South African Students Congress

SASCO condemns the apartheid style forced removals in Lenasia

12 November 2012

The South African Students Congress (SASCO) condemns with the harshest words possible the Apartheid style removals and the demolishing of houses of our people, without any shame by government.

We want to point out that the leadership of ANC in government must forever remember that they were voted into government by the people to protect their interests. The failure to acknowledge this reality and work against the interest of the people will in the long run provide fertile ground for a counter-revolution.

Worst of all the demolishing of houses happens in the middle of final examinations in both Basic education and Higher education institutions. This will badly affect the students in their exams. Demolishing their shelter of people instead of building more for the needy is nothing but a reactionary act by our comrades who have long forgotten their roots and principles of the movement.

We wish to remind those people who are busy demolishing houses that we have defeated the system that treated our people with disdain in their own land. The debt incurred by the working class population of Lenasia in the process of building houses and buying the land itself will leave those families in the web of poverty if they are to engage in the same process again. The actions of the Johannesburg metropolitan Municipality are a commitment to building a society fractured along class lines contrary to the long held views of the movement.

Our warning to the Municipality is that they must remember to serve the interest of the people. Those administrative backlogs of the municipality which led to criminal activities taking place in the sale of the municipal land without authorisation has nothing to do with the buyers of the land and the municipality must take ownership of their failures. The municipality must stop the demolishing of houses and find another land to do whatever developmental projects they want to engage upon.

For more information contact:

Ngoako Selamolela, SASCO President, 071 875 2224
Themba Masondo, SASCO Secretary General, 079 1993 421