After 18 month-long trial, five community activists found guilty of public violence for daring to demand service delivery in Kliptown (Soweto)
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.
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
The community of Kliptown (Soweto) will be hosting a People’s Inspection of the social and living conditions of the working class in Kliptown on the 6th of February 2008.
The Kliptown Concerned Residents held a public meeting to report to the community the outcomes of the People’s Inspection of the area on the 6th of February. The meeting took take place on 11 March at 10 a.m. at the Kliptown Community Centre.
On the 03rd September 2007 more than twenty comrades were arrested in community protests organized by the Anti Privatisation Forum against the slow or non-delivery of services in Soweto (Kliptown and Protea South). Fourteen comrades were arrested in Protea South though only four of those charged were taken to the Protea Magistrate’s court on the 4th of September 2007 and the others were released after being held captive for more than 24 hours without any charges being laid. In Kliptown, twelve comrades were arrested for public violence including five juveniles (underage, school-going children) and have been appearing in court since September 2007. Their next appearance is scheduled for 16 April 2008.