Update: The Anti-Land Invasion Unit and Law Enforcement of the City of Cape Town arrived once again this morning the 17th of May. They destroyed our homes again. As usual, no court order, no checking to see if the homes are occupied and lived in, no mercy. Actions were clearly illegal, immoral and just plain cruel. There have been three arrests. Residents also say that they saw one of the community members being tortured in one of the police Nyalas. Siphiwo – 0836842828, Nosibusiso – 0736128044, Masibu – 0603147788
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement
29 January 2013
Four Arrests in KwaNdengezi
During a protest on Sunday 27 January 2013 people of KwaNdengezi were threatened at gunpoint by an MK Veteran who is one of those who allegedly bought the corrupted RDP houses of the people of KwaNgendengezi. We opened a case of intimidation against this man but it was never investigated and he is still not arrested for that.
Yesterday at around 03:00 p.m.the same MK Veteran and the councillor of the area, Mduduzi Ngcobo, came with the police and pointed out which protesters they wanted the police to arrest. This is how it usually works – the councillors tell the police who to arrest.
Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Unemployed People’s Movement Press Statement
Update from Ward 88 in Umlazi, Durban
In all the confusion and urgency last night it was impossible to meet and prepare a clear statement explaining events. We are now in a position to do so.
Noxolo Mkwayi was shot in her bed in Zakheleni
Yesterday the Unemployed People’s Movement called a meeting in Ward 88, Umlazi. At this meeting it was resolved to stage a peaceful occupation of the Ward Councillor’s offices. The offices were duly occupied and commissions were then set up to hold discussions on various matters. There was a commission on unemployment, on housing and on safety (crime and shack fires).
Protests promised over arrest
The Democratic Left Front, Abahlali Basemjondolo and the Unemployed People’s Movement, have promised a massive protest outside the Umlazi Magistrate’s Court when activist Bheki Buthelezi appears today.
“We are planning to occupy the ward councillor’s office while we demand these charges be dropped,” said Abahlali’s Mnikelo Ndabankulu.
The three organisations spent Saturday protesting outside the Umlazi police station after Buthelezi was arrested for intimidation. The charge of intimidation was laid against him by ward councillor Nomzamo Mkhize, who he has been at loggerheads with about community development programmes.
Buthelezi is a community leader in Ward 88 at Umlazi, a community that has been pestering the local municipality, demanding they be allocated land to start gardens and other community development projects.
Two weeks ago Buthelezi led the Ward 88 residents through Umlazi’s streets in an illegal march against unemployment.
On Saturday afternoon, Buthelezi was granted R500 ba
25 June 2012
Abahlali baseMjondolo & Unemployed People's Movement Press Statement
Charges Against Bheki Buthelezi Withdrawn & the Zakheleni 18 Released
Today all charges against Bheki Buthelezi were dropped and the Zakheleni 18 were released on free bail at the Umlazi Magistrate's Court. It is clear that the arrest of the 18 was politically engineered. The arrestees clearly stated in court that they don’t know the reason why they were arrested. As the magistrate asked them why they were arrested they said they had no idea and that they were just having drinks with friends on a Saturday evening when the police simply came and arrested them. The 18 were released on free bail with the understanding that the police have no evidence against any of the accused, that they were not involved in any violence and they are all poor and unemployed.