2009 political party checklist on the issues – Why we won’t vote

22 04 2009

Official release of AEC election document

Activists from the Western Campaign Anti-Eviction Campaign have created the following checklist to clear things up a bit for people who are considering whether or not to vote in this year’s elections.

AEC’s political party checklist on the issues.pdf

The issues profiled in the document:

  • Privatisation
  • Land reform and land occupations
  • Participation through direct democracy
  • Ending unemployment
  • Housing

Party politics is notorious for obscuring the important issues in favour of fear-mongering, coming up with vague slogans such as ‘hope’ and ‘change’, and focusing on the personal lives of other party’s leaders.  The goal in creating this document is to take on the issues that matter most to poor communities and to show exactly where the political parties stand.

While only being released to the media on election day, it has already been used for a number of weeks as part of our No Land! No House! No Vote! Campaign and has already had an impact on activists throughout our communities.  The refusal of Delft residents to vote is a clear sign that AEC communities are looking past party politics and directly at issues such as participation, privatisation and how to get rid of the housing backlog.

The Anti-Eviction Campaign maintains that the key statistic to look at pending the outcome of today’s election is not what percentage of the national vote the ANC gets.  Rather, when all is said and done, the question to ask is what percentage of the voting age population actually supports the ANC.  While the ANC won almost 70% of the vote in the 2004 elections (giving it a super-majority in parliament), only 58% of those who could vote actually did so and just 38% of the entire voting population voted for the ANC.

Choosing not to vote is not apathy.  It is us, as the poor, flexing our muscle and saying: what have your parties ever done for us? We will change South Africa in spite of you!

For comment please call Ashraf at 076 186 1408

Solidarity: Water Struggle Reaches Supreme Court of Appeal

18 02 2009

Tuesday 17th February 2009


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Media: Hopeful ‘pavement people’ meet officials

22 01 2009
Note: The full quote of Ashraf Cassiem was “They [the housing department] told us that they cannot help us. That we must set up a meeting with Thubelisha, the private company managing the N2 Gateway, because only they have control over housing allocation since there is no longer a waiting list.  This is what happens when the government privatises housing”
January 22, 2009 Edition 2
Natasha Prince
Source: Cape Argus

A group of people who have been living on a pavement in Delft for almost a year have met housing officials to try to convince them that they need houses urgently.

Many of the pavement dwellers of Symphony Way belong to the Anti-Eviction Campaign.

Lee-Ann Erasmus sat in front of the housing department in Wale street nursing her four-month-old baby for two hours yesterday while fellow members of the campaign met representatives from the housing department.

Her daughter Hope was “almost born on the pavement”, she said. Read the rest of this entry »

AbM: Arnett Drive Resident Shot With Live Ammunition, by Securicor Guard

3 12 2008

Tuesday, 02 December 2008

On Tuesday last week (25/11) Thokozani Mkhotli, from the Arnett Drive settlement in Reservoir Hills, was shot by a Securicor Guard with live ammunition. The bullet entered his left buttock and emerged lower down in the front of his left thigh. The trajectory of the bullet shows clearly that he was shot from behind and from above. Thokozani is 33. He is from Bizana and works as a builder’s labourer fixing ceilings.

Securicor Guards usually come to the settlements with the Municipality when they come to disconnect us from electricity. Read the rest of this entry »

Media: Blacklist warning for bad builders

13 11 2008
By Francis Hweshe
Source: Cape Argus
November 13 2008 at 04:06PM

Unscrupulous construction companies involved in public housing projects could be blacklisted for shoddy workmanship by the provincial government.

Housing MEC Whitey Jacobs and Premier Lynne Brown are set for a showdown tomorrow with the companies in a bid to force them to comply or face blacklisting and de-registration. Read the rest of this entry »

Media: ‘Election will change very little’

5 11 2008
AEC Note: While this is a fine article, Mr. Williams should make the effort to actually visit AEC communities and talk to people directly.  If he did so, he’d realise that while housing issues are our starting point, the campaign is far from a ‘single issue’ movement.
By Mike Williams
November 05 2008 at 08:23AM
Source: Cape Times

In his 1983 classic entitled The Emperor, Ryszard Kapuscinski boldly stated that “usually it is said that periodic droughts cause bad crops and therefore starvation. But it is the elites of starving countries that propagate this idea. It is a false idea. The unjust or mistaken allocation of funds and national property is the most frequent source of hunger”. Read the rest of this entry »

Gugulethu will not be ruled by big-business!

15 10 2008
Gugulethu AEC Press Statement
October 16, 2008

Residents assert that Gugs will not be ruled by individuals – whether rich or poor.  Rich people like Mzoli call Gugulethu residents ‘criminals’ when they defy his vision for a corporate Gugs.  But we are not criminals and we are not corrupt.  If we were corrupt and stole money and land from the community, then we would be as rich as Mzoli.

But we will resist. We demand community development not big-business development!

Because Mzoli and Old Mutual have not responded to our demands, Gugulethu residents have decided to stop the development of the new Eyona Shopping Centre in Gugulethu.

We will intensify the struggle and make sure that we are in charge of the community.  If we get no response today, we will come back on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, please contact Mncedisi at 078-5808-646 and Speelman at 073-9825-725.