Pemary Ridge Under Police Attack Now; Shooting Continues

13 11 2009

Abahlalibase Pemary Ridge
13 November

At 8pm this evening, a Sydenham police car arrived at the Pemary Ridge settlement in Reservoir Hills.  The armed officers went to a home, and kicked down the door.  At the time, a man was walking by, and the police assaulted him – they struck him, and swore at him.  His sister who saw the attack screamed in terror.  When members of the community gathered around to see what was happening, the police opened fire, and started shooting people at random.  Some residents ran to the river to hide.  They reassembled at the top of the road, and began burning tires.  More police arrived and opened fire several times.  The police are continuing to shoot at random now.  They are kicking down the doors of residents’ homes.  All press are urged to rush to the scene.

The whole of this, and last month, is just reports of the police shooting.  2010 has arrived, and by by the time the tournament comes, the stadium will be full bullets.

Contact:
Sbu 076 7438427
Sbongile 0797433572





Invitation to Mandela Park Housing Indaba at Sizimesele Secondary School – 14 November at 9am

13 11 2009

The following letter was sent by the Mandela Park community inviting officials from the City, Provincial and National governments towards dialogue on the Mandela Park Housing Crisis.  The Mandela Park community would also like to extend this invitation to members of the media so as to document the voice of our community.

For more information, contact: Mabhuti at 082 997 8475, Sluja at 071 433 1101, Nosipho at 073 587 8980 and Loyiso at 073 766 2078.

DEAR HONORABLE LEADERS

THIS SERVES AS A KIND INVITATION TO ALL STAKE-HOLDERS TO A MANDELA PARK HOUSING INDABA THAT WILL BE HOSTED AT SIZIMESELE SECONDARY SCHOOL IN KHAYELITSHA ON THE 14TH NOVEMBER 2009, STARTING AT 9AM

THE HOUSING SITUATION IN MANDELA PARK HAS BEEN VOLATILE FOR A WHILE NOW AND WE CALL ON YOU AS OUR LEADERS TO COME AND ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY ON A RANGE OF ISSUES THAT MOSTLY PERTAIN TO HOUSING AS WELL AS SERVICE DELIVERY IN GENERAL IN THIS AREA. THE URGENCY OF THE MATTER IS SUCH THAT IF COLLECTIVE ACTION FROM LEADERSHIP (BOTH LOCAL AND PROVINCIAL), THE LARGER COMMUNITY AND ALL RELEVANT STAKEHOLDERS IS NOT TAKEN, WE COULD FIND THIS SITUATION ESCALATING TO EVEN WORSE PROPORTIONS THROUGH PROTESTS AND THE LIKE. THESE ACTIONS OFTEN OPEN THE COMMUNITY TO CRIMINAL ELEMENTS AND ANIMOSITY. THIS IS NOT ALWAYS NECESSARY IF DIALOGUE AMONGST PEOPLE AND LEADERSHIP IS HONEST AND FORWARD THINKING.

HENCE THE CALL FOR THIS ENGAGEMENT THIS COMING SATURDAY. IN AN UNFORTUNATE CIRCUMSTANCE OF YOU NOT BEING AVAILABLE FOR THIS MEETING. PLEASE ENSURE THAT A REPRESENTATIVE FROM YOUR OFFICE IS AVAILED.





Angry Blikkiesdorp women give Zille a torrid time

13 11 2009

November 12, 2009 Edition 2
Aziz Hartley – Cape Times

RESIDENTS of Blikkiesdorp in Delft confronted Premier Helen Zille yesterday and demanded that the DA provincial administration provide them with proper housing.

Angry women told Zille, on a visit to the area, that nothing has come of promises housing MECs made before and after this year’s elections. Read the rest of this entry »





AbM: Call to church leaders to defend democracy

13 11 2009

To all clergy and church leaders of Durban:

By now many will be aware of the recent events in Kennedy Road and the subsequent arrests of thirteen members of the grassroots movement known as Abahlali baseMjondolo (AbM).  But just to be sure, here are some facts which we feel are important right now:  On 26 September, at 11.30pm, a group of 30 to 40 men, wielding pangas, sticks and guns surrounded the community hall in Kennedy Road informal settlement in Durban and launched a violent attack. Kennedy Road is the original home of AbM, the social movement of shackdwellers. In the violence that followed over the next few nights and days, people died, many fled and the shacks of a number of known AbM activists were systematically destroyed. All this while local and provincial ANC leaders proclaimed the events to be a liberation of Kennedy Road and installed ANC leadership over the community. Read the rest of this entry »








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