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South African Protest News 8 -24 July 2013 (2013) South African Protest News 8 -24 July 2013.  : -.

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Parmalat Workers On National Strike
FAWU 23 July 2013

About 451 members of FAWU and employees of Parmalat, the dairy producer, are on a protected national strike as from today in demand of higher wages. FAWU is demanding 9% while the company is offering 7 percent.
Our members , who make out the majority of total employees , say that operations at plants in the Western Cape( Bonnievale and Stellenbosch), Johannesburg ( Centurion and Kyalami) and the Eastern Cape ( East London and Port Elizabeth) are at a standstill.
Few members at various small distribution centres like Polokwane and Nelspruit are not on strike.

Released by FAWU media office
Dominique Swartz- 082 498 5631


House dispute turns ugly
Zodidi Dano and Natasha Prince (IOL News) 22 July 2013

Cape Town - Nine people were arrested on Sunday on charges of public violence following the illegal occupation of a housing project in Eerste River.

The group faced off with the police who fired rubber bullets to disperse the group at a public meeting in a park in the area.

Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela said the people who had taken over the Our Pride housing project (on Saturday evening) should “come to terms with the fact that they do not qualify to get ownership of the houses”.

The group, from Gugulethu and Eerste River, disputed this, saying they had erf numbers.

The group’s representative, Bulelwa Makile, said they had been given the run-around whenever they asked authorities about the project and when they could move in. “So we decided to occupy the houses and then the police came and told us to leave.”

On Sunday morning a meeting was held in the park. The police arrived and told the group to disperse. Officers opened fire with rubber bullets when they refused to leave. Lefa Sekholomi was hit on his arm, head and leg.

Lefa Sekholomi holds a rubber bullet that hit him when the police dispersed a crowd. Photo: Jason Boud

Makile said the group was willing to pay for the houses, or work on a “rent to buy” contract, but they needed the authorities to liaise with them.

Madikizela said that even though people qualified for the homes when the project was initiated in 2001, circumstances had changed and they now no longer did so.

He said residents had been informed that their applications would not be granted if they did not qualify.

zodidi.dano@inl.co.za and natasha.prince@inl.co.za
Cape Argus
www.iol.co.za


Marchers lament ‘racist’ university
IOL News 22 July 2013

Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande. Photo: Sharon Seretlo

Johannesburg - Labour federation Cosatu and ANC-aligned unions have called for more powers for Education Minister Blade Nzimande, including the right to appoint and fire university chancellors.

This was heard at a march by about 1 500 people at the North West University (NWU) on Friday in a campaign to highlight the lack of transformation and alleged racism at the institution’s Potchefstroom campus.

Marchers also called for the resignation of the university’s vice-chancellor, Theuns Eloff, “for his inability to transform the university”. They said students and staff have been victimised, among other things, under Eloff’s watch.

The Higher Education and Training Laws Amendment Bill was passed last year, giving Nzimande the powers to intervene in cases of poor or non-performance as well as those involving maladministration at higher learning institutions.

But universities remained autonomous in their appointment of vice-chancellors.

Public service union Nehawu’s first deputy president, Joe Mpisi, said the university’s Potchefstroom campus should not resemble an apartheid enclave.

“Universities want to remain autonomous because they want to continue practising apartheid. NWU is not transformed at all,” he said.

Marchers at the weekend - who included students, alumni, staff and the Higher Education Transformation Network - alleged victimisation of those who had tried to challenge the university over Thabo Makhoang’s drowning.

These included the institution’s SRC president, Orapeleng Matshediso, who was suspended from the SRC after talking to the media.

The demonstrators also raised issues of salary disparities between black and white staff, unfair dismissals, nepotism, harassment, and victimisation and employment equity.

The university said there was no basis to the allegations.

“Things raised here are devoid of any truth,” said spokesman Louis Jacobs.

poloko.tau@inl.co.za
The Star
www.iol.co.za


Wage strike at Transhex mine continues
NUM / Cosatu 22 July 2013

Over a thousand workers and members of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) who begun a wage strike at Transhex mine in Northern Cape last Friday remain on strike. The workers demand a wage increase of 13% whilst the employer offered 8% after an intervention by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). “The company failed to address the many issues workers have put forward and have committed only to three issues” says Peter Bailey, the NUM Chief negotiator at Transhex.

“We want the company to come to the party with 13%. They gave managers a bonus in excess of R50 000 just a little while ago” says Bailey. Transhex workers have vowed to intensify the strike action in the absence of a better offer from the company.
Peter Bailey- 082 883 7302


Bikers go BATs over Sanral toll plan
IOL News 22 July 2013

Ever since the South African National Roads Agency Limited introduced toll roads mainstream motorcyclists have been angry that the toll for a motorcycle is the same for a bike as for a minibus taxi carrying 16 passengers legally - and often considerably more in reality, as well as a trailer loaded with all their baggage.

That anger has several times boiled over in localised protests, sometimes pulling together hundreds of riders - but not on a national level until the advent of e-tolling, which has prompted an unprecedented backlash amongst the rank and file of South African motorists, no matter how many wheels their vehicles have.

ALL VEHICLES WELCOME
Following a successful protest ride in Gauteng, the newly-formed Bikers Against Toll Roads has invited all riders to join them in a mass protest ride in Cape Town, under the auspices of the Motorcyclists Association of the Western Cape, on Saturday, 27 July, to protest against Sanral’s proposed implementation of toll roads in the Western Cape.

Riders will gather from 10am in Keizergracht Street, between the Oriental Plaza and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology from 10am and the mass ride will begin at 11am, along the N2, the R300 and the N1 and back to the start point.

All types of vehicles are welcome to take part – scooters, commuters, superbikes, hatchbacks, supercars and even bakkies!

For more information contact Cedric Newton on 083 383 4161 or Bruce Reynolds on 082 376 3109.
www.iol.co.za


No end in sight for Khayelitsha protests
IOL News 18 July 2013

Cape Town - Residents of YAB section in Khayelitsha burnt tyres and toyi-toyied on Pama Road during the early hours of Wednesday morning for a fourth day.

The protests started early, flared up again at dawn, and for a third time at around 10am. One mid-morning report from a resident on the scene was “there is fire everywhere on the road”.

Two sections of a wall were stripped and the cement was dumped to form a barrier across the road at about 4am.

Shortly thereafter, protesters were contained by police, but a handful resumed the protest when the Cape Argus got to the scene at first light.

