Film release: Amanzi Ngawethu / Water is Ours (2009)

Sunday 30 August 2009 by Nic

A six-year legal battle for water rights in South African culminated in the Constitutional Court hearing of the case on 2nd Sept. The Amanzi Ngawethu documentary video was released worldwide in solidarity on the same day.

Amanzi Ngawethu (Water is Ours) is spreading the word about a critical moment for water struggles in South Africa.

On the 2nd & 3rd of September 2009, the Constitutional Court of South Africa heard the final appeal in a case brought by five Soweto residents challenging prepaid water meters and insufficient free basic water. The Bill of Rights of the South African Constitution guarantees right of access to sufficient water.

However, poor communities in Johannesburg’s townships do not have sufficient water and do not receive the same water service as the richer suburbs. This six year legal battle is working to secure constitutional rights for all - water is a right not a privilege!

Diverse forces have come together - from community mobilisation to self-organised water services to legal action - in powerful struggles which have won an historic High Court victory and empowered people to remove prepaid water meters and reconnect to free water, despite threats of criminalisation. In that spirit, Amanzi Ngawethu (Water is Ours) brings together protest songs, photos and video from people and organisations involved in the struggle and working in solidarity.

The residents of Phiri along with their legal team, supporters & millions of poor people in South Africa & across the world are waiting for the judgement by the Constitutional Court. Whatever the outcome of this legal case, the struggle to ensure accessible, adequate & affordable water for all will continue.

Language: english and zulu
Also available with catalan subtitles
12 minutes

Individual links:

Medium file (12MB): blip.tv/file/2528913

Light file (6.5MB): blip.tv/file/2532707

Film Downloads:

Amanzi Ngawethu (Water is Ours) - medium quality - 12MB

Amanzi Ngawethu (Water is Ours) - low quality - 7MB

Creative Commons License
Amanzi Ngawethu (Water is Ours) by Coalition Against Water Privatisation, Anti-Privatisation Forum, Centre for Applied Legal Studies, Friction Films and Unitarian Universalist Service Committee is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 South Africa License.
Based on a work at frictionfilms.blip.tv.

See also the video produced by the Centre for Applied Legal Studies on the prepaid water meter case.

APF media fundraising drive

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