Press Statement from The Congolese Solidarity Campaign & Abahlali baseMjondolo, Monday 12 December 2016
Picket Against Kabila at the DRC Embassy in Pretoria
The Congolese Solidarity Campaign, based in Durban, South Africa, would like to inform the media and the public that it will organise a picket outside the Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The details are as follows:
Date: 15th December 2016
Address: 791 Schoeman St, Eastcliff, Pretoria
The Congolese Solidarity Campaign will be in Pretoria together with Abahlali baseMjondolo and other progressive African movements. The protest aims to declare the Congolese Solidarity Campaign’s decision to refuse to acknowledge Mr Kabila as president of DR Congo, and to oppose him from extending his power unconstitutionally beyond the 19 Dec 2016, the date at which his second and last term in office expires.
We remind the Congolese people and members of the international community that article 64 of the constitution of DR Congo states clearly that “every Congolese has the obligation to defeat any individual or group of individuals who take power by force or violate the dispositions of the present constitution”.
By remaining in office beyond 19 December 2016, Mr Kabila declares war on DR Congo and on the Congolese people. We call on all Congolese all over the world to rise up and defend themselves and their country.
Our country was plundered by Leopold. After the murder of Lumumba the plunder continued under Mobutu. Today the plunder continues under Kabila. We must restore our country to the people, stop the plunder and build a just and equal society.
No one will do it for us without us. We must do it for ourselves. Progressive members of the international community who want to be in solidarity with us are welcome. We stand for a free, democratic and united Africa in which the wealth is restored to the people.
For further information
Revd Bahebwa Kabambire
Cell: 063 152 4082 Email: congolesesolidaritycampaign [at] gmail [dot] com
AbM General Secretary
Cell: 062 892 5323 Email: abahlalibasemjondolo [at] telkomsa [dot]Kpsenet