Category Archives: Anti-Land Invasions Unit

Brutal Attacks on the new Cato Manor Land Occupation

2 October 2017

Abahlali baseMjondolo Emergency Press Statement

Brutal Attacks on the new Cato Manor Land Occupation

The new land occupation in Cato Manor has ben subject to repeated violent attack by the eThekwini Municipality in violation of both the law and a court interdict. Until recently these attacks were aimed at destroying people’s homes.

But the Municipality is now using the Anti-Land Invasion Unit to attack the occupiers directly. On Saturday and Sunday, and again this morning, the occupiers were attacked by the Anti-Land Invasion Unit. They have set their dogs on people, beaten them with the butts of their guns and attacked them with their fists. Money and phones have been stolen.  Continue reading

Back to the Durban High Court

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement

 

Back to the Durban High Court

Following several brutal and unlawful evictions at a gun point by the eThekwini Municipal Land Invasion Unit in Cato Crest (Marikana land occupation) and Lamontville (Sisonke Village) Abahlali baseMjondolo won several court interdicts against the Municipality. Each and every time we secured an interdict, or an undertaking from the Municipality to cease its illegal behaviour, the interdicts and undertakings were ignored and the Municipality continued with their violent and unlawful evictions. It is clear that the eThekwini Municipality considers itself to be above the law and impoverished black people to be beneath the law. Continue reading

Marikana Land Occupation Wins Important Victory in Cape Town High Court

13 March 2014

Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement

 

Marikana Land Occupation Wins Important Victory in Cape Town High Court

Today, there was a landmark ruling for our comrades in the Marikana Land Occupation in Cape Town. It will help us and shack dwellers all over South Africa to stop the municipalities' relentless demolitions of poor people’s homes. These demolitions are unconstitutional, illegal and often violent.

We are living in the most challenging times, where Municipalities misuse their powers, as they have done when demolishing people's homes in Marikana settlement in Cape Town on the 28th of April and 02nd of May 2013. It becomes worrying because when this happens, us poor people have nowhere else to go.

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Cape Argus: Council’s demolition of shacks unlawful – court

http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/council-s-demolition-of-shacks-unlawful-court-1.1660881#.UyK37T-Sx1W

March 13 2014 By Daneel Knoetze

CAPE ARGUS

Cape Town – There were scenes of jubilation outside the Western Cape High Court on Thursday morning as residents from the Marikana informal settlement celebrated a judgment which deemed shack demolitions by the City of Cape Town in January unlawful and unconstitutional.

The city has been interdicted from demolishing further structures without a court order. The court ordered the city to build shacks to the equivalent of those demolished by the anti-land invasion unit on January 7 and 8.

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