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South African Protest News 27 January 13 February 2010 (2010) South African Protest News 27 January 13 February 2010.  : -.

Summary
Another service delivery protest erupts in Mpumalanga
13 February 2010

Another service delivery protest has erupted in Mpumalanga, this time at
Dundonald near Badplass. The protest follows a week-long violent protest
in Siyathemba Township in Balfour.

About 400 people have embarked on protest action in the Dundonald area.
Community member Sipho Kunene says members of the community want the
Albert Luthuli Municipality in Carolina to provide them with basic needs
such as water, electricity, housing and roads.

Meanwhile, police say calm is slowly returning to the troubled
Siyathemba Township. Most roads in the township had been barricaded
following the week-long violent protests which led to the arrest of more
than 30 people. Police say for the first time since the violence erupted
last Sunday, taxis are operating and most roads have also been opened.

Police spokesperson Sam Tshabalala says, "The situation has gone back to
normal, there is movement now. One can see the taxis going up and down,
ferrying people to and from town. There are still those streets that are
barricaded but those are the minor streets on the outskirts. And we have
our men in blue monitoring the place."

Late last year, Co-operative Governance Minister Sicelo Shiceka said
service delivery protests must be completely eliminated by 2014. We must
respond to issues before people go to the streets. He wanted a
"responsive, efficient, effective and accountable" local government.

The indaba (meeting) followed the wave of service delivery protests
which occurred around the country, many of which turned violent.
Communities largely called for the removal of councillors due to a track
record of poor service delivery.



Mayor Wayile Intervenes to Help Destitute Community
Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality 13 February 2010

www.MyPE.co.za: On Thursday 11 February Nelson Mandela Bay's Executive
Mayor, Zanoxolo Wayile, averted a potentially explosive situation by
decisively addressing the needs of protesters in Chatty, Nelson Mandela
Bay, so much so that the Mayor's interaction with the community ended in
song.

Mayor Wayile was participating in a regular session with representatives
of National Treasury when he received a call from the Whippery who
reported that some 500 people were staging a service delivery protest in
Chatty. The Mayor immediately excused himself from the meeting and
rushed to the scene. "When I arrived, there was a barricade of burning
tyres and refuse," says Mayor Wayile. "Members of the SAPS were on the
scene, but people were visibly angry, and the situation could easily
have gotten out of hand."

"I took a walk over to the people, some of whom I recognised having been
with them in Veeplaas. We hugged each other."

Initially, the protesters had refused to move to the Booysens Park
community hall. "We chatted for a bit and we all agreed to move to the
hall so that we could constructively engage with their issues," says the
Mayor.

At the hall, Mayor Wayile chaired the meeting and the protesters
explained that they were frustrated over waiting for houses, alleged
corruption in the allocation of houses, the lack of a school in the
area, and some complained about poor workmanship of the houses they had
received. In addition, they alleged that they received "no joy from
their Ward Councillor (Trevor Louw)". Mayor Wayile says: "The
allegations being made by the people are serious - they therefore
require serious action," before promising: "I will thus be addressing
all of these issues with haste and decisive action."

In concluding the meeting, a prayer was said, before Mayor Wayile led
the congregation in song.

The Mayor was accompanied by the Portfolio Chairperson for Human
Settlements Andile Mfunda, Sport & Recreation Chair Maria Hermaans, ANC
Regional Secretary Zandisile Qupe, and Councillors Charmaine Williams,
TB Mafana and Mbongeni Bungane.

In an interview afterwards, Mayor Wayile elaborated on the actions he
would be taking:

1. Establishing an Investigation Team

"Early next week I will establish an Investigation Team, who will
promptly investigate all allegations of corruption in the Housing
Waiting List for that area, along with the allegations of poor
workmanship," says Mayor Wayile. Asked as to whether the same team will
investigate such issues on a city-wide basis, Mayor Wayile was quick to
point out that he wanted to keep the terms of reference of the team as
focussed as possible: "We cannot have long drawn out investigations
covering wide areas. Our people want answers, and they want them now."

"So, the Investigation Team will be focussed on the Chatty housing
project and will be given strict timeframes within which to carry out
their task." Mayor Wayile also confirmed that the Team will include
"independent persons from outside the institution".

2. Ensuring that schools are built in the area

"I have engaged with the Department of Education on this matter," says
Mayor Wayile. "And I am happy to report that the feedback from them has
been positive in this regard."

The DoE has confirmed that the plan is to build both a Primary and a
High School in the area. "However, this is the long-term plan, and
people are impatient."

"So, as confirmed by the Department of Education, construction of prefab
classrooms will begin this month."

"At least in this way, the children of this area will receive their
basic right to an education," says the Mayor.

"Also, we must ensure that a feeding scheme for the children is
implemented, and I will be engaging with the relevant stakeholders in
this respect."

3. Economic development

"I received an inspiring proposal from a member of the Chatty community
for a food production scheme," says Mayor Wayile. "It impresses upon me
and my colleagues that the people sorely need economic development in
the area, so that sustainable jobs can be created where they live."

"To this end, I am requesting our Economic Development directorate to
explore ways in which this can be done."

4. Ward Councillor support

"Given the strong feelings that the community has about their Ward
Councillor - which were vociferously expressed at the meeting - I have
asked Councillor Veliswa Ndidi to provide political support and
consistently engage with the community on behalf of Council."

"I have chosen Councillor Ndidi because she is conversant in both
Afrikaans and isiXhosa, which are spoken in the area."

"Councillor Ndidi will regularly report back directly to me."

5. Engagement with the community

"Next week I will be revisiting the area," says Mayor Wayile. "It is
important that we stay in touch with the people and provide them with
feedback and progress reports on all the issues they have raised."

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Contacts.



Police harassment: Back to the future?
Frans Cronje SAIRR 12 February 2010

Frans Cronje on the brutish approach taken to the leaders of the Balfour
protests

Media reports suggest that the police have beaten and tortured a number
of people while hunting for ‘community leaders' in Balfour in
Mpumalanga. This may be an early indication of how the ANC plans to deal
with grass roots threats to its political hegemony in South Africa.

Earlier this week Balfour in Mpumalanga saw a popular uprising by
residents of that community who protested against high levels of
unemployment and general failures of service delivery. Balfour is an
important case because President Zuma personally visited the area in
2009 following a similar uprising and promised to address the demands of
residents. That a second round of protest action has now erupted
suggests that the community has lost confidence even in Mr Zuma.

The current Balfour protests followed the same pattern as the many other
mini-uprisings that occur across a number of South Africa's townships
every year. Residents get fed up with their local council and take to
the streets to burn tyres and erect obstacles. Regrettably in many of
these protests local businesses and government offices are ransacked and
often burned down. Foreign African immigrants are attacked and hounded
out of the affected areas. The response by the State is to deliver all
manner of platitudes to the community while sending in the police with
shotguns to restore order. The State is often quick to blame the
protests on criminal elements or 'agitators' exploiting the community.

Having lost faith in their elected, or deployed, leaders the community
turn to ‘community leaders' who speak for them and articulate their
concerns to the media. In the case of Balfour one particular young man
spoke to the media on a number of occasions - he was articulate and
appeared to speak with a degree of community backing. He was not a
formal politician in the sense of representing a party or being a town
councilor nor did he come from within the ranks of the ANC.

It is around this young man and others like him that the current Balfour
protests give us particular cause for concern. Media reports since
yesterday evening indicate that the police have been searching for
‘community leaders' said to be behind the protest action. The police
have allegedly beaten the family members of these young men and women
and ransacked their houses. The father of one of these leaders reports a
police officer beating him with a rifle butt while questioning him about
the whereabouts of his son.

The local ‘community leadership' is now reportedly in hiding.

There is unfortunately some precedent for this type of behavior by the
police after 1994. In a well documented case in 2004 members of the
Landless People's Movement, a small South African activist organisation,
reported being detained and tortured by the police following a protest
action arranged by that organisation. The torture involved beatings and
suffocation.

If the most recent allegations in Balfour are true then we should all be
very concerned. For what we are seeing is that where black communities
challenge the political hegemony of the ANC and establish a ‘community
leadership' structure outside of that party, the State is prepared to
use the security forces to force the local community into giving up the
‘community leadership'. Doubtless where those leaders have instigated
public violence and the like they should be arrested but not via torture
and terror.

The level of popular protest against the ANC in black communities is a
great embarrassment to the party and the Government. To their great
relief this dissatisfaction has not yet translated into a significant
loss of electoral support for the party although it eventually must. It
must also have dawned on the ANC that the threat to their political
hegemony in South Africa does not come so much from Mrs Zille in Cape
Town as from the sense of disillusionment growing in poor and black
communities. The specific risk being that a grass roots protest movement
pulls the political rug out from under current leadership of the ANC. If
these assumptions are correct then it is difficult to escape the
conclusion that what concerns the State in Balfour is not so much the
violence and disorder in the community, but rather that the community is
establishing a leadership structure outside of the hegemony of the ANC.
Today it is twenty years to the day since Mr Mandela walked out of
prison. We are left to reflect whether any of his party's supporters
thought that they would again see the day when the police broke down
their doors in the middle of the night and with threats of violence
demanded to know the whereabouts of the ‘community leaders'.

Frans Cronje is deputy CEO of the South African Institute of Race
Relations. This article first appeared in the Institute's online
newsletter, SAIRR Today.



Cops on alert in Brackenhurst
Mandy Wiener (Eyewitness News) 12 February 2010

The situation was calm in Brackenhurst, on the East Rand, where
protesters blockaded roads and burnt tyres overnight, said police on
Firday morning.

Residents placed rocks and tires on the road between Thokoza and
Brackenhurst as they protested about service delivery in the area.

The police’s Happy Nape said they were monitoring the situation for any
flare ups.



Rubber bullets fired at protesting residents
Mthetho Ndoni and Dineo Matomela (HERALD REPORTERS) 12 February 2010

POLICE yesterday fired rubber bullets to disperse about 400 Port
Elizabeth residents who blocked a main road in a protest about lack of
service delivery.

Trouble erupted when angry Chatty Extension residents blocked Mission
Road in the area of the Booysen Park Community Hall with burning tyres.
This was after police declared their gathering illegal and ordered them
to go inside the hall.

Calm was restored later when Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Zanoxolo Wayile
addressed the residents and vowed to take tough action against municipal
managers not doing their jobs.

The residents were relocated from flood-plain areas including
Soweto-on-Sea and Veeplaas after floods in 2006. They have still not
received services like schools, clinics and a police station.

Police spokesman Captain Johan Rheeder said police fired rubber bullets
at the protesters after they refused to enter the hall and demanded to
see Wayile.

“A mayoral committee delegation was sent to address the crowd but they
were unhappy and threw stones at the police, and the police members were
forced to use rubber bullets.”

One person was injured and taken by ambulance to Livingstone Hospital.
After Wayile addressed the residents, they dispersed peacefully and the
situation returned to normal, Rheeder said.

When The Herald team arrived at the scene, two men who had been hit by
rubber bullets were seated on the grass while some protesters gathered
around them. Inside the community hall, residents waved placards with
slogans like “We want houses, not moves from shack to shack”.

Tempers flared as residents aired their grievances to Wayile and members
of his executive committee. Some complained of being moved from their
shacks to other shacks, while those who had low-cost homes said
workmanship was shoddy.

One of the residents, Liziwe Wayile, said : “The houses are pretty
outside, but inside they are falling apart.”

Zukiswa Tungu, of Phola Park, said: “We cannot flush our toilets because
the plumbing is incomplete.”

Wayile conceded that certain municipal managers had been responsible for
poor service delivery in the area and said they would face action.

“Some of the issues long overdue in this area are as a result of
managers who are not doing their jobs. A special task force has been
established to deal with complaints and those who are found responsible
will face the music,” he said.

Wayile said this was the first time he had interacted with the area’s
residents. “I will interact with the mayoral committee to find a way
that we can address these challenges.”

Community leader Phakamile Mamana said schools were too far away for
children to attend, and residents had demanded temporary schools in the
area. “We took action after our letters to both the Eastern Cape
government and the municipal mayor, appealing for their urgent
intervention, failed to yield results.

“We lack clinics, schools and a police station and houses are
unfinished, and the community is tired of being ignored by the
municipality.”

Ward councillor Trevor Louw said he was out of town on a DA function but
that he was aware of the chaos in Booysen Park.

“I don’t blame the residents for showing their anger because they have
been living in the area for five years but nothing structural has been
done to develop the area. We’ve tried everything to get services into
the area but the only response I get from the council is promises.”
ndonim@avusa.co.za



Protest about illnesses ends peacefully
Kormorant

A protest by ex-employees of the South African Nuclear Energy
Corporation (Necsa) who claim to suffer from illnesses caused during
their employment at the corporation, ended peacefully on Thursday when
it was agreed that they would first study Necsa’s response to their
demands before taking any further action.

The action by ex-employees to get compensation for the illnesses they
suffer as well as compensation for the families of ex-employees who have
already passed away started in 2004 as a campaign supported by Earthlife
Africa.

The ex-employees gathered outside gate 3 at Necsa on Thursday morning,
demanding answers to a memorandum handed over to the corporation during
a protest on 24 January 2007, claiming that the corporation never
responded to the demands set out in the memorandum.

Salome Moela (Setsiba), who was employed by the erstwhile Atomic Energy
Board, told Kormorant that she was involved in an accident at Pelindaba
in 1987 when she was pinned to a wall by a truck when she walked from
one building to the next. She says that since the accident she has been
unable to work but has received no compensation or pension from Necsa.

