FARMING INEQUITY: Farmworkers demand their rights while 20,000 in Drakenstein municipality face evictions
Farmworkers across the Western Cape are still facing evictions from farms with up to 20,000 people facing evictions in one municipality. While South Africa observed Human Rights Day on 21 March, farmworkers question when their rights will be respected and enforced by the president and the Ministry of Rural Development and Land Reform.
The African National Congress’s 2019 election manifesto released in January refers to the need to broaden ownership of the economy and ‘a focus on extending worker ownership across the sectors of the economy’ as an essential part of transforming the South African economy to serve all the people. We believe that including workers in the democratic ownership of companies via employee stock ownership plans may well be a viable option for South Africa to consider.
‘Apocalypse’. ‘Dystopian nightmare’. ‘Mass fatalities’. ‘Catastrophe’. ‘Cholera outbreak.’ If one had to guess the source of these frightening prophecies regarding the fate of the Cape coastline, one could be forgiven for imagining they were issued by a paperback blockbuster author or a conspiracy-theorist podcaster.
Cape Town activist group Reclaim the City peacefully occupied the Rondebosch Golf Club on 21 March to highlight issues with land distribution. Residents from Khayelitsha, Philippi and other informal settlements gathered together to celebrate Human Rights Day on a piece of land they say is inaccessible to them.
HUMAN RIGHTS DAY: Activists must continue the fight to preserve democracy, Community House gathering told on Human Rights Day
While apartheid might be over, activism and a sense of community was still needed in South Africa if the country is to be truly free and democratic for those who live in it. On Human Rights Day, activists gathered at one of Cape Town’s most historic sites of activism and resistance to talk about the role activism plays in a democracy.
The IEC announced that a record 48 political parties have successfully registered to contest the 2019 general elections. Most have been formed recently, suggesting that many see an opportunity to capitalise on voter uncertainty after the Zuma years. Noteworthy, too, is the number of religious parties — with churches hoping to turn congregant numbers into political power. In the first of a two-part series, we take a brief look at the parties appearing on the ballot sheet in May.