We are part of Gra­ham­stown

Grocott's Mail - - #BRING BACK OUR FRIENDS -

mis­take, if we have to we will fight back.

There is no peace in Gra­ham­stown. What has hap­pened to us was de­struc­tive, heart­less and cruel. Like ev­ery­one else in the coun­try we have been very im­pressed by the stu­dents’ strug­gle. We would also like our chil­dren to be able to go to univer­sity. The stu­dents are fight­ing for all of us. We are call­ing on the stu­dents to sup­port us.

We are all peo­ple. We must treat each other with re­spect. We want peace. On Fri­day, at 1pm, we will gather at the City Hall and we will pray out­side the City Hall. We will do this to show that we are still here, that we are also South Africans, that we are also part of Gra­ham­stown and to protest against what has been done to us. We are ask­ing any­one who be­lieves in jus­tice and that all peo­ple should be re­spected to form a hu­man chain around us as we pray.

We is­sue the fol­low­ing ten de­mands:

1. Ja­cob Zuma and his whole cabi­net must come to Gra­ham­stown, see what is hap­pen­ing and meet with us to dis­cuss this cri­sis and a way for­ward.

2. The po­lice, the coun­cil­lors and the mayor need to com­mu­ni­cate clearly with the com­mu­nity about what is hap­pen­ing with the killings. This must hap­pen im­me­di­ately.

3. The me­dia must clearly com­mu­ni­cate that ru­mours about the killings in Gra­ham­stown are not true.

4. There must be a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the role of

Photo: Kate Janse van Rens­burg

po­lice, the taxi as­so­ci­a­tion and the coun­cil­lors in th­ese at­tacks.

5. Home Af­fairs need to set up a spe­cial process to get new pass­ports for our hus­bands.

6. Our hus­bands need to be safe to be able to come back and open their shops. We need to be safe. Our chil­dren need to be safe.

7. Peo­ple must ac­cept the way that we dress.

8. The gov­ern­ment must give sup­port to us re­build our shops, our homes.

9. The po­lice must in­ves­ti­gate th­ese killings prop­erly and must com­mu­ni­cate the progress of their in­ves­ti­ga­tion prop­erly.

10. The po­lice must in­ves­ti­gate the at­tacks on us as well as the loot­ing of our shops prop­erly.

We are re­quest­ing peo­ple to help us, our chil­dren and our hus­bands with cloth­ing, toi­letries and food. We are also re­quest­ing le­gal sup­port so that we can sue the po­lice and Hi-Tec for com­pen­sa­tion as in most cases they did not try and stop the loot­ing.

We are also re­quest­ing that all churches, trade unions, and com­mu­nity lead­ers must unite to op­pose th­ese ru­mours and to op­pose the at­tempt to drive us out of Gra­ham­stown.

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