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DEAR MANDELA

July 18, 2011 , , , , ,

Today July 18th 2011, Nelson Mandela, a symbol of the human struggle for equality turns 93.  Today Mandela is a very old and frail man. As Mr Mandela fades from view, the ideas that he stood for remain glued and do spring different movements and development in South Africa. A week from today “Dear Mandela” a documentary film will have its world premiere at Durban International Film Festival.

When Nelson Mandela was elected President of South Africa in 1994, his government was faced with a seemingly insurmountable task: providing a better life for those who had suffered under apartheid. The cornerstone of Mandela’s ‘unbreakable promise’ was an ambitious plan to ensure housing for all. Sixteen years later, as the number of families living in slums has doubled, a frightening tale of betrayal is unfolding. Source: http://www.dearmandela.com

The government is trying to ‘eradicate the slums’ by evicting shack dwellers from their homes at gunpoint, in scenes eerily reminiscent of apartheid-era forced removals. Determined to stop the bulldozers that are destroying homes and communities, a new social movement made up of the nation’s poorest is challenging the evictions on the streets and in the courts. DEAR MANDELA is the remarkable story of Abahlali BaseMjondolo – Zulu for ‘people of the shacks’. It is considered the largest movement of the poor to emerge in post-apartheid South Africa. Source: http://www.dearmandela.com

Determined to stop the evictions, Mazwi, Zama and Mnikelo met with their communities by candlelight to study and debate new housing legislation. The shack dwellers discovered that the innocuous-sounding Slums Act legalized mass evictions and violated the rights enshrined in the country’s landmark Constitution. They challenged the Slums Act all the way to the highest court in the land – the hallowed Constitutional Court. Source: http://www.dearmandela.com

South Africa’s new apartheid is not about race but about economic and power inequality and the journey for justice and equality continues. The principles are the same, the fight is the same just the names and faces are new.

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