Bekezela Benefit Fund
- By: The Evelyn Foundation
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/bekezela-benefit-fund
On Friday, 2 June 2017, the Bekezela community in Newtown (Johannesburg) were descended upon and cast about based on a two-year-old court order. The enforcing agents managed, until such time as the City of Johannesburg obtained an urgent court interdict, to not only trample on their constitutional rights – but on their physical beings and property as well.
Out of a community of about 500, at least 100 (over 65 families) had their homes trashed, and their means-to-work brought to an end. Rubber bullet casings littered the street after the intervention. But their possessions and cash were either rubbished or taken. All their means to make a living are gone.
Thoko, a resident of the community, made a distress call to 702 saying, “the Red Ants are here… they’ve just thrown our things. They are hitting our children and even the women. Please send the police to help us.”
There are multiple reasons we have started our Bekezela Benefit Fund. The community has suffered, even though they tried their best to address all the legal issues. In the immediate term, they need food (non-perishable), warmth (blankets, to start with, clothing, etc. to follow), and fluids. The recyclable materials they had gathered to sell were largely decimated – so they need to start over again.
In order to assist this community, lift them back up, and get them back to earning their living, we need your help. Please help us make a difference in their lives by making a financial contribution of your choosing to this fund.
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