PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Bacela
 
Comments: 2
Article views: 0
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all Bacela's badges.
 

Joe Slovo's pavement evictions

14 March 2014, 12:30

It's Thursday morning and I wake up to what sounds like stray rubber bullets flying about from a distance and police sirens at a construction site. Neighbor’s conversing about the rise and rise of police brutality and how their vans had blocked off the main road so taxis can't pass through Slovo today. I didn't need to get up from the bed to overhear this little transaction because we are backyarders. Our shacks are so close together that I could go a week without switching on the TV set if I wanted to and still follow Generations' obscure storyline.

Down the road, from where I was busy eavesdropping, a crane was rumored to be gearing up to remove a handful of shacks that were beginning to block the entrance to the local primary school and church. Our new neighbors from across the road, I was later told, had just started moving onto that open area that most call a pavement just two months ago and were already issued an eviction notice by the municipality of which they’d chosen to ignore. By the time I’d walked down to the taxi rank Democracy Street was already closed off by the police vans and half of the shacks dismantled. One blue container was dragged midway across the road along with debris, buckets and mattresses all laying on this pavement. I think the shock had consumed most of the onlookers because most of the residents seemed to be half conscious of what was happening as they watched the policemen parade around in their navy-blue uniform and red tape. There was no chanting, no resistance but then again how do you prepare yourself for such so early in the morning?

By ten o’clock a number of our new neighbours from across the road had heard the news of the evictions and came flooding back to the spaces where their abodes used to be. Unfortunately for them what they found was nothingness. The allocated movers had packed every piece of furniture, bedding, and memorabilia up and shipped it off to a supposed storage house in Bellville. They were handed business cards with directions whilst most of them were in tears asking, in between large gasps of air, where going to sleep tonight, never mind reside for the rest of the month. Strangely enough the majority of our new neighbours from across the road I noted were young people that were frantically trying to make ends meet. I watched one guy slowly pick up a few sets of combs from the ground and tuck them in his back pocket; he later told me that that was his blue container. He'd just opened a saloon. Just then another guy with tears in his eyes and voice that broke as he spoke pulled him aside to show him a bicycle that was broken into three pieces." How am I meant to get to work now?” he said and ran into the crowd, inconsolably...

The stray bullets where warning shots to the residents who were allegedly trying to block off entry for the crane by burning tyres in the middle of the road in the early morning.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

 

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Leon Vorster
The incompetent within...

An incompetent president is the ignition that sets the rot in motion in a nation.  Read more...

0 comments 1332 views
Submitted by
Sanele Sano Ngcobo
Ramaphosa has betrayed the fight ...

As Deputy President and Chairperson of the South African National Aids Council, Comrade Ramaphosa should be leading the fight against immorality. Read more...

0 comments 1847 views
Submitted by
Audrey Ngobeni
Why is the opposition so afraid o...

While the opposition makes vague and baseless allegations against the man, it is they who are using all sort of technologies to ensure that the honest voices of people cannot be heard. Read more...

0 comments 2016 views
Submitted by
Thubelihle Dumakude
Burundi stuggles to get rid of Nk...

It is now clear to everyone in the world that Burundi is facing a dilemma struggle when it comes to governing the country and choosing true political leaders. Read more...

0 comments 293 views
Submitted by
Zeke Wareley
What is happening to our beloved ...

The ANC are choosing a man who has no values over its people who voted for them. I am so disappointed.  Read more...

0 comments 2553 views
A personal narrative of the Bafan...

As the minutes ticked by – a glimmer of hope – a goal from our team, the remaining audience went wild with shouts of joy and encouragement... Read more...

0 comments 247 views
 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2017 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.