Abahlali baseMjondolo to Mourn UnFreedom Day on 27 April 2009

24 04 2009

Note: AEC coordinators will be joining Abahlali in Durban.  In Cape Town, many AEC communities will be mourning Unfreedom Day in their own communities.   Symphony Way, for instance, will be having a number of events including a netball game and a play put on by the children.

Friday, April 24, 2009
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement

Walala Wasala, Wavuka Usuhlala ema-Thini

Monday 27 April will mark the 15th anniversary of the first democratic elections in South Africa. Once again the poor will be herded into stadiums so that the politicians can tell the people to celebrate their freedom. Once again Abahlali baseMjondolo will be decelebrating. We will be holding our fourth annual UnFreedom Day.

On the Sunday before unFreedom Day we will launch the beautiful new crèche that has been built in the Motala Heights settlement.The Motala Diggers have already been running a large community garden for sometime and the community have now decided to take the initiative and to build and run their own crèche.

On unFreedom Day a major announcement will be made about the next step in the movement’s ongoing struggle with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Housing and their notorious Slums Act.

The unFreedom Day event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will be held in the Kennedy Road settlement in Clare Estate, Durban. We will be joined by comrades from all of the organisations that make up the Poor People’s Alliance – Abahlali baseMjondolo in KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape, as well as the Rural Network from KwaZulu-Natal, the Landless People’s Movement from Gauteng and the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign. The eMacambini Anti-Removal Committee will also attend the event and participate in all the discussions leading up to it. Read the rest of this entry »