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Once Again We Will Gather to Mourn UnFreedom Day

Friday 22 April 2016

Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement

 

Once Again We Will Gather to Mourn UnFreedom Day

 On the 24th of April 2016 Abahlali baseMjondolo will gather to mourn UnFreedom Day. We will meet at the eThekwini FET college sports ground from 10:00 to 15:00.

The 27th of April is a historical day in the calendar of SA. It is a day which all South Africans should enjoy and celebrate. But in ten years of struggle we have never celebrated this day.

The people who betrayed us are the same ones that we brought into power with our struggle and our votes. They took an oath to respect us. But although their power came from us they vandalized our dignity. Continue reading

Cape Times: Freedom Day only words for us

http://www.iol.co.za/news/freedom-day-only-words-for-us-1.1850795#.VT86uCGqqko

Freedom is not something that is held in the hands of the politicians and renewed on April 27 each year, writes Abahlali baseMjondolo.

Cape Town – Once again “Freedom Day” is here. Once again we will be told that we are free. Once again we will be lectured about our freedom and told to accompany the politicians, businessmen and the rich to their stadiums.

Twenty-one years of shack life has not been easy for us. In 21 years of ANC rule lies and evictions have become the order of the day.

The land has not been restored to the people. Our dignity has been vandalised.

In 2005 we declared our humanity. The response of the ANC has been lies, the denial of life-saving basic services, arrest, assault, imprisonment, illegal evictions, torture, armed attacks by members of the ruling party, the destruction of our homes by members of the ruling party and assassination. The vandalisation of our humanity has become even more extreme.

We are not alone. We do not forget Marikana or all the people murdered by the police during countrywide protests. Continue reading

UnFreedom Day 2015: 21 years of Exclusion and Repression

24 April 2015

Abahlali baseMjondolo press statement

UnFreedom Day 2015: 21 years of Exclusion and Repression

Once again ‘Freedom Day’ is here. Once again we will be told that we are free. Once again we will be lectured about our about freedom and told to accompany the politicians, businessmen and the rich to their stadiums.

21 years of shack life has not been easy for us. In 21 years of ANC rule lies and evictions have become the order of the day. The land has not been restored to the people. Our dignity has been vandalized. In 2005 we delcared our humanity. The response of the ANC has been lies, the denial of life saving basic services, arrest, assault, imprisonment, illegal evictions, torture, armed attacks by members of the ruling party, the destruction of our homes by members of the ruling party and assassination. The vandalization of our humanity has become even more extreme. We are not alone. We do not forget Marikana. We do not forget all the people murdered by the police on protests around the country. We do not forget all the harassment and violence against people born in other countries. Continue reading

Daily News: We will vote – but not ANC: Abahlali

http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/we-will-vote-but-not-anc-abahlali-1.1681690#.U2qGCvmSzY4

Nosipho Mngoma

Durban – Shackdweller movement Abahlali Basemjondolo will be taking to the polls for the first time in its nine-year existence, in a bid to topple the ANC.

Speaking at their Unfreedom Day Rally at the Siyanda Informal Settlement in KwaMashu on Monday, president Sbu Zikode announced that the movement would abandon their No Land, No House, No Vote campaign and cast a “strategic vote” in the May 7 elections.

The movement, which boasts a membership of thousands in 84 branches around KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape, has previously boycotted elections, saying voting only gave power to those who oppressed them.

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