After Nkululeko Gwala was murdered for speaking against corruption and for calling for a fair and transparent allocation of housing in Cato Crest, activists in the area have continued to receive death threats.
On 12 August 2013, a local African National Congress (ANC) member, who is also on an ANC local committee, was illegally allocated a house. Like so many others, he was rewarded for being loyal to the party. Abahlali noted this, and began questioning the rightfulness of awarding this ANC member with a house. As always, our members were threatened and a special party meeting was held in order to discuss how the ANC should deal with the Abahlali movement. Residents were in fear the whole night as the intimidation of those who speak out continues.
The eThekwini municipality has failed to bring about fair allocation of houses in this area. Those who murdered Nkululeko are enjoying their freedom and continue to celebrate their 'victory'. No one has been arrested for these crimes as they implicate high political leadership. If those who govern kill the governed, who are they going to govern tomorrow? We have, as yet, received no answers.
Those Abahlali members who worked closely with Nkululeko had to occupy a piece of land as their shacks were demolished without a court order and without regard for all the safeguards that the national legislation provides. Right now, the Land Invasion Unit (ALI) is demolishing our shacks again. And as always, they do so without a court order. They expect us to respect the law that they cannot even respect - we are dealing with a criminal state.
We ask the media to hasten to the area just next to Cato Crest Sports Grounds to witness how eThekwini Municipality breaks the law in broad daylight. As it stands, we still have no Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) houses, as they have been given to ANC cronies instead. We do not even have shacks, as the Municipality is illegally destroying them, yet we are now told to vote for our oppressors.
Similar threats of eviction and demolition are currently taking place in the shack settlement situated at 90 Electron Road Springfield Park.
For more information contact:
Abahlali baseCato Crest
Tel: 031 304 6420
Mobile: 072 749 3693
For more about the Abahlali baseCato Crest, refer to www.abahlali.org.
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