Delivered at the Kennedy Road shack settlement, 27 April 2008, published on the Abahlali baseMjondolo site on 30 April 2008
SPEECH DELIVERED TO ABAHLALI BASEMJONDOLO EVENT FOR UNFREEDOM DAY
For many years the courage and dignity of our people under oppression was a light to the world.
There was a time when our country was a light to the world. But that light has grown so dim that there is a real danger of it being extinguished altogether.
Today millions of our people live in shacks in life threatening conditions, constantly at risk of fire and disease because they have no electricity or sanitation, while we build stadiums, casinos and theme parks.
Today we are, once again, forcing the poor out of our cities to rural townships where there are no jobs or schools or prospects for hope.
Today our brothers and sisters are being beaten and tortured by the criminal state in Zimbabwe and, when they have fled to our country for sanctuary, beaten and burnt out of their homes by ordinary South Africans and deported by our government.