Media: Abahlali to protest at UCT

14 10 2009

2009-10-13 06:20:02 – Voice of the Cape

The Shack-Dwellers Movement, Abahlali base Mjondolo, will be the focus of attention on Wednesday when the UCT History and Current Affairs Society (HCA), UCT Student Worker’s Alliance (UCTSWA), UCT’s branch of the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) and the UCT branch of Students for Law and Social Justice (SLSJ) will state a demonstration on Wednesday on the campus. The groups said they have been “horrified by the seeming prioritising of political and economic interest” over human life in Kennedy Road, an informal settlement in Durban.“The Kennedy Road Development Committee and the members of the shack dwellers movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo, were on the receiving end of the police-sanctioned violence at the end of last month, when a group of  about 40 men attacked members of these organisations while chanting ‘anti-Mpondo’ slogans and calling for ‘all the amaZulu to come out’. This is a politically and ethnically motivated attack, which is attempting to silence voices of political opposition and exploit the poor,” the groups said.

They joined the call made by Abahlali baseMjondolo on President Jacob Zuma to intervene to end the “criminalization of a democratically elected civil society organisation that seeks to improve the lives of its members, irrespective of their political, religious or ethnic backgrounds”.  The protest will be joined by members of Abahlali and the Social Justice Coalition Khayelitsha branches.

It takes place at 1pm at Jammie Plaza on the UCT Upper Campus. Speakers will include Ashraf Cassiem of the Anti-Eviction Campaign and Angy Peter from Social Justice Coalition Khayelitsha. “UCT students and workers will not allow this attack on our democracy and basic human rights go unnoticed,” the groups said.

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