The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) Jack Charles Bezuindenhout Region (previously known as Wits Central) is incensed by the racist remarks made by the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Greater Roodepoort area, that the Princess Informal Settlement, mainly occupied by working class and poor Black Africans will lower the cost of living or the property value of the adjacent suburbs and will lead to high crime rate in the area.
This unfortunate statement by the fascist and Nazi inspired DA, clearly demonstrates that Zille’s party is not genuinely committed to a non-racial South Africa, wherein both Black and Whites live side-by-side and in harmony.
The DA’s call is further proof that Zille and her ilk still harbour the old apartheid Bantu segregation living conditions, whereby the historically deprived and oppressed majority stay or condense into impoverished locations and apartheid created slums, far away from their places of work and niceties.
This false notion by the DA that Black people or poverty is the main cause of crime is a fallacy.
We hold the view that Capitalism as a system is barbaric, greedy, evil, immoral and corrupt and is the major cause of all these social ills engulfing humanity.
This should serve as a wake-up call to our working class and poor people that everything the DA does borders on racism and anti-working class.
The DA is only interested in capturing electoral power by using our people as voting cattle’s in order to bring back apartheid in South Africa.
We call on the ANC-led Johannesburg Municipality, as majority party and which was entrusted with a massive electoral power by our poor people to govern the City, to move with speed in the development and service delivery provision in Princess Informal Settlement.
We strongly believe that this will go a long way in reversing or denting the apartheid spatial development and the legacy of Colonialism of a Special Type (CST) as presented by the racialised living conditions of our people.
The development of the Princess Informal Settlement will be in line with the ideals and objectives of the Freedom Charter which said, “All people shall have the right to live where they choose, be decently housed, and to bring up their families in comfort and security….(and)… Slums shall be demolished, and new suburbs built where all have transport, roads, lighting, playing fields, crèches and social centres”.
As NUMSA, we also call on the City of Johannesburg and the Provincial Department of Social Development to speedily assist the victims of wild fire in this community which destroyed 35 shacks and now families are displaced and destitute amidst the freezing cold weather season in the province.
Sizwe Dlamini, Regional Secretary – 083 759 3123 /071 874 8228
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