Today is Friday the 6th of June 2014 and it has been 5 days since the residences of Lwandle have been evicted from their homes and bluntly told to go fend for themselves where they will have to settle next. What we read from Newspapers, see on T.V and hear from Radio stations is political hogwash being fed to the people as to whom is be blamed for this eviction without any solutions. What is being ignore however where are these people suppose to go from here. Here is what we are subjected to when we seek accountability and answers from the supposed leaders of the Republic of South Africa.
From the ANC's response to the eviction we heard its spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, making absurd claims that the eviction has been meted out as a punishment to this community for not voting for the DA. This is tantamount to undermining democracy and the freedom of choice by the "DA Metro". Evidently her claims were that the ANC had not part to play in the eviction of the Lwandle residences but instead the western cape government used this time as an opportunity to punish these people. No stance of what the ANC will be doing moving forward as a solution, both short term or long term, in sorting this situation out and finding temporary accommodation for people of Lwandle. The only statement from the ANC was only the condemnation of the eviction.
The Minister of Human Settlement, Lindiwe Sisulu did not even come to play. When she was scheduled to come address the issue of the people left without homes by the hand of the ruling party, she instead sent a representative of her ministry. Perhaps she had far better issues to attend to. Alongside the Minister of Transport, Dipuo Peters, who however apologized on behalf of SANRAL and the transportation ministry. The 2 Ministers are said to yet meet with the Western Cape Human Settlement MEC. The date of when will this happen is known only to them.
Here is what we all need to be informed of:
In line with Government’s commitment to transform the public sector, The South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) was established in April 1998 by an Act of Parliament as an independent statutory company operating along commercial lines and at arm’s length from Government. The purpose of the company, which is registered in terms of the Companies Act – with the Minister of Transport as the sole shareholder, is to maintain and develop South Africa’s expanding national road network.
ANC shouldn't attempt to undermine out intellectual capabilities. The Responsibility for the evictions squarely lies with SANRAL and the national Department of Transport. Indeed, it is nationally owned land and they sought the court interdict themselves. As a state national agency, enjoined to protect the rights, interests and needs of South Africa’s people, both SANRAL and the Department must answer for their unwillingness to take reasonable steps to ensure that the eviction occurs in manner that does not rob people of their security and dignity.
In South Africa, the crisis of housing proves that the problem cannot be solved on a capitalist system. The struggle for housing cannot be divorced from the struggle for socialism. A mass movement is needed that will link the crisis of housing across the country to fighting current bourgeois policies of the government and against the capitalist system. But the crisis of housing is linked to the question of land. A struggle is necessary to expropriate the land from the same capitalists who are still in power after the 1994 elections. On a capitalist basis, there is no way out for the masses of the poor and working class. Only by expropriating the bourgeoisie and taking the means of production under state ownership and with democratic control and management of the working class can society begin to solve the social ills of unemployment, poverty, hunger and homelessness.
In light of this many may claim that the DA had no powers to do anything to prevent this humiliation and inhuman treatment of the African people. What I do say though is that, whether directly or indirectly, it could have done something. If it had the interests of the African destitute at heart this would have been avoided and the Western Cape ruling party would have made its baby to either prevent the eviction or have had an alternative accommodation in place for the people who were to be evicted when this came to light when the court order was issued. But, it was election season then and the time to attend to "minor" issues was not there. All the time they had was electioneering and safeguarding the interests of the DA in maintaining power over the Western Cape.
The revolution waits for no one. No matter how knowledgeable you are or how many scholars you have studied, what you have is just the Lesson learnt but nothing done.Evil manifests when Good man do nothing. #TheTimeIsNow #TheFruitsAreRipe
By: Lwando "Viera"Mdleleni and Mzolisi "General Lembede" Kene