A whole lot of individuals marched by the streets of Central Johannesburg to the Gauteng Legislature on Saturday morning. The protest highlighted authorities’s failures in response to Covid-19.
First revealed by GroundUp
The protest was divided into teams to make sure bodily distancing and marshalls have been sanitising folks’s palms as they protested. Some folks have been holding indicators which learn: “Freedom from starvation”, “Decongest casual settlements and backyards for social distancing” and “authorities we demand you hear us”.
The protesters mentioned the ANC authorities had failed to guard and help poor folks throughout the Covid-19 lockdown which had resulted in starvation, job losses and evictions.
“The UIF TERS and different social grants have been a failure. Meals distribution by no means occurred. Their schemes and guarantees have solely opened up avenues for corruption by the ANC and its supporters, together with huge enterprise,” learn a press release launched by the Informal Staff Recommendation Workplace.
Different organisations like Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) Gauteng Staff Discussion board, Eldorado Park Housing Activity Staff, C19 Coalition, Wits EFF Pupil Command and others participated within the protest.
Government Mukwevho, from the EPWP Gauteng Staff Discussion board, mentioned they have been protesting as a result of many employees had been fired or retrenched throughout the lockdown.
“The federal government requested us to stick to lockdown laws and keep at residence. They mentioned they might give us R350 grants and meals parcels so we stayed at residence. However two weeks later, none of this occurred and we have been left hungry,” he mentioned addressing the group on the Gauteng Legislature.
He mentioned meals parcels got to ANC members and plenty of employees have been denied the UIF TERS cash in addition to the social aid grant of R350.
Keith Duarte, from Gauteng Housing Disaster Committee, advised GroundUp that pockets of land referred to as the “Southern Farms” had been recognized for housing in Eldorado Park in 2014.
However he mentioned nobody had obtained housing but regardless of being on the ready checklist for a few years. “That is what this authorities is doing … They arrive to pacify us and have conferences with leaders earlier than us the place they make these guarantees [of housing],” he mentioned.
The Eldorado Park group has realised that they can not combat their battles in isolation in order that they determined to affix the Gauteng Housing Disaster Committee which consists of about 22 communities, he mentioned.
“We wish to take possession of the Southern Farms so we are able to construct and have homes,” mentioned Duarte.
Duarte mentioned corruption within the ANC authorities was the rationale why many individuals had been on the housing checklist for thus lengthy however had not obtained homes.
Magdalein Kock, a resident of Eldorado Park, mentioned that bodily distancing had been extraordinarily troublesome when staying in a yard with about 40 folks.
She lives in a shack with eight different folks. There are 4 shacks in a single yard. Kock had been on the housing ready checklist in Gauteng for over 11 years, she mentioned. DM