Housing activists murdered in Durban
Activists in the South African shack dwellers movement Abahlali baseMjondolo have been attacked in Durban, leaving several dead.
Kennedy Road Development Committee (KRDC)
Emergency Press Release
September 27, 2009
Abahlali baseMjondolo Attacked in Kennedy Road – People Have Been Killed
Last night at about 11:30 a group of about 40 heavily armed men attacked the Abahlali baseMjondolo office in the Kennedy Road settlement where the movement was holding an all night camp for the Youth League.
The men who attacked were shouting: ‘The AmaMpondo are taking over Kennedy. Kennedy is for the AmaZulu.” Some people were killed. We can’t yet say exactly how many. Some are saying that three people are dead. Some are saying that five people are dead. Some people are also very seriously injured. The attackers broke everything that they could…
South Africa: Relocation, Relocation & Demonstration
The Morning Star
September 9, 2009
Many activists in South Africa’s largest shack dwellers’ movement Abahlali baseMjondolo (AbM) have been fighting over the issue of housing rights for 15 years now.
After the fall of apartheid in 1994, the new ANC government wrote into the constitution that the shack dwellers, living four or five to a room in hovels at the centre of South Africa’s wealthiest cities, should have homes.
But as time has gone on, successive administrations in the great conurbations, particularly the east coast port of Durban, have continued what many saw as one of the great injustices of white rule – the attempted removal of shack dwellers from prime real estate in the city centres.
Instead of building houses where the shack dwellers already are, they build in the suburbs, a reinvention of 19th century urban planning models which force working-class people away from the opportunities, amenities and beauties of central living…
Urgent support for SA shackdwellers: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/9/an-open-letter-to-jacob-zuma
Sign now and repost their press statements: http://www.abahlali.org
The Attacks Continue in the Presence of the Police and Senior ANC Leaders
Monday, 2009-09-28 07:04.
Emergency Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement
There are now senior ANC leaders in the Kennedy Road Community Hall. In their presence the homes of the elected Kennedy Road leadership continue to be demolished and burnt by the same small group of well armed people who have been carrying out attacks with impunity for 23 straight hours. None of the people that launched the surprise, unprovoked and heavily armed attack on the KRDC last night have been arrested and yet most of the KRDC is locked up in the Sydenham Police station (including those who were publicly performing the imfene dance in Claremont at the time of the attack).
The police are currently on the scene and are doing nothing to stop the destruction. These are the same police who have, over the years, attacked a number of peaceful and legal marches with swift, shocking (and very effective) brutality. They are very well equipped and armed. They can get the riot police to support them in just a few minutes. They can get water cannons and helicopters in a few minutes. They can call in the army if they need to. It would be supremely easy for them to stop these attacks if they wished too. The police complicity in these attacks is now entirely beyond question. It is a matter of clear and obvious and undeniable fact.
We have just heard that S’bu Zikode’s house has been demolished and his goods have been stolen. He personally requested support from the police but received none. Should we be surprised given that these are the same police that tortured him in 2007 for the crime of trying to attend a radio interview? Mashumi Figlan’s house has been burnt.
Thousands of people have fled the settlement. They are, of course, political refugees.
There is no democracy for the poor in South Africa. Abahlali have been saying this for years. Now it must be obvious to everyone. It is time that we all stopped pretending that everything is ok in our country.
Here in the U.S., the saying is “if you build new roads the vehicles will come”. So S.A. should build new cities lie Brazil did many years ago and like Sandton in Johannesburg. Plan and build. S.A. has plenty of money and many resources so the govt. should get on with the job of fixing what is broken and not just line its pockets and those of their family members.
The S.A. govt is doing nothing for its people. The people should hold the govt’s feet to the fire constantly without let-up. They should demand help while still trying to help themselves. S.A. is a disgrace. The whole world was championing them and now look at the govt. Look at them on tv. They just want to be on tv chomping their gums, not saying much, repeating over and over what they just said. They are full of their own self-indulgent importance, trying to imitate the apartheid govt, pretending they are world players on the world stage. The stage is right there in S.A., waiting for the govt to do something, to show what it can do to advance the masses from their plight. S.A. can do it if the govt will stop playing at governing. Zuma needs to be strong and the ANC needs to be for all the people; the Zulus need to change their thinking that they are the greatest tribe on earth; in fact, they are the laziest people on earth[!]. Zulus, wake up and be somebody and not fight and kill your brethren. We all live here and as the constitution says, S.A. belongs to all who live here.
The country is big enough for everyone. Work on the infrastructure before it starts getting giant sink-holes like New York. Work on transportation and get all those crazy speeding taxi -drivers off the road. Work on getting every child in school. Work on getting everyone a job. To all intents and purposes, S.A. is a new country. Like a new home, it needs to be fixed and furnished.
