Fri, Jan 21, 2022

Governance & Political Transformation

Disadvantages for the poor and Advantages for rich

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by Rapule Moiloa

With South Africa having moved to level 1 of the lockdown and lockdown restrictions eased the country will be having local government elections. Political parties are allowed to have rallies and canvas but poor people who are unemployed, no proper homes to stay and are disadvantaged will be taken for a ride again with many promises but those promises will not materialize. Disadvantaged people in rural areas, disadvantaged people in city’s will be promised many things as before. Politicians will take advantage on the poor, needy and those leaving at the foot of the mine dump staying in shacks with out electricity, flushing toilets and all what they need.

Who will police the police?

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Whilst the lock down is slowly eased I’ve seen that people can do anything to survive even if it means robbing others. I have also realized that some of the police officials are corrupt taking bribes from illegal gamblers. Gamblers are a group of people who stand on street corners pretending as if they don’t know each other so that they can scam passersby. It is worrisome because it is the police who should be ensuring that people do not gather because the lock down is not yet lifted and the spread of the virus is not yet contained. There are also reports that police are harassing foreign shop owners demanding money, food among other things and one shop owner stated that the same police officers came threatened them with arrests if they did not give them what they wanted.

Meanwhile, I have been following food parcels theft story. Councillors were told not to be part of any food parcel distribution but i have heard how it has been difficult for people to get these food parcels. Unfortunately people have been helping themselves with these food parcels. Early this month many people registered to get food parcels but only a few got the food parcels. Recently, I heard that a Councillor had his car filled with the same food parcels that were supposed to have been given to people in Vusimuzi. He was caught in Limpopo and he was arrested for theft then released after paying 5000 rand bail. Someone who declined to be named said that the same person took some of the mobile toilets that belonged to the people who stay at informal settlement in Vusimuzi to rent them out in Limpopo. The intergrity of our duty bearers is now questionable.

Sefikile Community bemoan detaching from the community for long

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By Amo Tshabalala in Sefikile North West

I had a chance to meet and ask questions about how COVID-19 is affecting the Lekgotla people. I met with the Chairperson and the Deputy Chairperson of Lekgotla and they are both not happy. They complained that everything seem to be stuck saying that if the government can allow mine workers to operate surely they can also them to meet and sort things out, said the Chairperson Mr A.R Manyako and the Deputy Chairperson Mrs B Mogobye.

“Our community is more important than any other things but we are not saying we are going to disobey the rules but it must also come to an end now its been long time now. The community of Sefikile is waiting for us to give them the reports on what happened since COVID-19 and we want to get updates from them too. We are also working, we are not sitting or relaxing and doing nothing, we are very busy and at the end of COVID-19, our community will be surprised because we have a lot of surprises for them and the truth is they deserve some good and surprising news at the end of this crisis. What I can promise you is that there is a lot of work to be done after COVID-19 and we are going to need the community’s support. Remember, we’re working because of the power granted to us by the community,” said the two.

Point of view-citizens must be consulted in issues that affect them

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by Amo Tshabalala

We are being left outside in most critical decisions and as citizens I think we need to be part and parcel of every decision that affects us especially in the COVID-19 crisis. I have observed that most people don’t understand what Corona virus is and it is unfortunate that people are advised to do what they did not take part in. The people who agree with everything said by the President are the ones are the ones whose history of survival are rooted in the political history of the ANC and do not have a clue of what consultation means. This is the matter that we all have to take up. A lot has happened since the the time coronavirus pandemic broke out, but we have never been consulted on decisions made this far. We have seen the outsourcing of Cuban doctors but citizens were never involved. I do believe that we do have people with the same experience as the 2000 Cuban doctors but we are nowhere to be found cause of the decisions made by President Cyril.

Those are the things that makes me wonder if am I really a South African citizen. We’re young people and we have children to look after and it is important for us to actively participate in public decisions. We need to be taken seriously but it’s up to citizens to demand this right. Some of the mine workers now understand the risk associated with this virus, and they think going to work is very risky as some of them already refused to go back to work. They say its risky for them and their families but so somehow they don’t have a choice they are bound to show up at work.

Police confiscate Alcohol

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Cape Town - 1811015 - The City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement Department disposed of nearly 12 000 litres of alcohol at the old abitoir in Ndabini. This is ahead of the festive season. The liquor was confiscated from beach goers and other people contravening alcohol consumption by-laws - Photographer:Tracey Adams/African News Agency(ANA)

by Rapule Moiloa

On the 25th of April law enforcement agents confiscated beers from one of the biggest taverns in Tembisa. The police suspects that the owner of the tavern has been selling alcohol secretly and illegally to people whilst defying lockdown rules and regulations. This lack of compliance forced the police by clearing all fridges that were filled with alcohol and two of the police vans that were used on that day were filled with alcohol.

COVID-19 depriving security forces of their family time

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by Nonkosi in Braamfisher in Soweto…On Monday 12 April four liquor traders were arrested for contravening the Disaster Management Act of 2020 by selling liquor and cigarettes during the lock down. This shows that people are no taking COVID-19 seriously.

