On the 31st December 2010, Schubart Park residents took to the streets to show their discontent about services that were denied by the municipality of Tshwane. This made headline news of all the radio stations and later during the evening, TV news. It was a well calculated move by the residents as what led to the protest was anticipated because it is the plan of the city of Tshwane to attack the complex during the festive holidays. They underestimated the community in terms of protecting the residence during this period. They took a wild, dangerous and myopic decision to destabilize the residents during this time so as to unsettle them with a view of evicting them during the process.
Schubart Park is a community organisation in the city of Tshwane and an affiliate of the Anti Privatisation Forum. Immigrants in this community comprise about 60% of our community members. As a community and affiliate of the APF we denounce xenophobia in the strongest terms.
SOUTH AFRICA BELONGS TO ALL WHO LIVE IN IT!
‘YOU TOUCH AN IMMIGRANT, YOU TOUCH A COMMUNITY’
This week has opened with furious defensive statements from the ANC Youth League against the weekend’s media reports about the lavish lifestyle of its president and the millions he has made from tenders awarded to companies he has interests in. Our response to this news cannot just be of disgust at the self-enrichment of those individuals in positions of political influence. Neither can our response be plaintive calls for public officials to account for the vanishing funds. Instead, we can only resist the underdevelopment of poor communities that this culture of greed is causing. These are called protests against the lack of service delivery. But more than that, these are protests against the corruption of development projects opened by privatisation and pursued by the tenderpreneur class. The tendering system to deliver services is only empowering a few at the expense of community upliftment.
Centre for Applied Legal Studies Press Statement 26 August 2009
The Mazibuko appeal against the SCA judgment of 30 April 2009 will be heard in the Constitutional Court, where the applicants will argue that prepayment water meters in Phiri should be declared unlawful, and that the City’s Free Basic Water policy is insufficient to meet the basic needs of poor Phiri households.
After 18 month-long trial, five community activists found guilty of public violence for daring to demand service delivery in Kliptown (Soweto)
We are poor and we can’t afford to pay for services (Zonke R5.00)
On the 19th January 2009 the offices of the Kliptown Concerned Residents (KCR) was burgled and office equipment was stolen by unknown thugs. The KCR offices are located at the Kliptown Community Centre next to the Kliptown Police Station. The property belongs to Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) and it is home to many organisations and business forums. KCR has been occupying the office since late last year and there were no incidents reported but when KCR made it public that it will be contesting the coming by-elections in Ward 19 on the 28th January 2009, all hell broke loose.
The Soweto Concerned Residents (SCR)/ Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF) and the Workers International Vanguard will officially congratulate the newly elected Gauteng Premier Paul “Mathousand” Mashatile with a march over basic services on the 28th November 2008. The Soweto residents will gather at the Beyers Naude Library Gardens and march to the Premier’s office to hand over a memorandum of grievances.
Kliptown residents don’t join the world in celebrating Saint Mandela’s birthday.
We want him to share our poverty with the rest of the world