Another woman, Rosina Raselabe’s husband worked at Necsa in 1998 when he
was rendered unconscious and injured in an explosion at the site. She
said that her husband was taken to Unitas Hospital where he regained
consciousness after four days. Raselabe’s husband has since died and she
claims that she does not receive any pension from Necsa - money that she
needs to take care of her children.

The group claimed that since the campaign started more than half of the
ex-employees have died without any compensation forthcoming.

The memorandum from 2007 which was handed over to the Chief Executive
Officer (CEO) of Necsa, Dr. Rob Adam, includes demands to have access to
medical treatment, access to their medical files and compensation for
the ill as well as compensation for the families of the deceased. In
accepting the memorandum from Mr. Alfred Sepepe, Dr. Adam said that the
corporation responded to the memorandum on 25 January 2007.

He said it seemed that the response did not reach the ex-employees and
it was agreed that the leaders of the ex-employees first study the
response. Dr. Adam then invited the group to return to the corporation
if they had any further concerns.

The response from Necsa to the memorandum included that Necsa opened its
medical facilities to the ex-employees for examination so that medical
tests can be done to ascertain whether their illnesses are due to their
employment at the corporation. It also refers to the finding of an
independent investigation into the claims and the fact that the findings
were forwarded to the Compensation Commissioner.

The group undertook to study the content of the response.
www.kormorant.co.za



Tired of ‘tuck shop’ municipality
Kormorant 11 February 2010

“The municipality is being run like a tuck shop and we will no longer
tolerate it.” Residents of the Refentse Low Cost Housing Project and the
informal settlements in Ward 30 of the municipality this week demanded
answers from the Executive Mayor of the Madibeng Local Municipality and
said that a failure to do so will lead to them to dumping the
overflowing portable toilets on her doorstep.

Community leaders who are also on the managing committee of the ANC
Youth League (ANCYL) in Hartbeespoort, Aubrey Boligwathine, Steyn
Mphatludi, Martin Serero and Victor Mathedimos spoke frankly to
Kormorant about the endless years the community has been waiting for
houses, the improvement of living conditions in the informal settlements
and effective service delivery.

They said that they cannot wait any longer and that the lack of response
from the municipality to their concerns raised in letters and in the
media is unacceptable.

All the houses at the Refentse Low Cost Housing Project are occupied
which means that approximately 500 people live in the 137 houses. Martin
Serero, one of the community leaders, said that they had occupied the
houses in October last year and that they had used the beneficiary list,
compiled in 2000, to decide who could move in. He said that they also
had the list checked by the municipality to ensure that the houses were
going to the right people. Serero said that there are people from the
Popo Molefe informal settlement, the Ten Rooms informal settlement and
the Marius informal settlement living at Refentse at the moment.

Some of the houses were not completed when the residents moved into the
houses and they finished it themselves, building the windows shut with
bricks or covering them with placards and finishing the roofs with
corrugated iron. The community leaders expressed their concern about the
lack of lights at Refentse and said that at night they cannot see, which
makes it so much easier for criminals. No electrical, sanitation or
water infrastructure has yet been installed at the project.

According to the community leaders the municipality provided only enough
water for 10 families at Refentse and only four mobile toilets are
available for all 500 people. The water provision stopped completely at
the end of December which means that there is no water available.

At the other informal settlement mobile toilets were delivered on 7
January this year but have not been emptied since. Rubbish skips, which
the communities have asked for on more than one occasion over the past
two years, have not been delivered. The leaders said that between the
rubbish and the overflowing toilets some of the residents of the
informal settlements have become ill, suffering from diarrhea and other
symptoms.

“We are tired of the situation. The last time we raised our concerns
nothing was done. At the informal settlements and Refentse and ward 30
as a whole there is no service delivery. We do not want an answer from
the spokesperson for the municipality, we want a response from the mayor
herself,” Steyn Mphatlusi said.

The group of leaders reiterated that the community of Hartbeespoort have
been waiting for the houses at Refentse since 2003 and that they will
not move out of the houses voluntarily. They said that all other areas
in Madibeng have completed housing projects except Hartbeespoort.

Neither the spokesperson nor the Executive Mayor of Madibeng responded
to enquiries.
www.kormorant.co.za



Brits residents declare dispute

Residents of Brits who attended a protest meeting on Monday night have
decided to declare a dispute with the Madibeng municipality. The
meeting, attended by about 800 ratepayers, was addressed by Ms Carien
Visser of Sannieshof and Mr Jaap Kelder, chairman of the National
Taxpayers Union (NTPU). The meeting decided to form a Concerned
Ratepayers’ Association (CORPA) to administer the dispute.

In a letter to President Zuma this morning, Mr Jaco Dercksen, who
chaired the meeting, said that officials of the Madibeng municipality
were invited but did not attend the meeting. He stressed that the
meeting had no political objectives but has decided to proceed with a
dispute as residents could no longer tolerate the poor service delivery.

In his address Mr Kelder explained that paying rates and taxes to a
ratepayers’ association who in turn pays it over to the municipality
once the required services have been rendered, was legal in terms of
common law.

It was explained at the meeting that each individual ratepayer will have
to declare a dispute with the municipality and that the necessary
dispute forms would be supplied.

In his reaction the leader of the Democratic Alliance in Madibeng, Clr
Leon Basson, who attended the meeting, pointed out that Madibeng sends
out 47 000 accounts per month. He fears that individual ratepayers could
still be vulnerable to victimisation even if all the people who attended
Monday night’s meeting declare disputes. And the diversion of the rates
to a ratepayers’ association doesn’t make sense if the money is going to
be paid over to the municipality in any case - only a little later. It
is also debatable on what grounds a dispute could be declared. Contact
Mr. Jaco Dercksen on 074 505 4775.



Residents of Lawley go on a service delivery protest
Lwandi Genu (ClassicFM) 12 February 2010

Residents of Lawley, near Lenasia are taking to the streets to to demand
basic services. The leader of the march Mxolisi Mavuso says the
residents are demanding services such clean water and electricity.
Mavuso says they are marching to the regional office to hand over a
memorandum



Unemployed picket hours before Zuma speech
SAPA (Business Day) 11 February 2010

Kota accused the police of using “excessive power” and ”repressing the
voice of the people”.

A picket by a group of unemployed people outside Parliament resulted in
the arrest of two protesters on Thursday, hours before President Jacob
Zuma was to deliver his state of the nation address.

The handful of Unemployed People’s Movement (UPM) members took up
position on the pavement in Plein Street opposite Parliament around 11am.

For about an hour, they displayed a large banner and used a megaphone,
singing and chanting to demand jobs.

Police spokesman Captain Ezra October said the picket had been illegal
and the group was asked to disperse and switch off the megaphone.

While the picketers complied with the request to disperse, they had not
switched off the megaphone and continued to chant as they walked away
from the scene. Subsequently, two of the group were arrested for failing
to comply with the police instructions, October said.

According to UPM convenor Ayanda Kota, his group had left Plein Street,
but in the vicinity of the Grand Parade police attempted to confiscate
the banner and megaphone.

Kota and a fellow UPM member Vuyisile Masenuke were arrested and each
slapped with a R150 admission of guilt fine.

He vowed not to pay the fine and said the UPM would now launch a protest
campaign against the 2010 Fifa World Cup.




Workers on strike at Rustenburg mine
SABC 12 February 2010
Over a thousand workers at the Rasimone Phokeng Platinum mine outside
Rustenburg have stopped working and embarked on protest action.

They allege that the mine management is racist and discriminatory
towards women. The workers say they will continue with their protest
action and ensure that the mine is brought to a stand still, until
management addresses their demands.

National union of Mineworkers representative at the mine, Geofrey
Moreke, says what they have noticed at the mine is that management tends
to overlook women, when it came to remuneration and development programs
that are introduced, this despite them having more experience than their
male counterparts.

A memorandum of demand was handed to the mine management. Workers say
they regret that their protest action coincided with the festivities of
commemorating the release of Nelson Mandela.



GRAHAMSTOWN UNEMPLOYED PEOPLE'S MOVEMENT PROTEST
Press statement for immediate release
Grahamstown Unemployed People's Movement (UPM) 10 February 2010

The Grahamstown Unemployed People's Movement (UPM) is to hold a
demonstration in Cape Town to coincide with President Jacob Zuma's
opening of Parliament tomorrow evening. The purpose of the demonstration
is to highlight the plight of the unemployed in the town, and to protest
against the fact that Zuma has not delivered on his promise of 500 000
jobs within six months of taking office. His failure to do so has been
confirmed by Statistics South Africa (SSA). In fact, SSA has showed that
in the fourth quarter of 2009, jobs were lost.

The unemployment situation in Grahamstown has reached crisis levels, and
is hovering at around 70 percent. The most affected are young people,
including graduates.

Unemployment in Grahamstown has increased in the past few years. Several
industries that provided employment have closed down. These include the
railway industry: the line between Grahamstown and Alicedale, which used
to be the core railway junction in South Africa before the mid-1990's,
was closed down. A kaolin (white clay used in the manufacture of
ceramics, medicine, coated paper, in toothpaste, light bulbs, cosmetics
and porcelain) processing factory was also closed down. The Municipality
now exports kaolin, in the process making jobs outside Grahamstown. A
poultry firm has also been closed down. The Makana Municipality is not
creating any labour absorbing activities to absorb the unemployment
created by the closure of these industries.

The services sector in Grahamstown, such as Rhodes University and the
Grahamstown Arts Festival, has not created enough jobs to compensate.
Jobs that are created usually require specific skills or are temporary
or casual in nature. This sector has not done enough to address the
plight of the unemployed.

The scale of human suffering this problem is causing must not be
underestimated. The rate of crime has increased, especially in the
township. The liquor and drugs industries are the fastest growing
industries. There have been a number of suicide cases, and some
unemployed people have died due to stress. Families are breaking down,
and women and children are being abused.

We call on Zuma to:
  • Implement the promises he made when he was voted into office.

  • Ensure that the Makana Municipality implements a labour absorbing
    expanded public works programme, and provides resources for the
    development of co-operatives to exploit Grahamstown's rich natural
    resources for the benefit of its people.

  • Focus more on matters of state, rather than having more affairs
    with women.


  • Lastly, the UPM calls on all unemployed people to unite to form a
    national movement of the unemployed to struggle for full employment in
    South Africa. The UPM also calls on the state to nationalise key
    industries to create more employment, as we do not trust the private
    sector to resolve the employment crisis, as the private sector has been
    very much part of the problem. Furthermore, the services industries in
    Grahamstown, such as the university and the National Arts Festival must
    be required to create employment in return for the massive cash
    injections they get from the government.

    Contact: Ayanda Kota (convenor): 078 625 6462
    Mahomed Moorad: 071 922 1227



    UPDATES ON SITUATIONS IN ITIRELENG (TSHWANE) AND SIYATHEMBA (BALFOUR,
    MPUMALANGA) ITIRELENG

    ANTI-PRIVATISATION FORUM Public Statement 10 February 2010

    Since the eviction on 11/12th January of approximately 1,000 families in
    portion 15 and portion 25 of Itireleng informal settlement, the
    situation on the ground remains tense but there has been some progress
    due mainly to the tenacity of the residents and the consistent work of
    APF activists in the Tshwane region. Even though many of the evicted
    residents of portion 15 have been camping out in communal, make-shift
    shelters with their few remaining belongings, APF activists have played
    a vital role in ensuring that NGOs such as the South African Red Cross
    provide relief to people. Further, the APF has been instrumental in
    securing the services of Lawyers for Human Rights to act for the
    residents of portion 25 who were evicted without a court order. LHR is
    currently investigating who carried out the eviction of portion 25 and
    preparing an application to the High Court that will restore people to
    their plots and enable them to rebuild their shacks. In the meantime,
    many of the portion 25 evictees have moved back onto the land and
    erected shacks. Unfortunately, a few so-called ‘community leaders’
    continue to try and take advantage of desperate residents by
    fraudulently selling ‘stands’, while some members of the ANC continue to
    try and ride on the back of the residents plight to score cheap
    political points and divide the community. The APF is in the process of
    helping to mobilise the residents for a march to the Tshwane
    Municipality to present their memorandum on issues of the evictions and
    service delivery.

    For further comment/info contact APF Tshwane organiser Mashao Chauke on
    0822126518

    SIYATHEMBA
    Since police forcibly prevented residents of Siyathemba (grouped under
    the Dipaleseng Residents Committee – DRC) from marching to the nearby
    Burnstone mine on Monday morning, the community has been in a state of
    low-intensity war with the police. With the assistance of APF
    organisers, the DRC had mobilised the community to confront the mine
    around broken agreements and promises related to training, employment
    and local development. However, once the police opened fire with stun
    grenades and rubber bullets (there was a report from our organisers of
    the use of live ammunition) to prevent the march from proceeding, all
    hell broke loose. Since then, there have been running battles between
    groups of residents and police. Very unfortunately, some residents whom
    the DRC has identified as criminals taking advantage of the situation,
    have attacked some foreign owned small businesses in the area and have
    also destroyed some public infrastructure serving the community. The APF
    condemns in the strongest terms this xenophobic and reactionary
    behaviour. Alongside the DRC, the APF holds the government – at all
    levels – directly responsible for the past and current situation in
    Siyathemba. The APF stands fully behind the legitimate structures and
    demands of the DRC as they continue to struggle for meaningful democracy
    and socio-economic development.