They said police and disaster management officials had promised to escalate their concerns to the provincial Department of Human Settlements but never got back to them.

“They promised to return to us with an answer on Wednesday but never did so. Therefore, we are here to show them that we are not just going to disappear, if they ignore us,” one protester said.

The protests were initially about slack police work in the area but changed to anger about a lack of housing, sanitation and service delivery.

Spokesman Bruce Oom said Human Settlement MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela was aware of the protest.

“But our office understands the protesters are complaining to the city’s housing portfolio and about services rendered by the city. We are therefore not in a position to comment,” he said, referring the Cape Argus to Mayor Patricia de Lille’s office.

Solly Malatsi, De Lille’s spokesman, said the mayor had no comment on the protests.

YAB residents said they had been living in shacks there for over two decades while they wait for houses.

Some shacks are located on a bend in Pama Road notorious for accidents. There had been a number of incidents where cars had crashed into shacks, said resident Luvuyo Dinginto. Crime was rife, police response time slow and more than a thousand people had to share 11 toilets in the settlement.
daneel.knoetze@inl.co.za
www.iol.co.za


Portaloo protests target court
IOL News 20 July 2013

Cape Town - About 100 people protesting against portable toilets were undeterred by the cold and rain on Friday, as they marched from Cape Town station to the Western Cape High Court to hand over a four-page memorandum.

The marchers said they were also there to voice their unhappiness over the fact that seven of their leaders were being held in custody, without a chance of bail.

Earlier this month seven men, Andile Lili, Loyiso Nkohla, Yanga Njingwana, Ben Dyani, Jaji Diniso, Bongile Zanazo and Thembela Mabanjwa, were denied bail by the Bellville Magistrate’s Court. The court deemed that they were likely to repeat the offence after they were arrested for throwing faeces around Cape Town International Airport.

The marchers sang songs laden with expletives directed at Premier Helen Zille and magistrate Jannie Kotze, who made the bail ruling, as they made their way through the city centre.

The group stopped en route at the provincial government offices, where faeces had also been strewn last month, and were addressed by leaders over a loudspeaker.

“Madam, we’ve come back to your building, you racist. You’re going to feel our wrath and we will not be intimidated by you at all. Do you think we’re mad for marching in the rain?” declared Sithembele Majova, spokesman for the group, who call themselves the Cape Town informal settlements task team.

He continued for some minutes, before the group moved on to the High Court.

The police had cordoned off the street, but the protesters broke the tapes and threatened to barge in.

Outside the court, Mongami Mbhele, who said he was the chairman of the task team, urged Zille and Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille to visit areas where the bucket system was in use.

“After this, we’re going cause trouble if they don’t attend to our needs immediately. From now on, we’re not going to shy away from trouble,” Mbhele said.

After protesting outside the court for more than two hours, the group made their way back to the station.
soyiso.maliti@inl.co.za
www.iol.co.za


Wanza jumps fence to rally pupils
Barbara Maregele 19 July 2013

Cape Town - The Western Cape Education Department has condemned the “disruptful” actions by Proudly Manenberg chairman Mario Wanza after he and some pupils jumped over the school fence in a bid to rally pupils to join a march against gang violence.

Proudly Manenberg, along with pupils from schools in the area, had decided on an “impromptu” march against gangsterism in Manenberg on Thursday. The march date was later changed to Friday.

Manenberg High School was forced to end the day an hour earlier when the group of pupils and Proudly Manenberg members forced their way on to the school grounds.

Manenberg is on high alert after several people were killed and wounded in recent gun battles, allegedly between the Hard Livings and the Americans gangs.

Wanza said they were forced to jump over the school fence after the principal locked the gates.

“We wanted to help the students because they wanted to take action and help stop the gang violence and march for peace. They have had enough of the shooting,” he said.

Wanza, who is also the United Democratic Front leader, said the principal was not a Manenberg resident and therefore did not experience the challenges in the community.

“When we went to speak to the principal, the principal refused to speak or meet with us. All we wanted to do was address the children on the issues they are facing, so we climbed over (the fence) to try and speak to them (pupils),” he said. Wanza said the group had since rallied pupils from other schools in Manenberg and planned to march in the area at 8am on Friday.

Education MEC Donald Grant’s spokeswoman, Bronagh Casey, said the principal had the right to refuse the group entry.

”The principal rightly refused for a variety of reasons, mainly because it was still school hours and it posed a safety risk for the learners.

“According to the Western Cape Provincial School Education Act 46B, the principal may not allow a political party or a member to conduct political party activities at a school during school time,” she said.

Casey said officials would monitor the school today to ensure that there were no further disruptions.

barbara.maregele@inl.co.za
Cape Times
www.iol.co.za


Roads blocked in Khayelitsha protest
Daneel Knoetze 17 July 2013

Cape Town - Khayelitsha residents protesting against bad policing and slow housing delivery burnt tyres and blocked Pama Road in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The protest, involving dozens of toyi-toying people, has seen sporadic flare-ups since Sunday. It started over allegations of slack police work and slow response times in the area in the last few days.

However, residents from ward 91, also known as YAB section, used the opportunity to escalate their concerns about slow housing delivery and poor sanitation in the informal settlement which abuts Pama Road.

Protesters allege police took too long to respond to the scene of a murder on Monday, as well as allowing a robbery suspect to escape from custody.

But when they were interviewed by the Cape Argus, lack of housing and sanitation were uppermost in their minds.

“Eleven toilets for more than a thousand people, that is the reality.

“I have lived here since I was a child; the conditions are terrible. Cars veer off the road sometimes and crash into the shacks. It is unsafe and unhealthy,” complained resident Luvuyo Dinginto, 32, pointing to overflowing drains and a pile of rubbish.

“We don’t merely want another portaloo here or there. We want to move away, we want houses. This area is not suitable for humans to live in.”

Dinginto returned to the issue of policing, saying the cluster commander needed to investigate response times at Khayelitsha police station.

This morning, traffic officers blocked traffic on Pama Road between Lwandle Road and Mew Way. Police were on the scene, where smouldering rubble blocked the road.

An officer spoke to residents, promising them he had conveyed their concerns to police management. However, he warned that anyone identified burning tyres or partaking in violent protest would be arrested. A traffic light had been burnt and the road damaged, he said.

No arrests had yet been made, said police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel André Traut.

