ANCYL calls on youth to vandalise city

2010-05-25 14:09

The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) has called on the youth to vandalise

the City of Cape Town over poor service delivery.

“We are going to destroy everything and make the city

ungovernable,” ANCYL Dullah Omar regional secretary Loyiso Nkohle said today.

“We are calling on all youth to do this (vandalise the city), especially those

living in informal settlements.”

Nkohle’s deputy Chumile Sali said the ANCYL was doing this to

expose those parts of the city where the Democratic Alliance (DA) had failed to

deliver services.

Yesterday, the ANCYL members and community leaders led residents in

the destruction of toilet enclosures the city council had erected hours earlier.

They taunted city mayor Dan Plato to arrest them.

“The African people’s dignity has been undermined by the DA. It is

time to take action,” said Sali, denying that the ANCYL was promoting

violence.

Regional treasurer Andile Lili said the ANCYL did not intend being

violent, but was being forced to by the city.

The ANCYL Dullah Omar branch had written an open letter to Human

Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale asking him to intervene in the toilet

debacle.

“Our complaint is based on the reality that African people residing

in Makhaza, Khayelitsha, are forced to shit in full view of the public,” the

ANCYL wrote. “This satanic action by the city council is tantamount to gross

human rights violations and undermines the people’s right for their dignity to

be protected as stipulated in Section 10 of the Constitution.”

The ANCYL said it lodged a complaint against the city with the

South African Human Rights Commission in January, but had not yet received a

response.

It would not wait for Sexwale’s response to proceed with its plan

of action.

The Youth League said that in 2007 the city built a toilet for each

household in the Makhaza area which each household had to enclose itself.

However, since 2008, about 50 Makhaza families had been relieving themselves in

full view of the public.

The ANCYL said it was unhappy with the corrugated metal sheets the

city had used to build enclosures around the toilets and wanted concrete

instead.

Plato told the Cape Times yesterday that he had recently met with

the ANCYL and community leaders and they had agreed to tell residents that open

toilets would be enclosed.

He said the corrugated metal sheets used to enclose them were not

inferior to the material people had used to build the homes they were living in

and that if people wanted to destroy new structures he would “walk away”.


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