Residents of Sebokeng Zone 20 to march on Sebokeng Magistrates Court tomorrow for hearing of Community Policing Forum member arrested for murder of community activist
9 March: The accused was granted free bail.
10 March: The community of Sebokeng Zone 20 blockaded the Golden Highway from the early hours of the morning. No arrests were made nor injuries reported. See The Sowetan’s coverage of the protest.
The Radical Youth Network (RYN), along with the Anti Privatisation Forum (APF) strongly condemns the killing of Teboho “Diventsha” Tsotetsi by members of the Sebokeng Community Policing Forum (CPF). It is not the first time the community of Zone 20 in Sebokeng has experienced attacks from the people they claim to be protecting them. Sebokeng Police station has become a haven for thugs and gangsters!
For three days (Monday 23rd - Wednesday 25th February) the appeal against the historic High Court judgement on the rights of poor communities to equitable, adequate and affordable access to, and enjoyment of, water was heard in front of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein.
The appeal by the City of Johannesburg against the Johannesburg High Court ruling on prepaid water meters and the free basic water allocation takes place in Bloemfontein from Monday to Wednesday next week (23-25 February).
The Coalition Against Water Privatisation applauds the statement issued by the South Africa Municipal Workers Unions (SAMWU) in Cape Town that affirms the union’s principled opposition to prepaid water meters. SAMWU in Cape Town is fighting against the imposition and the use of prepaid water meters in poor communities where the DA-led Cape Town municipality has been installing the hated meters since 2006. It is a hand of solidarity extended by organised labour to poor communities that the Coalition hopes other branches of SAMWU, as well as other unions, will emulate. The struggle to scrap prepaid meters, flow restrictors and other devices that tamper with people’s access to water is closer to won with greater unity between our sections of the working class.
Old skeletons are trembling in their closets as the traditional weapons of South African political play are sharpened at this time of elections. The split in the ruling party has done little to pacify the grudge match between the IFP and the ANC in Nongoma in KwaZulu-Natal. Instead, Cope’s emergence has opened another front for beatings and intimidation between the sparring partners. Cope members in East London have been left to wonder “if the ANC is declaring war on us.” And amongst the APF’s own affiliates, the office of the Kliptown Concerned Residents was broken into. Electioneering material for the organisation’s 28 January by-election campaign in the ward were removed by unknown ‘comrade tsotsis.’
POOR WOMEN IN SOUTHERN AFRICA HIT HARDEST BY CONTINUED LACK OF ACCESS TO ADEQUATE, AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN WATER
NOW IS THE TIME TO SPEAK OUT AND BE HEARD!
MARCH TO MAYOR MASONDO’S OFFICE ON THURSDAY 12TH FEBRUARY. STARTING FROM JOHANNESBURG LIBRARY GARDENS @ 10H00
Johannesburg. The Johannesburg Region of the Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF) supports the strike by the South African Municipality Workers Union (SAMWU) and its call for the suspension of Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) chief, Chris Ncgobo and other senior officials within the JMPD. The APF-JHB further calls for the suspension of Mayoral Committee member for safety and security, Clr Phakathi, for his failure to track down corruption and the violation of human rights by the JMPD.
Early in January, a Zimbabwean, Victor Zowa, and Omar Said from Tanzania, were murdered in the Durban City centre. The two immigrants were fleeing an armed mob who forced them to jump out a high-rise building. Another Zimbabwean, Eugene Madondo, survived the fall. Six people were arrested on the two counts of murder, for attempted murder and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. These are all schedule 1 offences for which a magistrate should only grant bail in exceptional circumstances. Yet, SAPA reports that the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Monday released five of the accused on R2,000 bail each. The sixth, Vusumuzi Khoza, an ANC eThekwini ward councillor, was released on the 28th of January for the same bail amount.