Yes, I’m back. Instead of waiting for the heavens to open up, S.A. should get to work educating the masses to conserve water. The ANC was gung-ho to get 11 languages recognized as the voices of the people. The govt. needs to educate the people about many things in all 11 languages via billboards, on buses, trains, clinics, hospitals, sports’ events and anywhere there are people. The people need to know about hand-washing, not to pee on a pole or tree right out there in public, AIDS, obesity and diabetes, ringworm, TB, too much meat-eating, reading for at least 20 minutes every day, being honest, caring and sharing. The people have to be educated; they have to play “catch-up” in a very serious way to undo some of the neglect of the apartheid years and yes, the years of the British Empire. It appears that South Africans have not thrown off the yoke of these former bandits. They go to the races in July in all the finery of the English, they own polo ponies, they own many homes,etc. What about the poor of South Africa? Is a polo pony worth more than a poor child? S.A. also needs to stop all the red tape for everything. People feel so insignificant that they make their jobs a means of wielding power, frustrating everyone. Yes, I am a South African, the great grand-daughter of Chief John Dunn of Zululand, descending through the line of Mtetwa. He was a rotter. After marrying all those Zulu women and having all those children, he cast his lot with the British during the war many years ago. My heart aches for South Africa and how she cares so little for the poor.
A good friend of mine is about to embark on a mission to the Middle East to help out the needy people in Iraq and Palestine and I commend her for doing so. I only wish some of us could take up arms or in some other way defend the victims in South Africa as well. Things are progressively escalating there and quickly getting out of hand. It IS already a virtual war zone and it is very rapidly spiraling out of control. And this is not only occurring in South Africa, it is also taking place in other African nations as well.
As times get harder in these places we can expect to see the lawlessness and all out GENOCIDE against the White “farmers” increase. It seems that what took place in Haiti 2 centuries ago is now happening in these African nations. All that was needed for the ABSOLUTE GENOCIDE in Haiti was for the French to be tied up in their own affairs back in France (the French “revolution”). At which point EVERY LAST White in Haiti was systematically MURDERED. I would expect to see the exact same thing occur to the Whites in Africa as well once economies fail and the system breaks down. It is ALREADY gaining a very BLOODY momentum! Especially since NOTHING is even being said about it.
BTW – we can expect the SAME THING to happen in Europe as well if and when Whites ALLOW themselves to become a small minority there. It might take awhile for the transition to occur before these inevitabilities are realized, but the end result will be just the “BLOODY” same.
They have waged ALL OUT WAR against us without our even realizing it. And right now we are getting our asses kicked!
In South Africa crime is a way of life that’s tolerated by the corrupt ANC government.
Most people refuse to hear these ideas — branding them with labels like “racist”, “western imperialism”, “complaining whites”.
Fact is that one of the main differences between the black and non-black civilizations is this: other civilizations have gradually achieved optimal efficiency over centuries of innovation. The black people have been conquered, enslaved, subsequently freed and then GIVEN the fruits of more advanced civilizations.
The result is that blacks have an attitude that the world owes them something, and that when they stop receiving hand-outs they are entitled to TAKE what they want.
That is why South Africa has been unable to move forward at maximum efficiency since the end of Apartheid in 1994. The initial surge of foreign investment that bolstered the SA economy is now drying up in the face of INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE AND RUNAWAY CRIME.
This attitude of entitlement, in addition to the lack of robust initiatives to combat poverty, improve education and tackle crime by the ANC government, has resulted in a country where criminals go on a rampage, while law-abiding citizens live in fear.
From the poorest townships to the richest suburbs, families are robbed, murdered and raped in their own homes.
Such a waste of human life and squandering of resources — an absolute tragedy.
Where are those anti-apartheid activists now? Why the lack of criticism of this government? As long as black people refuse to take responsibility for their own future and continue to blame apartheid and colonialism for their problems, South Africa remains doomed. How did western civilizations lift themselves out of the ravages of two world wars? Not through blaming of others, but through highly efficient poverty eradication measures. Where are the MASSIVE JOB CREATION PROJECTS in South Africa today? Build roads, dams, schools, houses…
This is the persecution suffered by the people of South Africa today — crime tolerance by a corrupt government. This tolerance is the result of a “take away” attitude of ENTITLEMENT.
In such circumstances, giving to the poor is maybe not a good option.
A match made in Heaven.
I watched the YT vid [where] Mandela sings “Kill the whites”. As I was viewing, it appeared to me, Mandela was not singing, neither was the white man on the far left of the screen. The white man on Mandela’s left hand side was singing?
At any rate, my curiosity was aroused regarding the meaning of “ama bhulu”. Here’s what I found.
The direct translation of “ama bhulu” is “Boers”, the plural of Boer, meaning “farmers”.
So my question is: does the terms ama bhulu refer to ALL WHITE PEOPLE? Without offending anyone who may think otherwise, it probably does not! That’s just my opinion, guys! PEACE & GOODWILL!!!
Umkhonto we Sizwe.
They had songs.
The footage shows Mandela and others gathered together listening to and singing one of these songs whose title is unclear.
The punchline is: End of Apartheid = End of South Africa. Wouldn’t you agree?
[‘Brandon Huntley and the Colour of Crime’, Chris Webb, Canadian Dimension, September 7, 2009: canadiandimension.com/blog/2503/]