Human rights violations with regard to lack of service delivery and environmental degradation in Masiphumelele Fish/Noord Hoek has landed the Democratic Alliance in hot water. The City of Cape Town was slapped with a Directive by the green scorpions and it got a double whammy when the Public Protector slammed it with an alternative resolution dispute mechanism in terms of the Public Protectors Act to make good on its human rights violations.
The Party has tested this with ruling ANC Party in KZN and are in talks with other Parties with history in the liberation movement in South Africa.
Al Jama-ah is positioning itself to be a partner in a three-party State in 2021.
Ganief Hendricks Ward 4 Candidate in the by-election set to take place on 2 August 2017 has made an election promise to voters in Joe Slovo informal settlement to fight for their environmental rights by ensuring that the City put in place proper sanitorial services, refuse removal services, water rights and adequate stormwater infrastructure to comply with the Constitution and the National Environmental Management Act. Residents burnt down a City Recreational Centre and My City bus because of sloppiness by City officials to provide these services.
Hendricks cut his teeth as an activist fighting for labour rights and won a landmark case for equal pay for equal work in the CCMA. Now he is getting environmental rights for residents in the Masiphumelele Township and has demanded remedial action determined by the Public Protector, the Human Rights Commission and the Director of Environmental Enforcement which is at an advance stage. Sanitation activists are looking forward to landmark findings.
Ganief is PR councillor representing the Aljama-ah political Party and has his eye on being a ward councillor to bribg about radical transfornation in service delivery in ibformal settlements.
The DA says it rules so any attempt by opposition parties to seek redress fails. It will not consider any proposals that may benefit residents.
Babies living in Masiphumele are starting to die as reported in The Cape Times from chest infections and the DA has ignored this warning from the Director of Environment Enforcement 4 months ago.
Al Jama-ah met with the Speaker, submitted a motion, put a written question to the Mayor, did a follow up question with the Mayor in full Council, proposed amendments to the Budget and made two attempts to make use of the Mayor’s open door policy but the DA continued to ignore the warning that its sanitation policies and responses to the living conditions in this township will harm its residents.
The Constitution of South Africa made provisition to deal with such injustices by putting in place chapter 9 institutions. While the Human Rights Commission sat on complaints gor nearly a year before acting the Public Protector has responded more positively and the Party awaits its remedial action. The Party expects a finding by the Public Protector that the DA kills babies and will come up with remedial orders that will save lives. It also expects the Director of Environmental Enforcement to issue a second warning to the DA to stop harming residents of Masiphumelele and put in place long term monitoring of service delivery neglect in the township.
There are six infants in the local hospital suffering from chest complaints, the one that has died being buried on Mandela Day.
Al Jama-ah is now taking legal advice on prosecuting those responsible for non compliance with the National Environment Management Act causing these deaths.