The ward councillor for the area, Monde Mabandla, said he had met a committee from the community and had arranged for them to meet officials from the provincial Department for Human Settlements on August 15.

“That’s all very well, and we want to meet peacefully on this matter, but I don’t see why we have to take a whole month before we can have this meeting,” said resident Dinginto.
daneel.knoetze@
www.iol.co.za


More than 200 unemployed youth in Mpumalanga have marched to the Fairview mine in Barberton, Mpumalanga, demanding a share of the company's wealth.
Times Live 17 July 2013

Sapa correspondent reported that the group, which had been associated with Julius Malema's Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), denied they were part of the "protest movement" during their march.

"We want the wealth of this mine because it is situated in our land," Umjindi Community Forum leader Mandla Mamba said.

"The wealth should be shared with us, and we want 70 percent of the employees to be from here and 50 percent of the management to be from here.

"It pains us to see helicopters coming in and out looting our wealth and leaving us in poverty. Their operations also damage our houses through tremors that happen due to mining activities."

Mamba said the forum was not associated with any political party.

"We are not associated [with] any party, not even the ANC or DA. Our needs are the same as those of the EFF, but we can't stop our demands because there's a new political party calling for the same," he said.

The forum gave the mine 14 days to respond to its call and threatened a mass protest should its demands not be met.

"If they don't respond to us, they are not going to like what they will

see. We won't wait for 14 days just to be disappointed," he said.

The forum's three-page memorandum was handed to Fairview mine's human resource manager Essie Esterhuizen.

"We are going to read the memorandum well and then come respond to you as you requested," Esterhuizen said.

Mamba and seven other local residents were arrested on Sunday when they tried to hold a night vigil outside the mine's premises.

"Our arrest on Sunday evening raises a lot of questions. We were arrested with four children aged between 11 and 16 years, but were released on Monday morning and told to go home without any charges pressed against us.

"The Freedom Charter says the wealth of the land shall be shared amongst those who live in it, and now we want to have control of our land and our wealth," he said.

Mpumalanga police spokesman Colonel Leonard Hlathi said the prosecutor in the case against Mamba and the seven others had decided not to proceed with the case.

"According to our records, all the suspects were taken to court, but the prosecutor decided to not put their case on the roll. We don't know for what reasons. We were therefore left with no choice but release them," said Hlathi.
www.timeslive.co.za


Brandfort protests over water
SAPA 16 July 2013

Bloemfontein - A protest over water problems in Brandfort in the Free State ended behind closed doors on Tuesday.

It was organised by the local Democratic Alliance, which said it would ask the Public Protector to investigate.

The protesters marched to the Masilonyana municipal offices to demand an end to what they described as ongoing water shortages in Brandfort and surrounding areas.

The group wanted to hand over an SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) report to officials, which found some human rights violations in the municipality.

However, the municipal offices were closed.

The SAHRC found the municipality guilty of contravening human rights such as the right to dignity, privacy, security of person, right to a clean environment and health, and access to information.

No municipal representative arrived to receive the residents and opposition party’s memorandum on Tuesday.

Patricia Kopane of the Democratic Alliancesaid the offices were empty within working hours with no visible notice of where the officials would be.

The Masilonyana municipality’s head office is based in the neighbouring town of Theunissen.

“People could not even pay for services,” said Kopane.

The DA was also met with total silence and locked doors at a local community hall, which they booked for a meeting.

“We followed all bylaws in asking permission from police and the municipal authorities a week before,” said provincial leader Patricia Kopane.

“There has been nothing from the municipality, no access.”

The municipality was not immediately available to comment.

On Saturday, Water Affairs Minister Edna Molewa and Free State premier Ace Magashule announced immediate plans to address the provinces water problems.

All municipalities had to submit water action plans by 22 July.

Intervention measures for dry areas had to be put in place with immediate effect by municipalities.

Kopane said the DA would continue to push for delivery in Brandfort.

She said details of the party's own plan for the water crisis would be announced later.

It would involve protests, oversight visits to highlight the plight of communities and the petitioning of the government to deal with the matter without delay. - Sapa
www.iol.co.za


Dube residents protest for electricity
Sapa 16 Jul 2013

More than 300 residents of the Dube hostel in Soweto are protesting in demand of electricity, Gauteng police said on Tuesday.

"At about 9.30pm the residents went on the rampage, barricading the road with rocks and burning tires," Constable Sibusiso Chauke said.

"There was no electricity at the hostel and they were demanding it."

Chauke said the crowd dispersed shortly after the police arrived.

A car travelling on the barricaded road between Dube and Phefeni was damaged.

A public violence case was opened, but no arrests had been made yet, Chauke said.
www.sowetanlive.co.za


Campus strike strands students
IOL News 16 July 2013

Johannesburg - Lecturers at the South West Gauteng Further Education and Training (FET) College’s Dobsonville campus in Soweto went on a wildcat strike on Monday, leaving hundreds of students stranded.

Earlier in the morning, the lecturers had chased campus manager Busisiwe Setati out of the college, accusing her of nepotism and failing to provide leadership.

The lecturers said they were incensed that Setati had testified for college principal Andrew Dube, who was suspended last year.

Dube was found guilty and has since been dismissed. He is appealing.

Hundreds of students loitered around the campus or stood chatting as lecturers remained locked in a meeting.

Many students said they were frustrated at how FET colleges were failing them. Their complaints included a shortage of learning facilities and resources, poor teaching standards, and corruption in the awarding of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.

A report by the Department of Higher Education and Training presented to Parliament’s portfolio committee on higher education revealed gross irregularities in the FETs.

The report also revealed backlogs in the issuing of certificates dating as far back as 2007, the leaking of exam papers, and the problem of ghost writers.

The problems have persisted despite the department pumping millions of rand into the colleges.

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said last year his department was implementing a “comprehensive turnaround strategy” for all 50 FET colleges, covering the 264 campuses in the country.

The strategy, he said, was aimed at “systematically addressing key challenges and achieving sustainable improvements in the quality of teaching and learning”.

A year on, students continue to battle with the same problems.

“There are fewer classrooms. There are no lessons (taking place). There are results pending. There is no registration taking place,” said Desiree Sibeko, 30, a human resources student.

Mbali Rex, 18, from Dobsonville, said she had opted for the FET college as she needed practical experience instead of theoretical knowledge.

“The whole concept was fascinating when I came here. I thought it would give me the best of both worlds - the theoretical and practical aspects to get me ready for the workplace.”

