JUDGMENT SHOWS A LAZY LEGALISM AND COMPLETELY BIASED AND CONTRADICTORY REASONING IN RULING THAT FREE BASIC WATER POLICY IS ‘REASONABLE’ AND PRE-PAID WATER METERS ARE ‘LAWFUL’
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.
Contradictory nature of judgment means that battle for full right to water and against pre-paid water meters continues
At 9.30 this morning, a group of about 300 Turkish and international activists began a peaceful march towards the entrance of the 5th World Water Forum in Beyoglu to express their concerns about the political agenda of the event and prevent people getting inside. Turkish police forces, outnumbering by far protesters, quickly intervened and charged, using rubber bullets, separating Turkish activists from international protesters and violently dispersing the action.
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.
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
The Cholera Crisis in Zimbabwe (and now increasingly, in South Africa) calls for political will to confront the ultimate perpetrators and deliver clean, accessible public water supplies.
CAWP can now announce that the SCA has set a date for the appeal hearing in Bloemfontein: it will be on the 23-25 of February, 2009 when Phiri residents and all of Soweto will be listening to news from Bloemfontein.