    For further comment/info contact DRC spokesperson Zakhele Maya on 083
    513-2420



    Siyathemba community leader to sue police
    Cathy Mohlahlana 10 February 2010

    The father of a Siyathemba community leader said on Wednesday he was
    taking legal action against police officers who allegedly assaulted him.

    Fifty six-year-old David Maya said officials stormed his house looking
    for his son, Zakhele on Tuesday night.

    The township has been rocked by violent service delivery protests this week.

    Maya, who had stitches to his face, said officers pistol-whipped him.

    “I felt so much pain. It’s not safe, the police just come and attack you
    in your home.”

    He added officers must explain why they attacked him.

    “I’m going to sue them. If I was guilty I wouldn’t have a problem but
    now I want them to explain why they assaulted me.”



    Police did this to me: Balfour leaders fear for their lives
    Nkosana Lekotjolo 10 February 2010

    David Mafengeni, the father of a community leader involved in
    service-delivery protests in Siyathemba township in Balfour, Mpumulanga,
    lay battered and bloodied in his home.

    Mafengeni told The Times he thought he was going to die when police
    allegedly repeatedly hit him in the face with the butt of a gun.

    Mafengeni said the police told him they were searching for his son,
    Zakhele Maya, one of the community leaders who organised the protests.

    At least 32 people were arrested following the violent service-delivery
    protests in which a municipal building and a library were burnt down.

    Maya and other community leaders - who organised protests demanding
    jobs, electricity and water - were in hiding yesterday, apparently in
    fear for their lives.

    Mafengeni, 56, is one of several residents who claim they were attacked
    by police officers.

    When The Times visited Ma-fengeni's home , his swollen face was bandaged
    and he was wearing a bloodied shirt.

    Mafaengi said: "I was asleep at about midnight when I was woken by
    people banging the windows of my house. I begged them to stop banging on
    the windows and asked them to come through the front door. When I opened
    the door two police officers in uniform pointed a firearm at my forehead
    and started to hit me repeatedly with a gun, before I could say
    anything. I was so scared."

    Provincial police spokesman Sibongile Nkosi said: "They are free to
    report the alleged incident, but we are condemning these acts of
    lawlessness in Balfour . the burning of property, the damaging of
    property and the pelting of police with stones.

    "We will take strong action against those [protesters] by arresting
    them. Those are acts of criminality. We are there to maintain law and
    order in that area," Nkosi added.

    Mandla Maya, Zakhele's elder brother, said the police also visited his
    house and attacked him.

    "One of the three police officers said I was a suspect. Then he began
    kicking and punching me all over my body," he said.

    Another resident, Thapelo Moloi, showed The Times what he said were five
    rubber bullet wounds. He said police had shot him at close range.

    "They accused me of being one of the people organising the protest and
    said I had also stolen public property," Moloi said.

    Police patrolled the township streets, dispersing crowds by firing
    rubber bullets.

    The streets remained barricaded with burnt tyres, rocks, old furniture
    and scrap metal.


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    Whole township is on fire: Anarchy in Siyathemba rages on - library torched
    Sipho Masondo 9 February 2010

    Angry youths burned down the library in Siyathemba township in Balfour,
    in the second day of violence in the area.

    Books and computers went up in smoke, and ash was all that remained
    after firefighters were unable to stop the blaze.

    Late yesterday afternoon, two police officers barely escaped with their
    life when locals ambushed them and pelted them with stones and other
    missiles.

    To protect himself, one of the officers sprayed rubber bullets at the
    crowd. When that failed, he hauled out his pistol, cocked it and waved
    it at the crowd while fleeing.

    At the same time he had his cellphone to his ear and was frantically
    calling for back-up.

    The Times saw another police officer emerging from a house in
    Siyathemba, running from a group of youths hot on his heels, throwing
    stones at him.

    Siyathemba residents demanded that Balfour mayor Lefty Tsotsetsi and the
    entire Dipaleseng municipality council quit.

    They also demanded that President Jacob Zuma return to deal with poor
    service delivery, that the township be incorporated into Gauteng and
    that they be given jobs at a nearby mine. Residents came out in droves,
    destroyed street lights and chanted struggle songs.

    Police stood ready with pump-action shotguns and watched as residents
    toyi-toyied, brandishing placards and knobkerries.

    Youth leader Sifiso Makhubu said: "The whole township is on fire and we
    can't keep on like this. We can't have a leadership that is an obstacle
    to the development of this township.

    "We were promised six months ago and nothing has been done - once bitten
    twice shy. We are not backing off until there is something in black and
    white on what will happen with our demands."

    Police spokesman Abe Khoabane said the 22 people arrested on Monday will
    appear in the Balfour Magistrate's Court today on public violence charges.

    "We are going to contain the situation," Khoabane said. "You can't say
    there was no violence when two buildings were burned down." A municipal
    building was torched on Monday.

    Khoabane said the police were investigating the looting of foreign-owned
    tuck shops.

    Schooling was disrupted for the second day. Matrics vented their anger
    at losing another school day in a province in which the matric results
    last year were the worst in the country.

    * Mpumalanga's MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional
    Affairs Norman Mokoena last night rejected the requests by the residents
    to have the mayor and the council dismissed.

    Mokoena, who spoke to journalists after he and other officials met
    Siyathemba residents, also condemned the torching of the library, saying
    the provincial government has spent R200000 to upgrade it.

    On the community's demand for Balfour's incorporation into Gauteng,
    Mokoena said this was a long process that would not happen overnight.

    He also said that Cabinet had taken a decision to build a university in
    Mpumalanga.



    Children spearhead violent protest
    Beauregard Tromp (The Star) 9 February 2010

    Children set municipal offices alight, destroyed foreign-owned shops and
    tore down infrastructure as Siyathemba township in Balfour, Mpumalanga,
    was left burning - again.

    But community leaders were quick to denounce criminal elements who they
    say hijacked a community protest yesterday to go on a robbing and
    looting rampage.

    After a massive police effort, involving nearly 50 heavily armed
    policemen, 16 people were arrested and charged with public violence.

    Early yesterday morning, residents led by the Dipaleseng Residents
    Committee (DRC) began protesting against the perceived lack of community
    investment in the township by the Burnstone Gold Mine.

    'The police came to help us to run away'
    Things got out of hand when shops owned by Ethiopians, Pakistanis and
    Indians were attacked by protesters, who chased them out of the township
    and ransacked their stores.

    "I was sleeping in my shop with my family when they came. The police
    came to help us to run away," said Tasfaye Makuria, who escaped with his
    wife and toddler.

    They are now renting a room across from the Balfour police station in
    the centre of town.

    At the station, residents were laying charges against the Ethiopians,
    who they accuse of assault. The Ethiopians smiled cynically at this,
    saying they had tried to protect themselves by hurling rocks back at the
    mobs that came for them.

    And this isn't the first time that relations between locals and
    foreign-national shopowners have been tense. Ethiopian community leader
    Workneh Hansawo said that last year, the Ethiopian shopkeepers were
    persuaded to drop charges against those who destroyed their shops,
    convinced that relations had been restored and that it was safe for them
    to return to Siyathemba.

    The leaders say the damage could have been worse had they not pre-empted
    the criminal element
    The shopkeepers had borrowed stock and money from relatives to buy
    fridges and pay rent to start again last year.

    "We have nowhere to go. The rent will be too expensive. We have to work,
    otherwise we do bad things," said Hansawo.

    He said community leaders had gone to foreign-owned shops to solicit
    "donations" for the planned protest, which they believed was to ensure
    their protection.

    The leaders say the damage could have been worse had they not pre-empted
    the criminal element and warned shopkeepers to keep their stocks low and
    their cars out of the township.

    When the leaders tried to intervene during the shop attacks, they were
    chased away by the mobs, said DRC member Zakhele Maya.

    Most of the violence was spearheaded by children, who kept tyres burning
    at barricades, loading tar poles onto the fires and tearing down the
    little that remained at general dealers.

    The few adults among them promised "action tonight".

    During one battle with the police, the singing and burning was
    momentarily interrupted by policemen in a bakkie, who observed the group
    from a short distance away.

    Sensing the police's vulnerability, a few started throwing stones,
    followed by others armed with catapults. The four policemen retreated,
    leading to loud cheering at this "victory".

    Emboldened, the mob moved up the hill and started stoning the local
    municipal offices, tearing down the entrance gate before breaking down
    the door, stealing the mops, pitchfork, radio and heater inside.

    A youth produced a canister filled with paraffin, with at least six
    others offering a match. With too little paraffin, the fire fizzled out
    after a few minutes.

    Next door, though, only the burnt-out hulk of another office remained.

    In the late afternoon, a cavalcade of heavily armed policemen drove into
    the township, walking in groups of four down every street, often with
    groups of youths taunting them.

    Police were bracing themselves for further violence as the DRC were set
    to meet again last night.

    A statement from the Drc claimed the mine had reneged on an agreement to
    employ half its workforce from local residents.

    Dawie Mostert, Burnstone's vice-president for human capital, said they
    had employed 50 percent local workers, including contractors, and had
    spent R3,2 million on skills development and learnerships. In addition,
    they had paid for infrastructure upgrades in Balfour and provided skills
    to the local municipality.

    "I don't know what people would like to achieve. One company cannot be
    the answer for all things in a community where up to 50 percent of
    people are unemployed," said Mostert.

    Meanwhile, the planned protest march to the Burnstone mine, a few
    kilometres from Siyathemba, was stopped by police.

    This article was originally published on page 1 of The Star on
    February 09, 2010



    Phosa fuming over protest allegations
    Sapa 10 February 2010

    ANC treasurer general Mathews Phosa is claiming R1-million damages and
    insisting on a public apology after a fellow party member accused him of
    "funding and fuelling" service delivery protests in Mpumalanga.

    "It's not about the money, Mr Makamo can't when on radio say what he
    wants to especially when it's not true... and the person is of Mr
    Phosa's stature," said Phosa's attorney from BDK Attorneys, Ian Small
    Smith, on Wednesday.

    The allegations were made by Raymond Makamo, the Mpumalanga secretary of
    the SA National Civics Organisation - an ANC ally - in an interview with
    the Ligwalagwala radio station on Monday and Tuesday. Makamo is also a
    member of the ANC.

    Smith said a letter of demand was sent to Makamo, claiming the money and
    a public apology from him. Makamo has seven days to comply.

    Should he fail to do so, Smith said court proceedings would be
    instituted against him.

    Phosa declined to comment on Wednesday.

    "I don't want to talk because we might give evidence in court," he said.

    The allegations have infuriated the ANC, with its spokesman Jackson
    Mthembu condemning them as "spurious".

    "We are even more shocked and infuriated by allegations from the same
    person to the effect that an NEC [national executive committee] member
    again in the name of our treasurer general has paid journalists,
    particularly Mzilikazi Wa Africa, to write negative stories about
    Mpumalanga province and the ANC premier there, Cde DD [David] Mabuza,"
    he said in a statement.

    "These allegations by Makamo are without any basis and in our view are
    meant to tarnish the good name and image of our treasurer general."

    Mthembu said if Makamo believed in the allegations, he should have
    approached the ANC on the matter.

    His failure to substantiate the allegations and his failure to alert
    party leadership were "an attempt to bring the ANC and its leadership
    into disrepute".

    "The ANC will then deal with this matter in a manner consistent with its
    constitution."

    Service delivery protests have flared sporadically in the province,
    intensifying last year. The latest, in the Siyathemba township over
    recent days, turned violent with a library burnt down and police firing
    rubber bullets to disperse crowds. - Sapa


    National Union of Mineworkers: “Employ 100% locals”

    The NUM is highly perturbed by the notion adopted by Balfour and other
    mining communities’ in calling on the local mine to employ locals only.
    South Africa is a single united country in which all people enjoy
    freedom of movement and the right to work any where. “The idea of saying
    residents of Balfour should be the only ones employed in the area is
    problematic for many reasons. What if it become a national issue and
    people of Carletonville, Johannesburg, Pretoria and other areas say the
    same?” says Frans Baleni, the NUM General Secretary.



    NUMSA CONDEMNS VIOLENT PROTESTS AND XENOPHOBIC ATTACKS
    Numsa 9 February 2010

    The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) condemns the
    violent protests and xenophobic attacks directed towards foreign
    nationals in Siyathemba, Balfour, Mpumalanga province because they
    negate the legitimate and genuine service delivery and economic
    opportunities demands raised by the community. We view these protests
    within the context of the ‘welfarist’, top-down bureaucratic ‘delivery’
    interventions fostered and entrenched by the 1996 class project.

    We call on the working class formations particularly the ANC-led
    Alliance to unite the community around a strategic programme that
    raises broader challenges – and not just demanding more ‘delivery’ into
    the same over-crowded, under-resourced and reproduced apartheid slums
    and townships. Our Revolutionary Alliance must actively champion a
    revolutionary agenda which seeks to transfer the wealth of our country
    to the people as a whole informed by the Freedom Charter as part of
    resolving these challenges of underdevelopment and economic
    opportunities for our people.

    The inability by the Revolutionary Alliance to seize this moment will
    open up a lacuna for local political entrepreneurs and ‘tenderpreneurs’
    who are opportunistically and demagogically using popular frustrations
    to wage their own self-centered battles to access local tenders and
    power. We reiterate our call for the convening of a service delivery
    summit geared towards responding to the challenges and bottlenecks at
    local level.

