AbM: Electricity Disconnected and Three Women Arrested in Arnett Drive

19 02 2009

Thursday, 19 February 2009
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Release

Yesterday at around 10am ten cars of Sydenham SAPS and Securicor Security Guards came with their guns to the Arnett Drive settlement to disconnect electricity from 200 households.  The private police came into Gertrude Cele’s house and said “Can you please turn on your radio.”  She turned it on.  Then, they said “The electricity is working so now we are arresting you”.  She said “You can’t arrest me because I am just a visitor here, and I don’t know anything.”  They said, “We found you in this house, so we are going to arrest you.”  This is how the police and private security make it a criminal offence to be a poor person in South Africa.
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