Category Archives: War on Want

S’bu Zikode to Speak at London Event on the Right to the City – 7 November 2013

Britons, Africans unite in urban struggles

British campaigners and representatives from overseas social movements battling to win employment and housing rights in their cities join forces next month in a unique event that will seek public support for their causes.

Londoners — market traders opposing immigration raids and a woman struggling to stay in the capital — will stand alongside a Malawian striving to improve life for urban vendors and a South African demanding adequate homes for communities.

The Right to the City

The Right to the City event, set for 7 November, will also stage the launch of a special

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London Protest in Solidarity with Abahlali baseMjondolo & Against Repression

End Attacks on Abahlali baseMjondolo! Stop the shootings! Free Bandile Mdlalose!

3 October 4:30 pm until 7:00 pm
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South Africa House, Trafalgar Square

Demonstration in solidarity with our partner, Abahlali baseMjondolo, following the killing of its members and the arrest of the Secretary General.

South African Police have shot dead a 17 year old girl, Nqobile Nzuza and arrested the Secretary General of War on Want partner, Abahlali baseMjondolo, Bandile Mdlalose. 

Nqobile was shot twice from behind at 5am on Monday 30 September. Two other women were also shot and are in hospital. Bandile was arrested whilst coming to offer her condolences to the family.

The crime of those shot was to protest against being forcefully removed from their homes and to be supporters of the shack dwellers movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo. Nqobile is the third person killed in the settlement, Cato Crest in Durban, this year.

Bandile appeared in court the following day, but was denied bail. Yet no arrests or investigations have been made into the three killings in the settlement this year.

This is just the latest outrage perpetrated against the urban dispossessed of South Africa, Marikana being just one horrific example.

Abahlali baseMjondolo Solidarity UK and War on Want call on all those who supported the struggle against apartheid, all who are against forced evictions, and those who are angered by police brutality to join our solidarity demonstration on Thursday 3 October, outside South Africa House at 4:30pm until 7pm.


ThinkQ: World Cup worker abuse exposed online

World Cup worker abuse exposed online
Charity site highlights “concentration camp” conditions

The charity has created an interactive map with links to 360-degree panoramas that give visitors a taste of what life is like on the ground for South African workers, forced to live in conditions that have been likened to a concentration camp.

In a press release, War On Want highlights the treatment of Raymond van Varen, a construction worker who was hired to help carry out a $39 million facelift on Cape Town’s Athlone stadium, where England are due to train before their group match with Algeria next month.

Now laid off, Raymond has been forced, along with thousands of others, to live in thousands at the fenced Blikkiesdorp transit camp, 20 miles from Cape Town. Families in Blikkiesdorp are crammed into single-room corrugated iron shacks with sand floor, sharing water taps and toilets with several other families. Residents endure freezing cold in winter and terrible heat in summer.

The website also features video from Gareth Kingdon, the winner of this year’s War On Want student photography award, who lived in Blikkiesdorp for two weeks with Jane Roberts, a local organiser for War on Want partner the Anti-Eviction Campaign.

South Africa has spent $4.6 billion to host the World Cup, yet War On Want says one in four South Africans live in shacks that lack essential services such as electricity and sanitation.

War on Want programmes director Graciela Romero said: “There is a stark contrast between the billions splashed out on the World Cup and South African poverty. While the country spends huge sums on tourism infrastructure, millions of people are starved of the investment needed for public services and decent housing.”

The Football Association declined to comment when THINQ contacted them over War on Want’s allegations concerning the England team’s training ground.