    Contact:
    Castro Ngobese
    National Spokesperson – 073 299 1595



    Uitenhage workers in protest over short-time scheme
    Mthetho Ndoni HERALD REPORTER 10 February 2010

    ABOUT 80 disgruntled Cape of Good Hope Woolcombers workers staged a
    lunchtime protest in Uitenhage yesterday, demanding to be placed on the
    government’s new training layoff scheme.

    The protesting workers belong to the SA Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union.

    The workers, who process and prepare wool, have been on short-time for
    several months and want to make use of the government’s newly introduced
    training layoff scheme.

    Union regional secretary Lawrence Xola said the employer had been using
    “delaying tactics to avoid placing its workers on the training layoff
    scheme”.

    “Should the company agree to participate in this scheme, workers would
    receive training on the days they are on short-time.

    “In terms of the scheme, the training would be paid for by the industry
    Sector Education and Training Authority, while funding (from) government
    would be used to pay the wage component.”

    Xola said the company’s reluctance to participate in the scheme meant
    the workers could not access the money set aside for this purpose. “We
    call upon the management to agree to the introduction of the scheme at
    the company with immediate effect.”

    The training layoff scheme was introduced as a government intervention
    to deal with the economic crisis that saw South Africa lose almost a
    million jobs in the first nine months of last year.

    Cape of Good Hope Woolcombers managing director Riaan van Rensburg said
    the company management had been trying to get hold of the union’s leader
    to discuss the matter.

    “It would be inappropriate to comment to the media on the negotiations
    while they are still under way,” he said.



    Reservists’ protest turns violent
    Daily Dispatch 10 February 2010

    A PROTEST by disgruntled police reservists briefly turned violent in
    Johannesburg yesterday when police fired rubber bullets.

    The reservists failed to obey an instruction to disperse, Johannesburg
    metro police spokesperson Inspector Edna Mamonyane said.

    Some of them were arrested for participating in an illegal march.

    “As the metro police, we did not issue a permit for the march. The march
    is illegal.”

    Independent Online reported that ANC MP Winnie Madikizela-Mandela had to
    defuse the tension between protesters and police officers.

    Reservists from around the country gathered at the Library Gardens in
    the CBD in the morning.

    “We want unconditional integration into the police,” said Free State
    spokesperson Dumisani Mvula.

    They took to the streets to highlight their frustrations. “People see us
    in uniform and think all is well, while our lives are being frustrated
    by promise after promise that we will be integrated, and nothing has
    come forth.”

    The reservists wanted to be integrated unconditionally because some of
    them had over 18 years’ experience and could not understand why they did
    not qualify.

    The reservists handed a memorandum to Gauteng Community Safety MEC
    Khabisi Mosunkutu.

    In the document they claimed they had been working without pay for years
    and were overlooked when permanent vacancies became available . — Sapa



    Winnie calms cops versus cops demo
    Nontobeko Mtshali 9 February 2010

    Winnie Madikizela-Mandela can still command a crowd.

    All it took to calm tensions and violence between protesting police
    reservists and police officers at Beyers Naude Square in central Joburg
    yesterday was the arrival of the "mother of the nation".

    Police reservists from around the country had gathered to hand a
    memorandum to Gauteng MEC for Community Safety Khabisi Mosunkutu to air
    their grievances about working for years without pay, only to be
    overlooked when permanent positions became available.

    Their protest was to be peaceful, but tempers flared. Bricks were
    allegedly thrown at the police, who retaliated with rubber bullets.

    While police did not say how many were injured, reservists said more
    than 20 had to be taken to hospital after being hit by rubber bullets.

    They allege that three of their colleagues had been shot with live
    ammunition and were taken to Hillbrow Hospital.

    Given Zondo, 35, a reservist from Orlando East, Soweto, said she saw two
    people shot at close range by police officers.

    "They shot a man and a woman and they dragged them into a police truck.
    When they shook the guy to wake him, he was unresponsive," said Zondo, a
    reservist for nine years.

    Gauteng police spokesman Superintendent Lungelo Dlamini said he was not
    aware of the use of live ammunition.

    "I don't know about the live ammunition but rubber bullets were used
    when bricks were thrown at police officers," said Dlamini.

    Pule Molefe, one of the reservists' leaders, said 78 of their members
    were arrested and taken to holding cells at the Johannesburg Central
    police station.

    Through Madikizela-Mandela's intervention, however, the arrested
    reservists were later released.

    She also accepted the reservists' memorandum on behalf of the government
    and promised to attend to the matter urgently.

    She said it was tragic that the protest action had to take place just
    days before the ruling party celebrated its 98th anniversary and the
    commemoration of Nelson Mandela's release from prison.

    Madikizela-Mandela, an ANC MP, said she would also raise the issue
    during the opening of Parliament on Thursday.

    Percy Mokala, a Pretoria-based reservist for 25 years, said he felt let
    down by the government. He questioned why a person with experience and
    know-how would be overlooked for someone who didn't even know how to
    take down a statement.

    Ministry of Police spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said being a reservist did
    not necessarily mean the person would be absorbed into the SAPS.

    "Our position is that there will not be an automatic integration into
    the police force. We have outlined the key requirements," he explained.

    * This article was originally published on page 2 of The Star on
    February 09, 2010



    Protest Qwelane’s appointment as ambassador to Uganda
    Out In Africa 9 February 2010

    Cape Town Pride invites our partner organisations, friends and comrades, human rights
    and LGBTI activists,and all those who are distressed and angered by the apparent

    appointment of Jon Qwelane as South Africa’s Ambassador to Uganda,
    to join us in a peaceful protest action.

    When: 13h00, Friday, 12 February 2010
    Where: Outside Parliament (Plein Street, Cape Town)
    What: Please bring placards and completed petitions, and water!

    A document will be handed over to a representative (as yet unnamed) of
    the Department of Foreign Affairs.

    Contact persons: Laura Aukamp 072 512 1886 / Glenn de Swardt 021 425 6463



    Full bins spark flat residents' street protest
    lyndon Khan Cape Times 10 February 2010

    FRUSTRATED that their rubbish had not been collected for two weeks, some
    residents of the Dura Flats complex in Atlantis took to the streets in
    protest.

    DA ward councillor Barbara Rass said politicking was behind the protest.

    WasteTech, a private contractor hired to remove waste, had reportedly
    not collected the rubbish for the past two weeks, which Rass said was
    because of a misunderstanding.

    A meeting had been held yesterday with the chairman of the Dura Flats
    committee and the city. Rass said the issue of waste management had been
    resolved, but he said a woman who incited tensions was a member of the
    Independent Democrats.

    Atlantis police spokesman Cyril Dicks said roads between Charel Uys and
    Magnolia Street had to be cordoned off and remained closed to traffic
    last night.

    ID provincial secretary Rodney Lentit distanced the party from the protest.
    lyndon.khan@inl.co.za



    JZ does a duck to avoid protests
    Dominic Mahlangu (Times.co.za) 8 February 2010

    President Jacob Zuma cancelled a door-to-door tour of Gugulethu, Cape
    Town, apparently fearing a protest intended to embarrass him.

    Zuma's visit to the township would have been his first public engagement
    after the love-child scandal involving him surfaced.

    The president fathered his 20th child with Sonono Khoza, the daughter of
    his friend, soccer boss Irvin.

    Yesterday, the tour of the ANC stronghold was suddenly cancelled,
    apparently after the ANC caught wind of disruptions planned by gender
    activists.

    But the party was quick to claim that Zuma's long-scheduled attendance
    at a meeting in Western Cape of its national working committee yesterday
    was responsible for the cancellation. They said the meeting was expected
    to last until late in the evening.

    Spokesman Zizi Kodwa said: "Because of the [committee] meeting we have
    no option but to cancel his visit. We are not aware of any planned protest."

    Zuma, together with other ANC national executive members, is in Western
    Cape as part of commemorations of the 20th anniversary of the release
    from prison of former president Nelson Mandela, and of the unbanning of
    anti-apartheid political organisations.

    ANC leaders are meeting party organisations in the province in
    preparation of next year's local government elections.

    Zuma will give his state of the nation speech on Thursday night before
    the opening of parliament on Friday.




    Protest underway in KwaDukuza
    There is drama on the north coast
    Benita Enoch 8 February 2010

    Scores of residents from the Ntshaweni community in KwaDukuza have
    blocked the R102 between Stanger and Groutville after embarking on a
    protest march this morning.

    The demonstrators are demanding that speed humps be put along that route
    after a child was knocked over by a speeding motorist in the area
    yesterday afternoon.

    Transport Department spokesperson, Rajen Chinaboo says officials are on
    the scene.

    They have been trying to negotiate with the residents over their demands.

    Chinaboo says the situation is calm but they have dispatched the SAPS
    and Metro police to the area, to assist motorists.

    "The R102 between Stanger and Groutville is closed to traffic. Traffic
    on the bridge is not very heavily backed up as we're diverting all the
    traffic along the N2."



    Police fire at reservists
    SAPA 8 February 2010

    Johannesburg - Police fired rubber bullets at protesting police
    reservists in Johannesburg on Monday, Johannesburg metro police said.

    Spokesperson Inspector Edna Mamonyane said police opened fire on them
    with rubber bullets when the reservists failed to obey and instruction
    to disperse.

    Reservists were protesting over their integration into the South African
    Police Service.

    Mamonyane said some of the reservists were arrested for participating in
    an illegal march.

    "As the metro police, we did not issue a permit for the march, the march
    is illegal," she said.

    The police were not available for comment.
    - SAPA



    16 cuffed for violence during Siyathemba protest
    Cathy Mohlahlana (Eyewitness News) 8 February 2010

    Police have arrested 16 Siyathemba residents in connection with violent
    protests in the Mpumalanga township.

    Residents blockaded roads with burning tyres on Monday morning. They
    also tried to burn down a municipal building.

    They were protesting against poor service delivery and a lack of jobs.

    The residents apprehended are being held at the Balfour Police Station.
    They will appear in the local magistrate’s court on charges of public
    violence later this week.

    Dozens of police officers patrolling the area on foot have managed to
    restore calm, but they are not letting their guard down.

    Firefighters have also put out the flames which sprung up when tyres and
    tree logs were set alight.

    Black smoke could occasionally be seen rising from the township on
    Monday evening but many of the residents have resumed their daily chores.



    Univen condemns university protest
    Sapa 8 February 2010

    JOHANNESBURG - The University of Venda (Univen) on Monday condemned
    protest action by the National Education Health and Allied Workers’
    Union (Nehawu) on the university campus.

    “... The action, including tampering with electricity and water supply
    to the campus and an illegal protest march on campus this morning
    Monday, was unacceptable as it seriously compromises the health and
    well-being of both staff and students,” said Professor Peter Mbati,
    vice-chancellor and principal of Univen.

    Nehawu’s actions follow the implementation of a set of revised human
    resource policies resulting from negotiations in 2009 and approved by
    the university Council on November 27.

    Mbati said that while the university recognised the right of trade
    unions to represent workers, it had a responsibility to implement and
    manage approved policies.

    “Nehawu participated in the consultation process around these policy
    changes. At no given time were employees’ conditions of service changed
    unilaterally without consulting all representative structures,” Mbati said.

    “Nehawu has reneged on the agreed policy changes, including the
    negotiated salary increment of 10 percent, citing lack of mandate on the
    part of members who represented them during the negotiations,” he charged.

    Nehawu is demanding a 20 percent increase.

    “Management is also concerned that Nehawu has deliberately deviated from
    the terms and conditions of the recognition agreement entered into with
    the university in June 2008,” said Mbati.

    “In terms of this agreement, there are steps that need to be followed
    before the union resorts to industrial action,” he said. Nehawu was not
    available for comment.
    - Sapa



    Cosatu to protest over Fifa
    Dorianne Arendse 8 February 2010|

    The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) in the Western Cape
    would be calling on Nedlac to convene a meeting with themselves, Fifa,
    the provincial government to set the terms of procurement for activities
    related to the World Cup. This announcement came on Saturday from Cosatu
    after it emerged that the clothes and mascots for the World Cup were
    been made in a sweatshop in China.

    According to Cosatu's Tony Ehrenreich, the Western Cape is losing jobs
    as a result of Fifa's actions. He said that whilst it seems that the
    rest of the country is benefiting from Fifa and World Cup related
    activities, the economy in the Western Cape is still being prejudiced.

    "Cosatu is really concerned that the number of products that is going to
    be used in the World Cup including the Zakumi icon, the sweaters, the
    busses and a range of other products is being imported and not
    manufactured in South Africa where it can create jobs as the legacy of
    the World Cup," Ehrenreich said.

    He explained that the conduct of Fifa and related agencies have
    effectively breached the terms of the agreements contained in the
    Government Gazette. As a result, the trade union is calling on the South
    African government to withdraw the Government Gazettes and to negotiate
    new agreements with FIFA that promotes jobs in the country and has to be
    held to clearer terms in respect of procurement.

    According to Ehrenreich, the job losses in the province were due to
    unethical traders and procurement managers. "This is mainly due to
    unethical traders and procurement managers. And that is why Cosatu is
    calling on government to tighten up provisions that enforces compliance
    with local procurement that creates South African jobs," said
    Ehrenreich. He added that pickets will be held against Fifa on Thursday
    in Cape Town, as they will not be having any protests during the world
    cup. VOC (Dorianne Arendse)



    Service delivery protesters in court
    Ntwaagae Seleka The Sowetan 5 February 2010

    FIFTEEN people have been arrested for taking part in an illegal
    gathering at Oranjeville, Free State police said.

