On the 26th March, the day before we, the LPM youth, were to have our march to demand that our councilor step down, the Joburg Metro Police prohibited us. The reasons the police gave for this were that we are violent and unruly and that they “know” us.
Contradictory nature of judgment means that battle for full right to water and against pre-paid water meters continues
After a community meeting that was held yesterday by the residents of Sebokeng Zone 20 called by the Radical Youth Network (RYN), the police again arrested a community member Malefafane “Search” Letsele. He was arrested for an incident that happened on the 17th March 2009, when members of the community visited the house of the Community Police Forum (CPF) patrol officer, Thulani Bam, who arrested was arrested (and given free bail) for the murder of a community member Teboho Tsotetsi. They wanted to burn his house down but the RYN intervened and managed to calm the situation. The angry crowd left Thulani’s house in peace but promised to put more pressure on the police to ensure a fair trial.
More than 200 residents from Vooslorus Concerned Residents (VCR) marched yesterday to the Vooslorus Police Station to deliver a memorandum of grievances in their area. The residents were supported by the Anti Privatisation Forum and the Soweto Concerned Residents (SCR).
More than 300 residents from Sonnerwater, Beverly-Hills and Sebokeng marched yesterday to the Masakheng Police Station in the Vaal Triangles today to deliver a memorandum of grievances against the lack of service delivery in their informal settlements.
At 9.30 this morning, a group of about 300 Turkish and international activists began a peaceful march towards the entrance of the 5th World Water Forum in Beyoglu to express their concerns about the political agenda of the event and prevent people getting inside. Turkish police forces, outnumbering by far protesters, quickly intervened and charged, using rubber bullets, separating Turkish activists from international protesters and violently dispersing the action.
After 18 month-long trial, five community activists found guilty of public violence for daring to demand service delivery in Kliptown (Soweto)