But she said her dream was fast dissipating. The education she was getting was “utterly disappointing”.

“I should have started getting practical lessons in level 2. Nothing has happened so far. This is not what I wanted. It focuses more on theory instead of the practical training. It’s really not different from high school. But I think high school is much better because it’s better managed there.”

Attempts to get comment from the Department of Higher Education and Training were unsuccessful.

Summing up the FET challenges:

* Shortage of classrooms and resources, including computer labs.

* Under-qualified and inefficient staff, including lecturers.

* Inferior education standards.

* Corruption and nepotism, including the misuse of funds.

* A porous exam system, rife with leakages of exam papers and ghost writers.

* An inefficient IT system, resulting in high rejection levels of qualifications by Umalusi, the quality assurance body.

* Backlogs in the issuing of certificates, some dating as far back as 2007.
lebogang.seale@inl.co.za
www.iol.co.za


Zuma intervenes to stop Tlokwe going to DA
Thabiso Thakali and Rabbie Serumula (IOL News) 15 July 2013

Axed councillors give ANC a stern warning
Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma is not letting Tlokwe go to the DA.

On Friday, as the tide turned against the ANC in Potchefstroom, with hundreds of residents marching to demand the reinstatement of 14 expelled councillors and dismissal of mayor Maphetle Maphetle, Zuma sent Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to receive their memorandum.

With elections looming next year, Mapisa-Nqakula flew to Tlokwe in a military helicopter to assure the angry residents carrying placards lambasting ANC for disregarding “rampant corruption” in the municipality, that the president would honour his promise to resolve their problems.

On Thursday Zuma met a delegation of five of the 14 expelled councillors at his official residence, Mahlamba Ndlopfu, in Pretoria where he is understood to have expressed anger at how he had been “misled” into believing they (councillors) had voted with the DA to oust Maphetle last week.

This was despite the ANC in North West steadfastly stating that the councillors were “renegades” who had been expelled from the party for ill-discipline.

Zuma has now delegated his deputy in the ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa, to deal with all the problems in Tlokwe and to meet the councillors next Wednesday.

Maseapei Madiehe-Teme, one of the councillors who had the meeting with Zuma, told the Saturday Star that the president was “angry” when he met them.

“He said to us that they have been given wrong information that we voted with DA,” she said.

“He promised that the deputy president of the ANC will be working with us next week to resolve all the problems in Tlokwe and to institute an investigation into our grievances.”

Last week, Maphetle was ousted for the second time in seven months as mayor in Tlokwe amid allegations of corruption and maladministration in a motion of no confidence brought by the DA.

On Friday, the SA National Civil Organisation (Sanco) led a march to the municipality to hand a memorandum of grievances calling for Maphetle’s sacking and an institution of criminal charges against him for alleged corruption.

Hundreds of residents from Tlokwe converged at the Dan Tloome municipal offices to voice their dissatisfaction with how the municipality was run.

Packet Seaketso, Sanco’s provincial secretary said he feared that the ANC was going to lose voters in the municipality and in the North West if it failed to act on corruption.

This was as the party announced that it had replaced six councillors out of the total of 14 who were expelled, and that it was awaiting a date from the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) for by-elections to be held where the rest would be replaced through the ballot.

“This has the potential to split the ANC votes and weaken the party in the province,” said Seaketso.

“I believe we can still do some damage control if the leadership of the party can give this a serious thought.”

In their memorandum Sanco accused Maphetle of abusing public funds aimed at poverty alleviation and disaster to stage a jazz festival, that he had not accounted for R5m set aside for mayoral cleaning projects, and that he deliberately misled the council to build a R34m airport runaway.

Meanwhile, as the angry crowd returned from yesterday’s march in Tlokwe, they looted foreign-owned shops in Ikageng township, stealing bread, cigarettes and sweets, among other things.

The main road leading into the township was barricaded with rocks and police Nyalas moved swiftly into the township to disperse the mob.
www.iol.co.za


Once again Abahlali baseSiyanda March to Demand Land and Housing in Durban
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement 11 July 2013

Tomorrow Abahlali baseMjondolo Siyanda Branch will be protesting about all the beating about bushes on their long promised housing in Siyanda.

The Khulula Housing Project was meant for them but due to corruption they were excluded from the project.. It became very difficult when Linda Masinga and Associates were tasked to forcefully remove some residents to transit camps in Richmond Farm in 2009. Everybody knows that there was a blatant corruption in this housing project. The provincial government had acknowledged this and sent its delegation to investigate this in 2009. A Task Team comprised of Abahlali delegates, eThekwini Municipal Officials and KZN provincial officials was set up. A clear promise was made that those marginalized would be housed with the current financial here. But today we are told that eThekwini Road Authority is the only unity in the city that is opposed to our housing project. They say that the land is reserved for unknown future road expansion in case they need it. This is very disappointing because the Department of Human Settlements is willing to go ahead with the housing project as it was negotiated.

Thus we demand that the eThekwini Road Authority (ETA) release the land for housing development. The social value of land must come before its commercial value. We demand that Nigel Gumede must go as he has failed in his mandate. We are told that at least 45% of housing budget goes unspent every year yet we remain homeless. We are told that the City does not have even any housing list leading to misallocation and corruption. politicians encourage this behaviour and when poor people challenge then we live under constant intimidation and death threats. Today Nkululeko Gwala and Qumbela are gone. Who else should die until Zuma fires the likes of Nigel Gumede?

The march tomorrow will leave from Malandela Road Park next to V.N. Naicker School in Siyanda and continue to the KwaMashu Police Station where the memorandum will be handed over to James Nxumalo, eThekwini Mayor at 12:00 P.M. We trust that the Mayor will respect Siyanda residents this time and be honest unlike what he did in Kennedy where he made empty promises and unlike in Cato Crest where he failed to intervene helpfully in the crisis with the result that Gwala got killed.
http://www.abahlali.org/node/9890

Contact: MaMkhize Nxumalo Abahlali baseSiyanda Chairperson on 078 4332719
TJ Ngongoma Abahlali baseSiyanda Deputy Chairperson on 084 6139772


Protest and reception on OR Tambo Airport Sunday 14th July
DSM 12 July 2013

Comrade Liv is due to return to the country at 13h20 on Sunday 14th July, 2013 together with her three children. The South African Embassy in Sweden has invited her to apply afresh for a spousal visa. This appears to aid and abet the false claim by the Department of Home Affairs that they have no record of her spousal visa, despite the fact it was first issued to her as long ago as 2007 and re-issued in 2009. The SA embassy further argues that as it is holiday time in Sweden, the application will take up to three weeks. Liv has no choice but to return to the country as the children have to return to school on the 15th July. Apart from the possible consequences of the children not being able to resume their schooling on time, the financial implications of not being able to travel on the date their ticket are booked, are significant. Liv Shange has not committed any crime and all complications at the side of the Department of Home Affairs are there fault.