    The arrests follow a service delivery protest that turned ugly when
    angry residents damaged the Metsimaholo local municipality offices
    yesterday.

    The angry protesters barricaded the roads with burning tyres, tree
    branches and rocks and pelted the municipality’s offices with stones and
    other objects demanding better services.

    Police spokesperson Constable Selloane Legae said their members had to
    use force to disperse the unruly crowd.

    The group appeared in the Heilbron magistrate’s court yesterday where
    their case was postponed to February 24.

    Disgruntled residents had demanded sanitation, roads and electricity
    from the municipality.

    A resident, Maki Mokoena, said: “We are demanding that our township
    should be improved like others in the province.”

    She said she had been staying in an RDP house that has neither water nor
    electricity for two years.

    Residents also claim they relieve themselves in the bushes because their
    houses do not have toilets.

    Municipal speaker William Bulwane said they were aware of the demands
    and were attending to them. “We are phasing out the bucket system in the
    area. We are going to bring more improvements during our next financial
    year. ”
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    Three hurt during campus chaos
    Sapa 5 February 2010

    Three people were injured during a confrontation between students and
    police at Tshwane University of Technology's Soshanguve campus on
    Friday, a university spokesman said.

    Chaos broke at around 8am on day three of registration when a group
    believed to be members of the student organisation Pan Africanist
    Student Movement of Azania (Pasma) sang at the entrance while their
    leader climbed a perimeter wall, said spokesman Gilbert Mokwatedi.

    "(He wanted) to address students queuing for registration. As security
    officials tried to remove this person from the wall, a group of people
    pelted security officers with stones," said Mokwatedi.

    A security guard was injured when he a stone hit him in the eye and a
    student was injured when she fell trying to run away from the
    stone-throwing group.

    A police officer was also injured, and the three were taken to hospital.

    The city's department of community safety spokesman Console Tleane said
    the windscreen of a metro police van was smashed with a rock by "unruly
    elements".

    He said police retaliated in self-defence and to protect students who
    wanted to continue with registration.

    "The group fled on foot and disappeared into the township. No one was
    arrested or hurt. The situation is now calm and the registration of
    students is continuing normally," said Tleane on Friday morning.

    He said the identities of the perpetrators were known to police and
    police will continue to maintain a presence at the campus.

    As one of the security measures, the street in front of the campus had
    been closed off to traffic since Wednesday.

    Pasma spokesman Vusi Mahlangu said they were peacefully trying to speak
    to queuing students when they were attacked by "bouncers".

    "We were attacked and we retaliated. Two people from our group were
    brutally beaten up," said Mahlangu.

    He said they were protesting against various problems students had
    encountered since Wednesday when the campus re-opened.

    "There's about 250 students in our list who were either told they were
    not in the system, that there was no longer space although they have
    been accepted and their applications could not be found."

    Mahlangu said they were regrouping to decide on their next action.

    However, Tleane warned: "We wish to warn this group that no disruptive
    or violent behaviour will be tolerated under any circumstances.

    "Any act of violence against the police or other students will be dealt
    with decisively."

    The campus was re-opened on Wednesday after it was closed due to a
    violent student protest last week in which one student was injured.

    The student representative council and political activities were
    suspended and a court order was obtained against Pasma.

    Students were unhappy about what they claimed was a slow registration
    process and filthy residences.

    The university cited drunkardness, hooliganism and drug abuse as the
    reasons behind the closure.

    Vice-chancellor Errol Tyobeka and Tshwane mayor Gwen Ramokgopa have
    vowed to spend millions on upgrading the university. - Sapa



    Protesting traders force council to re-think rent policy
    Santham Pillay 7 February 2010

    Trading at Durban's Verulam Market came to a standstill this week when
    traders protested over the eThekwini municipality's new rental policy.

    Dozens of fresh produce and livestock traders refused to comply with the
    policy, proposed last month, to pay their rent three months in advance,
    forcing the municipality to close the market.

    The new rental policy was due to be implemented from February 1.

    Traders at the market at present pay a fee of R15 a day to trade for
    three days a week.

    On Wednesday, the chairman of the traders' association, Manna Naidoo,
    handed over a memorandum to the market manager, Samson Dlamini.

    In the memorandum, the traders said they wanted the present rental
    agreement to remain.

    They added if the municipality refused to agree to this, they would
    challenge it in the High Court.

    Rena Dabydin, 56, has been a trader for 32 years and has been operating
    at the Verulam Market since it opened 22 years ago.

    She said she hoped the market management would allow them to continue as
    they had in the past.

    "The people that come here don't have stable jobs. That's why they trade
    here three times a week. Sometimes we make only R50 a day," she said.

    On Thursday, Durban deputy mayor Logie Naidoo addressed the traders,
    telling them that a "compromise" would be reached between the market
    management and traders' association.

    Dlamini told the Sunday Times Extra that negotiations over the policy
    would begin tomorrow.

    "The market is open as usual while negotiations are taking place," he said.

    He added that, for the month of February, the fee of R15 a day would
    remain, but said they would be "discussing the possibility of phasing in
    a one-month rental advance from next month".

    Trader Selvan Govender said the news had been welcomed by the traders.

    "At least we can trade now while they are carrying on with discussions.
    That's the main thing."

    Manna Naidoo said the compromise was "a victory for the traders".

    "There are no preconditions prior to the negotiations. We are thankful
    that officials have come to their senses.

    "Whatever compromise we come to should be acceptable to all parties."



    Exposed: Trio behind BCM mess
    Gcina Ntsaluba 6 February 2010

    EAST London’s first ANC mayor, Lulamile Nazo, has emerged as the key man
    behind attempts to oust Buffalo City mayor Zukisa Faku.

    Nazo and his foot-soldiers – BCM councillor Sonny du Plessis and Qinirha
    branch deputy chairperson Mzodumo Dliwayo – have brought turmoil to the
    council through their campaign.

    The Dispatch has established from various sources that the trio had
    instigated:

    # The case of fraud that was opened against Faku for allegedly misusing
    taxpayers’ money;

    # A court application by Du Plessis to stop the appointment of new
    municipal manager Mandla Sithole; and

    # Tuesday’s protest march to East London’s City Hall, where hundreds of
    Buffalo City residents gathered to demand the immediate removal of Faku
    from her office. All three men were at the march.

    But yesterday Nazo denied being the mastermind behind the coup plot to
    overthrow the mayor.

    His denial came as ANC provincial spokesperson Mlibo Qoboshiyane warned
    party members to toe the line. It was worrying to note that active
    members in the ANC were colluding to overthrow the mayor, he said.

    “We are observing this issue, especially that of the former mayor Nazo
    ... The manner in which he is conducting himself is (harmful to the
    organisation).”

    Nazo, a former Member of the Provincial Legislature, said the march was
    organised by the zonal structures of Buffalo City.

    “It was not a plot or march driven by personal agendas, it was a normal
    public display to show the dissatisfaction of the people with
    maladministration.”

    He said that the core issue behind the march was “clean governance” – an
    area he accused Faku of failing at.

    Another figure fingered as a plotter against Faku is Du Plessis, who was
    the council’s Chief Whip last year until he was removed for taking the
    council to court.

    He denied being involved in this week’s march, despite being caught by
    Dispatch cameras.

    “I had nothing to do with the march,” said Du Plessis before he was
    asked to explain how he was caught on video.

    “I must have been observing it from a distance, then,” he said.

    Dliwayo, who is the ANC Ward 28 Qinirha branch deputy chairperson, led
    the march with Nazo and physically handed over the memorandum.

    He was not available for comment yesterday but the Dispatch recorded him
    at the picket calling on Faku to resign immediately.

    He accused her of misusing municipal funds to buy clothes and food for
    herself and friends.

    Faku was approached for comment but declined.

    However, Buffalo City council Speaker Luleka Simon said the march was a
    flimsy attempt to undermine the mayor and disrupt the administrative
    functions of the municipality.

    Simon said some of the people who orchestrated the march were active
    members of the ANC and included Du Plessis and Dliwayo.

    Simon said the faction trying to destabilise the city consisted of
    individuals who were “disgruntled and highly frustrated”.

    A close ally of Faku, who asked to remain anonymous, said the moves to
    topple the mayor had everything to do with power struggles.

    Buffalo City has been racked by council infighting for months now and,
    as a result, municipal services are in disarray.

    President Jacob Zuma’s office has previously warned the Buffalo City
    council against politicking at the expense of service delivery. — By
    GCINA NTSALUBA, Political Reporter, gcinan@dispatch.co.za

    Watch a video of the march against Mayor Faku at
    http://tinyurl.com/y92mwat


    Tin Town: A short documentary on the Symphony Way Anti-Eviction Campaign

    Promised housing by the South African government, more than a hundred
    Cape Town families found community through their struggle as squatters
    on a sandy road known as Symphony Way. Recently moved by court order to
    an indefinitely temporary relocation area dubbed ‘Tin Town’ or
    ‘Blikkiesdorp’ in Afrikaans, community members reflect on that road in
    their past and on the road ahead.

    Title: Tin Town

    A Film By: Nora Connor, Clementine Wallace & Colton Margus

    Produced By: Barefoot Workshops, Inc

    Instructors: Alison Fast, Teddy Symes & Chandler Griffin

    Sponsors by: Canon USA, Sennheiser, Bogen Imaging, Lowel, Litepanels

    Created: December 2009, Cape Town, South Africa
    antieviction.org.za\



    Strike at the Edgewood Campus

    Communiqué from the Office of the Executive Director Corporate Relations
    5 February 2010

    Dear Colleagues

    At 08:00 this morning, 5 February, a small group of students embarked in
    a protest action at the Edgewood Campus of the University of
    KwaZulu-Natal where the gates were barricaded preventing cars from
    entering the campus.

    We understand that the students have three grievances:

    Admission: students are complaining that a number of students applied
    and have not been accepted. Edgewood campus houses the Faculty of
    Education. For the 2010 academic year, the faculty received over 10 000
    applications, with about 5000 meeting our entry requirements. The
    faculty has a capacity to enroll 700 students and as such cannot
    accommodate more than this.

    Accommodation: Since 2009 the university has been in consultation with
    private service providers to secure additional accommodation facilities
    for our students. That process is still continuing and the SRC is
    involved in trying to secure suitable and additional residence
    facilities for our students.

    Financial Aid: the funds that the university received from NSFAS are
    limited. All endeavours have been made by the university to finance as
    many students as the NSFAS fund can assist, including the top up fund
    that the university allocates on an annual basis to assist students.

    The university's management is on site and is engaging with both the
    Central and Local SRCs. The university is committed to ensuring that the
    matter is resolved.

    The South African Police Services is on site.

    Regards

    Ms Nomonde Mbadi
    Executive Director: Corporate Relations
    031 260 7958
    Email: mbadin@ukzn.ac.za



    Gauteng unveils its 'golden egg'
    Marisa Oosthuizen 4 February 2010

    Gauteng takes the first step in government’s plan to root out bad
    service delivery.

    "Recently we have seen a wave of service delivery protests against the
    slow pace of service delivery...In response government has recognized
    the need for provinces and national government to focus on local
    government," said Gauteng MEC for Local Government and Housing, Kgaogelo
    Lekgoro at the launch of the province's Local Government Turn Around
    Strategy.

    He emphasized the strategy should be seen as a continued effort by
    government to improve services on a local level. The MEC indicated that
    the first step will be to identify challenges and priorities at every
    municipality in the province.

    "From March onwards we will then begin to implement those issues we
    agreed upon... short-term goals towards 2011 and your medium- and
    long-term goals beyond that," Lekgoro said.

    A wave of service delivery protests hit South Africa in 2009

    Gauteng Mayors and municipal managers all gathered in Johannesburg for
    the launch and were briefed by the Department of Co-operative Governance
    on government's turnaround strategy for municipalities. The Department
    described 2010 as critical, warning that poor service delivery impacts
    negatively on investment confidence.

    "It really starts with getting the basics in place, because you're not
    going to have any investor confidence in our areas if we finding that
    the roads, the water systems, water quality issues are crumbling on us,"
    said Deputy Director General of Free Basic Services, Yufus Patel.

    He said that municipalities should be able to deal on their own with
    service delivery complaints and that it shouldn't be necessary for
    President Jacob Zuma to set up a hotline to accommodate this function.

    "As far as possible where municipalities can deal with those problems,
    can have their own kind of systems to record complaints...ensure it's
    resolved, we believe there is a lot municipalities can do as that first
    layer of government," Patel said.



    Cops intervene during protest
    Sapa 3 February 2010

    A service delivery protest has erupted in the Khombisa informal
    settlement in Etwatwa early on Wednesday, East Rand police said.

    Constable Timothy Masilela said about 200 members of the community had
    gathered and barricaded Esselyn Road in the area, prompting intervention
    by the Ekurhuleni metro police.

    The crowd had since been addressed by a council representative, Aubrey
    Nxumalo, who arranged to formally meet the protesters at the Daveyton
    community hall at 11am.

    Masilela said the crowd dispersed peacefully without the police having
    to use rubber bullets or any other force.

