Friday, April 21, 2006

UnFreedom Day / Asikhululekile

The 27th April marks the day in South Africa on which the first free elections were held in 1994: Freedom Day, is how the government consecrated the event. The end of Apartheid has been followed by arrangements that are less detestable, but not by much. Inequality is up in what was, by state policy, one of the world's most persistently unequal societies. Not to worry, you might counter. If inequality is increasing, it's not because the poor are getting poorer, but that there's a few people getting richer - an augury of redistribution and high income for all. But the poor are getting poorer. As this report suggests, "50 percent of South African households lived on less than R2 899 per month for a household of eight in 2004, up from 40 percent in 1994."

In Durban this year, the 27th is being marked as UnFreedom Day by a number of Durban-based social movements, including the Shackdwellers, the South Durban Environmental Action Coalition and the Concerned Citizen's Forum. You can read more by downloading a bilingual flyer, a press release in English or Zulu, or an excellent 1.4MB pamphlet.


At 9:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey I am posting here because I am not sure if you will get my post on your other earlier post of Birjinder Singh's death. I have searched all over the place and have not found any information on his death in any major news paper not even the oakland tribune. Please offer as to how this truly inspiring individual died. Any information would be appreciated.

Thank you.

At 12:20 AM, Blogger Raj said...

Hello Anonymous - no, there's no news about how Birj died. Sorry.

At 8:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That seems really odd. Was/is there an investigation going on? I mean if they have a body they can run tests and determine something. Its just sad to hear that a person's death is inconclusive. There should be answers he deserves it. I hope there is justice for him. I just can't wrap my brain around the fact that there are no answers unless there is a reason there are no answers and in that case I guess people will never know what happened to him. Can you at least fill in where he was found? Was he at home? Man I feel for his family, how hard this must be on them. From what I have read he had just returned from his trip... was he sick?
Please shed light.

Thank you.

At 10:45 AM, Blogger Raj said...

I don't know a great deal about this, anonymous. I'm sorry.

At 10:47 AM, Anonymous Tina said...

Raj darling,

Where the hell are you? It's me, your Zimbabwean female friend from Geneva. I have been looking for you, and have only found you, at least, that looks like your mug! I am glad to see that you are still the same fighter you always were....


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