[Marxism] Patrick Bond arrested for protesting xenophobia
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Mon Jul 5 07:30:27 MDT 2010
FIFA turf 'not the place for other agendas'
Activists held at Durban fan park
July 05, 2010 Edition 1
Wendy Jasson da Costa
Activist, Durban academic and Mercury columnist Patrick Bond was
arrested twice and warned that he would be charged with ambush marketing
for handing out anti-xenophobia fliers at the beachfront Fifa Fan Fest
at the weekend.
Bond, head of the Centre for Civil Society, based at the University of
KwaZulu-Natal, student Samantha Sencer-Mura and and Giuliano
Martiniello, who is part of an Italian film crew, were detained by
police at South Beach while handing out the fliers.
Bond said he was grilled for two hours by police and a member of the
National Intelligence Agency, who said they could be charged with
incitement and ambush marketing.
"All we were marketing was the constitution," said Bond, who could not
understand Fifa's "control freak mindset".
He said the police were at pains to explain that the Fan Fest was Fifa
turf and that "there was no space for constitutional rights". They also
told him he could be creating a problem by promoting a rally, said Bond.
After the anti-xenophobia rally on Saturday, he returned to the
beachfront to hand out fliers questioning whether Fifa had taken too
much out of South Africa - like R25 billion in tax-free profits, and
with nothing trickling down to poor people. He was detained and
questioned again before being released.
Bond said his aim was to create awareness of the threat of another
countrywide wave of xenophobia, which was likely to occur after the
World Cup, and to prevent it.
Last month, ambush marketing made headlines when two Dutch women were
arrested and charged for being behind a campaign to promote Bavaria, a
beer company sponsoring 36 "Bavaria babes" to wear branded orange
dresses at a match between Denmark and Holland.
Budweiser is an official sponsor of the World Cup and Bavaria was not
allowed to promote its brand in Fifa areas.
Police Brigadier Phindile Radebe said Bond had been warned that: "In
terms of the Fifa act, no one is allowed to use a Fifa platform for his
A Fifa spokesman would not comment, saying Fifa were aware of the
incident but had not received any information from the police.
At Saturday's rally, Bishop Paul Verryn, of the Central Methodist Church
in Joburg, said it was better to create awareness of the threat of
xenophobia and to avert another crisis than to keep quiet and watch
another tragedy unfold after the World Cup.
"Unless proved otherwise, it is the politicians who are behind these
threats," said Verryn, who has helped thousands of asylum seekers.
While sceptics have questioned whether the rumours hold any water,
Bibimba Mufaume of the Democratic Republic of Congo, who works in
Congella, said his South African colleagues were concerned for his
safety and had advised him to seek alternative safe accommodation soon.
Mufaume called on the government to forestall another wave of xenophobia.
Hawkers arrested at Soccer City
Jul 3, 2010 12:39 PM | By Sapa
Ten hawkers trading at the Soccer City in Soweto were arrested for
violating their trade permits, Johannesburg metro police said on Saturday.
"Some were trading in goods that they did not have permit to sell while
others had no permit at all to sell at the stadium," said Chief
Superintendent Wayne Minnaar.
He said the hawkers were arrested on Friday night, during the game
between Ghana and Uruguay.
Their goods have been confiscated and they will have to pay a fine to
They will have to pay a fine of R1000 for perishable goods and R1500 for
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