Gugulethu Anti-Eviction Campaign Press Statement Friday 21 November, 2008
The battle continues. Gugulethu residents are continuing to oppose the R350-million Guguletu Square Mall. We are in solidarity with all other South African’s who are being sidelined to make way for elitist projects such as the proposed AmaZulu World in Durban.
Claims a resident: “The local small business people in Gugs will taste none of this massive cake”. And that is true: only 10% of the mall is even open to local Gugulethu business people who can afford it. Over 70% of the mall has already been allocated to massive corporations such as Shoprite, Spar, Truworths, ABSA, FNB, PEP and Foschini.
In a battle pitting David against Goliath (see M&G article), David rarely wins when he or she fights alone. Yet, we are not just one David, we are many. We are the tens of thousands of Davids living in Gugulethu who will be adversely affected by this project. We are those who fight and we are also those to to old, to young, to scared, or to despondent to fight. Yet we know that if we bring enough of us out into the battle, we will be able to stand up to big business Goliaths such as Old Mutual, Mzoli Ngcawuzele, and even Tokyo Sexwale.
We have sent the following letters to big business in an attempt to be heard and with the expectation of meaningful consultation and dialogue:
- Letter to Management of Shoprite, Spar, PEP, ABSA, Foschini, etc, explaining our grevances and inviting them to our weekly mass meeting.pdf
For more information, please contact Mncedisi at 078-5808-646 and Speelman at 073-9825-725.