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South Africa: Let Us Fight The Government, Not Each Other

category southern africa | community struggles | non-anarchist press author Tuesday May 25, 2010 02:48author by Bongani Xezwiauthor email bongani.xezwi at gmail dot comauthor phone 00 27 (0) 71 043 2221 Report this post to the editors

Electricity crisis in Protea South

Protea South is one of the informal settlements that has not yet benefited in the last 16 years of democracy. As it stands, people in Protea South are still living without services (water, electricity and toilets). Yesterday the community that lives in the bond houses decided to disconnect the electricity that the people from the informal settlement connected into their tin shacks. They went around disconnecting and beating people who connected the electricity within their shacks. As a result, two people were shot and one died on the spot while the other one was rushed to hospital.

Maureen Mnisi who is the leader of the LPM (Landless People Movement) was also attacked at her home, the members of the bond hoses tried to burn down her shack. The community from the informal settlement got angry and they decided to fight back. They burned down the electricity box and threw stones at the people from the bond houses.

The problem with the Protea South community as whole are services, people need electricity to survive. Whether you live in the shack or in the bond house, we all need electricity. And that is why there is an urgent need to work together to fight the enemy. Fighting each other won’t bring electricity in Protea South. The people with the electricity that we need as the community of Protea South are sitting in their government offices and they are not even seeing the need of giving services. Fighting each other won’t help. We can see that clearly - now that one member of our community has been shot to death by another member, we will be mourning at his funeral. LET US IDENTIFY THE ENEMY THAT CREATES DIVISIONS BETWEEN THE POOR COMMUNITIES. Jacob Zuma nearly cried in Orange Farm last week, so he said. Let us make the government who pretends not to know our issues, come to every poor community where people are suffering without basic services, CRY FOR US ALL. Let us make the government to leave their offices and come to address the issue of electricity in Protea South and other poor communities.

“Organise or die in poverty: The world cup benefits the rich and not the poor”

Bongani Xezwi, activist and researcher

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La crise de l'électricité à Protea-sud :BATTONS NOUS CONTRE LE GOUVERNEMENT, PAS ENTRE NOUS !

Protea du Sud est l'un de ces « quartiers informels » (bidonville) qui n'a pas encore bénéficié au cours des 16 dernières années de la démocratie. À l'heure actuelle, les gens de Protea-sud vivent toujours sans aucun service (eau, électricité et sanitaires). Hier, la communauté qui vit dans des maisons à loyer modéré a décidé de débrancher l'électricité que les gens des habitations informelles avaient connecté dans leurs baraques en tôle. Ils sont allés dans le quartier pour débrancher et battre les gens qui avaient connecté l'électricité dans leurs baraques. En conséquence, deux personnes ont reçu des coups de feu et une est décédée sur place tandis que l'autre a été transportée d’urgence à l'hôpital. Maureen Mnisi, qui est la responsable du Mouvement des gens sans terre (LPM Landless People Mouvement) a également été attaqué à son domicile, les membres des maisons HLM ayant tenté d'incendier sa baraque. La communauté du quartier informel est en colère et ils ont décidé de se réagir en se battant. Ils ont brûlé l’armoire électrique et ont jeté des pierres sur les gens des HLM.

Le problème de la communauté de Protea-Sud dans son ensemble ce sont les services. Les gens ont besoin d'électricité pour survivre. Que vous viviez dans une baraque ou dans une maison HLM, nous avons tous besoin d'électricité. Et c'est pourquoi il est urgent de travailler ensemble pour combattre l'ennemi. Lutte les uns contre l'autre, n’amènera pas l'électricité à Protea-Sud. Les personnes qui ont l'électricité dont nous avons besoin en tant que communauté de Protea-Sud sont assis dans leurs bureaux du gouvernement et ils ne voient même pas la nécessité de nous donner l accès aux services.

Lutter les uns contre les autres ne nous aidera pas. Nous pouvons voir cela clairement - maintenant que l'un des membres de notre communauté a été abattu par un autre membre, nous allons pleurer ses funérailles.

NOUS DEVONS IDENTIFIER L’ENNEMI QUI CREE DES DIVISIONS ENTRE LES COMMUNAUTES PAUVRES.

Jacob Zuma [le leader de l’ANC, et président de l’Afrique du Sud] a presque pleuré à Orange Farm la semaine dernière, disait-il. Faisons en sorte que le gouvernement qui prétend ne pas connaître nos problèmes, vienne dans toutes les collectivités pauvres où les gens souffrent, sans services de base, PLEURER POUR NOUS TOUS. Faisons en sorte que le gouvernement quitte ses bureaux et vienne pour régler la question de l'électricité à Protea-Sud et dans les autres communautés pauvres.

"Organise-toi ou meurt dans la pauvreté : la coupe du monde ne bénéficie qu’aux des riches et non aux pauvres".

http://www.abahlali.org/node/6732

Traduction : CNT AIT Paris (contact@cnt-ait.info)

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[Français]

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In July of last year Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF) activist Mathafeni Majobe was killed by members of the CPF after partaking in a service delivery protest in Sebokeng. This time the victim was Teboho “Diventsha” Tsotetsi, who was stabbed to death in front of his parents on Wednesday 4 March by members of the CPF for refusing to withdraw charges he had laid against those same CPF patrollers, who had severely beaten him and stolen his cell phone and wallet the previous Friday.

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