Media: Election boycott in Alexandria

22 04 2009

South Africa: Stolen ballots discovered amid Protests
Wednesday 22 April 2009, by Sakhile Modise
(this is an excerpt of a longer article)


Meanwhile, a group of about 300 protesters gathered at River Park in Alexandra, Johannesburg before dawn this morning.

Reports say they are all residents of a nearby squatter camp, and embarked on a protest against a lack of housing.

The toyi-toying crowd stood on an embankment on London Road, chanting “No house, no vote”.

Community leader Thabo Modisan is quoted saying people were not happy about the election and refused to vote until they got houses.

“We have been waiting since 1994 and we are still living in shacks. We were promised basic services and have not received them, and that is why we are boycotting the election,” he said.

Police, while stationed a distance away, were observing and ensuring that the peaceful protest did not get out of hand.


Update: Symphony Way commemorates 1 year living on the road (incl. pictures)

19 02 2009

Delft AEC Press Update
19 February 2009

Today, as promised, Symphony Way residents spent about 17 hours commemorating last February’s violent evictions, as well as taking note of the significant effect that living on a road has been for the community.

We started the day by waking up at 4am – the same time as the evictions began on 19th February 2008.  The entire road came together in prayer and then held a candle lighting vigil.  We then watched a very emotional slide show of our experiences with one another including the mass meetings with Frank Martin that set our community on the path to occupation in the first place (Martin has now received a slap on the wrist for committing mass fraud and abandoning us to face the wrath of the Province and the police during the evictions).

After the slide show, residents told their personal histories and how the evictions had effected them.  This was the most emotional time of the day as we recounted both the good and the bad of our struggle.  After breaking for a while, the children brought us back together with a series of plays which they came up with themselves.  Themes varied from recounting last year’s unjust evictions, fictional accounts of how school and life weave together for communities in struggle, and even a comedic sketch of how the children interpret the roadside politics of the adults.  Finally, the children came up with a few personal histories of their own. Differing from the parents in that it challenged the parent’s own account of the evictions but still no less emotional. Read the rest of this entry »

Pictures and Video: Backyard dwellers march on MEC’s home

8 09 2008