One of the soldiers we interfaced with was so frustrated by people of Braamfisher’s behavior. I laughed and said at least you are making money and we SAPS members are getting not anything. He said you are fortunate because you are able to see your family. “I’m home sick and if people don’t listen and behave like this,we will be deployed and stay in our camps till this is over. Money won’t make up for the time lost with our family” said the soldier.
Its the little things that we take for granted that matters more. We are working for long hours forcing people to stay home for their safety. It is unfortunate that street vendors can’t operate their business and the extension of the lock down means that they won’t be able to provide for their families. Every time I go back home I am afraid that I can infect my family. To keep them safe. At least the little that people can do is to stay at home. Nonetheless, I would like to thank our petrol attendants who are rendering services to the essential workers.

Selective application of law undermining lockdown efforts in SA

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A Spaza Shop

by Rapule…Local spaza shops in Tembisa close at 6pm. I nterfaced with one of the foreign shop keeper and asked why did he closes early and he said that the police are moving around advising them to close at 6pm or else the will be arrested or even pay a fine of up to 10000 rands. He said that one of the foreign national shop keepers already paid 10000 rands fine. However, he also said that there are some South African citizens who do not close at the stipulated time which is 6pm and when ever the police move around the person give money to the police.

Army using force to enforce lockdown in Lesotho

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Lesotho Flag Animation (Close-up)

by Rapule Moiloa…A friend of mine from Lesotho said that she witnessed how the lock down is affecting people in Lesotho in terms of how the army uses force with the police is hiding behind the army and allows the army to beat people and use force. The queues at groceries shops are long and she said that Shoprite closes around 11am and the people with small businesses are affected since they sell fast food etc. She also said that at least the government has announced price reduction in fuel prices.

Police action keeps downtown Maputo practically empty

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By: Francisco Manhique…Due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases, the Mozambican government decided to depopulate what is, one of the most frequented places in the city of Maputo. The downtown area, specifically Avenida Guerra Popular, is one of the largest shopping centers in this province. Without this intervention many people would have been infected in that area. What is certain is that many traders in that place do not have / did not have a license for the work they perform and thanks to police intervention, today we see even the tiniest hole in that place.

Acão policial Mantem a baixa da cidade de Maputo praticamente vazia

Por : Francisco Manhique

Com o novo alerta, o governo Moçambicano achou por bem despovoar aquele que é, um dos lugares mais frequentados da cidade de Maputo. Enaltecer, que a baixa da cidade, em específica a Avenida Guerra Popular, é um dos maiores centros comerciais nesta província.

Por detrás deste despovoamento está a ameaça da Covid-19, que em termos de análise, se não houvesse a contestada intervenção policial haveria uma genealogia de transmissão partindo daquele ponto.

O certo é que muitos comerciantes naquele lugar não tem/não tinham licença para o trabalho que desempenham e graças a intervenção policial, hoje vê-se até o mais ínfimo buraco existente naquele lugar.

Coronavirus- Conspiracy theories rock Maputo

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By: Francisco Manhique…It is still possible to move around the city of Maputo in a state of emergency and find a cluster of people without masks. Among the arguments are: We are Africans, this disease kills white people; With African medicine we can cure Covid-19; Our temperatures are not favourable for the survival of Covid-19.

However, on April 10, by the way, Good Friday, it was announced that there were 20 positive cases of corona virus in Mozambique. Not ignoring the question of ignorance, there is also the question of survival, among the people, there are those who work for daily bread, so, among the concerns, there is a possible axiom, “If I stay at home, I will starve and if I go out to work I will be infected with COVID-19”.

This report does not provide answers, but on the other hand, it brings the reality of a people who struggle every day to find what to eat, in this regard, what do we do and what is the government’s role in times of crisis like this?

“A disciplina Salvou a China, A Indisciplina Afogou a Europa e a Ignorância vai Matar a Africa”.

Discipline Saved China, Indiscipline Drowned Europe and Ignorance Will Kill Africa”.

Por: Francisco Manhique

Ainda é possível circular arredores da cidade de Maputo em pleno estado de emergência e encontrar um aglomerado de pessoas e sem mascaras. Entre os argumentos destacam-se:

  • Somos Africanos, essa doença é dos brancos;
  • Com a medicina Africa podemos curar a Covid-19;
  • Nossas temperaturas são imunes a Covid-19.

Entretanto, no dia 10 de Abril, por sinal sexta-feira santa, contabilizavam 20 casos positivos por corona Vírus em Moçambique. Não deixando de lado a questão da ignorância, existe também a questão da sobrevivência, entre as pessoas na imagem, há os que trabalham pelo pão de cada dia, desta forma, entre as preocupações, há um possível axioma, “se fico em casa, passo fome, se saio para trabalhar fico contaminado pelo covid-19”.

Esta reportagem não traz respostas, mas traz por outro lado, a realidade de um povo que luta todos os dias para ter oque comer, quanto a isso, oque fazer? Ou talvez dizer, qual deve ser o papel dp governo em tempos de crise tal como é em tempos do Covid-19.