Solidarity: The Kennedy 12 Case Postponed – the Jailed Comrades to be Released

14 07 2010

Monday, 12 July 2010
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement

The Kennedy 12 Case Postponed Until 29 November – the Five Jailed Comrades to be Released Tomorrow

The political interference around this case continued in the lead up to the start of the trial today. The prisoners were not brought to court and the state witnesses were not summoned to appear in court making it impossible for the trial to begin.

Neither the Investigating Officer nor the prosecutor could explain why the prisoners were not brought to the court or why the state witnesses had not been summoned to appear in court.

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AbM: Justice Delayed and Denied Once More for the Kennedy 12

15 05 2010

Friday, 14 May 2010
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement

The Kennedy 12 appeared in Y court today. The defence lawyer was finally given case docket. At the hearing the magistrate set down 12 July 2010 as the trial date.

The five who are still in Westville Prison will appear before the same magistrate who refused them bail last year. Their bail application has been set down for Thursday 20 May 2010 at Court 10. The only difference will be that this time the defence will have been able to have read the docket before the bail application. But the accused will have spent eight months in prison before they are able to have a proper bail hearing. If the magistrate refuses bail again the matter will go the High Court on appeal. Read the rest of this entry »

Gugs AEC activists to appear in Athlone Magistrates Court on Tuesday

8 03 2009

As part of the ANC’s campaign to undermine the independent social movements, Mncedisi Twalo and Mbulelo Zuba will appear in Athlone Magistrates Court on the Tuesday the 10th of March, 2009 at 10am.  The charges of obstructing the IEC are false accusations made by ANC provincial chairperson Mcebisi Skwatsha and councillor Belinda Landingwe – who had no business being at the IEC registration table to begin with.

Gugulethu residents and other AEC supporters will come out in numbers to support their comrades.

While police routinely arrest activists on false charges all over South Africa, almost all cases are dropped for lack of evidence.  We expect this one to be dropped as well.  Please come out and support us.  Help with legal fees would also be appreciated.

For more information, contact Pule at 073 6448 919 and Speelman at 073 9825 725.

For WCAEC legal comment, contact Ashraf at 076 1861 408.

AEC Political Prisoners released on parole after appeal is lodged

8 10 2008

Delft Anti-Eviction Campaign Press Statement
9 October, 2008

A few days ago, Jerome Daniels and Riedwaan Issacs were released parole after their lawyer lodged an appeal to the ruling of Magistrate Van Graan. Jerome and Riedwaan, who have been serving their sentences in Polsmoor and Goodwood prisons, where sentenced by Van Graan who argued that he needed to hold the defendants responsible even if they were not present during the incident and that he furthermore needed to “teach the Anti-Eviction Campaign a lesson”.

The AEC maintains that the ruling is both politically motivated and an attempt discourage poor South Africans from participating in social movements such as the Anti-Eviction Campaign. Residents of Symphony Way have stated that “if the justice system was fair, the Magistrate would never have sentenced Jerome and Wanie in what his judgment stated was in the interest of the community. Because if you ask anyone in our community, the judgment meant that we had lost two of our most tireless community workers. This was obviously not in our interest.”

AEC members went to welcome the political prisoners back home when they arrived out of prison. On their arrival, Jerome and Wanie thanked the Anti-Eviction Campaign and all the residents of Delft and Symphony Way who have continued to be there to support them. They said that they appreciated the petitions and pledges of solidarity from people all over the world.

Jerome also said that, though terrifying at first, the sentence was “a breeze” because he knew he had the backing of his wife, his children, and the community. They both said that the time in jail only made them stronger and they vowed to continue to fight against the continued oppression of their communities.

Unfortunately, Jerome and Wanie were not able to comment because the conditions of their parole preclude them from discussing the case. The AEC would also like to point out that, in addition to normal terms, their parole (in a political below the belt punch) prohibits them from working, in any way, shape, or form, with the Anti-Eviction Campaign.

For comment, call Ashraf at 076 1861408 or Auntie Jane at 078 4031302

Symphony Way political prisoners appeal unjust ruling

23 09 2008
Delft Anti-Eviction Campaign Press Statement
23 September, 2008

Anti-Eviction Pavement-Dwellers of Symphony Way in Delft are heading to Bellville Magistrates Court to show their support for Jerome Daniels and Riedwaan Isaacs who were imprisoned two months ago for being part of the Anti-Eviction Campaign.

