The Symphony Way Anti-Eviction Campaign reports on a spate of killings in Cape Town's notorious Blikkiesdorp and demands to know what the City of Cape Town is doing to address their circumstances.
31 July 2011
We warned the City.
We warned the courts.
We warned the public.
Fearing for our lives and with a heavy heart, we write this to tell Zille, Plato and de Lille and say: We told you so!
Yesterday, the morning of 28 July, Blikkiesdorp exploded into a full-scale drug war. This is what we warned the government against when we resisted our eviction to Blikkiesdorp from the pavement of Symphony Way. The shacks we built ourselves were better than the shacks that our City has built and dumped us in. We, as residents of this camp, have no control here because the City has disempowered us and stood by while drug-dealers have invaded the 'temporary' relocation area.
Yesterday morning, two adults were shot in broad daylight by three gunmen. Yesterday evening, a revenge shooting took place and three more people were shot and are now in hospital. One of those shot was a teenage boy, a member of the Symphony Way Pavement Dwellers. Some people have been arrested but all the residents of Blikkiesdorp know that this is only the beginning as revenge killings are likely to continue in the weeks to come.
We as the Symphony Way and wider Blikkiesdorp community have complained to the City of Cape Town and the police about the invasion of our community by drug dealers but it seems that they do not care. They always present us with plans about what they will do - yet they end up doing nothing! Two years ago, when we came to Blikkiesdorp, the High Court ordered the government to build a satellite police station in Phase 2 of Blikkiesdorp - yet that building today remains a white elephant. Blikkiesdorp is now in it’s fourth year of tension, crime and poverty. Our complaints are falling on deaf ears. We need to know what the City of Cape Town and the police are going to do about the crime and poverty here - or must we all die before they actually do something?
We were safe on Symphony Way and various other places because we, the people, controlled our own communities. The City of Cape Town created this monster by putting us in government shacks that they control from their offices in town. You can't bureaucratically manage a community of 15,000 from fancy offices 40 kilometres away. They must now all come to Blikkiesdorp. We challenge them to live here until they solve this problem. Perhaps then, they might understand how their inaction kills us.
Sunday morning at 03h30 in the morning, gunshots break out in Phase 1 while the community wait for militant force protection. But the worst nightmare of it all is when there is an eviction you notice more law enforcement members/police in the concentration camp. On the 21 July 2011 in a meeting with the City, they announced a roll-out plan for the community of Blikkiesdorp, but it is secret information. How can information be secret when the community just want to know when will the City of Cape Town build them the houses, but instead throw them into a war zone with drug dealers? Since the 28 July 2011 twelve structures were left with bullet holes + forty residents were in the meanwhile traumatised and six hospitilised. When will the government act on these unlawful cowboys and crooks?
For more information, contact:
Chairperson (SWAEC): Jerome 073 143 8886
Secretary (SWAEC): Sarita 076 469 9843
Spokesperson (BLIKKIESDORP): Willy 073 144 3619
(Chairperson P-Block): Marietta 078 834 5339