The Liv Shange Defence Campaign will be proceeding to the airport to welcome her back on the14th July at 13h00. We ask all who support this campaign to join us at the airport.

Should she be unable to return to SA on the14th July for whatever reason, we will continue the campaign until she is allowed back. The details of what this campaign entails will be thrashed out by the LDC Ad Hoc Committee which will meet in the course of next week on a date, time and venue to be announced. We ask all organisations to affiliate to the Ad Hoc Committee and to send representatives to the meeting.

We also ask all supporters to make a donation for the Liv Shange Defence Campaign to pay for legal aid and to help Liv paying new tickets if needed. Please donate to FNB, Bank City, Branch code 250805, Acc no 62027185489, Name Izwi Labasebenzi.


Jack Snacks Nelspruit Strike
SACCAWU 12 July 2013

The workers of Jack Snacks Nelspruit who are members of SACCAWU will embark on protected industrial action.

The strike will commence on the 15 July 2013. The strike is as the result of the employer refusing to grant the workers the minimum wage of R3500, 00.

The workers have had enough of poverty wages and level of inequalities, which have made them to feel increasingly marginalised and excluded in the society.

The dispute was declared with the employer and the matter was referred to CCMA and the certificate non resolution was issued by the CCMA on 03 June 2013.

For more information contact :

SACCAWU Mpumalanga Regional Secretary

Patrick Skosana 0823368173

Mike Abrahams
media@saccawu.org.za


Protesters burn vital housing lists
Shaanaaz de Jager 12 July 2013

VITAL documents containing the names of housing beneficiaries in Missionvale, Port Elizabeth, were destroyed in a protest yesterday.

The documents were burnt after protesters set alight a container being used as an office in Missionvale.

Nelson Mandela Bay municipal project manager Sipho Kohlakala said the protest was the result of a ward councillor not getting her way.

He claimed the councillor wanted the municipality to employ a specific person to work in the Missionvale office.

"A meeting between the councillor and community members was held at the councillor's office.

"I was on site, away from the container, when I saw protesters and we called the police. When we got to our office they started burning the container, threw out the furniture and documents. Police were already there," he said.
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Illegal mine strike in Limpopo ends
Eye Witness News 20 July 2013

JOHANNESURG - More than 120 gold miners at Village Main Reef's Consolidated Murchison mine shaft in Northern Limpopo have emerged from underground after staging a 10 day sit-in.

On Wednesday the mining group announced its intention to dismiss 918 workers after they embarked on an unprotected strike this week.

The workers were demanding to be paid out dividends from a company trust.

The majority of striking workers belong to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

Workers started leaving the shaft during the early hours of the morning.

Village Gold Managing Director Ferdi Dippenaar says the company is relieved.

“I think the underground employees saw their support disappear. It’s been nine or 10 days and you can only sit in so long. All in all we’re pretty pleased it’s come to an end.”

Talks that started on Thursday have been billed as the toughest since the end of apartheid, with demands for a doubling of basic pay.

Since January, the price of gold has decreased by over 25 percent.

Producers also face shrinking profit margins.
(Edited by Victoria Campbell-Gillies)
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Strike halts Village Main Reef mine
Reuters 12 July 2013

Johannesburg - Village Main Reef said on Friday that gold and antimony production at its Consolidated Murchison Mine in South Africa had stopped after workers started an illegal strike.

The strike over share-based payments began at the end of the day shift on Wednesday, the eve of industry-wide wage talks between gold producers and trade unions.

Police in the northern province of Limpopo said they are “on alert” after 200 miners on the surface joined the demonstration by 134 workers underground.

“No incidents have been reported but the police are keeping a close eye on the situation,” spokesman Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

Village Main Reef is one of seven gold producers represented by the industry body in the two-yearly wage negotiations that started on Thursday.

This round of talks has been billed as the toughest since the end of apartheid, with demands for a doubling of basic pay set against collapsing bullion prices and shrinking profit margins.

The talks normally take two months but this year they are expected to drag out because of a vicious union turf war that sparked strikes last year in which producers lost billions of dollars of output and some workers were killed. - Reuters
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UPDATE: Fifth day dawns as 104 miners continue with underground sit-in strike
Look Local 15 July 2013

104 striking National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) ...show more members are continuing their underground sit-in at Cons Murch mine in Gravelotte.

GRAVELOTTE: 104 striking National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) members are continuing their underground sit-in at Cons Murch mine in Gravelotte.

The workers who have spent the five nights underground vowed not to re surface until management pays them the dividends for their shares, which they claim amount to R200 million.

More than 800 other workers who have downed tools in solidarity with their colleagues underground, are protesting outside the shaft.

According one of the miners, the situation nearly got out of control when the management refused that the striking workers take food to their colleagues underground. Management later allegedly relented.

Hundreds of miners, who are members of the National Union of Mine Workers (NUM) at Cons Murch Mine in Gravelotte, are protesting outside the mine shaft where their 104 colleagues are staging an underground sit-in.

The miners, who own shares in the company, started protesting underground on Wednesday demanding that dividend earnings be paid out to them and have refused to return to the surface until their demands are met.

The strike action intensified on Thursday when about 200 other miners refused to go underground and staged a protest outside the mine's premises.

Police spokesperson, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said members of the Public Order
Policing have been deployed to the mine to monitor the situation.

’No incidents have been reported but the police are keeping a close eye on the situation,' said Mulaudzi

The miners have vowed to continue with their strike until their demands are met. The miners underground have been supplied with food and medical treatment by the Union.

Union representatives and management are still negotiating in a bid to find a solution.

GRAVELOTTE: About 104 miners are currently involved in an underground sit-in strike at Cons Murch Mine in Gravellotte which started on Wednesday morning.

According to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) shop steward, Sehlane Mogalaka, the group went underground on Wednesday at 05:00 for a day shift but they refused to come out after their shift ended in protest against the management's alleged refusal to pay them dividends for the shares they purchased in 2009.