The AEC maintains that the magistrate’s ruling was politically motivated and that Jerome was attempting to prevent residents from being violent while Riedwaan was not even in the area when the incident occurred.

We are hoping that today’s appeal will see Jerome and Riedwaan walk out as free men.  We are also hoping that in the future, the law will not be arbitrary.

For comment please call Aunty Jane at 078-4031-302 and Ashraf at 076-1861-408

Media: Invoking the Memory of Mandela the Freedom Fighter

18 07 2008

It’s just been a few weeks since Nelson Mandela was taken off the United States terrorism watch list. No doubt so that they too could join in the celebrations of this living icon, without the embarrassment of hoisting up a revolutionary.

I gather that a revolutionary in America is, someone, not quite viewed through the same rose-tinted lens worn by us Southerners. Read the rest of this entry »

Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign Petition for the Release of Jerome Daniels and Riedwaan Isaacs

16 07 2008

The Anti-Eviction Campaign is demanding the release of two AEC activists, Jerome Daniels and Riedwaan Isaacs, who have been sentenced to 12 months in prison for their political activism in Delft.  In his statement, Magistrate Van Graan ‘argued that he needed to hold the defendants responsible and teach the Anti-Eviction Campaign a lesson’.

Please help Jerome, Reidwaan, their families and the entire Delft-Symphony community!

For the entire AEC press release, click here.

For comment, please call Ashraf at 076-186-1408 or Auntie Jane at 078-403-1302.

Solidarity: APF outraged over Western Cape Court sentencing of leading activists to one year in prison

10 07 2008

Update: AEC was able to raise funds from within the community and from various well-wishers.  They are now in the process of appealing the conviction in Cape Town High Court.

Anti Privatisation Forum Press Statement
7 July 2008

The Anti Eviction Campaign is under attack in the Western Cape. Magistrate Van Graan sentenced two leading members of the Delft-Symphony Way settlement, Jerome Daniels and Riedwaan Isaacs, to a year in prison. The Anti Privatisation Forum cannot doubt the report from the AEC that the magistrate
made a politically motivated judgement in wanting to teach the AEC a lesson. He was not shy in his conduct and his judgement to emphasise the ties of the defendants to the organisation. Being a member of an organisation of the poor is incriminating enough for these hawks. Read the rest of this entry »

ZACF Statement of Solidarity with Jerome Daniels and Riedwaan Isaacs

10 07 2008
Source: Zabalaza
by Jonathan – Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front Wednesday, Jul 9 2008, 1:37pmThe Zabalaza

Anarchist Communist Front wishes to express its heartfelt solidarity with Mr Jerome Daniels and Mr Riedwaan Isaacs – two Delft Anti-Eviction Campaign members who, on Wednesday 2nd July, were sentenced to 12 months in prison for their political and social activism.

The two – one of whom was not even present in the community when the incident in question took place – maintained their innocence in the face of charges of malicious damage to property; although it is clear that what was really on trial was their role as community activists in the Delft-Symphony Way settlement. The testimony of one Mrs Evelyn Mokoena, who was speaking in defence of the accused, was repeatedly interrupted when the magistrate questioned the defendants about their involvement in the Anti-Eviction Campaign, a grassroots and autonomous social movement.

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WIVL statement on the recent judgements against housing activists in Cape Town

7 07 2008

The Workers International Vanguard League condemns the recent judgements against housing activists in Cape Town. The first was the sentencing of 2 activists of the Anti-Eviction Campaign in Delft (Jerome Daniels and Riedwaan Isaacs) to 12 month in jail for enforcing a community decision not to allow any threats or acts of violence by any community member against any other community member. Besides the fact that the activists had not been directly involved in ‘damaging of property’ (Mr Isaacs was not even there at the time), the court felt that they had to act against someone, namely the leaders. The court also wanted to make an example of the Anti-Eviction campaign ‘to teach them a lesson’. This shows that the role of the courts is to crush any self-activity of the working class as this brings the community to directly challenge the role of the state. The courts are shown as the agent of big capital who cannot tolerate self-activity of the working class as this means a direct threat to the profit-making system, capitalism. Once the masses start to exercise real control over their lives- where will it stop? – this is the main concern of the courts. Read the rest of this entry »


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