14 May 2021
In the inaugural democratic and non racial elections of South Africa the ANC in its manifesto promised a roof over everyone’s head, land reform and to provide decent habitat for the 7 million squatters and homeless.
The ANC promised to build 1 million housing units in 5 years from 1994, today 27 years after this promise only 3.2 housing units have been completed while SA remains home to one of the largest informal settlements in the world.
In the same manifesto the ANC recognised that housing is a human right while pledging ” for an open society that encourages vigorous debate. People must be free to express their views without fear, including criticising the government of the day. Freedom of the media will be essential for a flourishing of democracy.”.
It is evident that the ANC government has dismally failed in delivering its inaugural manifesto even almost 3 decades after assuming office. Instead they have adopted the former government’s tactics of servicing the elite, silencing and victimising critics, discrimination against the majority and gross human and habitat rights abuse.
It is with a sad heart and disappointment that we learnt of the arrest and detention of the Vice president of ABM and others members on trumped up charges, which are just an attempt to silence the voice of the home and landless people of South Africa.
We the Zimbabwe Peoples Land Rights Movement stand in solidarity with Abahlali BaseMjondolo and demand the unconditional release of the detained leaders and for the government to address the Habitat rights being demanded by detained leaders.
Zimbabwe People’s Land Rights Movement