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GroundUp: City of Cape Town ordered to buy land for Marikana residents

Court ruling ensures that 60,000 people will not be evicted from their homes


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The Western Cape High Court ruling ensures that some 60,000 residents of the Marikana informal settlement in Cape Town will not be evicted. Photo: Masixole Feni
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The City of Cape Town has been ordered to negotiate with the owners to purchase the land on which the Marikana informal settlement is located. Judge Chantal Fortuin handed down this landmark judgment in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday, ensuring that about 60,000 people will not be evicted from their homes in Philippi East.   Continue reading

GroundUp: Massive land occupation in Khayelitsha

GroundUp, 19 May 2017

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A massive land occupation is underway in Town Two, Khayelitsha, near the Magistrates’ Court with hundreds of sites demarcated on the land. If the occupiers are successful, thousands of people will live on the privately owned land.

The occupiers are backyarders from Town Two who say they are tired of renting and living with their parents, while an enormous piece of land stands empty. All the occupiers that GroundUp spoke to said the land had stood unoccupied since they were children.

“I’m a 42-year-old and I am living in my mother’s house,” said Thuliswa January Tshofela.

“We are sick and tired of backyards and renting,” said Liwa Mdleleni. Continue reading

GroundUp: Massive land occupation in Khayelitsha

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Massive land occupation in Khayelitsha

Residents say the land has stood unoccupied for decades


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Residents start to build houses on land in Town 2, Khayelitsha. Photo: Ashraf Hendricks
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A massive land occupation is underway in Town Two, Khayelitsha, near the Magistrates’ Court with hundreds of sites demarcated on the land. If the occupiers are successful, thousands of people will live on the privately owned land.

The occupiers are backyarders from Town Two who say they are tired of renting and living with their parents, while an enormous piece of land stands empty. All the occupiers that GroundUp spoke to said the land had stood unoccupied since they were children.

Continue reading