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SA: Statement by Abhlali baseMjondolo, Shackdwellers Movement, on homeless and exiled Kennedy Road displaced people (27/09/2012)

27th September 2012


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Three Years after the Attack on our Movement, the Kennedy Road Displacees
Remain Homeless and in Exile

The attack on Abahlali baseMjondolo in 2009 set a tone for KwaZulu-Natal
to become the province where warlordism and the assassination of leaders and
activists has become the order of the day. It was also a warning to the
poor that should accept landlessness, homelessness and all forms of injustices
and inequality as the order of the day if we want to survive this democracy.

It was on the night of the 26th, 27th and 28th of September 2009 that the
whole political plot was concluded and carried out to assassinate the
leadership of Abahlali. We know and we want the nation and the whole
world to know that this plot was planned at a very high political level in our
province. The plot was not just aimed at reigniting the politic of fear
and assassination among those of us who refuse to accept fear. It was also
aimed at tearing apart our movement - a movement that has brought us together, a
movement that has made us realise how much power and value we have when we
stand together. A movement that has shown us how we were made poor by
colonial rule, by apartheid and by the post-apartheid state. A movement that has
insisted that democracy means that everyone has the same right to
participate in decision making and that the land, cities and wealth of our country
must be shared and managed equally.

After having lost everything we had, including our homes that we once
owned,Willies Mchunu, a top politician in this province, said ‘’Kennedy Road has
been liberated”. It seems that when the poor are without homes and without
safety that makes some people rich people to feel good in this country.
This province of KwaZulu-Natal is a good example of how the state believes it
cannot be told anything by the poor. It is this city of Durban and
provincial politicians that do not believe that Freedom Charter is right to insists
that "the people shall govern". They cannot accept that the people shall govern
from the shacks and from any poverty that we are subjected to.

Today is the 3rd year of our homelessness. We had humble homes but were
made homeless by the ruling party. We continue save our life sentence in hell
and we continue to ask the eThekwini municipality how long is our sentence?

The Kennedy Road Displacees will hold a picket at the Sydenham Police
Station tomorrow, Friday 28 September from 18:00 - 19:00, to highlight the
injustices of the state in this particular attack. We will not go quietly and we
will not go away until the state takes responsibility for what happened. We will
light candles and we will submit a memorandum to the Station Commissioner. We
will not forget what was done to us three years ago. We will not forget the
repression of movements around the country, all the people that have been
tortured, all the people that have been murdered by the police on
protests and the murders in Marikana.



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