by Daneel Knoetze, GroundUp
Abahlali baseMjondolo’s Western Cape branch relaunched at the Sweethome Farm informal settlement on Saturday. Re-elected chairperson Siyamboleka James spoke to GroundUp about the movement’s hopes to expand in the city, to renew negotiations with council for accountable service delivery, and about why there is no prospect of them working with Ses’khona People’s Rights Movement.
Siya James, AbM’s only branch chairman working in a DA led municipality, this week again reasserted that the movement’s decision to endorse the DA nationally, ahead of the elections earlier this year, does not amount to an endorsement of the DA’s dominion in the City of Cape Town. Continue reading
Saturday, 27 September 2014
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement
Abahlali baseMjondolo of the Western Cape Re-launches in Sweet Home Farm, East Phillipi
The situation at the Marikana Land Occupation in Durban remains tense after the attack by the local ANC yesterday. Last night black land rovers without number plates were driving around the area. However there have been no further attacks.
Today delegates from Abahlali in KwaZulu-Natal are with our comrades in Cape Town as part of our exchange visit and to witness democracy in action. This is an opportunity to share our struggles in our respective provinces and to learn from one another. The Sweet Home branch, our only active branch in Cape Town, will relaunch today. Continue reading
Monday, August 12, 2013
Abahlali baseMjondolo Sweet Home Farm Branch Press Statement
Abahlali baseMjondolo to March on Mayor de Lille on Wednesday
Abahlali baseMjondolo Western Cape is tired of the waiting system from the government. The Western Cape has turned to be a spaza shop, where the DA comes and shop for votes while we are left with empty promises.
The leading party in the Province does not have any humanity. Its only delivery is to demolish our homes, leaving us homeless in the rain. When they comes to shop for their votes they act like we are people who count, and they know that we are in ward areas. After the voting is finished we are called unknown people and we treated like people that don't count to this city.
Police shooting at Marikana Land Occupation
Police are now shooting at the Marikana community while we have marched to Philippi East SAPS to secure the release of our arrested comrade. We are in front of Beautiful Gate on Stock Road. Friends and media are urged to rush to the scene.
AbM-WC Press Statement
17h00 on 30 April 2013
Earlier today we sent out notice that the City's Anti-Land Invasions Unit, Law Enforcement and SAPS had arrived again at Marikana shack settlement to destroy our homes. This was the third time they destroyed our community.
This time they came with a few more police vehicles than on Sunday. People protested the police but were peaceful and restrained. Police proceeded to destroy all but a couple of our homes. Luckily, this time, no one was hurt or beaten by Law Enforcement. But, once again, they purposely broke people's belongings: beds, cupboards, stoves, etc. The City of Cape Town must be held liable for the illegal destruction of our property.
Shacks Demolished at the Marikana Land Occupation
Update: 29 April 2013 10:18 p.m After massive pressure from comrades at the police station the police agreed to release the two arrested comrades at around 9:00 p.m.. At the same time shacks were rebuilt on the newly occupied land.
Update: 29 April 2013 4:18 p.m Two hundred comrades have barricaded the police station. Others are defending the occupation and rebuilding. The Police Commissioner has said that they are being used by the third force.