    Ekurhuleni Municipality spokesman Zweli Dlamini confirmed the council
    would meet the protesters at 11am. - Sapa



    Calm returns to Daveyton following unrest
    SABC 3 February 2010

    Residents in Combiza, near Daveyton on Gauteng's East Rand, have
    retreated to their homes after a violent protest early this morning. One
    man has been arrested while others claim to have been hit by rubber
    bullets during a clash with the police.

    Police spokesperson Timothy Masilela confirms that calm has been
    restored after residents barricaded roads. Protesters were complaining
    about service delivery, a concern which was addressed and agreed on
    following intervention by one of the local authorities.

    In the Western Cape, at the Ludwe Ngamlana Primary School in Khayelitsha
    on the Cape Flats, the situation is still tense. Police have been
    deployed at the school to calm tempers after a group of angry parents
    tried to disrupt classes for the third consecutive day.

    The group is calling for the governing body to be dissolved after its
    term expired in December. The police have reportedly been in talks with
    fuming parents, persuading them to allow classes to resume. Gates were
    opened this morning after the school was closed down for two days. The
    Education Department has warned that those who disrupt learning will be
    arrested.



    Questions raised over service delivery turnaround strategy
    City Press 3 February 2010

    WHILE Government is upbeat about its turnaround strategy to tackle
    problems of service delivery that have led to violent countrywide
    unrest, some members of the watchdog committee overseeing the plans are
    less convinced that it will work.

    The Local Government’s Turn Around Strategy (LGTAS), which is intended
    to ensure basic service delivery, came under the spotlight during
    nationwide public Ad Hoc Committee on Service Delivery hearings that
    kicked off in Parliament yesterday.

    They consist of three days of public hearings in all nine provinces and
    are aimed at finding out whether LGTAS is working – and how to ensure
    that there is proper service delivery.

    Among the priorities government hopes to achieve by 2011, is to address
    immediate financial and administrative problems in municipalities, said
    Yusuf Patel, the deputy Director-General in the department of
    co-operative governance and traditional affairs.

    It also intends introducing regulations to halt indiscriminate hiring
    and firing and also ensuring the implementation of a transparent
    municipal supply chain management system, Patel, told the hearings.

    Patel said key turnaround interventions would result in national
    government organising itself better and would result in provinces
    improving their support and oversight responsibilities over local
    government.

    In addition, municipalities would be forced to reflect on their own
    performances and develop their “tailor made” turn around strategies.

    But despite Patel’s upbeat presentation, some members of the all-party
    committee said they had “heard this all before” – and believed nothing
    concrete would be achieved in improving service delivery.

    DA MP Sejamothopo Motau said: “We get these nice presentations over and
    over, as it’s easy to write the nice words and say nice things.”

    But lack of service delivery would continue to be a problem as long as
    officials responsible for the problems were not held responsible, he said.

    Cope MP Thozamile Botha said the lack of collaboration between different
    departments had led to a collapse of existing infrastructure and a
    situation where houses were left with no running water or electricity.

    Botha said that in the past responsibility for infrastructure fell under
    two different departments – Housing and Local Government – but there was
    poor collaboration between the two.

    He questioned whether the turnaround strategy would improve
    communication between the two departments, adding that the “continuing
    to dish out grants and houses . . .” is definitely going to cause
    problems for the country in the future because this practice was not
    sustainable.
    I
    n his presentation, Patel set out in stark statistics the growth in
    service delivery, increasing from only 106 reported between 1994 to
    2008, compared to 101 alone in 2009.

    Twenty five percent of all municipalities across the country had
    experienced this type of protest. These protests happened in specific
    wards rather than across entire municipalities experiencing protests,
    with a third occurring in informal settlements.

    The worst affected province was Gauteng, while in Mpumalanga and
    Limpopo, 56% of all service delivery protests took place outside of the
    metros, he said.

    He added that 15% of all protests in 2009 were in the Western Cape.



    Government 'firefighters' to fill the gaps
    Ella Smook (Cape Argus) 3 February 2010

    The government is considering deploying rapid response "firefighters" to
    move into municipalities as quickly as possible when failure of
    governance is identified, as part of its local government turnaround
    strategy.

    Parliament's ad hoc committee on service delivery started a three-day
    public hearing yesterday to consider how to address problems hampering
    service delivery in the wake of a record number of protests last year.

    The Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs
    presented an ambitious plan outlining how it intended to restore the
    confidence of people in municipalities and to rebuild and improve basic
    requirements for a "functional, accountable, responsive, effective and
    efficient" local government.

    According to an analysis by the department, service delivery protests
    were caused by a growing demand for infrastructure development and
    housing; open discontent and accusations of nepotism and
    maladministration; rising costs of utility tariffs, especially
    electricity; local power struggles, and the shunning of legitimate
    platforms to resolve issues.

    It has identified the root causes of municipal problems as systemic
    factors, including limited revenue bases; inappropriate legislation
    which either over or under-regulated; political conflict; the lack of
    capacity, skills and performance management systems, weak oversight and
    grant dependency.

    The DA's Sej Motau, representing the energy portfolio committee at the
    hearings, said the problem with the government's plan was that the same
    ideas presented themselves "over and over".

    "What happens if all these nice things you have in this strategy are not
    done?

    "I will tell you - nothing."

    Motau said the country was in its current position "because people
    employed to do a job don't do it". "And when they don't do it, there are
    no consequences."

    The department has identified 12 priorities to be addressed this year.

    They include sorting out immediate financial and administrative problems
    in municipalities; putting in place regulations to "stem indiscriminate
    hiring and firing"; the implementation of a transparent municipal supply
    chain management system; and the launch of a "good citizenship" campaign.

    Its vision for 2014 was the eradication of all informal settlements, the
    significant reduction of infrastructure backlogs and a reduction in
    violent protests.

    To accomplish its goals, a legislative reform programme for local
    government would need to be undertaken, which would include
    constitutional amendments.

    "Urgent steps" would also be undertaken to strengthen professionalism at
    local government level.

    The hearings continue at Parliament today, with presentations by various
    government departments, the SA Local Government Association and Empowerdex.

    * This article was originally published on page 5 of The Cape Argus
    on February 03, 2010



    Reptilian politics

    Daily Dispatch 4 February 2010

    BUFFALO City Municipality is a good example of what happens to a place
    of governance when politics go bad: It becomes a snake pit where
    promises made in the past are forgotten and the architects of unrest
    turn into gormless vipers. All attention is diverted from the tasks at
    hand and energies are spent on the intricacies of plotting and scheming
    the elimination of rivals – no doubt with the control of assets and
    personal gain being the end result.

    Suddenly the privileged role of being a provider for the people is
    forgotten amid the cacophony of hissing and sniping that assumes the
    daily order of public life.

    So it is with Buffalo City Municipality, where things have become so bad
    that simple tasks like collecting refuse are beyond the capability of an
    entire administration.

    Although, we might find the truth of the matter is more accurately a
    lack of concern in the corridors of power.

    The people entrusted with our welfare and who are paid handsome salaries
    to do the job just don’t care.

    They’re too busy looking over their shoulder for the next blindside
    attack from someone who might have once called them “colleague” or
    “comrade”.

    If you think this is an exaggeration, consider Tuesday’s protest outside
    East London City Hall where several hundred people picketed on the
    steps, calling for Mayor Zukisa Faku to step down.

    Prior to this event we were made to believe it was a march by the people
    against Buffalo City’s poor performance in the service delivery stakes.
    But on closer examination it became clear that this was an ANC protest
    against one of their own. This had nothing to do with the municipality
    or its poor showing.

    This was all about the latest ploy to evict Faku from her executive
    throne as mayor and install another candidate from a rival faction.

    The Dispatch knows exactly who is pulling the strings in this case and
    we will reveal the true dynamics behind BCM’s infighting in the coming days.

    What we can say is that Faku’s own councillors were the protagonists
    here. The people of East London and King William’s Town deserve to know
    that this is how their elected officials conduct their business.

    Perhaps we shouldn’t be alarmed by this behaviour; it could even be seen
    as a little naive to hope for anything better in the current climate of
    civil mediocrity.

    Right now it’s a certainty, like death itself, that the reptilian
    politics of Buffalo City are far from over. The ANC leadership has shown
    by its lack of action that it has no control over the situation.

    All that equates to a poor outlook for the year. Those who anticipate
    more of the same will be better prepared to withstand the consequences
    that are sure to follow.




    ANCYL joins municipal fray
    Kormorant

    The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in the Bojanala Region has added their
    voice to the concerns of residents of Madi-beng about poor service
    delivery from the Madibeng Municipality.

    Mr. David Masike, chairman of the ANCYL in the Bojanala Region, told
    Kormorant at a protest march by appro-ximately 3 000 resi-dents of
    Mothutlung to the municipal building in Brits on Friday, that the
    problems in Madibeng will be taken up with the ANC’s Regional Task Team
    in a week’s time.

    The residents announced during their pro-test that they no longer accept
    Clr. Dipuo Mabiletsa as their ward councillor and handed over a
    memorandum to the Executive Mayor of Madibeng, Clr. Sophie
    Molokoane-Machika, giving the municipality seven days to respond to
    their demands.

    Masike said that the current unrest in Madibeng can be ascribed to a
    lack of political leadership and the fact that the leadership does not
    respond to the community’s concerns.

    He said that the people in the municipality who should respond to these
    concerns are the mayor and the members of the mayoral committee but they
    don’t. According to Masike the ANC Youth League in the Bojanala Region
    will be tabling a document at the ANC Regional Task Team. They will be
    asking for intervention by the ANC or alternatively the redeployment of
    the mayor and mayoral committee.

    In their memorandum the community mem-bers of Mothutlung alleged that
    Clr. Mabiletsa is unable to attend to her responsibilities as ward
    councillor because of other responsibilities.

    They said that the councillor apparently refuses to speak to the
    community un-less she calls a meet-ing and that she is acting as a
    labour broker. They demanded investigations into a number of municipal
    projects in Mothlutlung, threatening mass action if the municipality
    failed to respond.

    The municipality indicated that they are still studying the memorandum.



    19 to appear for public violence in Mpumalanga
    Jacaranda 94.2 Newsteam 2 February 2010

    Police have arrested 19 people after a protest in Mpumalanga turned violent.

    Police are monitoring the situation in Komatipoort after 19 people were
    arrested for public violence and malicious damage to property in a
    protest on Monday.

    The police's Malcolm Mokomene said it seemed as if the protest was
    sparked by dissatisfaction with service delivery in the Mpumalanga town.

    "Going around, we found that people were complaining about the roads not
    being well constructed as there are many potholes. Service delivery in
    terms of water supply is another main concern of the community," he said.

    "Some four-hundred people barricaded roads using all sorts of equipment
    including old scrap vehicles which were lying along the road," he added.

    Police managed to disperse the residents and clear the road for traffic.

    Those arrested include youth and women. They are expected to appear at
    the Tonga Magistrates' Court this afternoon.



    Tension boils over at Durban varsity - ‘We might have to close the campus’
    Khulekani Mazibuko (Sowetan) 4 February 2010

    VIOLENCE broke out for a second day at the Mangosuthu University of
    Technology in Umlazi township, bringing lectures to a standstill.

    Police fired rubber bullets to disperse angry protesting students who
    threw bricks and stones at them .

    Umlazi police and the public order police wasted no time in bringing
    order on the campus.

    Several students had been detained yesterday and are expected to be
    charged with assault.

    Management said if the protest continues, they would be forced to close
    the university indefinitely.

    On Tuesday, 14 students were detained, including the president of the
    Students Representative Council Duma Ntyikale.

    The detainees were released yesterday after appearing in court in Umlazi .

    They are expected to appear in court on April 8 on assault charges. The
    university’s computer facility in the library was vandalised.

    SAPS Superintendent Buhle Ngidi said police will maintain a strong
    presence at the campus.

    “Those who were detained on Tuesday were given free bail and will appear
    in court on assault charges,” said Ngidi.

    Students are defiant, vowing to continue the protest .

    “They must arrest us again, if they do not want us to speak,” Ntyikale
    said after being released.

    He urged students to protest over what they believe in and not to fear
    the police.

    “Away with police, away,” Ntyikale shouted.

    Xolani Gcaba, the SRC’s media spokesperson, accused the university
    management of not wanting to meet them to resolve their grievances

    He said the students’ main concerns are increases in fees and the poor
    state of student accommodation.

    Students are also calling for the resignation of the dean of students
    Thami Mchunu.

    Gcaba also alleged that the institution has a contract to use 16 buses
    to transport students but that only six were being provided.

    He said students had to wake up early to catch a bus, or miss classes.




    Tshwane South College CEO told to step down
    JP du Plessis Eyewitness News

    There were renewed calls for the Tshwane South College CEO to step down
    on Thursday.

    Officials from the Tshwane South College, the Education Department and
    labour and student unions were due to meet in Centurion on Thursday
    afternoon.

    The campus was gripped by violence this week as lecturers went on the
    rampage to protest against the reinstatement of Joe Chiloane.

    Chiloane left office while an investigation into allegations of
    mismanagement and abuse of staff against him continued but the charges
    were dropped and he returned to work earlier this week.

    The Pan Africanist Youth Congress of Azania’s Leaga Lesufi said the
    quickest solution would be to pull Chiloane from office.

