Black First Land First Western Cape (BLF-WC), in solidarity with the Mandela Park Backyarders calls on the black majority to come and defend the land occupation currently underway in Khayelitsha. As of Friday, the 19th of May 2017, backyarders living in Khayelitsha have occupied unused land in the area. Councilors of wards 94 and 97 (Mngxunyeni and Ndila) have failed to realize government’s promises to construct houses for the backyarders living in these wards.
A backyarder is an individual who has lived, without permission from the state, in a particular settlement since the formation of said settlement. In the case of the Mandela Park Backyarders, the current MEC for Human Settlements in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament, Mr Bonginkosi Madikizela has not delivered on promises of housing since 2011. However, rather than assist in the acquisition of land and housing rights, the MEC has been persecuting backyarders through the destruction of housing, the eviction of backyarders and the use of local councilors as ‘pawns against the community’.
BLF-WC recognizes that landlessness remains a construct of white land thieves, who continue to own 90% of the land as settlers. BLF-WC further recognizes that the African National Congress (ANC)–led government nationally and the Democratic Alliance (DA)- led government provincially have both been unwilling to fast-track the return of stolen land without compensation and thus maintains the black majority as a landless dispossessed people in the country of their birth, from womb to tomb.
BLF-WC, calls on the ANC-led government to heed the call by President Jacob Zuma, who said in his State of the Nation Address, that the land must be returned to the black majority without payment for it.
BLF-WC further calls on all provincial, and national structures interested in radical economic transformation through land redistribution, as well as the expropriation of land without compensation, to join in the building of homes for the dispossessed backyarders of Khayelitsha without delay.
What is required is physical labor (such as building material, food and blankets) as well as financial and legal resources or any other help that may be regarded as useful. It serves instructive to mention that the ages of the occupants range from as young as 2 years old to middle age.
The land occupation program is currently underway between the Khayelitsha court and the Chuma Primary School in Mandela Park, Khayalitsha. It is also being conducted in two other communities. We welcome any support. Every bit will count!
To offer your assistance, including in the form of donations, please contact Thandolwethu Aba: 061 710 0166, or Lerato Sitlaba: 071 919 5164. This is an urgent call.
We thank you in advance.
ISSUED BY THE PROVINCIAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE (PCC) OF BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST – WESTERN CAPE (BLF-WC)
20 May 2017
Email: [email protected]
(BLF WC Convenor)
Cell: +27 73 110 0334
(BLF WC Coordinator)
Cell: +27 81 898 9179