Chairperson, at Vusimuzi, in Ward 90 in Tembisa, Ekurhuleni, the municipality, along with supporters of the ward councillor, Hendrick Selwana, are attacking and destroying people's homes. When people
mobilise in order to stop the attacks they are threatened with violence. The leader of Abahlali baseMjondolo in the area, Melita Ngcobo, was assaulted, arrested and then jailed. She has been denied medical attention. What has become of our world ... our nation for abusing and violating women's rights as well as human rights?
South Africa is facing a very painful and difficult situation of femicide, the killing of women. It is very shameful to see our government doing the same thing to people who are fighting for basic rights such as the right to a home.
The demolition of homes still continues in the area. Melita Ngcobo was arrested for standing up to a government that attacks poor black people in violation of the law and a court order. She was standing up for the dignity of human beings; for justice. Instead of defending her, the police stood by while she was assaulted by supporters of the councillor. They then arrested her, detained her and denied her medical attention.
The ANC is contradicting itself. President Ramaphosa and Police Minister Mr Cele have committed themselves to ensuring that the government works to stop gender-based violence. Yet, the very same organs of state that are supposed to protect women in our country are violating their rights. We call for an urgent halt to the demolition of people's homes in Ekurhuleni. Makuyekwe! [Stop it!]