    “It was clear from the onset that the lecturers and the non-lecturing
    staff would revolt through this process of reinstatement that is rather
    bizarre,” he said.
    (Edited by Deshnee Subramany)



    Cops nabbed 19 for public violence
    Sapa 1 February 2010

    Police arrested 19 people for public violence and malicious damage to
    property during a service delivery protest march in Tonga Village, near
    Komatipoort, Mpumalanga, on Monday.

    Superintendent Malcolm Mokomene said the march started at 6am on the
    road between Tonga and Naas villages.

    He said about 400 residents barricaded the road with rocks and burning
    tyres, demanding water, houses and jobs from the local council.

    "The police tried to stop the residents from protesting, because their
    action was not legal, but they persisted and threw stones at the police
    until they fired rubber bullets to disperse them," said Mokomene.

    He said the situation had returned to normal by 5pm, but that police
    patrols of the area would continue.

    Mokomene said most of those arrested were youths. They included seven
    women. - Sapa



    Hostel dwellers fume at 100% rise in rentals
    Boniswa Mohale 1 February 2010

    Durban hostel dwellers this weekend threatened to disrupt the World Cup
    games at Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium if their demands for lower
    rentals are not met.

    More than 900 hostel dwellers marched on Saturday to protest against the
    city's 100 percent rental increase.

    Dalton Hostel chairperson Mthembiseni Thusi said they had been
    negotiating with the eThekwini Municipality since 2007, but their issues
    had yet not been resolved.

    "The city has increased the rent by 100 percent, while they are not
    maintaining the hostels. We have raised these issues with them, but
    clearly our demands are falling on deaf ears. If our issues are not
    resolved before the World Cup starts, we will disrupt the games at the
    stadium," said Thusi.

    Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane described the march as peaceful.

    "There was a large number of police at the scene during and after the
    march. We did not receive any reports of intimidation or violence, so I
    can say all went well," said Zwane.

    Thusi said they were aware that their threats would be viewed seriously,
    as Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa had already issued a warning to
    people who wanted to disrupt the 2010 games.

    In January, Mthethwa said the country would act swiftly and "with no
    mercy" against criminals and terrorists who threatened the World Cup.

    Saturday's march started at Botha Gardens and proceeded down Dr Pixley
    Ka Seme (West) Street to City Hall.

    Traffic was disrupted for three hours as hostel dwellers sang and danced
    along the way. Businesses along Dr Pixley Ka Seme Street closed their
    shutters and traders hid their stock.

    The march was organised by the Ubunye bamahostela, an organisation
    formed by hostel dwellers who said they had been in negotiations with
    the eThekwini Municipality to decrease rent and properly maintain the
    hostels for the past three years.

    The marchers comprised hostel dwellers from Thokoza, Dalton, Jacobs,
    KwaMashu, Makhutha, Glebelands and Wema hostels.

    Besides the rent increase, hostel dwellers said they also needed
    schools, créches, clinics and job opportunities.

    Muzi Nyandeni, chairperson of Ubunye bamahostela, handed their
    memorandum to Cyril Xaba, a representative from the KwaZulu-Natal
    Premier's office. He said they would give the office one week to
    respond, and if their demands were not met, they would proceed with
    other strategies, including disrupting the World Cup.

    Xaba promised that the list of demands would be handed to the provincial
    premier.

    * This article was originally published on page 5 of The Daily News
    on February 01, 2010



    Motsoaledi service delivery protest on hold
    jozifm 1 February 2010

    Motsoaledi informal residents have decided to stop their service
    delivery protest.

    This follows a meeting between resident leaders and MMC for housing in
    the city of Joburg Ruby Mathang.

    Earlier last week Residents took to the streets and blockaded parts of
    Chris Hani road with stones and burning tyres.

    Residents were up in arms against what they called poor service delivery
    in the area.

    Resident spokesman Lucky Ngubeni said they are going to have another
    meeting with leaders from the housing department later on this month.

    Ngubeni said they will put their demonstrations on hold for now.



    Tshwane rocked by another tertiary protest
    Imraan Karolia (Eyewitness news) 2 February 2010

    Staff and learners at the Tshwane South College in Centurion were forced
    to evacuate the main building as protesters trashed some parts of the
    campus on Tuesday.

    Details of what sparked the unrest are still unclear. But a lecturer
    told Eyewitness News it appeared the outraged demonstrators were unhappy
    with the centre’s CEO.

    “People were carrying fire extinguishers and what ever they could use in
    the riot. We started seeing a lot of smoke at the admin block, and they
    were breaking windows,” said the lecturer.

    Some students said police were shooting rubber bullets while students
    were discharging fire extinguishers.

    Meanwhile, Tshwane mayor Gwen Ramokgopa has been meeting with management
    at the Tshwane University of Technology in Soshanguve, north of Pretoria.

    The campus has seen several clashes with student bodies in the past
    week, which have resulted in it being temporarily shut down.

    Management believes criminal elements are involved in the unrest.



    Police and students clash at Umlazi campus
    Classes were disrupted at the Mangosuthu University of Technology after
    a students protest turned violent in Umlazi, Durban
    Nompumelelo Magwaza 2 February 2010

    Dozens of students were injured in clashes with police at the Mangosuthu
    University of Technology in Umlazi, Durban, on Tuesday.

    Chaos broke out when students gathered outside the university's
    premises, claiming that the management had locked them out of the
    university.

    Students' representative council spokesperson Xolani Gcaba said the
    students had been chased out of the university by security guards on the
    instructions of the management.

    "We are not sure why this happened. The students were told to leave the
    university as the management was having a meeting. The students were not
    allowed inside and they were also not allowed to wait outside the
    university.

    "Police were called and told us that we were obstructing traffic, but
    the students had nowhere to go."

    He said the students had been peaceful at the time of the clash with the
    police.

    "The students were caught off guard - police just attacked without reason."

    Gcaba said about 20 students had been arrested and several had been
    treated at Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital for wounds caused by rubber
    bullets.

    Police Superintendent Jay Naicker said the students had blocked
    Mangosuthu Highway, preventing cars from using the road.

    "We also received reports that students were stoning police vehicles and
    burning tyres. Three of our officers were injured and five police
    vehicles were stoned. The students have been charged with public violence."

    While The Mercury was at the scene, police opened fire with rubber
    bullets on students standing at the roadside. The students had been
    waiting for their leaders, who had been meeting the university's
    management over fee increases, academic exclusion, and accommodation
    issues, to address them.

    ANC Youth League provincial chairperson Mxolisi Kaunda said he had been
    in the meeting when he had heard gunshots and students screaming.

    Confronting the policeman in charge, Kaunda asked if the students had
    been violent, and the officer said: "No." The officer said he did not
    know why the students had been shot at.

    "We had been asking the students to disperse the entire day and they
    would not listen. I am not sure what started the shooting, I do not know
    why the students were shot at," he said angrily.

    The university's administrator, Mashupye Kgaphola, said police had been
    called to assist because the students had barricaded the entrance and
    would not allow anyone in.

    "We had to let the staff go home as a precautionary measure. The
    students were provocative and we had to get the police to help the
    situation."

    He said the university had dropped its initial fee increase from 10
    percent to 8.5 percent. "We are currently in meetings with the SRC and
    we have agreed on some issues. We will be meeting again tomorrow
    (Wednesday)."

    # This breaking news article was supplied exclusively to www.iol.co.za
    by the news desk at our sister publication, The Mercury.
    gallery.iol.co.za



    DUT discuss accommodation with SRC
    Lusanda Doko 2 February 2010

    Officials at the Durban University of Technology are locked in meetings
    with the SRC in an effort to find a resolution to the ongoing problem of
    accommodation.

    The student reps have threatened to once again hold protests after
    accusing the university of not living up to its end of the deal.

    They say many students are still without accommodation even though they
    had reached an agreement with management last week.

    To make matters worse, two residences in the Midlands, which were shut
    down last week because of water shortages, are still closed.

    Last week, students had to be dispersed with rubber bullets during
    demonstrations outside the Mansfield campus.

    The SRC's Mfanafuthi Ngwabe says if the issue is not resolved they are
    willing go back on the streets again.

    "There are many students particularly first years that are coming from
    very far.

    Some of them they are saying they are going to deregister because they
    do not have accommodation, so we are going to engage that with management."



    Millions needed for campus security upgrade
    Sapa 2 February 2010

    Millions of rands will be spent to upgrade security at Tshwane
    University of Technology's (TUT) Soshanguve campus, management said on
    Tuesday.

    "Security is key in any organisation," vice-chancellor Errol Tyobeka
    said in Pretoria during a visit by Tshwane Mayor Gwen Ramokgopa.

    The campus was closed, the student representative council and political
    activities were suspended and a court order was obtained against the Pan
    Africanist Student Movement (Pasma) last week.

    This, after a student was injured in violent protests at the university
    over students' unhappiness with what they claimed was a slow
    registration process and filthy residences.

    The university cited lawlessness, hooliganism, alcohol and drug abuse as
    being behind the closure. A dagga plantation was also found on campus
    during the eviction of about 400 students over the weekend.

    During her visit on Tuesday, Ramokgopa called on outside investors to
    try and help build the campus.

    "We encourage investments for the improvement in the university, to
    complement the work that the municipality is doing," she said.

    Measures would be put in place to ensure that there were only legitimate
    students at the university, she said. Improving the crowded entrance was
    also under consideration.

    She and Tyobeka called on students to desist from acts of violence as
    management was in talks with the student bodies.

    "We are constantly in dialogue with the central SRC and we've set up
    mechanisms for further dialogue with all student groups. We are always
    available to discuss issues."

    Tyobeka said they would stabilise the situation and ensure a harmonious
    working relationship. The university will re-open on Wednesday.

    "We are moving forward and preparing to re-open. We are excited about
    it," he said. He urged students to make use of online facilities for
    registration.

    Meanwhile, the Pan Africanist Party lashed out at the university for
    creating a perception that Pasma leaders were hooligans bent on burning
    and looting without cause.

    "This is, of course, far from the truth. The student leaders have raised
    serious concerns around academic and financial exclusions," the
    organisation said in a statement. - Sapa



    WORLD CUP OUTRAGE: COSATU Western Cape to protest FIFA events.
    COSATU Press Statement 2 FEBRUARY 2010

    COSATU is appalled that there is a company that won the tender to make
    Zakumi that is not committed to South Africa and the important challenge
    of creating jobs. The clothing Sector has lost thousands of jobs in the
    Western Cape and had hoped that the World Cup would provide the
    opportunities to those jobs to be reinstated. We were appalled to hear
    that the T-shirts for the World Cup and Bafana Bafana were not made in
    South Africa. This concern has however turned to outrage, that in spite
    of our please the Zakumi is now also being manufactured in China. This
    means that there is a complete disregard to the need to ensure a World
    Cup legacy that would be jobs in South Africa. SA has the capacity to
    manufacture the Zakumi, but the greed of the Manufacturers or the
    Company who won the bid is leading to them having the Zakumi made in
    slave labour conditions, in China.

    This will have the effect that the people of the Western Cape having
    spent Billions of rands of public funds to build the stadiums, will not
    have benefit of jobs spin off from the World Cup. We will not allow this
    false Zakumi that is supposed to be a symbol of our Nation to be sold in
    South Africa. We will boycott that products and any other made outside
    of South Africa. We demand that FIFA stop the unscrupulous conduct
    taking place around the world cup, by a cabal of FIFA beneficiaries. All
    World Cup linked products must be made in South Africa, where imports
    are required these must be made under fair trade conditions.

    Should FIFA ignore our legitimate demands we will stop any FIFA or World
    Cup related event in this City until FIFA behave ethically and insist on
    ethical standards. There can be no normal World Cup sports events in
    Cape Town, when the working people are exploited by FIFA.

    FOR ANY QUESTIONS PLS CALL TONY AT 082 77 33 194



    March closes shops in Durban:Durban hostel residents take to streets
    Sapa 30 January 2010

    Shops along Durban's Dr Pixley KaSeme (West) Street were closed as 800
    hostel residents marched through the Durban CBD on Saturday.

    The hostel residents from various areas in Durban took to the streets on
    Saturday morning, protesting against a 100 percent rental increase and
    the filthy conditions they live in.

    Armed with knobkerries and sticks, residents of Thokoza, Dalpon, Jacobs,
    Kwamashu, Umlazi and Makhuta and other areas danced and chanted songs
    displaying their unhappiness with the municipality.

    "Nobody cares about us. It's extremely dirty where we stay... There was
    also an increase of rent by 100 percent without negotiations," said
    Mthembiseni Thusi, chairman of the Dalpon hostel residents.

    He was among angry protesters who were marching from Botha's Park along
    Durban's West street, enroute to the city hall.

    A large number of police officers was overseeing the march. - Sapa



    Protesting residents pelt stones at cars
    SAPA 27 January 2010

    Residents of the Motsoaledi informal settlement pelted stones at cars
    along the Chris Hani Baragwanath road in Soweto and set alight a VW Golf
    on Wednesday in a protest over poor service delivery, police said.

    Capt Lindiwe Mbatha said the residents, who reside near the Chris Hani
    Baragwanath hospital, took to the streets at 3am, barricading the road
    with debris, stones and burning tyres.

    “They threw a burning tyre at one of the cars, damaging it... but it was
    not completely burnt down,” she said.

    No one was injured in the incident and police were monitoring the situation.

    “Metro police officers and firefighters are also at the scene for any
    eventualities,” she said.
    - SAPA



    'Let's burn him, he is a police officer'
    Solly Maphumulo (The Star) 28 January 2010

    A number of vehicles - including one of The Star's - had their windows
    shattered, and a bus and a car were torched when service delivery
    protests in Soweto turned violent.

