Backyarders hold Anti-Vote Summit in Mandela Park in challenge to politicians courting their vote

5 05 2011

Venue: Andile Nhose in Mandela Park
Date: 14 May
Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm

The Mandela Park backyarders would like to invite you to an Anti-Vote Election Summit that will take place at Andile Nhose on the 14 May 2011 from 09:00am until 12:30pm.

The summit objective is to expose the housing crisis in Mandela Park that is leading to a serious attack and violation of people’s dignity. We challenge all political parties (all of whom have ignored us or attacked us) to explain why they think we should vote on the 18th of May. Read the rest of this entry »


Media: W.Cape shack dwellers call for MEC’s resignation

14 04 2011

Malungelo Booi | Eyewitness News

A group of Khayelitsha residents demanded the resignation of Western Cape Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela on Wednesday.

The small group held a demonstration outside the MEC’s office on Wednesday morning.

“Madikizela you’re an idiot and a puppet”, read one of the placards.

Abahlali baseMjondolo, which led the protest, warned it was just the start of their planned rolling demonstrations at the MEC’s office this week. Read the rest of this entry »

Protest Day 1: A call for Madikizela, MEC for Human Settlement to resign

12 04 2011


Last week Abahlali baseMjondolo Western Cape made a call to MEC for human settlement M.R Bonginkosi Madikizela to sign an undertaking that he will never, ever again within the Western Cape Province demolish or evict people without any order from the court.

This follows number of illegal activities and intimidation carried by his office lead by him. ABM WC gave him seven working days to respond, and as an organization we were only expecting him to sign an undertaking that says he will not demolish people’s structures without following legal rout and a failure to sign such undertaking it simply shows that he is arrogant and thinks that he is above the law. Read the rest of this entry »

While Madikizela destroys 9 of our homes yesterday, he comes to rescue his political friend’s from charges of murder and assault

5 02 2011
5 February 2011
Mandela Park Backyarders Press Release

Yesterday, DA Branch Chairperson attempted to murder two Backyarders and DA Branch Secretary assaulted another Backyarder. Both DA members have had their charges white-washed and have now been released.

We have first-hand accounts by Backyarders, police, and independent witnesses showing political interference by DA heavyweights in cases of murder and assault by DA members.

See full story below: Read the rest of this entry »

Mandela Park 5 and My next Project – Letter to the Mayor

3 05 2010

Hi Cde’s

Today is marked the 8weeks since the decision to handover the remaining 5 houses to the Mandela Park 5 was taken by the Mandela Park Steering Commitee & the community at large.

The Mandela Park steering committee which include councilor Mkhutshwana had discussed the subject and as normal it was expected that its decision be forwarded to the HD (Housing Department) on time. 4 weeks later since the decision was taken the M.E.C for housing was spotted at the Look-Out-Hill in his address to a group of Khayelitsha back yard dwellers particulary from H-section, whereafter he met a serious confrontation by Mandela Park Back Yarders in relation to his next project in Mandela Park & Mandela Park 5.

The M.E.C told us he was not aware of the Mandela Park 5 as the matter was never brought forward to his office.
He further pledged he was planning to visit Mandela Park area in April at an unspecified date but definately in April. Today is the 29 April 2010 almost 5 weeks after he made this promise.

We regard his silence as not only a sign of ignorance but also proving his sentiments about Mandela Park area as a whole. Mandela Park is being taken for granted by all lumpen politicians who lack proper understanding of what democracy is about. They think democracy is about them telling us what to do and not the other way around, they think democracy is about us giving them respect without them giving it back to us. For so long we have been waiting for an IDP (Intergrated Development Stragegy) in our area to no avail.

As a resident in Mandela Park i wouldl like those closer to the MEC to remind him about Mandela Park once more.

I would like the MEC to understand that every action has its own reaction. In summery if you promise to marry your girlfriend tomorow you cant turnarround tomorow and say I will marry you when i like.



Kampf gegen Räumungen im post-Apartheid Südafrika: Der Fall von Mandela Park, Khayelitsha

15 04 2010

Martin Legassick, South African Labour Bulletin, 27, 6, December 2003. (trans. Werner Gilits)

Mandela Park liegt in Khayelitsha, dem größten Township von Kapstadt, 26 Kilometer vom Stadtzentrum entfernt. Die Siedlung wurde 1983 vom Botha-Regime eingerichtet in der Absicht, hier alle AfrikanerInnen der Gegend anzusiedeln. Das stellte sich natürlich als unmöglich heraus: Crossroads, KTC und so weiter blieben ebenso bestehen wie die Townships von Gugulethu, Nyanga und Langa. Stattdessen brachte die Aufhebung der Passgesetze 1986 eine Erweiterung von Khayelitsha, teils indem Menschen aus anderen Teilen von Kapstadt hierher zogen, aber vor allem durch die vielen neuen MigrantInnen von Eastern Cape. Read the rest of this entry »

The renewed eviction of 200 residents begins in Mandela Park

26 10 2009
Anti-Eviction Press Release on behalf of Mandala Park
26 October 2009

Evictions are renewed in Mandela Park

The residents of Mandela Park in Khayelitsha are reliving their worst nightmares once again – residents are being evicted from their homes just like five years ago.

More than 200 homes have been served with eviction orders, with approximately 10 evictions having taken place in the past two weeks alone. However with the help of the community those families are not on the streets as they have been returned to their homes forcefully by the residents. Read the rest of this entry »