Movement laments ill-treatment of Khoi language

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The Khoisan Mass Movement have threatened to return to the Union Buildings in Pretoria if the presidency fails to respond to their concerns within seven working days. They demand among others, the recognition of the Khoi language as the first indigenous citizens of South Africa, the scrapping of municipal debts and government endorsement to allow them raise funds to build houses for the poor.

Three of the Khoisan representatives have been camping outside the Union Buildings for about two weeks.

They’ve now embarked on a hunger strike after they couldn’t solicit the required response from the presidency.

Chief Joseph Marble of the Khoisan Mass Movement led a delegation of the Khoisan community to deliver a memorandum of demands to the presidency.

Marble says: “We are not only fighting for the Khoisan but all poor South Africans. The government has failed us with houses in all nine provinces. That’s why as the first indigenous nation we’ve to stand up and say to the government we are tired of your promises.”

“It has failed the Khoisan and not only them but the masses of South Africans who put them into power.”

Meanwhile an official from the presidency, Shadrack Mudau received their memorandum of demands and promised to forward it to the relevant authority.