    Residents of the Motsoaledi informal settlement, next to Chris
    Hani-Baragwanath Hospital, turned the busy Chris Hani Road into a no-go
    area during their protest yesterday morning.

    Residents were demanding free electricity and houses. They turned their
    anger on motorists using the busy road.

    The back window of The Star's vehicle was smashed by the protesters.

    'What these people are doing is wrong'

    For about 10 minutes the protesters pelted some vehicles with stones and
    blocked the road. Even taxi drivers panicked.

    "What these people are doing is wrong. Police must fire rubber bullets,"
    said a taxi driver as he swerved to get away.

    Young and old, including women, ran and placed burning tyres on the
    road, causing traffic congestion. Protesters ran for cover when police
    emerged and fired rubber bullets at them. Some protesters were arrested.

    Some of them were kicked and pushed before being put into a police
    armoured vehicle.

    Residents held placards reading "Free electricity".

    'I am so scared'

    Nomsa Chauke was unable to go to school on the day she was to write an
    English test.

    "I am so scared. I do not know what is wrong with these people. The
    protest started at 2am and we were not able to go to school," she said

    Speaking to The Star at the scene, Johannes Mangwana said he had tried
    to speed away when angry protesters surrounded his car and wanted to set
    it alight. Mangwana, a security guard, was on his way to work at about
    3.30am when he was attacked by protesters who mistook him for a police
    officer.

    They protesters stopped him and tried to pull him out of his car.

    "They were shouting 'Let's burn him, he is a police officer'.

    Luckily other protesters realised I was a security guard," said
    Mangwana, who managed to drive away.

    The protesters pelted his car with stones and three of his car's windows
    were shattered.

    The situation remained tense for several hours, with protesters still
    burning tyres while police, occasionally firing rubber bullets to
    disperse them, escorted taxis and other vehicles.

    Joburg metro police spokeswoman Inspector Edna Mamonyane said about 25
    people were arrested.

    "Things got out of hand at the protest and they had to bring in more
    manpower to deal with the situation.

    "A stretch of Chris Hani Road had to be closed this morning, but we have
    since reopened it."

    A resident, Beauty Mphalala, has been living in the area since 1993. In
    1996, she applied for an RDP house.

    She said the residents had a meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

    "That's where they decided to embark on a protest to highlight our
    concerns," Mphalala said.

    In the early hours of yesterday morning, residents went from house to
    house telling people to join the protest. By 2am they had already
    barricaded the roads in the settlement.

    The Motsoaledi Concerned Residents issued a statement saying they had
    taken a decision to conduct militant protests with the aim of disrupting
    the economic flow in Soweto "because that is how these big politicians
    take notice and come to respond to service delivery issues".

    *

    A crisis of dignity - 5 humiliating years later
    TimesLive 31 January 2010

    The humiliating ritual has become a way of life for the 19-year-old, who
    lives in a shack with her parents in a section of the sprawling township
    of Khayelitsha in Cape Town.

    There are no toilets for the hundreds of families crammed into the
    shantytown known as QQ section.

    Those who need to relieve themselves can beg to use a neighbour's toilet
    in exchange for some form of payment, use a plastic bucket in their own
    shack, go to the toilet in the bush or join long queues to use one of
    four communal toilets in another section.

    The Sunday Times discovered the plight of Mdibaniso and her neighbours
    five years ago - she was then aged 13 - during turbulent protests over
    poor service delivery in the then ANC-run city and province. The young
    teen was reduced to tears by the filthy task.

    Today the people of QQ section still face a crisis of dignity - under a
    city and province now run by the DA.

    Minister of human settlements Tokyo Sexwale shed light on what was
    fuelling the crisis when he told MPs in parliament this week that the
    number of informal settlements in the country had soared from about 300
    in 1994 to more than 2600 .

    "Millions of our people are squatting ... It's a disaster in our
    country, it's Haiti every day," he told the portfolio committee on human
    settlements.

    Another toilet crisis in Khayelitsha made headlines this week after the
    ANC Youth League accused the DA of violating people's rights in nearby
    Makhaza. There, the city built more than 1000 toilets for residents on
    condition they erected their own walls around them. The furore has led
    to a probe by the Human Rights Commission.

    But Mdibaniso said this week that having a toilet without walls would be
    better than nothing at all. "Things are much better in the rural areas
    where one will have a tap and a (pit latrine) toilet in the yard," she said.

    Mzonke Poni, a housing activist with Abahlali Basemjondolo - a community
    group fighting for better housing - described the situation in QQ
    section as a gross violation of human rights.

    "I've heard of incidents where women have been raped when either
    crossing the N2 to relieve themselves or walking to beg for the use of a
    toilet in another section," Poni said.

    Said Mdibaniso: "When (neighbours) tell you that their toilets are
    blocked, you have no option but to use a bucket. If your house is in a
    dense area where there is no gap between the houses, the bucket will
    have to be used inside the house.

    "One then has to walk with a full bucket to dump it in a drain along
    Lansdowne Road. It becomes a disaster when the drains are blocked," she
    said.

    She said it was difficult to take the 15-minute walk across a bridge
    over the N2 freeway to conduct one's ablutions in what was once an open
    field, because of rapidly expanding shacks.

    There are four communal toilets in a nearby section of the township, but
    Mdibaniso said there were long queues from dawn of people too afraid to
    relieve themselves outside at night.

    City of Cape Town spokesman Kylie Hatton said authorities had wanted to
    provide portable toilets in QQ Section but residents rejected them
    because they wanted to be moved away to "formal erven and receive
    houses". She said 4000 rented chemical toilets had been placed in areas
    around the city to ease the ablutions crisis.

    "The housing backlog is estimated at 400000 households," said Hatton.

    Mdibaniso said: "What I want is for us to be moved from this place to a
    place where there is space so that we can get access to water, a working
    toilet and electricity."

    Vuyelwa Cogwana, a squatter in Makhaza, where the city erected the
    controversial open-air toilets, said: "I have been moved three times in
    three years. I cannot build walls around that toilet or use it because
    this piece of land is not mine. The owner may move in tomorrow and what
    would happen to the material I've used?"

    The toilets at Makhaza, most of which have been shielded from public
    view by residents, are part of the city's informal-settlement upgrading
    project.

    There are nearly 4000 bucket toilets still in use in and around the city
    of Cape Town.

    According to the Department of Water Affairs, over three million
    families and 828 schools in the country have no access to basic sanitation.



    TUT students evicted
    Sapa 30 January 2010

    Tshwane University of Technology students, who were in contravention of
    a court order, were evicted from the Soshanguve campus on Saturday.

    University spokesman Gilbert Mokwatedi said police and security
    officials had to control the exit of about 400 remaining students from
    the campus on Saturday morning.

    "The security team had to use crowd control measures...like teargas...
    but there are no injuries at all."

    His comments came in the wake of accusations by Pan Africanist Movement
    of Azania spokesman Vusi Mahangu that the students were being "brutally
    attacked" in an effort to make them leave.

    "Students at TUT Soshanguve are brutally attacked and assaulted by drunk
    bouncers and reactionary police because they resisted to be evicted from
    the campus," he said on Saturday afternoon.

    However, Mokwatedi said that the students' eviction followed a number of
    interventions aimed at cooling the situation after violent protests this
    week.

    On Thursday the university obtained a court interdict against certain
    members of the student organisation - the Pan Africanist Movement of Azania.

    The executive management committee closed the campus indefinitely,
    citing lawlessness, hooliganism, alcohol and drug abuse.

    Subsequently, hundreds of students were ordered to vacate the
    institution's premises on Thursday afternoon and student representative
    council members were suspended, along with political activities on the
    campus.

    Mokwatedi said that later on Thursday the university decided to show
    "compassion" for students who came from far away and allowed them to
    stay overnight in their residences.

    On Friday, about 400 students residing at the campus remained.

    The university decided that a check would need to be conducted on these
    students to make sure they were genuine.

    "We are getting reports that there are criminal elements on campus
    masquerading as real students," said Mokwatedi.

    "We requested proof to show they are registered students and to show
    proof that they are allowed to stay in residences."

    The university also printed out the list of students still waiting for
    possible residence allocation.

    Mokwatedi said that some of the students encouraged the rest not to
    follow the procedure.

    "We never got any co-operation at all. Ultimately we had to revert back
    to our decision...that they are also requested to leave campus."

    He said police and the university's security services were on campus on
    Saturday to facilitate the eviction of the remaining students.

    Police Captain Lucas Sithole said police were closely watching the
    situation.

    He said some students had thrown stones from a distance, but that there
    were no injuries.

    On Wednesday night, a student was injured and hospitalised during
    clashes between students affiliated to different political parties. - Sapa



    Police remain on guard at TUT
    Deshnee Subramany

    Police said they will not allow students to return to the Tshwane
    University of Technology’s Soshanguve campus following renewed protests
    at the campus.

    TUT students began demonstrating again on Saturday over poor services.

    The facility then shut it gates until further notice.

    Police evicted the remaining students from the campus grounds on Saturday.

    The police’s Lucas Sithole said: “Our presence will be continued at the
    campus, and we will always be there to make sure that the property and
    people are safe.”

    (Edited by Deshnee Subramany)



    Denosa slams attack on protesting student nurses
    Sapa 29 January 2010

    THE attack on student nurses who were “protesting peacefully” at the
    Western Cape College of Nursing must be investigated, the Democratic
    Nursing Organisation of South Africa said yesterday.

    Denosa said the students’ demands were justified and it was their
    democratic right to protest.

    “The management of the Western Cape College of Nursing, Cape Peninsula
    University of Technology and the Western Cape provincial government must
    urgently meet with the student leaders in order to address the issues
    raised, instead of cowardly deploying monsters to attack citizens who
    are genuinely exercising their democratic right,” Denosa said in a
    statement.

    Three student nurses were injured when police fired stun grenades and
    rubber bullets at the protesting students on Wednesday.

    Police were called in to defuse the situation at the college when a
    standoff between students and security guards turned ugly. Students
    shattered windows, pelted the guards with stones and sprayed them with
    water from a fire hose, Inspector November Filander said on Wednesday.

    Five security guards sustained minor injuries when the students attacked
    them. Nine nursing students were arrested and were expected to appear in
    the Athlone magistrate’s court yesterday.

    The students boycotted classes on Monday, calling on management and the
    Department of Health to revise the hours they worked during in-service
    training and for more supervision when they did their training. – Sapa



    Protestors burn down homes in Soshanguve
    Sapa 29 January 2010
    Angry Soshanguve community members burnt down the houses of two suspects
    in the Masego Kgomo murder case, the City of Tshwane said.

    Spokeswoman Console Tleane said two houses in Block F West, Soshanguve,
    were torched on Thursday around 10.30pm.

    He said the occupants of the houses had fled and no one was injured
    during the incident.

    "The third house was saved through the intervention of the Tshwane Metro
    Police and the SAPS," said Tleane.

    One man was arrested for public violence.

    Tleane said community members were angry at the men who were suspected
    to have killed the 11-year-old girl, whose badly decomposed and
    apparently mutilated body was found hidden in a dense clump of bushes
    near her Soshanguve home on January 8, after she had gone missing.

    Tleane said three men were arrested for her murder and were alleged to
    have cut of some off parts of her body, possibly for muti.

    They were also suspects in the murder cases of three other young
    Pretoria girls.

    The men are expected to appear in the Soshanguve Magistrate's Court on
    Friday.



    Media groups protest at World Cup ‘rules’
    Daily Dispatch 30 January 2010

    THREE of SA’s media houses have sent a submission to Fifa saying the
    conditions it is imposing on journalists during the 2010 World Cup are
    unconstitutional.

    Avusa Media Limited – the Dispatch’s parent company – Independent
    Newspapers and Media 24 say Fifa restrictions “unjustifiably restrict
    the media’s ability to report critically on the Fifa World Cup and any
    related or ancillary topics”.

    The submission states that Fifa “holds a monopoly over all matters
    pertaining to the 2010 Fifa World Cup”. Because of the monopoly, the
    media has no choice but to agree to the terms and conditions.

    Fifa’s terms and conditions include a clause that news organisations
    cannot harm the reputation of the World Cup.

    But the groups submit that under SA law “a prior restraint on
    publication” is unlawful, as critique is protected when it is judged
    fair comment or reasonable on the basis that it is true and in the
    public interest.

    They also believe accreditation terms are “procedurally unfair, unlawful
    and unconstitutional”.

    Local organising committee spokesperson Rich Mkhondo said they were
    looking at the submission. — Sapa



    South Africa: Victory for union as strike ends at Sun
    International

    27 January 2010

    SACCAWU.We have just received a statement from the South African union
    SACCAWU announcing the end of a long and bitter strike at Sun
    International.

    The union specifically notes the importance of the online campaign waged
    by LabourStart -- a campaign that more than 4,000 of you signed up to.

    They write: "The morale of the striking workers was further boosted by
    the international solidarity and *the Labour Start campaign that saw
    thousands of letters from unionists and the public in general from all
    over the world, sent to the management of Sun International*. SACCAWU
    and the striking workers wish to acknowledge and express our gratitude
    for the solidarity, on the picket-line, in the communities and
    internationally, that played an important role in keeping the unity and
    building the morale of striking workers throughout the strike."

    For details of the settlement reached, click here
    www.unionbook.org.



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