Saturday, March 28, 2009

Update: All RDP Houses in River Park, Alexandra, occupied.

The people of Alexandra have taken their future into their own hands. Tired of empty promises by government, tired of being evicted from empty factories where they sought temporary relief from the elements, all the RDP [Reconstruction and Development Project] houses in River Park, Alexandra have been occupied. What is of particular concern has been the slow pace of delivery which means that millions will be forever homeless. The government prioritised billions of Rands for a 2 week spectacle, the 2010 world cup. Many of the homeless do not know if they will even live to see this capitalist venture. Rather than a life plagued with cholera, the people have taken the bold step of occupying all the vacant houses that were due for handing over to friends of ANC councillors and made available for sale to their friends.
The community will have a mass meeting today (Sat 28.03.09) at 10am at River Park, to plan their way forward and to protest for decent houses for all! Thousands of Alexandra residents are expected to attend.
for comment at the scene: ph Thabo Modisane 0781297797.

Shaheed Mahomed, Secretary, Workers International Vanguard League
1st Floor, Community House, 41 Salt River rd, Salt River
South Africa
, 7925, ph 0822020617, fax 0880214476777
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