23 April 2009
Source: The Sowetan
The elections went off without a hitch in Gugulethu and only time will tell if the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign’s boycott of the polls had made any impact on the political scene.
About 50 members of the group held an impromptu protest outside Gugulethu police station yesterday as part of an
DISGRUNTLED: Members of the Anti-Eviction Campaign hold a protest outside the Gugulethu police station.PHOTO: ANNA MAJAVU
elections boycott also supported by Durban’s Abahlali base Mjondolo and Johannesburg’s Anti-Privatisation Forum.
In a statement released yesterday, the Anti-Eviction Campaign said real issues, like the lack of housing, had been swept under the carpet by politicians.
Parties spent too much time focusing on the personal lives of other party leaders and on promising “vague slogans” such as “hope” and “change”.
A protester, Margaret Sxubane, 42, said she was “very hungry”.
“I didn’t eat all day and I rarely have food in my backyard shack.
“I voted three times before but why should I vote now?”
Sxubane said if someone from the ANC came to give her a key to one of the empty houses in nearby Nyanga, she would vote immediately.
Violet Skosana, 70, said she had been living in a backyard shack for 30 years.
“How can I vote when I was born in Cape Town, have been on the waiting list for a house for 15 years and yet I still live in a backyard?” she asked.
David Boqwana, 57, said he was boycotting the elections because “we get fokol from voting.” Read the rest of this entry »