Local elections offer opportunity to crush racial inequalities in Cape Town


by Veronica Mente

The birth of townships and Cape Flats was neither a mistake nor a coincidence.

There was a deliberate program by the racist authorities to relegate and keep blacks and blacks on the outskirts of the Central Business District (CBD).

When the racist arrivals fought the bubonic plague in 1901, their response was to separate, forcibly remove and isolate all the natives of the Cape.

This racist response, widely supported by the majority of the white community, led to the creation of one of the very first townships, called Ndabeni.

Ndabeni therefore emerges from the racist beliefs and sensitivities of whites and their government, that the natives were dirty, uncivilized and unhealthy and did not deserve to live among human beings.

In essence, the plague was blamed on the indigenous population of Cape Town, hence their segregation. This type of treatment is of course no stranger to people of indigenous descent – the black and colored community.

At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, there were many racist attitudes towards blacks and blacks. We have witnessed numerous incidents of racial profiling in schools, shopping malls, parks and resorts, as if Covid-19 had been brought to South Africa by blacks and blacks.

This attack on the natives was further exposed as the DA government in the Western Cape, in cahoots with the ANC state, deployed a disproportionate number of soldiers and law enforcement personnel to terrorize communities. black and colored, while suburban whites walked their dogs. and even had morning runs without intimidation or interruption.

Cape Town, as the site of origin of racism and colonial violence, has become a symbolic and material embodiment of racial inequality and segregation, even years after the 1994 settlement.

Neither the ANC nor the DA have done anything to resolve Cape Town’s land issue, especially with regard to land use planning.

When the DA celebrates its alleged victories as the ruling Western Cape party, it only thinks of the suburbs.

He talks about clean governance, decent housing, safe parks and neighborhoods, clean streets, good schools and extramural activities for young people.

But where are the clean parks and extramural activities when the youth of Cape Flats and Township are engulfed in drug and alcohol abuse? Where are the safe neighborhoods when we wake up each day to hear the horror stories of gang violence? Where are the dignified homes, as our people live in constant fear of gentrification, forced displacement, demolitions and evictions?

The Western Cape, and Cape Town in particular, under the AD government met the expectations of the first colonial administrator, Jan van Riebeeck.

Land use planning in the Western Cape has also reinforced the economic exclusion of blacks and blacks.

Our people wake up before sunrise to take inefficient trains and buses, and line up for taxis to get to work, only returning after sunset, leaving them no time to spend with their children and families.

Veronica Mente is the National President of the EFF and the Party’s Chief Whip in Parliament.

Even as black and colored professionals attempt to advance their careers, sky-high rent prices prevent anyone who is not white from affording the standard of living of suburban Cape Town and the communities near the business. economic.

The oppressed and dehumanized people of Cape Flats must use this upcoming local government election to fight against the uneven allocation of municipal budgets.

The people of Manenberg, Gugulethu, Delft, Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain must use this election to challenge all those who seek to divide racial-based communities so that they can deepen the structural and economic divide between white and indigenous communities.

We have the opportunity to right the wrongs and injustices of the past by eliminating the administrators of neo-colonialism.

* Mente is the national president of the EFF and the party’s chief whip in Parliament.

** The opinions expressed here are not necessarily those of the independent media.

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