[DEBATE] : (Fwd) Protest zones: Soweto, Ennerdale, DuNoon, Wallacedene
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Anger over RDPs
18 May 2009
AFTER THE STORM: Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional
Affairs Sicelo Shiceka visits Finetown informal settlement in Enerdale
to calm down tempers and address residents who went on a rampage over
RDP houses. PHOTO: MOHAU MOFoKENG
MEC Khabisi Mosunkutu
Residents go on rampage after council tells them their land is not habitable
Left to solve the problems that besieged his predecessors, Minister of
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Sicelo Shiceka had to
visit Finetown informal settlement in Enerdale, south of Johannesburg,
yesterday to calm down angry residents.
The community had gone on rampage on Saturday, stoning a multi-purpose
community centre, a councillor’s car, a nearby shop and the shop owner’s
car. They also set a government car alight.
It is understood that the community almost set the local clinic alight
but were convinced not to do so by security guards.
The attacks followed a report- back meeting by local councillor Freedom
Sotshantsha, who told them that the council would not be able to build
RDP houses on the piece of land they were staying in because it was
Shiceka was accompanied by Gauteng community safety MEC Khabisi Mosunkutu.
Another reason for not building the houses there was that the land was
on the path of Eskom’s pylons.
“The people say they want to have the area developed, but it is
un-developable, we need alternative options.
“This is what triggered the attacks,” said Sotshantsha.
Matibela Bereng, a ward committee member, said: “I ran to my car with
residents hot on my heels.”
All windows of his car were smashed.
Sotshantsha told Shiceka and Mosunkutu that he had information that
people in the community were reconvening, buying petrol and planning
Mosunkutu said: “People have the right to protest (but) no one has the
right to attack someone.”
He said that he would make sure the police “deal decisively” with the
culprits of “crime and terror”.
Asked whether he did not address the community personally because he
feared for his safety, Shiceka said: “There can be ‘no-go’ areas for
democratically elected leaders. We cannot runaway from our people.”
Minister slams violence - but avoids going to scene
A government minister has condemned the violence that broke out in
Meriting informal settlement outside Ennerdale, but neglected going to
the area himself.
This is because the situation was still deemed volatile yesterday - a
day after residents from the nearby Finetown North and Meriting informal
settlements attacked their councillor, government officials and
municipal and private property over service delivery.
Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Sicelo
Shiceka was expected to "calm down tempers and address residents" during
his visit to the area, according to a statement.
But instead Shiceka and Gauteng Community Safety MEC Khabisi Mosunkutu
threatened to crack down on instigators and perpetrators.
"We are shocked and dismayed by these barbaric acts aimed at instilling
terror," Shiceka said yesterday.
"No one has the right to protest in the manner that they did. This is a
pure criminal matter and we will deal with it decisively," he said.
He called on the police to be vigilant until peace was restored in the area.
Earlier, the minister inspected some of the damaged properties,
including the site of a burnt-out car and a shop that had some of its
windows shattered with stones.
"This is the boss of the police. He is going to ensure that the matter
is attended to," said Shiceka, introducing the MEC to the shopkeeper.
Ennerdale has had a long history of violent protests against poor
service delivery dating from 2006.
Saturday's attacks were sparked by a report by the community's
councillor, Freedom Sotshantsha, stating that the area could not be
developed because the land was dolomitic.
The report also mentioned the overhead electric power lines running
through the areas as the cause for non-development.
In the mayhem that followed, the multipurpose community centre was
stoned, a car was burnt and several other cars and businesses were
damaged. The local clinic was almost burnt down, while a local
government official had to be hospitalised after receiving serious injuries.
Sotshantsha described the situation as calm but tense and appealed for
By Lebogang Seale The Star 18/05/09e1
Automobile workers protest in E Cape
Sapa Published:May 18, 2009
At least 300 automobile workers protested outside two branches of
General Motors in the Eastern Cape, the National Union of Metalworkers
Regional organiser Andile Zitho said they had started protesting at
midday during the lunch break and would continue each lunch break until
next Monday when they were to appear in the Labour Court.
Zitho said on Friday the union had requested the court to convene an
urgent session to have General Motors SA declare at least 300 dismissals
null and void, on the grounds that it did not comply with Section 189a
of the Labour Relations Act.
He said the act stipulated that the company must try to find meaningful
ways to avoid retrenchments, and to allow fair criteria in terms of the
"When we look at the type of packages the workers got, it was minimal
and in no way fair. They did not engage meaningful ways," said Zitho.
A court date was set down for Monday, May 25.
Since January 2008, about 1000 workers had been retrenched but Zitho
stressed the court action was only related to about 300 retrenched workers.
