Abahlali baseMjondolo of the Western Cape Press Release
20 May, 2009
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Tags: Dan Plato, land occupation, Macassar Village
Categories : Archives, Macassar, News & Press Release, Poor People's Alliance
People from Macassar Village finally won their victory on land occupation, today would have been the third day of sleeping outside if the victory was not won.
During the day today the Superintendent from Macassar Police station asked people to elect four people to go to negotiate with a local ward counselor for a piece of land which is nearby the land that people had occupied, after 3 hours of negotiation between people and the ward counselor it was agreed that people can build on that land which is 10 miters away from the land that people had occupied.
As we speak people are busy building their structures and Dan Plato is expected to arrive tomorrow early in the morning with few municipal officials to hand over the land officially to the people of Macassar Village and the anti land invasion is also expected to return the building material that they have demolished and confiscated from people illegally.
Power to the people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And as Abahlali baseMjondolo we want to know that this is the begging of many activities of building communities from below. And we want to clarify that we don’t occupy the land, we only establish our selves and this is people centered process.
Three people that were arrested and charged with public violence are released with a warning to appear in court on the 11th of June 2009.
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May 19, 2009
Source: West Cape News
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Tags: Dan Plato, Doornbach, Golden Arrow, Potsdam Road
Categories : Archives, Mainstream and Other News
Residents of Doornbach informal settlement in Cape Town took to the streets on Sunday night in protest against their living conditions, digging up a portion of a busy road, burning tyres and barricading the road with wood and cement slabs.
Protesters said police had fired rubber bullets to disperse the crowd at about 9.30pm. Police confirmed that rubber bullets had been fired on Sunday night after protesters had refused to disperse.
Although there was a steady drizzle late on Sunday night, it failed to prevent about 1,000 protesters from gathering. Read the rest of this entry »
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Tags: Aziz Hartley, land occupation, Macassar Village, Martin Legassick, N2
Categories : Macassar, Mainstream and Other News
20 May 2009, 09:04
Source: Cape Argus
A police officer and a young boy were among several people injured during Tuesday’s violent confrontation between police and Macassar Village backyard dwellers who invaded land adjacent to the N2.
During the incident, four men – including prominent academic Martin Legassick – were taken into custody.
When police bundled Legassick, who the people called their “comrade”, into the back of a police van, the backyard dwellers hurled stones at them, and police opened fire with rubber bullets. Read the rest of this entry »