RSA:Police shoot residents in Sth Africa protest
The Gugulethu police interrupted a peaceful protest by the Gugulethu Anti-Eviction Campaign this afternoon. Without warning residents at all, they shot at us with rubber bullets injuring dozens and arresting many others.
The much of the crowd was made up of old women and there were a lot of children also present. A 17 year old lady was shot in the face by the police and is now seriously injured and at the hospital.
At the moment we are not sure how many
people have been shot and arrested. We do know, however,
that today the police attempted to illegally
Why this sudden shift today in the way the police are treating us?
What we do know is that business
tycoon Mzoli Ngcawuzele and councillor Belinda Landingwe
have deep political connections and close friends within the
Gugulethu Police. They have oppressed our
We believe that the police banned our march and then attacked us because we to big of a thorn in Mzoli's side. We believe that the police attack was orchestrated by Mzoli and Belinda to prevent us from exposing the truth about the corruption and nepotism at the Gugulethu Square Mall. We believe that the police were ordered to attack us because we refused to work with the ANC's Gugulethu Development Forum which plays party politics with our lives.
We believe that the attack on our movement
corresponds with a dangerous trend in South Africa where the
police are being militarised and being given political
sanction to attack outspoken critics of the goverment such
as the Anti-Eviction Campaign and Abahlali baseMjondolo (see