"Until the court hearing, we will continue to strike during the lunch
More barricades on way - protesters
We'll close Koeberg Road and N7 if we don't get land, say Du Noon residents
May 18, 2009 Edition 1
Residents of Site 5 in Du Noon have vowed to continue burning tyres on
Koeberg Road and the N7 freeway if the provincial government ignores
their demands for land and services.
The residents, who started protesting yesterday, are demanding that a
piece of privately owned land near the N7, which is set to be sold to a
private company, instead be sold to the provincial government so housing
can be built on it for them.
Cape Town Traffic Services media spokeswoman Merle Lourens said this
morning that Potsdam Road, which runs through the informal settlement,
was still closed. However, she said it was due to be reopened this
morning after debris dumped by protesters last night was cleared.
After the weekend's torrential rain, residents also complained yesterday
that their shacks were flooded.
"It is better to be out in the streets protesting because our houses are
full of water now and we want to move from this place," said resident
She said that when they voted in April they had done it for better
"Site 5 is on private land and the owner of this land refuses to install
electricity and water instalment. Now we are vulnerable to thieves and
rapists because it is dark," she said.
Another resident, who declined to give his name, said mayor Dan Plato
should see the way they lived. "We want him to come here; we have had
enough of this place. We want land where we can get water and
electricity," he said.
Albert Mazula, also of Site 5, said shacks were built too close to each
other, which had made it difficult to move belongings when a fire broke
out recently, razing at least 30 shacks.
A fourth resident, Mzonke Madlokazi, warned that residents would close
Koeberg Road and the N7 for the whole week if they were ignored by the
"Houses were promised to us a long time ago and they said we must vote
if we want to complain. We voted, so now we are complaining," he said.
Residents alleged that shots were fired to disperse protesters picketing
outside community leaders' houses yesterday.
Table View police this morning confirmed yesterday's protests, but
declined to comment further, saying only that a statement would be
released later today.
There were no reports of any protest action this morning.
Will this be Mount Kerzner?
Bobby Jordan Published:May 17, 2009
A Famous mountain peak due to be auctioned in two months may end up
being named after a foreign celebrity — because the current name was
never officially declared.
Internationally known as The Sentinel, the 321m-high Cape Town landmark
in Hout Bay has come to the attention of a short list of celebrities and
tycoons including Oprah Winfrey, Sol Kerzner, Donald Trump jnr as well
as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The 10ha peak will be auctioned off to a select group of invited guests
and their representatives — despite protests from residents and
The auctioneers confirmed that the new owners will be able to name the
peak after themselves — if they wish: “We’ve had it checked out by our
attorneys. It’s private property so you can in fact name it what you
like,” said Leno de Villiers from the Julius Buchinsky Group. “The
Sentinel was just a name that was given to it, but it was not registered
and there’s no trademark,” he said.
If Sol Kerzner were to buy the mountain, there would be nothing stopping
him from renaming it Mount Kerzner, De Villiers added.
Kerzner is one of several tycoons to receive an invitation to the July
16 auction. The Sun King already owns other properties in the Hout Bay
area, including a section of Little Lion’s Head above Sandy Bay.
The auction has generated massive publicity — good and bad — since news
first broke last year that the owners wanted to sell. De Villiers said
they had turned down two offers, including one for R15-million, despite
the fact that they bought the property for only R60 000 in 2005.
But news of the auction has sparked fierce protest from residents
opposed to the sale.
A landless community living on the lower slopes of the mountain say they
will stage a protest march to draw attention to their plight. Government
officials are also up in arms, claiming the Sentinel has been earmarked
for inclusion into the Table Mountain National Park, which borders the
The man who will sell the mountain is auctioneer Shlomo Bitton from the
Julius Buchinsky Group, a veteran in the business who will wield the
hammer in July.
Bitton said: “I’ve been doing auctioneering for 28 years. We’ve
auctioned some unusual properties and a (Boeing) 747 — but we haven’t
auctioned a mountain yet. It looks to me like an ego thing. Somebody
wants to say this is my mountain, I own a mountain.”
Cape Town residents barricade roads over poor service delivery May 15
2009 , 1:09:00
A group of angry residents at Wallacedene, near Cape Town, have
barricaded roads to protest over service delivery. However, police moved
swiftly to quell the uprising. The protesters later gathered outside the
Kraaifontein Police Station demanding that some of the protesters who
had been taken in by the police, be released.
They say they are fed-up with the slow pace of delivery of housing.
Newly appointed City of Cape Town Mayor, Dan Plato, has appealed to the
Wallacedene residents to be patient.
Plato says plans are underway to build over 1 000 low cost housing units
in Wallacedene pending the approval of housing development plans by the
province. Plato said over 3 000 housing units have already been built in
Wallacedene, which is one of the biggest housing projects in the City.
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