See previous Abahlali baseMjondolo press Statement on: http://hic-gs.org/news.php?pid=7229
Comrade Sibonelo Mpeku in HIC activities in Nairobi in October 2017
Tomorrow Abahlali will hold a
memorial service to respect and honour the life of our late comrade Sibonelo
Mpeku. We will be celebrating his life and his contribution to building the
power of the impoverished in struggle. Mpeku was one of our great cadres who
knew he needed to be humble and respect others in order to demonstrate the kind
of leadership that we want. But at the same time Mpeku knew that he needed to
be firm and brave to realise land, housing and dignity.
There is no other way that we think
we can best respect him, and the other comrades who have lost their lives in
our struggle, than by making sure that what our fallen comrades fought for
lives forever. Mpeku, like many of our comrades was denied the right to dignity
in life. We will bury him with dignity. We have to do all we can to make sure
that his spirit inspires us all to insist on our dignity, and a world that
respects the dignity of all people.
The memorial service will also help
us build unity and solidarity amongst the community and the movement in these
trying times. We note with great concern the threats and fear that continues to
tear apart the hope and the inspiration of our communities. Along with the
crisis in Sisonke Village in Lamontville our comrades are also facing serious
intimidation and threats in Asiyindawo, also in Lamontville, Silver City in
uMlazi, Cato Manor, Bhambayi in Inanda, Clare Estate and Newcastle in Northern
KwaZulu-Natal. In Lindelani ANC and IFP local structures have colluded against
Abahlali and two of our leaders are in hiding.
We will do our best to ensure that
all the families who lost their love ones are accommodated in this memorial
service. We will do all we can to rise above the politic of division, fear and
bloodshed and to unite the oppressed around a democratic politics and an
We would like to invite all
progressive movements, church leaders and struggling communities to be with us
in Sisonke Village. The Memorial Service will be held at Sisonke near sport
ground at 14:00pm tomorrow Thursday, 23 November 2017.
S’bu Zikode: (President) 083 547 0474
Mqapheli Bonono: (Provincial Chairperson)
073 067 3274
Land & Dignity!
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