He said the money in dividends owed to each of the more than 900 workers could amount to more than R50 000.

He said the striking miners underground have been provided with food by Cons Murch Mine and a nurse has been sent underground to provide medical treatment.

Mine management could not yet be reached for comment as they were in a meeting with NUM union representatives in a bid to end the strike.
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104 miners stage underground sit-in strike
Look Local 11 July 2013

GRAVELOTTE: About 104 miners are currently involved in an underground sit-in strike at Cons Murch Mine in Gravellotte which started on Wednesday morning.

According to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) shop steward, Sehlane Mogalaka, the group went underground on Wednesday at 05:00 for a day shift but they refused to come out after their shift ended in protest against the management's alleged refusal to pay them dividends for the shares they purchased in 2009.

He said the money in dividends owed to each of the more than 900 workers could amount to more than R50 000.

He said the striking miners underground have been provided with food by JCI Mine and a nurse has been sent underground to provide medical treatment.

Mine management could not yet be reached for comment as they were in a meeting with NUM union representatives in a bid to end the strike.
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The campaign against the most expensive toll gate goes on
Cosatu 11 July 2013

The Congress of South African Trade Unions in the North West province will be continuing with its campaign against the most expensive toll gate in the country.

This time the campaign will be in a form of a motorcade which will start from Brits and the cars will drive slowly on the N4 until they reach the Swartruggens toll plaza.

COSATU estimates it will have about 100 cars which will form part of this action to highlight our dissatisfaction on the high toll fees that the motorists are been charged.

COSATU has several times attempted to engage the Department of Transport, both at the provincial and national level and all our efforts were unsuccessful.

COSATU would like to inform all the motorists who intend to use the road on the day of the campaign to be aware of our action and advise them to use alternative routes as this might delay their journey on the day.

The campaign will start at 09h00 in Brits on 12 July and it will end at 17h00 at the Swartruggens toll gate on the same day.

We call on Bakwena to allow all our cars from Brits which will number 20 to pass the Marikana toll plaza free on that day.

We are also informing the people of the NW that we are proceeding with our workers rally on 21st July 2013 and our march against labour brokers on 25th July 2013.

We call the media to join us in this program as we will be fighting for our roads, demanding the toll gate fees be reduced and fighting against the e-toll system.

For more information contact Solly Phetoe the Provincial Secretary of COSATU North West at 082 304 4055


Somali businesses close after looting
Valeska Abreu 11 July 2013

Pretoria - Somali shopkeepers in Winterveld kept their doors closed on Wednesday following a night of looting and attacks.

Police, community members and a ward councillor expressed shock about the events, saying the Somalis were unfortunate to have fallen prey to a group of disgruntled residents.

A leader of the Foreign National Association in Pretoria said the attacks had been politically motivated.

This follows an attack two weeks ago on foreign shopkeepers in Hammanskraal by residents giving vent to their anger about poor service delivery.

On Tuesday evening, a group of about 200 people ransacked a number of tuck shops in the Winterveld area after metro police demolished shacks they had erected despite stern warnings by the ward councillor.

Lenda Kwenda, councillor for Ward 19, said the shacks had sprung up last week on a stretch of land on which RDP houses were soon to be built.

“We had a community meeting and the residents were informed that the land is going to be developed soon. Community members will be employed on this project. It was agreed that no shacks should go up on the land. It was clearly understood by everyone. Everyone was happy about the agreement.”

According to Kwenda, shacks were being erected on the land. Another warning was issued to the squatters about their illegal occupation and they were told in no uncertain terms that the shacks would be demolished.

“On Tuesday, the shacks were taken down and the occupants revolted. They waited for police to disperse and then attacked the foreigners’ shops. I don’t know why, because they (the foreigners) had nothing to do with the issue,” Kwenda said.

On Wednesday, the Pretoria News visited the area and found the situation hostile and tense, with community members wary of talking.

Four of five spaza shops visited were closed, with doors and windows boarded up, and broken glass glinting from behind the cardboard.

An Ethiopian shopowner, John Anvio, said he feared for his life and ran away as soon as he saw the looters approaching.

“They were coming towards us with knives. They broke the burglar bars and came in through the side door and just took what they wanted. I didn’t stay around to wait for them to attack me, I just ran.”

Charlotte Menyuko lets part of her property to three Somalis who run a tuck shop.

She said she was disgusted by the action of the community members.

“The mob came here and started breaking the windows. They also wanted to break my shack down.

“They threw a petrol bomb inside the shop. Young children ran inside and started filling their arms with groceries. Their parents stood there on the corner and watched.

“All my neighbours came out and looked, but no one did anything, knowing very well these people (the Somalis) had done nothing wrong. The Somalis managed to escape through a back door and ran away,” a distraught Menyuko said.

Police confirmed the incident and said the Somalis were unfortunate victims.

“No one knows why they decided to vent their anger on the foreigners. We all know the issue was not about them,” police spokesman Warrant Officer Llifi Ramatlo said.

“Police went there to assist and calm the situation.”

Meanwhile, Shuriye Ibrahim, a leader of the Foreign Nationals Association in Pretoria, has expressed disgust at the government, calling it the worst in the world following the attacks.

Ibrahim said that foreigners were being targeted and killed across the country, while the government turned a blind eye.

“This government is useless. The situation is serious, but what are they doing.

“This is the only African country I know of that turns their backs on their brothers from the same African soil.

“We came here seeking help and a better life from our respective countries, but with the current situation it is better for us to go back.”

Ibrahim suggested that the government should hand over the foreigners to the UN, which he said should accommodate them in safer countries.

“People are dying here, that is not why we came here,” Ibrahim said.

“Nowhere on the African continent are you called amakwerekwere and mlungu, but it is only in South Africa that one African brother is oppressed by another.”

Police said they would monitor the situation.
Pretoria News
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Abahlali baseKennedy Press Statement
Abahlali baseMjondolo 9 July 2013

Statement on Last Night’s Road Blockade by Kennedy Road Residents

Last night, and again this morning, hundreds of us blocked road around the Kennedy Road shack settlement with burning tyres. There is still a heavy police presence in the settlement.

