“NO MORE VIOLENCE IN OUR HOSTEL”
By: Nhlanhla Mthembu
The KwaZulu-Natal activist group Right to Know (R2K), joined forces with the Community Justice Forum in a Solidarity Peace Picket against unlawful eviction of residents in Glebelands Hostel at Umlazi Megacity on Wednesday
The Right2Know Campaign called on all faith and community-based organizations, local businesses, political leaders and members of the public to stand in solidarity with Glebelands Hostel dwellers.
They demand an immediate response from all relevant government structures to address this untenable situation and to prioritise peace.
Lately, there have been widespread allegations of corruption, police brutality, political interference and a general failure by the state to act without fear or favor.
Campaigners said that more than twenty residents have been murdered, leaving many families devastated and without their source of income.
“As from the beginning of this year, residents have been brutally and illegally removed from their households, their belongings have been destroyed and they have been threatened,” said campaigner Smangele Mxanga.
Provincial R2K spokesperson, Phezukonke Mthethwa, said that the situation at Glebelands Hostel is another disturbing warning sign of the widespread erosion of our democracy and constitutional rights, and is a direct assault on the rule of law.
We stand here urging residents at the hostel to stop the violence,” said Mthethwa.
The Premier Senzo Mchunu and the eThekwini Municipality officials are expected to address residents on the steps that will be taken to resolve differences among residents, on Sunday.
Community activist Vanessa Burger said that it was promising to hear that authorities were taking actions to address hostel violence.
“We hope they will address the corruption allegations, illegal evictions and assassinations carried out by one faction against the other. We hope they will also offer the counseling for all the families affected by the violence,” added Burger