Pastor’s plea to Zille and Zuma

20 04 2011
Apr 20, 2011 | Sabelo Mpana | Sowetan

CAPE Town’s townships “are a living hell”. This is the view of Pastor Xola Skosana, who met Western Cape Premier Helen Zille yesterday.

Skosana earlier wrote to President Jacob Zuma and Zille inviting them to join him this Saturday on a 13km march from Gugulethu to Khayelitsha.

“Considering the immense political influence you both have, if you have any empathy in you, you can change the material condition of 300 families at QQ section, informal settlement in Khayelitsha, who do not have toilets as we speak,” wrote Skosana. 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 »

Symphony Way is not dead. We are still Symphony Way. We will always be Symphony Way.

30 10 2009
Symphony Way Anti-Eviction Campaign
30 October 2009

We, the pavement dwellers of Symphony Way, have just completed our forced removed from the road into the relocation camp of Blikkiesdorp. However, during the past week, a lot of misinformation has been thrown around about our community by the City and in the media.

Firstly, we would like to make absolutely clear that there was not a single family from Symphony Way who actually wanted to move to Blikkiesdorp. It was reported in the Argus a few days ago that people were excited about their new places and the move was festive. This is of course not true. There is a reason that over 100 families actively refused to move to Blikkies for over 20 months. It was also reported that there were divisions in the community about the move. This is also untrue. We were merely having an extended conversation of our options: (a) pay exhorbitant fees at backyards, (b) go to crime infested Blikkies, (c) occupy unused land, occupy empty bond houses, etc. Read the rest of this entry »

Media: Gateway residents ask Province to intervene

1 07 2009

CAPE TOWN June 30 Sapa

Hundreds of residents of the flagship N2 Gateway housing project marched through central Cape Town on Tuesday to plead for Western Cape provincial government intervention in the project.

Chairman of the residents committee Luthando Ndabamba said they were unhappy at the way state housing developer Thubelisha homes was running the project. Though there were 704 units, Thubelisha had no office on the premises.

“If we have any complaints we have to go to the city centre,” he said.  “We won’t get help [there], they will refer us to places like Johannesburg. That’s not nice.”

He said there were structural defects and plumbing problems, and the 704 units in the complex were becoming havens for drug dealers. “Everything is just wrong in that complex,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

Bankruptcy of responses to Macassar land occupation underlines Western Cape housing crisis

22 05 2009
By Martin Legassick

For more pictures including the ongoing camping by residents, click here.

land occupations in Macassar

land occupations in Macassar

On Tuesday 19th backyarders in Macassar, desperate for homes, built shacks on municipal land on a field adjoining the N2 – and were illegally evicted by Cape Town’s DA Helen-Zille-inspired Anti-Land Invasion unit, together with SAPS and Metro Police. Their building materials were confiscated and taken off in a truck. In the process four people (including a 2-year old child) were unnecessarily wounded by police rubber bullets, four people (including myself) were unnecessarily taken into custody and three of these wrongfully charged with public violence. Read the rest of this entry »

This is not a game!

22 05 2009
Gympie St Anti-Eviction Campaign Press Release
Friday 22 May, 2009

Event: Gympie residents to meet with Shehaam Sims (Mayco Housing) at 09h00 today

This is not a game! People’s lives are at stake.

Yesterday, Gympie Street resident Lydia Portland passed away. She had a stroke even though she was only in her 50s. While she was not among the two families who were evicted earlier in the week, she was the head of one of the families slated to be illegally evicted next week.

As close friends of Lydia, we are very sad and many of us are wondering if stress from looming eviction might have lead to Lydia’s death.  While we will never know for sure, we assert once again: This is not a game! Read the rest of this entry »

Media: ‘This is an ANC plot’

6 05 2009

Note: If Zille actually bothered to find out anything about the communities involved, she would realise that the protesters are organising outside of political parties and challenging both the ANC and DA which both refuse to provide them with basic services.  BT Section and other communities in Site C don’t care who won the Western Cape, they care about whether or not they will get electricity. Contact the residents to find out the truth.

Zille says Khayelitsha demos are political

May 05, 2009 Edition 1
Source: Cape Argus

DA LEADER Helen Zille has accused the ANC of “making a formal decision to render the Western Cape ungovernable”, suggesting it is behind the sustained violent protests in Khayelitsha.

The ANC has hit back, branding Zille’s claims “a complete fabrication”.

The ANC lost control of the province to the DA in last month’s elections.

Zille said she had been told “categorically” that the ANC was planning to make the province ungovernable. Read the rest of this entry »