Abahlali baseMjondolo to Mourn UnFreedom Day on 27 April 2009
Today is Freedom Day in South Africa. However for many in SA the notion of freedom is as illusive as ever as under the new apartheid where the poor are disenfranchised and excluded through the Kwa Zula-Natal Slums Act. Below shackdweller movement of KZN Abahlali baseMjondolo and the Western Cape – Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign, explain their position. Soon Durban is to become a “world class city” at the expense of eliminating the poor who remain slaves to the rich not just the white rich of racial apartheid but the new black rich of class apartheid.
Walala Wasala, Wavuka Usuhlala ema-Thini
Monday 27 April will mark the 15th anniversary of the first democratic elections in South Africa. Once again the poor will be herded into stadiums so that the politicians can tell the people to celebrate their freedom. Once again Abahlali baseMjondolo will be decelebrating. We will be holding our fourth annual UnFreedom Day.
On the Sunday before unFreedom Day we will launch the beautiful new crÃ¨che that has been built in the Motala Heights settlement.The Motala Diggers have already been running a large community garden for sometime and the community have now decided to take the initiative and to build and run their own crÃ¨che.
On unFreedom Day a major announcement will be made about the next step in the movement’s ongoing struggle with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Housing and their notorious Slums Act.
unFreedom Day has been organised by the Abahlali baseMjondolo Youth League. While others were voting on Wednesday we were planning unFreedom Day. The day before the election some of us attended a small University of Abahlali baseMjondolo seminar on the idea of a living communism. Our hands are clean.
Nobody can come with any facts to condemn unFreedom Day. The fact is that we are not free. Everyone can see that. Even on Election Day, where everyone is supposed to be equal as voters, the poor stand in the queues while the politicians are rushed to the front. Even on Election Day there is no equality. There is a constant oppression that promotes inequality in its simplest forms.
We are never given a platform to say what is inside our hearts. Therefore we have provided the platform for ourselves so that we can speak for ourselves and speak freely. It is up to us to tell the truth about our suffering and our struggles. continue reading UnFreedom Day
Please take the time to view this exceptional film “A Place in the City – produced by the Shackdweller movement of Durban”