Mitchells Plain Traders Eviction Postponed

31 10 2009

Informal Traders in Mitchells Plain Town Centre have been facing the threat of eviction. With a pending removal date of November 2nd, the Traders have been organising to oppose the eviction process. Today the Traders were met with some relief as the process has been postponed once again – the operational eviction has been called off. A workshop, hosted by the city, will be held between the executive members of each Trader’s association in the Town Centre, including CHATA, within the next two weeks. A member of parliament was also invited to attend – Marius Fransman – to discuss the issues facing the traders in Mitchells Plain. CHATA has asked for the intervention of the ANC and they have given their full support to Informal Traders and have successfully helped in negotiating with Mayor Dan Plato. Thanks are given from CHATA to all those who have helped with negotiating the postponement.

The work of CHATA (Concerned Hawkers and Traders Association) is being met with progress and Traders are openly voicing their concerns with the process.

For more information Contact: Mischka Cassiem 073 128 6657 and/or Naiela 072 905 0779

Media: Resident in a fix after twice being evicted from her home

30 10 2009

it turned out that title deed of house was in dead person’s name

October 29, 2009 Edition 1

A GUGULETHU resident is at a loss after twice being evicted from the home she believes to be hers.

Deborah Booysen, 56, has been living at NY 99, in what she believed to be her parents’ house, for more than 13 years. It was only in 2007 that Booysen found out that the title deed was in the name of her neighbour’s mother who had died. Read the rest of this entry »

Parkfields condemns the State for allowing CJ Botman to plea bargain away his responsibility to pay us back 2 million rand

30 10 2009
Parkfields (Newfields) AEC Press Release
30 October 2009

To: All media and civil society

From: Parkfields Community Representative Committee (formerly Newfields Village CRC)

Re: Condemnation of the latest postponement allowed by the state prosecutor in the case against C.J. Botman without input from our community

Trial postponed until 27 November 2009
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”

The people of Newfields Village, which currently faces evictions, experienced this injustice yesterday when the state, without consulting with representatives of our communties, accepted the final, final postonment of the case against C. J. Botman in order to accommodate the disgraced attorney.

Botman was ordered by the court to try to repay the money he stole from the attorneys fidelity fund to the tune of R400,000. However, the CRC did not have any say in Mr. Botman’s plea-bargain. Mr. Botman doesn’t only owe the state 400,000 Rand. He also owes residents about 2 million rand. But our needs are being ignored by the state prosecutor.

We strongly reject these arrangements and strongly reject this postponement. 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 »

Update on yesterday’s violent police attack on our community

30 10 2009
Gugulethu AEC Press Update
30 October 2009

Yesterday we reported that the police tried to illegally ban our mass protest against the new Gugulethu Square Mall. After failing to ban our protest, they shot at us even though we were peaceful and the media saw that we were peaceful. Since then, a few details have emerged:

  1. They brought in an entirely new police team on Thursday. From Monday through to Wednesday, Captain Brink and his team from the Gugulethu SAPS was accompanying us and protecting us during our march and peaceful protest against the mall. On Thursday, Captain Brink and his team was removed from working with us. Instead, a police team from Bellville South was brought in. These police officers were aggressive from the very beginning. They refused to talk to us. They refused to work with us. Instead the worked against us.
  2. When we left the mall site at that morning after staging our protest, the police followed us. As we were crossing NY1 main road, they ordered us to disperse or they will shoot. Instead, we staged a civil disobediance sit-in on NY1. We sat right down on the road and continued our peaceful protest. Police immediately opened fire on us in full view of other journalists. Many people were shot with rubber bullets including many women and older people. Read the rest of this entry »

Activists threaten to stop Gugulethu mall opening if local workers aren’t used

29 10 2009

October 27, 2009 Edition 1
Quinton Mtyala – Cape Times

THE Anti-Eviction Campaign (AEC) has vowed to stop the opening of Cape Town’s newest mall on Thursday – in Gugulethu – unless 80 percent of its employees were from the area.
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Invitation to the Celebration of the AbM Victory Against the Slums Act

29 10 2009

Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement
29 October 2009

On 14 October 2009 the Constitutional Court ruled against the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government and in favour of Abahlali baseMjondolo. The court found that Section 16 of the Slums Act was unconstitutional and invalid. The Slums Act now has been struck down.

Abahlali baseMjondolo will be holding a celebration of our victory against the Slums Act this Sunday, 1 November, at 9am. The celebration will take place the Richmond Farm Transit Camp. All progressive communities, journalists and members of the public are welcome.

Reasons for Choosing Richmond Farm Transit Camp as the Celebration Venue Read the rest of this entry »

Police shoot residents in peaceful AEC protest against Gugs Mall

29 10 2009
Gugulethu AEC Press Alert
29 October 2009 at 15h30

Contacts: Malibongwe at 074 639 9551 and Mncedisi at 078 580 8646

The Gugulethu police interrupted a peaceful protest by the Gugulethu Anti-Eviction Campaign this afternoon.  Without warning residents at all, they shot at us with rubber bullets injuring dozens and arresting many others.

The much of the crowd was made up of old women and there were a lot of children also present.  A 17 year old lady was shot in the face by the police and is now seriously injured and at the hospital.
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Still No Bail for the Kennedy Road 13 as the Attack on our Movement Continues

29 10 2009

Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement
28 October 2009

The Kennedy Road 13 returned to the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Monday 26 October to hear the verdict on their application for bail. The Kennedy 13 were not given bail and remain in Westville Prison. The magistrate will take a final decision on their application for bail on Monday next week.
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Six arrested for jobs protests at Gugulethu Mall

29 10 2009

Crowd says gathering was peaceful

October 29, 2009 Edition 2

SIX PEOPLE were today arrested at the opening of the new Gugulethu Square mall, which has been plagued by ongoing protests over jobs.

Gugulethu residents have been protesting against job allocation at the mall, claiming that people from Khayelitsha make up the bulk of the workforce. Read the rest of this entry »


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