The reason for these road blockades is that Mayor James Nxumalo failed to keep his promise to meet with us. On the 25 May this year we organised a major road blockade. More than 500 people held the road. At that road blockade we handed over a memorandum of demands which included (1) that the upgrade of Kennedy Road and the provision of housing at Cornubia for everyone that that cannot be accommodated in the Kennedy Road upgrade that was negotiated with Mayor Mlaba’s administration be implemented; (2) that formal electricity be provided to the settlement and (3) that Nigel Gumede be immediately dismissed from his post.

We received a letter from the Mayor’s office on the 4th of June. In that letter the Mayor promised to meet with us by the end of the month. Today we are more than a week into July and we have heard nothing further about this meeting. Therefore we blockaded the road again to demand that the Mayor keep his promise to meet with us to discuss our demands.

We will continue to educate the politicians in their duty to obey the people.

We would also like to inform the media that the local ANC are planning a new plot against our movement in Kennedy Road. We relaunched over movement there, and held an election, on the 20th of June. Ten days before the relaunch, on the 10th of June, the ANC area committee held a meeting at Kennedy Road at 2:00 p.m. Ordinary residents of Kennedy Road were not
advised of the meeting and because it was held during working hours most people were away at work. At this meeting there was a presentation by the Municipality and Khula Construction to present a plan for housing in the area – in fact they presented a plan to build a transit camp in Dodoma Avenue near Kennedy Road.

On the 13th of June the area committee of the ANC called a meeting of 12 ANC members to discuss who would be appointed as the Community Liaison Officer (CLO) for the project and who would get what jobs on the project. At this meeting it was stated that S’bu Zikode would be a threat to the project and there was a discussion about a similar plot to the ANC attack on our movement in Kennedy Road in 2009. The matter has been reported to the police.

We will continue to defend our right to organise, democratically, outside of party politics. We will continue to demand land and housing in the cities and to oppose all forms of corruption, comradism and repression.

Mbusiwa Sibetha, Kennedy Road Abahlali baseMjondolo Chairperson: 072 306 3782
Bangeni Gumede, Abahlali baseMjondolo Youth League Spokesperson: 079 977 1723
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Workers, contractor in wage negotiations
IOL News 9 July 2013

Striking workers building the N2 uMngeni freeway will be locked in crucial negotiations today to resolve their wage dispute with the contractor.

National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) KZN regional co-ordinator, Bhekani Ngcobo, said that Rumdel Cape/EXR Joint Venture offered them R3 000 broken into five milestones, kicking in from October 30. These would also include November, December, March 2014 and August 2014.

Ngcobo said that for each milestone each worker would be paid R600. The workers were demanding R2 000 a milestone.

Activist and community liaison between the workers, Numsa and the contractor, Caiphus Bhengu, hopes they come to an agreement on Tuesday.

The 400 workers downed tools six weeks ago, delaying the completion of the project which has already fallen eight months behind its deadline.

The R360 million project is jointly financed by Sanral and the eThekwini Municipality
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Amplats says workers report for duty after one-day strike
The News Age 9 July 2013

Anglo American Platinum , the world's biggest platinum producer, said on Tuesday 5,600 workers had returned to work after a one-day wildcat strike at two of its operations in South Africa.

Workers downed tools on Sunday in solidarity with 19 Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) shop stewards suspended last week for orchestrating an illegal protest that prevented other workers from returning to the surface from their underground shift.

"All employees are back at work," Amplats spokeswoman Bongeka Lwana said.

Production was halted at Thembelani and Khuseleka 1 mines on Monday, sparking fears of illegal strikes spreading across the platinum producer's operations.

South Africa's platinum belt has been rocked by a violent turf war between AMCU and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) which killed more than 50 people last year and triggered credit downgrades for Africa's largest economy.

AMCU president Joseph Mathunjwa said he had brokered a deal for the workers to end the strike by asking the company to reinstate the suspended shop stewards.

"Companies are quick to dismiss workers without thinking about the consequences," Mathunjwa told Reuters. "We are talking about the lives of people."

Amplats has yet to confirm whether the union leaders will be allowed to return to work.
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Metrobus workers to strike indefinitely
Sapa 9 July 2013

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Johannesburg - The indefinite strike by Metrobus workers continued on Tuesday.

"We didn't hear anything from management yesterday [Monday], so we are back picketing at the same place, just in front of the [Metrobus] headquarters," said SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) spokesperson Phanuel Tshikovha.

"Until such time [as] we can engage with management, the strike will indefinitely carry on," he said.

On Monday, Samwu members downed tools, demanding the suspension of Metrobus acting managing director Lawrence Maqekoane, pending an investigation into allegations levelled against him.

Tshikovha said the union would strike indefinitely until a forensic investigation into the concerns was established. The union also wanted Metrobus to engage with employees about the matter.

Metrobus human resources general manager Ranti Mahlabana said in a statement that about 44% of the service's buses were running on Monday morning.

He said the dispute related to the recruitment of staff through Adecco recruitment services, which the union saw as a violation of a 2008 agreement on permanent staff.

Mahlabana said Samwu wanted Maqekoane to be investigated and charged with violating the disciplinary code and the organisational rights agreement.

Metrobus received notice of the union's intention to strike on June 24, after a failed conciliation process at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration.

Mahlabana said there had been further attempts to engage with the union last week.

"During the sessions, marked progress was made in a number of areas and, to this end, was an agreement on all aspects of the dispute raised by Samwu."

It was also communicated to the union that there were existing procedures in place to address their concerns and that the committee of the Metrobus board was willing to appoint an independent professional to investigate the matter.
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Pikitup strike turns violent
Eye Witness News 9 July 2013

JOHANNESBURG – Pikitup has called on Johannesburg police to guarantee their safety of its employees after a truck driver was attacked in Randburg on Monday.
Employees are striking over a court ruling which says they will not be provided with transport to and from work.

Pikitup’s Desiree Nthsingila said strikers have been blocking trucks from leaving its depots.

She said Pikitup still hasnt received a formal notice of intention from unions or workers.

"We will get into some level of consultation because we haven’t received a formal letter from unions or workers letting us know they are on strike."

Nthsingila said a few suspension letters have already been issued.

She added that those who continued striking would face disciplinary action.

A total of five Johannesburg depots including Randburg, Avalon, Norwood, Roodepoort and Southdale have been affected.

Nthsingila has appealed to residents to keep rubbish bins on their premises while talks with employees continue.
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Foreign shopkeepers targeted in Cato Crest
IOL News 8 July 2013

Durban - Foreign shopkeepers in Cato Crest are in the grip of fear after an Ethiopian trader was killed last week and another survived a shooting at the weekend.

