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south africa gov says it will defeat anti poverty rallies
We appeal to the ANC to tread carefully on this question of the apparent anti-poverty actions in the country, the ANC must not forget the tradition of its founders such as Chief Luthuli, and indeed should reexamine them so as to make better decisions from their positions "above" and "below" in South African and global society, the ANC must be on the right side of history today, if it does not want to dishonor the history of Luthuli and company,
In the article inserted below, we notice that once again the media is raising the spectre of xenophobia, when in point of fact it really appears to be desperate people striking out against the structure and its policies as they understand it. Again we emphasize that if this is a real indigenous revolt against the realities of monopoly finance capital pitiless slave plantation-like dominance, then they should be receiving the support of all who love progress and real justice. And as such an indigenous revolt against foreign interests exploiting them is not NOT the same as xenophon that is what the sane world calls fighting for justice and human rights, among other things.
If this is not an indigenous uprising, then the ANC authorities must present the facts supporting this...else the ANC will once again use its resources and capabilities against the African people and against the bulk of humanity's interest. The ANC must rethink its commitment to the neo-colonialist accommodation they affected with global monopoly capital. Monopoly capital and its platforms, neo-conservatism and neo-liberalism are on the rope, the ANC must not kill its own people in a futile effort to save capitalist oppression and exploitation. Instead ANC should do the smart thing and use the AU activities around the construction of the African Union Authority to realize Nkrumah's dream of the African Giant (that is union government) ushering in the reawakening and rebirth of the African world, a historically significant landmark in global civilization and the means and methods required to achieve true democracy, peace, justice and freedom. It is the way to assure our people and the people of the world optimal happiness. All we need to do is embrace the optimal zone of development and plan for the optimal benefit to the African citizenry around the world. You know this is true, so why hesitate? As Nkrumah pleaded backed in the mid - 60s, please take the bull by the horn and get involved with the struggle to realize the Union government of a socialist Africa.
http://news. bbc.co.uk/ 2/hi/africa/ 8164956.stm
South Africa vows to stop riots
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There have been riots in townships across the country
</td></tr></tbody></table> South Africa's government has vowed to crack down on riots in townships where residents are demanding better basic services, such as water and housing.
"We are not going to allow anybody to use illegal means to achieve their objective," a local government minister said on South African radio.
The warning came as the leader of unemployed protesters in Durban said the anger "was the tip of the iceberg."
The riots are being seen as a major challenge for new President Jacob Zuma.
He promised to improve services when he came to power in May, and said fighting poverty was his priority.
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This is just the tip of the iceberg and I myself cannot stop the people because they are angry
SAUPM's Nozipho Mteshane
</td></tr></tbody></table> "We are saying this is a government that is legitimate, has been elected democratically, " Co-operative Governance Minister Sicelo Shiceka said on Talk Radio 702.
"Anything that is to be done, must be done within the law and the constitution, " he said.
On Wednesday, police fired rubber bullets at demonstrators in Johannesburg, the Western Cape and the north-eastern region of Mpumalanga.
In Durban, 94 members of the South African Unemployed People's Movement (SAUPM) were arrested after raiding two supermarkets in the city centre and helping themselves to food without paying.
"They were angry and some of them even ate the fried chicken and pies," a woman at one supermarket told South Africa's Witness newspaper.
Another eyewitness told the paper that the looters were shouting that they did not have food to eat.
"This is just the tip of the iceberg and I myself cannot stop the people because they are angry," SAUPM's chairwoman Nozipho Mteshane told South Africa's Star newspaper.
There is anger in some of South Africa's poorest areas
"We want the government to provide the unemployed people of this country with a 1,500 rand ($195) basic income grant," she said.
South Africa announced in June that it was facing its worst recession in 17 years.
Fifteen years after the African National Congress won its first election, more than one million South Africans still live in shacks, many without access to electricity or running water.
The provision of housing has long been controversial - nearly three million have been built, but the allocation has been prone to nepotism and corruption, correspondents say.
The rising tensions in the townships have revived memories of xenophobic attacks on foreigners last year in which more than 60 people died.
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