Kennedy Road Development Committee

In September 2009, the Clare Estate Drop In Centre (CEDIC), a community-based project supported by CHOSA was destroyed and its staff evicted after a mob of about 40 people affiliated with the ruling African National Congress descended on the settlement and began attacking community members affiliated with the movement Abahlali baseMjondolo.

Community-members rose up in self-defense after violence that left two dead and many injured. In the days that followed, the police stood by as Abahlali members were attacked and their homes destroyed with thousands of people fleeing the settlement. The 100+ children who are usually fed and cared for by CEDIC were forced to go without food. CEDIC's daycare center was also ransacked and forced to close forever.

CHOSA wrote this statement in support of Kennedy Road community-members in the aftermath of the attached.

During the violence, CHOSA approved an emergency grant of R50,000 to the Kennedy Road community to help those who had been attacked, displaced and falsely arrested. The money was used by the development committee towards providing emergency food, blankets and accommodation to displaced families. School children who had lost everything they owned were bought clothes and books and families were provided with funds to visit political prisoners falsely arrested and held without bail in the Kennedy 12 political trial.

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