Sutcliffe’s Dirty Tricks Will Not Keep Us from Marching in Our City Tomorrow

22 03 2010

Sunday, 21 March 2010 – Human Rights Day
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Release

Our political rights are always taken from us with technical arguments.

When we are evicted we are always told that it is because the land is ‘too steep’, the soil is ‘not right’ and so on. Of course once our shacks are demolished flats or businesses for the rich are quickly built on the same land that we were told was ‘unsafe’ for us.

When we are denied bail we are always told that it is because the police ‘need time to complete their investigations’, or even to ‘type documents.’ This is how it goes. Read the rest of this entry »

Media: Calls for Cape Town officials to spend a night in Blikkiesdorp

2 11 2009

Malungelo Booi | 1 November 2009 | EyewitnessNews

Homeless Cape Town residents who’ve been relocated from the pavements of Symphony Way to Blikkiesdorp, near Delft in the Western Cape, are challenging Premier Helen Zille to spend a night in their community.

The residents are complaining about service delivery, saying they don’t have running water or functioning toilets. Read the rest of this entry »

Media: Residents protest for service delivery in Mfuleni

10 08 2009

Nathan Adams | Eyewitness News

Residents of the Los Angeles informal settlement near Mfuleni in Cape Town, have staged a service delivery protest, demanding basic services like water and electricity.

The protest forced police to block off the Old Faure Road. Read the rest of this entry »

Media- The real winners and losers: of the beautiful game

9 08 2009

Source: Sunday Herald

SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa’s 2010 world cup looms amidst a rising tide of anger and protest among the poor majority of South African citizensFrom Fred Bridgland in Johannesburg

SOUTH AFRICA’S 2010 World Cup looms amidst a rising tide of anger and protest among the poor majority of South African citizens From Fred Bridgland in Johannesburg IN just 306 days the 2010 World Cup will kick off in South Africa at a cost to the host government and FIFA, world football’s governing body, of at least £4 billion. When the month-long football fest is over, South Africans will be left with 10 magnificent state-of-the-art stadiums. Read the rest of this entry »

Opinion: People are demanding public service, not service delivery

29 07 2009

Steven Friedman – BusinessDay
Published: 2009/07/29 07:03:31 AM

TOWNSHIP citizens are protesting not because they want “service delivery” but because they want to escape it.

The current round of grassroots protests — which have been happening for three-and-a- half years but are now receiving some rare attention from our public debate — may have done us an immense service by prompting voices to warn against the claim that the protesters are demanding “service delivery”. Read the rest of this entry »

Media: ‘Rivalry and negligence’ to blame

25 07 2009
By Vuyo Mabandla – Weekend Argus
25 July 2009, 08:47

Residents in Cape Town’s informal settlements say political rivalry and negligence by leaders over a number of years, – and not direct political influence – are behind the spate of violent protests in the city in the past few weeks.

Residents of QQ section in Site B, Khayelitsha, said provincial, municipal and local leaders dating to former mayor Nomaindia Mfeketho’s time in office, had done nothing but “fight over positions and not attend (to) the people’s troubles”. Read the rest of this entry »

Delivery protests growing more political

22 07 2009

Published: 2009/07/22 06:26:27 AM – BusinessDay

SERVICE delivery protests have accelerated since April, in what may be an indication of growing impatience not long after the making of election campaign promises.

Winter has always been the peak protest season in SA. “Perhaps it’s because that’s when people are most uncomfortable,” says Karen Reese, an economist and co-founder of Municipal IQ, which monitors service delivery across municipalities.

Cape winters are particularly uncomfortable, accompanied by rain and misery, especially for shack dwellers. However, Anti-Privatisation Forum spokesman Dale McKinley feels it is wrong to believe that all protests are over lack of service, or that they come and go. Read the rest of this entry »