Solidarity: A CALL FOR A WEEK OF INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS STRIKE

BY: ABAHLALI BASEMJONDOLO WESTERN CAPE

ABAHLALI BASEMJONDOLO IS A COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATION WHICH IS WORKING WITH MORE THAN 15 INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS WHITHIN CAPE, MOST OF THESE INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS ARE BASED AT KHAYELITSHA.

ON SATURDAY THE 11TH SEPTEMBER AT 15Hrs ABM WC IS GOING TO HAVE A MEETING WHICH IS GOING TO TAKE PLACE AT KHAYELITSHA OFFICES OF ABM AT QQ SECTION.

THE PURPOSE OF THE MEETING IS TO MAKE A CALL FOR A WEEK OF INFORMAL SETTLEMENT STRIKE. WE ARE GOING TO IDENTIFY A WEEK OF THIS MONTH WHERE WE WOULD LIKE ALL INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS THROUGH OUT THE COUNTRY WHO ARE LIVING UNDER APPALLING CONDITIONS TO TAKE TO THE STREET FOR THE WHOLE WEEK WITH A VIEW TO SHOW OUR DISATISFACTIONS OF THE CONDITIONS IN WHICH WE ARE LIVING UNDER OFF.

WE HAVE SEEN MANY STRIKES TAKING PLACE WITHIN OUR COUNTRY FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS, FROM PUBLIC SECTOR TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR WHERE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN COMPLAINING FOR THE WAGES. WE HAVE SEEN ALSO MANY PROTEST WHO HAVE BEEN STAGED BY POLITICAL PARTIES AGAINST EACH OTHER, SOCIAL MOVEMENTS, COMMUNITY BASED ORGANISATION, NON GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION AND LABOUR MOVEMENTS BUT WE HAVE NEVER EVER SEEN ANY STRIKE BY PEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING AT INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS NATIONALLY AND THAT IS WHY ABAHLALI BASEMJONDOLO OF THE WESTERN CAPE IS CALLING FOR A WEEK OF NATIONAL STRIKE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING WITHIN INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS.

ALL COMMUNITIES WHO ARE NOT AFFILIATED TO ABAHLALI BASEMJONDOLO WESTERN CAPE BUT WOULD LIKE TO SUPPORT THE CALL ARE INVITED TO JOIN US IN A MEETING ON SATURDAY AT 3:00 PM AT OUR OFFICES AT QQ INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS.

FOR DIRECTION PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE ADMIN AT 078 760 5246 AND FOR COMMENTS PLEASE CALL MZONKE PONI AT 073 2562 036

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