I have been to the United States on 3 occasions (not counting the time I took a evening train via Maine that dipped into New England travelling from eastern Canada to Montreal – lots of nice, dark trees…): once to a youth congress in the tiny town of Macomb, Illinois, after when driving by way of northern Michigan, Duluth, Minnesota, and Grand Forks, North Dakota (once again, en route from a single part of Canada to one more, taking the quickest route(!)), and in the summer season of 2001 when I flew from London to Washington, and took the train up by means of to New York, and then on to Boston (eerily, about 3 months prior to the World Trade Center attacks). But while creating solidarity for your march, you might have found that the very same jobs have been promised to other nearby communities that you would never ever have met in the course of ordinary life lived with absolutely everyone in their spot. We require to address this query of the Third Force so that individuals never turn into confused. We remain convinced that the land and the wealth of this globe need to be shared relatively and equally.
None of the handful of legal solutions available to struggling communities are allowed by their donors to take on criminal circumstances, and so men and women frequently commit months and months in prison awaiting trial. It will finish its job when land and housing, electricity and standard services have been won and poverty eliminated. The Fourth Force is land, housing, water, electrical energy, well being care, education and perform. As South Africa was hosting the World Cup Abahlali warned that it will not advantage the poorest of the poor in our land.
The deal that we negotiated with the eThekwini Municipality to upgrade two settlements and to supply fundamental solutions to fourteen settlements was another setback to the eradication agenda of the politicians. They want to show the globe Soccer City but hide eTwatwa, Blikkiesdorp, Westville Prison, the red ants and the shack fires all about the nation.
The recent announcement by the eThekwini Municipality that they will accede to our demand to give solutions which includes, for the first time because 2001, electricity to settlements across the city is one more victory of our struggle and one more key setback to the eradication agenda. Leading up to the Planet Cup there were a lot more evictions and pending court cases in different parts of the nation. Stopping the rush to celebrate the Globe Cup by raising all these concerns and condemning these attacks on the poor as immoral and illegitimate has been a slap on the authorities’ faces.
The South African government has overspent its price range in building a ‘world class country’ and could not match and balance such expenditure with social requirements such housing and the provision of the most fundamental solutions. The amount that has been spent for the Planet Cup could have built at least one particular millions residences for the poor. The strength and the autonomy of the movement compels us all to strive for a just globe, a world that is totally free, a planet that is fair and a globe that appears following all its creations.