Supporting South African Anti-Privatisation Protesters

Aug 16, 2002

South Africa House, Thursday 15 August 2002

The demonstration in solidarity with activists facing trial in South Africa was a good success.

Over 100 people turned out to South Africa House and turned many a head with chants of “Our World is not for Sale – Stop protesters going to jail” “Free, free Ngwane, Light and water must be free!” “Defend the Kensington 87, don’t let them go to jail – Water and light are a right, Our World is Not for Sale!”

We heard speakers from the World Development Movement, a socialist from Botswana, an RMT union activist and a socialist from the UK who is in close contact with Trevor Ngwane. After the speeches the protest marched around the block, attracting even more attention to this unexpected Central London spectacle. the response of passers by was excellent and we did much to raise the profile of the South African comrades’ campaign here in London.

Activists turned out from War on Want, WDM, Globalise Resistance, the Movement for Democratic Change (Zim) and a number of socialist groups.

The trial of our friends in Johannesburg has now been postponed until October 23. Sounds like a good opportunity to turn up the pressure.


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