will win court case? It will be the Women of St James Street, as Steer & Co will definitely lose out.

ALSO: Gympie Street in court today 7th April.  See previous press release.

The tenants of St James Street, all women, received eviction letters from the landlord on the 18th September 2009 to vacate the property on the 30th November 2008. There’s a standing agreement between the lessee / lessor and the tenants pay their rent every month on time. If someone can evict you for paying rent on time, then I’m afraid this democratic system is only valid for the corrupt capitalists who always like to enrich themselves at the expense of the poor. It also seems that landlords around Woodstock simply ignore the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa’s section 26 (2 & 3). The 2010 World Cup has become our worst nightmare. We are being evicted and the rich are going to use the 2010 World Cup to become richer, while the poor become poorer. Across South Africa and Africa, including in St James Street, the poor are having their houses taken away, we are having our food taken away, and we are having our dignity taken away. We all are refugees of one system – the capitalist system.

We invite each and every one especially the Social-Movements, Cosatu, NGO’s, etc, to come to the Court in solidarity.

For further information contact:

Sharifa- 072 553 1326, Aysha- 073 132 8746, Zehir- 082 492 5207 / Willy- 073 144 3619 (WAEC)