The situation in Zwelihle, Hermanus, South Africa has reached a humanitarian crisis. The very basic rights of individuals, families and children are infringed upon by a minority of rogue self appointed community leaders that holds a whole constituency of over 12 000 people hostage.
A humanitarian crisis (or "humanitarian disaster") is defined as a singular event or a series of events that are threatening in terms of health, safety or well being of a community or large group of people. It may be an internal or external conflict and usually occurs throughout a large land area. Local, national and international responses are necessary in such events. Wikipedia
Our local authorities have made a tremendous effort to contain and manage the unrest and have made the relevant arrest for various criminal activities but has made little or no effort for an humanitarian response in order to ensure that the following human rights of the people of Zwelihle are enjoyed and protected.
Right to equality
Right to freedom and security
Right to personal privacy
Right to freedom of association
Right to education
Right to human dignity
Wait and see
People in the Zwelihle is locked in a social hostage situation and the “wait and see” strategy that authorities has taken up is not relieving the pain and suffering of over 12000 people.
Day 7 and no action has been made by the relevant decision makers to liberate the people of Zwehile from the following:
The liberty to be employed
The liberty to report criminal activities
The liberty to congregate and worship
The liberty to live safe and secure.
The liberty to send their children to school
The liberty to access basic services without intimidation
The following statement by our Overstrand Municipality has been made, but the relevant and appropriate action to uphold that is lacking.
The Constitution upholds the notion that everybody has the right to freedom and security of the person. The safety of persons and property is therefore vitally important to the physical and emotional well-being of people and business. Without the respect of person and property, it would be impossible for people to live peacefully, without fear of attack and for businesses to flourish. SEP- Overstrand
This is a simple appeal to urgency!
Local Resident, Zwelihle Stake holder, Civic Engager, Pastor