The brother of a 32-year-old Ethiopian who died after he was shot twice blamed locals for doing nothing to help Dessta Bejego when he was attacked.

Bejego, originally from Hossana village in Ethopia, was murdered outside his brother, Helana Weldo’s, tuckshop on Thursday morning.

He was shot through the jaw and chest.

Weldo, 33, who also has tuck-shops at Amatikwe in Inanda, said yesterday: “My brother was killed by three boys in full view of the people in broad daylight.

“What amazes us is that his money - R2 270 in cash - was not taken. Only the bag containing (cellphone) airtime and cigarettes was stolen.”

He said his brother’s body had been flown to Ethiopia and he was expected to be buried on Tuesday.

“The Ethiopian community living in Durban contributed to the expenses,” Weldo said.

The killing took place in Ward 101 about 50m from the Cato Crest community hall.

On Saturday, an Ethiopian shopkeeper was attacked at his tuckshop in the same area. The door to the shipping container was locked and his three attackers shouted at him to open up.

The shopkeeper, whose name could not be established on Sunday, survived by hiding under a counter when his three attackers opened fire on the container, police said.

Police have confirmed both incidents. The suspects are known in the area.

Police are following several leads and hope to make an arrest in the coming days.

Constable Bongani Mokoena, of Cato Manor police station, brushed off claims of xenophobia.

“Foreigners doing business in the area have become soft targets for criminals,” he said.

“The community is scared to identify them to police. But we can say arrests would be made before the end of the week.”

He said the same gang was believed to have been behind both the attacks.

The chairman of the Ethiopian Community Association in South Africa, Pamiru Woubet, who is based in Gauteng, said yesterday that Ethiopians enjoyed good relations with locals.

“We cannot say in general that this is a xenophobic attack. Our view is that criminals see us as soft targets,” he said.

“We know that there is a high level of unemployment, which drives people to do crime.

“Maybe if the government can address these issues, there would be less crime.”

Somali Ismail Mohamed, 30, who rents a shop in the area where the attacks took place, spoke of his fear after the shootings.

“I am scared it could happen to us as well,” he said.

“We get along very well with customers, but also have frosty relations with local shop owners, who do not approve of us doing business here.

“They held countless secret meetings last year, discussing ways of getting rid of us,” said Mohamed, who is from Kisimayo village in Somalia.

He appealed to the police to protect foreign business owners from criminals.

“We need help. This is our daily bread,” he said.

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Girl, 9, raped and stabbed to death
IOL News9 July 2013

Johannesburg - A nine-year-old Orange Farm girl, who disappeared for four days, was found raped and fatally stabbed in the veld not far from her home.

Two days later – on Sunday – angry residents set an alleged rapist alight and burnt down his suspected accomplice’s house for allegedly kidnapping and raping young Palesa Mahase and stabbing her to death.

Residents also burnt down a house believed to be owned by Palesa’s mother’s boyfriend.

On Monday, about 100 residents marched to Orange Farm police station, demanding that four residents arrested for arson be released.

The girl was kidnapped last Sunday by two men who gained access to her home by kicking open the door at about 1pm.

Palesa and her two siblings, aged six and four, were alone at home at the time.

The intruders helped themselves to food in pots on the stove, before ordering the girl to put on her shoes. They stole knives and took the house keys with them.

The children’s mother, Marriam, had left them by themselves to check on her boyfriend’s sister. She took her two-year-old son with her.

On Monday, Marriam said her boyfriend arrived to fetch her at his sister’s house after he realised that Palesa was not with her siblings.

She said the search to find her second-born child began immediately, adding that she reported her child missing at Orange Farm police station the next day.

“The community were helpful until the last day. It wasn’t easy for me and my family,” the mother-of-five said.

On Friday morning, while curious residents gathered in the veld after the discovery of Palesa’s body, her mother was nowhere to be seen.

She had taken her six-year-old daughter to Vereeniging to meet social workers to give a statement about what transpired the day Palesa was abducted.

“Palesa’s sister witnessed everything. She was able to describe one of the men to me and my boyfriend when we got home,” Marriam said.

Tears rolled down her cheeks as she began to describe what a wonderful child Palesa was. “She loved her siblings. She was a friendly child who loved playing with other children and watching cartoons on TV.”

She is pleading with readers to help her give Palesa a proper burial. The unemployed mother said she was hoping the community could also assist her.

A suspect was expected to appear in the Vereeniging Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday on charges of kidnapping, rape and murder.

Palesa’s mother, 37, is also hoping her boyfriend might help police with investigations. She has not seen him since Thursday.

“He goes missing and my child is found dead the next day. What must I think?” she asked.
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Poo dumpers fling racist insults
Jenna Etheridge 8 July 2013

Johannesburg - Seven men who allegedly dumped human waste at Cape Town International Airport were denied bail by the Bellville Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Magistrate Jannie Kotze ruled that it was not in the interest of justice to release the men because it was likely they would commit a similar offence again.

The men are Loyiso Nkohla, Andile Lili, Yanga Njingwana, Ben Dyani, Jaji Diniso, Bongile Zanazo, and Thembela Mabanjwa.

The magistrate granted bail of R500 each to the two remaining accused, Bantubakhe Mqobodiya and Wandisile Mkapa, on the basis of their medical conditions.

The men who were denied bail were out on a warning for a similar offence at a Cape Town train station, at the time of their arrest.

They were released on condition they not take part in any protests.

The case was initially postponed until August 2, for the investigation to be completed and for the director of public prosecutions to decide on a trial court.

Supporters packed the benches and shouted as the men were led back to the holding cells.

They became loud and started singing songs in the court, while police officers looked on.

Lili could be heard in the cell shouting: “You white racist, you magistrate, you f***ing racist, you don't care... we can't allow our people to live in those conditions.”

Kotze and the men then returned to the court room to re-schedule the postponement, because the Cape Town train station matter was also on August 2.

The postponement date was changed to August 5. Lili continued his scathing attack as he stood before the magistrate.

He said: “He is only lambasting us because we are black. We are ready to spend 30 years in jail. Why must we be treated like pigs? It's enough now.”

Lili questioned why they had to respect the court when the court did not respect poor people.

Kotze turned a blind eye and left the court without reacting to the accusations.

About 50 supporters then took their protest outside and sang and danced peacefully in front of the court building in Landros Road.
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