Discontent makes it red hot in Alex
Saturday 17 December 1994
This will be the fourth Christmas Mrs Dikotla, 49, her four children and two grandchildren will spend living like refugees in the old municipal offices of Alexandra township - Alex to the inhabitants.Like 3,000 other families in Alexandra, the Dikotlas were driven out of their home in an area known as "Beirut" during fighting in 1990 between the African National Congress and the Inkatha Freedom Party of Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi.
When Nelson Mandela led the ANC to victory in South Africa's first all-race elections in April, Mrs Dikotla believed her prayers of returning home would be answered. They have not. Inkatha supporters still inhabit Beirut, and Mrs Dikotla says, "We in Alexandra have been forgotten."
The sense that the ANC-led government of national unity has forgotten South Africa's largely impoverished black majority is spreading rapidly in townships like Alexandra, where the Congress won 95 per cent of the vote in April.
It is a message that residents of Alexandra hope will catch the attention of the 3,000 delegates gathering today for a five-day national congress in Bloemfontein where the organisation was born in 1912. High on the agenda will be elections for six seniorposts and more than 50 members of the policy-making National Executive Committee. So will discussion of a "Strategy and Tactics" document written by Thabo Mbeki, who is expected to win election as the ANC's deputy president and effectively as heir to MrMandela's throne.
People in Alexandra, however, said they were tired of discussions and wanted more action. "I am not even thinking about Bloemfontein, who is running against whom in elections. Who cares?" said a 34-year-old shopowner who refused to be named. "The government must start doing something concrete."
- 1 Cyclist who knocked down three-year-old girl says his life has been 'destroyed'
- 2 Chelsea victory parade: Chelsea mocked on Twitter as 'tens of fans' pack the streets of London
- 3 US warned by Chinese media to stop meddling or 'war will be inevitable'
- 4 Woman, 21, dies after taking contraceptive pill that 'caused fatal blood clot'
- 5 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
Cyclist who knocked down three-year-old girl says his life has been 'destroyed'
US warned by Chinese media to stop meddling or 'war will be inevitable'
How China's richest man Li Hejun lost $15bn in an hour - and made a fortune
Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
Snoop Dogg on why he doesn't regret displaying misogyny towards women
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
£40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software / C# Developer w...
£35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: As a Trainee Recruitment Consu...