Again, I receive pleas for help on a regular basis here. My church decided not to house people in the building but to do personal home housing and only to our members first. But many churches opened their doors. And there was even a report (from Anna) of a church who’s pastor would not allow the harbored refugees to be released to go to the city “camps” because his church was a better housing facility. He would not release refugees to go anywhere that wasn’t better than his church facility. I like that.
To remind you, since attacks by poor Black South Africans on poor Black foreign national Africans on May 11th in a township called Alexandra part of Joburg, that violent conflagration has spread across the dry germinating seeds of discontent in the country to illuminate an implosive condition in South Africa. Violence even came to
Over the month of May we’ve lost about 56 or so lives due to the violence. Refugees have called me to help organize student-letter drives to the UN (tough when students are in exams). Or they people call for me to help give money or donate food or clothing. Or I am called to organize my church and mobilize them (you remember I mentioned this in part I). So the crisis is still not solved.
Manuel slams 'reckless' Zille
May 22 2008 07:04:16:340PM
DA leader Helen Zille's statement that foreigners are responsible for SA's drug problem could lead to more xenophobia, says the finance minister.
"It's necessary for us to guard against labelling, all of us have a responsibility to guard against fanning the flames of violence," he said.
Zille said in an address to New Woodlands residents in
The DA leader had also attacked the Home Affairs Department's immigration policy, saying the department made it easier for drug dealers to enter the country.
"If you are a skilled person then the system says no to you, but if you do enter illegally and sell drugs then it is OK," she said.
She, however, told the community to reject violence.
Manuel said Zille's statements were "reckless" as they could easily incite people to attack foreigners.
Here is another press release on Zille and the CT situation. Normally I write my own analyses but I wanted you to see these two things.
Zackie Achmat, TAC: +27-83-467-1152 (evenings)
Gregg Gonsalves, ARASA, +27-78-456-3848 (days)
Health and Human Rights Groups Condemn Cape Town Mayor Helen Zille for
Promotion of Internment Camps in Current Xenophobic Crisis
AIDS Law Project (ALP) and the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa
(ARASA) jointly condemn Helen Zille, the Mayor of Cape Town, for her
continued insistence on setting up internment camps in remote locations
throughout the Cape Town Metro area to deal with the thousands of people
displaced by xenophobic violence and harassment over the past two weeks.
Based on sound principles of public health and human rights as well as
accepted procedures for the management of displaced persons, we are calling
for all individuals to be sheltered as close to where they originally
resided, so that they can be near their regular health facilities, schools
and places of employment. Furthermore, we believe that seeking local
solutions for displaced persons can foster voluntary reintegration into
communities, which exile to internment camps far from their original homes
will simply make more difficult. Additionally, filling up camps with
thousands of people in close proximity is a severe infectious disease risk
for diarrhea, tuberculosis, and other serious infection. Finally, setting
up a parallel system of public services in the internment camps, including
health and sanitation, is inefficient and will create further stress on
normal provision of these services around the city and the province.
We call on Cape Town Mayor Helen Zille and Western Cape Premier Ebrahim
Rasool to work together to ensure that displaced persons find shelter as
close to their original homes as possible, by opening all public facilities
under the jurisdiction of the city and the province to temporarily house
these individuals as the first step towards community reintegration. The
groups are also calling for additional resources to be made available to
promote reintegration of displaced persons and their access to essential
services as well as to protect their health, safety and well-being. If
these demands are not met TAC, ALP and ARASA will consider legal action to
ensure that the internment camps are shut down and their inhabitants
reintegrated into their local communities of origin in a timeous manner.