Sixty-three years ago on 26 June 1955, the Freedom Charter was signed by the Congress movement as a statement of its ideals and objectives for liberation. To mark this occasion, Workers' World Media Productions is screening our new documentary, Freedom Isn't Free - The Freedom Charter Today.

JOHANNESBURG CAPE TOWN
Tuesday: 26 June
Time: 5h30 pm
Venue: Human Rights conference room, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg
Thursday: 28 June
Time:  6 - 8 pm
Venue: Bertha auditorium, Isivivana Centre
8 Mzala Road, Khayelitsha

 

Admission is free.

Synopsis from 2018 Encounters International Film Festival

Freedom Isn’t Free challenges the ANC government with its failure to bring into being the words and resolutions of the Freedom Charter signed at Kliptown in 1955 when, from all over the country, Congress of the People delegates assembled to forge a new path for South Africa.  Using excellent archival footage, intercut from that past into the present and informative commentary by new and older generations, the film demonstrates that for the overwhelming majority of South Africans, housed in sprawling shanty-towns, there has been little advance since apartheid ended – neither economically or educationally.

Over the past few weeks, Cape Town has been beset by housing protests that escalated into violence. It is well known that South Africa and Cape Town has a serious housing crisis. In recent years, this has been made worse by hundreds of evictions due to gentrification of areas close to the city and people unable to pay rent for government’s new social housing projects. This crisis is not new, with thousands homeless and seeking shelter in shacks going back to the Apartheid era. The housing crisis is getting worse with no solution in sight. What is to be done?

Producer, Sharon McKinnon, Mzi Velapi and Chandrè Appels interview people in different communities.

Every year, hundreds of families are forced out of their homes by government departments, municipalities, private individuals or corporations. Evictions are a common occurrence in South African cities, informal settlements and townships.

What does the law say about evictions? We need to start with the Constitution, which shapes and gives power to all law in the country. Section 26 of the Constitution says that everyone has the right to adequate housing and that the state must take reasonable legislative and other measures, within its available resources. Another important part of section 26 states that no one may be evicted from their home, or have their home demolished, without an order of court made after considering all the circumstances. The law does not permit arbitrary evictions. This means that before you are evicted there must be a court order. A court must consider how the eviction will affect the people who will be evicted and evictions cannot be done without good reasons.

Tina Schoor, a resident of the Steenvilla social housing complex in Cape Town, gave us this in-depth interview on how evictions have impacted her community.

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