The Gatvol, The Movement backyarders shutdown have yielded a small “victory” when the HRC commissioner the Rev Chris Nissen intervened when it seemed that the Parkwood protest were headed for clash with Authorities.
One protester which happened to be a woman was manhandled by a SAPS official with the media present where he took his service pistol and chocked the woman around her neck.
This made the protestors react and the Gatvol leader and spokesperson Fadiel Adams tried to explain that what is happening is not what they came for.He called out JP Smith who according to him he sees as the “real mayor” calling the shots as contradicting himself by deploying the extra resources called in to assist but when he is called to deploy resources in gang infested areas he cannot help them.
Oscar Samuels a Gatvol representative says that the coloured people who are the original owners of the land should be given their land back.They were removed from district six,they lived in claremont and constantia but was removed by the white man so now we must live in “hokkies” and flats that is so overcrowded that it has become a breeding ground for crime and gangsters.
We have today shutdown Parkwood and various communities across the cape flats and will continue to do so UNTIL our voices are heard.
The rev Chris Nissen then called for a summit with all the relative roleplayers to escalate the matter and sit around the table with the backyarders to discuss the way forward w.r.t. their current situation and find a solution to where people will no longer wait 35 years for a house of their own.