We are all Andries Tatane

21 04 2012

19 April 2012 – People against police brutality

What?           Interfaith Andries Tatane memorial ceremony, testimonial against police brutality, and march to Harare Police Station
When?          Sunday 22nd April 2012 at 12h30
Where?         Way of Life Church / Multi-purpose centre, Mandela Park, Khayelitsha
Directions?   Visit http://g.co/maps/ucmky or contact Moza @ 0791176943 / 0213672122

We are all Andries Tatane!

There is a little bit of Andries Tatane in each and every one of us.

As he fought for service delivery for his community in Ficksburg, we fight for toilets, electricity, houses and land here in Cape Town.

As he lived in the hellish township of Meqheleng, many of us are stuck in hell-like conditions in Khayelitsha, Nyanga, Delft and Manenberg.

As he was attacked, shot, beaten and ultimately killed by police for standing up for what he believed in, many of us are at times also attacked, shot, beaten and a few of us have even been killed at their hands.

As he believed in freedom and dignity for himself and his community, we know that we remain unfree and that it is only through continued struggle that we may liberate ourselves and one another.

We are all Andries Tatane!

To commemorate the life, activism and the death of Tatane and countless other victims of police brutality, we are holding a memorial ceremony and testimonial on Sunday the 22nd of April. Through this event, we hope to build a shared consciousness about our struggle for dignity and against police brutality. Following the memorial, we will march to Harare Police Station where we will hand over a memorandum to the police and demand that they sign an undertaking that they will no longer engage in any acts of intimidation, violence and brutality against the people of Khayelitsha.

We are all Andries Tatane!

In 2009, police shot dead at least 556 people in South Africa. Police suppression of protests have occurred recently in Hangberg, Blikkiesdorp, Khayelitsha, and Rondebosch Common. In the townships, almost everyone we know has had at least some negative experience with the police.

Thus, as long as we remain quiet and divided, the police will continue to arrest us without cause, beat our youth, repress our movements, and kill our most vocal community members.

All are welcome so please join us this Sunday.

For more information see our Program below:

  • 12h30 – Opening
  • 13h00 – Memorial ceremony conducted by Pastor Skosana
  • 13h30 – Testimonials: expressing our disgust at the treatment by the police – by Nkwame Cedile
  • 14h30 – SOS space → art and music against police brutality – by Soundz of the South
  • 14h50 – Mkhonto to Andries Tatane
  • 15h00 – March to the police station
  • 16h00 – Closure



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