Tuesday, May 20, 2008

20 May 2008 – Human Rights

Today on Sakhisizwe we had an interview with Nomfundo Mogapi – Manager of the Trauma and transition programme at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. We spoke about the xenophobic violence that has marred the country. The attacks that started last week in Alexander has left at least 24 people dead, many more injured. What started small has now spread to several other townships, as well as the Johannesburg CBD.
The question everyone is asking is – what went wrong, what prompted this and how do we solve this problem and make sure it does not spread to other provinces as well? If you want to know more about their organisation you can contact their offices on (011) 403 5650 or visit www.csvr.org.za, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral committee member for safety Dumisani Ximbi said in a statement, that the spread of these attacks has prompted the city to ensure that similar incidents are not instigated on a similar scale. He has appealed to communities and leaders across Cape Town to discourage any forms of violence or intolerance and to inform the police immediately of any incidents.

Lastly we were joined by Helen MacGregor – Programme Coordinator at the Development Action Group to talk about Upgrading Informal settlements. The Development Action Group’s Informal Settlements Upgrading Programme aims to influence the dominant approach to upgrading toward a pro-poor multi-sectoral approach guided by the principles of inclusive participatory development. Early this year in his budget speech the Minister of Finance, Trevor Manuel said about R2, 2-billion will be spent on upgrading informal settlements. Helen explained more about their programme and how successful it has been so far. If you want more information about the organisation you can contact their offices at (021) 448 7886 or visit www.dag.org.za
Pic: DAG Staff members - www.dag.org.za

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