Saturday 2 October 2004 by Christina
SCDF stands for Soshanguve Community Development Forum. This organisation was formed in May 2003 and already has more than 150 members. We, as people of the Soshanguve Community in Tshwane (near Pretoria), started this forum because we realised that it is very important to group people and to fight against the effects of privatisation of basic services. We fight privatisation because we don’t want water cut-offs, pre-paid meters and so on; that’s why we are also affiliated to APF (Anti-Privatisation Forum) since our beginning.
We as SCDF members meet every Tuesday and Friday at Senthibele Senior Secondary School. We sometimes call mass meetings to inform people about what is happening on the ground (for example, students who are deprived of their report cards because their parents cannot afford school fees). We also inform people on what counsellors do or on the promises they break (for example, the lack of any tarred roads that have been promised to the community, time and again by the counsellors). Direct actions are taken against water cut-offs: we go around opening water taps; we have already opened about 400 household taps. We organise or support pickets or toyi toyi for making our needs and our demands clear and strong to the authorities.
On June 16th 2004, SCDF held a wonderful celebration in memory of Soweto’s struggle. At that time, apartheid was in force and some children were killed in the subsequent protests. A celebration was hosted in Pretoria at Doxa Deo church. Over 100 people attended the event. We had comrades from Soshanguve, Mnandi and Atteridgeville as well as a comrade from the APF and Khanya College. During the day, activities took place such as drama (Sarafina), music, poetry, dance and so on. There were people addressing comrades about ongoing struggles such as APF’s struggles and Khanya’s struggles.
Written by Christina Nantso Chauke (SCDF)