During a protest in Town 2 Khayelitsha last month, a car pulled up next to Mthunzi ‘Ras’ Zuma. The driver asked Ras to identify himself, and then shot him in the head. He died on the scene. His killers remain at large.
A few weeks earlier, Ras led hundreds of Izwe Lethu community members in a land occupation opposite Khayelitsha’s central train station. Despite its prime location and size – equivalent to sixteen rugby fields – the city-owned land had been vacant for decades. Soon after Ras’s execution the occupation was suppressed by police, and the land is once again vacant.
Mthunzi ‘Ras’ Zuma is not alone. In cities across the country, thousands of poor and working class activists are being threatened, assaulted and in some cases murdered for challenging spatial Apartheid and property power.
In Durban, Abahlali baseMjondolo have long endured state-sponsored violence, with six murders in recent years including the death of two-week old Jaden Khoza in June 2017. In Johannesburg, a new mayor is using a private security force to lawlessly and violently evict hundreds of residents to make way for new, wealthier tenants. Elsewhere in Cape Town, occupiers from Reclaim The City were last month instructed by men with rifles and pangas to leave a vacant inner-city building because they “don’t belong there”.
Join us in learning about the struggle for homes in South Africa’s three biggest cities, the challenges posed by state violence, and how we as activists can together respond to it.
Monday 28 August
from 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Isivivana Centre, Khayelitsha
Speakers will include representatives from:
Inner-City Housing Federation
Izwe Lethu Community
Reclaim The City
The mass meeting will be chaired by Mandisa Dyantyi, Deputy General-Secretary of the Social Justice Coalition. Time will be provided for other activists to speak of the challenges they face in their respective struggles.
For more information please contact:
Ntebaleng Morake (SJC): 0781819974
Nkosikhona Swaartbooi (NU): 0724859826
Nomvuyiso Dyani (Tshisimani): 0216853516/ firstname.lastname@example.org