Zille, like Lili must be charged

2015-08-06 06:00

The South African Communist Party (SACP) in the Western Cape has noted the reckless statements uttered by ANC PEC member and Ses’khona leader, Andile Lili, we are however dismayed by his arrest on Wednesday, 29 July 2015.

The SACP in the Province is completely adverse to acts of vigilantism, but we strongly differ with Lili’s arrest based on the expression of his views. Many people in the country have contravened Subsection 2 of Section 16 in the Bill of Rights, by uttering wide statements which amount to hate speech but have never been arrested.

Lili is a community leader in his own right, and the community members he leads are daily victims of heinous crimes associated to the social ills attributed to the Triple Crisis of unemployment, inequality and poverty. His recent utterances are informed by the frustrations, of not just the community members he leads, but those residing in townships and poor communities in the Western Cape. In these neglected areas, crime and violence have become a norm and the provincial government has turned a blind eye. Helen Zille’s “refugee” comment, which became a catalyst for subsequent acts of race and class abuse, which included students assaulted and racially abused in Stellenbosch, domestic workers violently attacked and a multitude of unaccounted occurrences on farms and rural areas that warranted immediate arrest. Again, the SACP does not condone so-called acts of “mob justice”, but the context in which the working class reside, neglected by the DA provincial government and in failing to implement the recommendations contained in the Khayelitsha Commission, the refusal of the provincial administration to bring back the Bambanani Neighbourhood Watch, which proved to be a popular and effective tool in fighting crime and its failure to build, support and constitute stronger Community Policing Forums (CPF’s), all point to a broader structural crisis of the City and Provincial Governments. The SACP in the province views the arrest of Lili as a narrow and uneven application of the law. His views expressed, albeit wrong, and his subsequent arrest might also be considered as a concerted effort represses his relentless actions to mobilise the working class against the super exploitive and neo-liberal regime of the DA in the Western Cape

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