Press Statement by the Abahlali baseMjondolo Youth League
Abahlali baseMjondolo Case Against the KwaZulu-Natal Eradication and Prevention of Re-Emergence of Slums Act to be Heard in the Durban High Court on 6 and 7 November 2008
Across the country the government is chasing the poor people out of the cities. Across the country we are mobilising to defend our right to the cities.
We are in the cities for good reasons – we need work, education, clinics, libraries and more. Pay is higher and prices are lower in the cities. Therefore we need land and housing in the cities. But the government only want our votes. They do not want us in the cities. Therefore we have said ‘No Land! No House! No Vote!’
In Joe Slovo, in Cape Town, the people say “Asiyi eDelft!”.
In Makause, in Johannesburg, the people say, “Stop the ‘Eradication and Prevention’ of our homes!”.
It is the same everywhere. The government want to make it so that if you are inside you are inside and if you are outside you are outside. The poor struggle to stop this business of putting some people to one side and other people to the other side. Read the rest of this entry »