Abahlali launches a branch in the Foreman Road Settlement
We are determined to focus and spend all our energy building a strong movement in shack settlements and in poor communities.
Today Abahlali will be launching a branch in Foreman Road. Foreman Road settlement is one of the biggest settlements in Abahlali situated in Clare Estate, Durban.
We have had members in this settlement since 2005 but for the last three years there has not been a properly constituted branch in this settlement. The community has recently had several mass meetings to discuss the new to relaunch the local branch and to recruit Abahlali membership.
Foreman Road Settlement Renews its Commitment to Abahlalism
Poor people are at most risk of crime in South Africa. We also get the least support from the police. Often it is assumed that all poor people are criminal. Sometimes the police are the biggest threat to us. However when a community is democratically organized it can sometimes be possible to negotiate with some people in the police so that people can get proper protection against violence. It can also be possible for a community to organize itself in such a way that the risk of violence is reduced. When this doesn’t happen people often take matters into their own hands. In most shack settlements people that commit serious violence against other residents, acts like rape and murder, are made to leave to the settlement. This can happen on a fair basis but, especially when there is no democratic process, it can also be very dangerous.
17 November 2013
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement
Abahlali baseMjondolo to March in Clare Estate on Monday 18 November 2013
We will be marching on Councillor Bhekisane Ngcobo on Monday 18 November 2013. The march will leave the Foreman Road shack settlement at 9:00 a.m. and will finish at Ngcobo’s office in Asherville at 13:00.
The message of the day is that: FOREMAN RD DEMANDS LAND, HOUSING & DIGNITY IN OUR LIFE TIME.
This is the first time that the ratepayers’ associations are supporting an Abahlali baseMjondolo march. We have had a number of meetings with the Clare Estate Ratepayer’s Association. The politicians are always using the ratepayers as an excuse to force the poor out of the city. They blame their programme of reruralisation on the ratepayers. However we and the ratepayers have agreed on a common programme. We have agreed that we want to build a Clare Estate for all, a Clare Estate where everyone has a decent house, decent services, good schools, where development is democratically decided and everyone feels at home and can enjoy living in the area in safety. The march is organised by Abahlali baseMjondolo and supported by ratepayers and civic organisations of ward 25; viz. Clare Estate; Asherville; Springtown & Puntans Hill. It is also supported by the local taxi association and other local businesses.