Picket South African consulate today (Sat) 2pm, 1 Kimberley Road, Epsom, Auckland

Picketing South Africa 20 years on

For the first time in 20 years New Zealanders will picket a South African government institution in Auckland tomorrow in protest at yesterday’s killing of striking mine-workers by South African police.

The appalling scenes where up to 18 workers were shot dead are reminiscent of the darkest days of apartheid – the Sharpeville massacre of 1960 and the murder of black school children in Soweto in June 1976 come immediately to mind.

The precise details of the killings are unclear but irrespective of this the blame lies squarely with the ANC government which has been in power for 18 years while conditions have become worse for most South Africans.

The mineworkers strike and the struggle for decent housing, health, incomes and education are the same struggles the ANC once supported but have turned their backs on since gaining power.

They have betrayed the core principles of the historic “Freedom Charter” and instead followed free-market economic policies which has meant little change in the lives of the poorest South Africans while a wealthy elite, which includes a few black faces now, has become obscenely rich.

Race-based apartheid has been replaced with economic apartheid.

New Zealanders didn’t protest on the streets to pave the way for a small number of black millionaires to be created at the expense of the majority.

Last year in a withering attack on the ANC Bishop Desmond Tutu said the ANC government was in some ways worse than the old apartheid regime and told South African President Jacob Zuma that the day would come when people would pray for the defeat of the ANC.

For many that day can’t come soon enough.

The picket will be held outside the new South African consulate in Auckland at 1 Kimberley Road, Epsom, Auckland from 2pm tomorrow, Saturday 18th August.

Included on the picket line will be some veterans of the anti-apartheid struggle.

John Minto
GPJA Spokesperson
Ph (09) 8463173 (H)
Mob 0220850161
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Solidarity with Mine Workers at Marikana Platinum http://abahlali.org/node/9032

South African miners fired on by police

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3 Responses to Picket South African consulate today (Sat) 2pm, 1 Kimberley Road, Epsom, Auckland

  1. Don Franks says:

    This afternoon five Wellington activists crashed the Victoria university based seminar:
    “ANC Centenary Conference : How New Zealand helped to end Apartheid”and made a short sharp protest.
    We initially turned up to protest outside, but there were hardly any public there at that time of day.
    So we evaded security to enter the packed lecture theatre, where attendees were awaiting the introduction of a guest speaker. In tense silence, our group made a slow circuit of the theatre, crossing the front of the main stage before leaving. We held up signs saying “South Africa – stop shooting striking workers” and distributing leaflets exposing the ANC. Some of the crowd looked affronted, but I think our small solidarity action put ANC police atrocities more clearly in focus for the conference.

  2. Nico says:

    I was born in South Africa in 1971 and was not part of Apartheid, a word that everyone around the world and especially in South Africa is using and hiding behind when things does not turn out as they want it to be.

    My family and I left South Africa three years ago due to this word as it is now used against all the other races, so discrimination and Apartheid is still an issue as it is in this beautiful country New Zealand. To he honest this is throughout the world, the only difference is that South Africa used the word Apartheid and it was published as a law.

    Do yourself a favour and look at America’s, Australia and as I said New Zealand’s history and even how people treat and feel about other races including the indigenous people of New Zealand today (who were the real indigenous people of New Zealand?) and you will see that you are not a lot better as you think you are.

    Discrimination and Apartheid is also in your country, but you are fortunate that is was not a law. It is easy to throw stones. New Zealand is still saying sorry for their own mistakes from the past and in my opinion will do for years to come. Now I am doing the same as you, commenting on New Zealand history which I do not know a lot of, but more that some New Zealanders.

    It is easy to say how you helped to end Apartheid, why are you not continuing? What are you doing in your own country?

    I am not at all happy with how South Africa is “managed” by our new leaders as they still blame Apartheid for their mistakes, hiding behind a word. I love South Africa with a passion and will always defend it.

    I want to ask you a question. I do not know if you grew up in South Africa and what you really know about it. It is unfortunate that people lost their lives, but if you were one of the police officers, what would you have done if people storm you with weapons? Will you run or stand still and wait to see what is going to happen? Will you wait to see if they are going to murder you? In this case I feel that the police acted correctly as people do not fear the law in South Africa and criminals have more rights.

    If this is such a big issue for you and your followers, why do you not comment on all the farmers and old people who are killed, raped and attacked or is the numbers not enough to comment on?

    As I said, I am not at all happy with what is going on in my country, but if you do not know the history and did not live there then you can not really comment.

    What are you doing today regarding the Apartheid and discrimination of the South African leaders and their followers against all of the other races in South Africa?

    I am glad that there is a platform to comment and that you see what is happening, but it would even be more if you were to see the bigger picture.

    The law “Apartheid” is gone since 1994 but Apartheid will always be there, now against other cultures.

  3. Werner Grimbeek says:

    How is this being tolerated???

    – Over One hundred and Forty Five Thousand people murdered in South Africa since 2004.
    – Over 43 people murdered on average every day in South Africa.
    – The world average for murder is 7.6 per 100 000 people. Murder in South Africa is 36.5 per 100 000.
    – 16000 people were murdered in SA in the twelve months between 2010/2011.·
    – In 2010/11 some 44 murders, 181 sexual offences, 278 aggravated robberies, and 678 burglaries were committed per day.

    When did we just accept???

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