The Right to the City Campaign

The Right to the City Campaign

The Abahlali baseMjondolo of the Western Cape, launched it’s campaign ‘the right to the city campaign’ 21 days ago. Today the world and South Africans are counting down the hours before the kick off of the 2010 FIFA World cup.

Part of the aim of the campaign is to build shacks outside the Green Point soccer stadium in Cape Town, occupying governmental offices, invading open public spaces within the city and occupying unused hotels, flats and schools within the City.

Tomorrow, the 11th June 2010 is the first day of the Abahlali campaign, when about 100 members of Abahlali baseMjondolo will meet at Cape Town next to Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) at Keizerngracht Street at 10:00 and from there proceed to where their protest will going to take place.

According to Nobantu Goniwe; “Our action in terms of South African gatherings Act is viewed as illegal, as it suggest that we need to notify the police 14 days before such action but according to us our action is genuine and legitimate and we see no reason for us to notify them while we are going to occupy their offices because we refused to be controlled in any way in our actions.”

Goniwe continued; “We want the world to see how the poor are denied the right to well located land by South African Government and by the City of Toilets or the ‘Shit City’ (The City of Cape Town)”

The QQ Abahlali Branch is currently busy burning tyres at Lansdown Road in preparation of tomorrow’s action.