Category Archives: court

Tomorrow We Return to the Durban High Court as State Criminality Continues to Escalate

Thursday, 31 August 2017
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement

Tomorrow We Return to the Durban High Court as State Criminality Continues to Escalate

On 27 July 2017 the eThekwini Municipality was interdicted against demolishing, burning, removing or otherwise destroying and disposing of housing structures or threatening to do so in seven land occupations where residents are affiliated to Abahlali baseMjondolo. Those whose homes had been destroyed were given the right to rebuild them.   Continue reading

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


Photo of woman with a bucket
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

Evictions at gun point continue in Cato Manor: Province fails in court

25 August 2017
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement

Evictions at gun point continue in Cato Manor: Province fails in court

Residents in a new land occupation in Cato Manor have come under sustained and violent attack from the state and members of the ANC. On Tuesday Smiso Maphumulo was shot in the eye. Yesterday Noluthando Masikiza was shot in the eye.

Their ‘crime’ is that they have been impoverished by a system of oppression and have occupied land in order to have a place to live. The government of this country has no regard for the poor. It treats our legitimate and urgent aspirations for justice as criminal and rules us with violence.   Continue reading

Cato Manor: Violent Evictions in Total Disregard for the Law

Saturday 19 August 2017
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement

Cato Manor: Violent Evictions in Total Disregard for the Law

On 27 July 2017 the eThekwini Municipality was interdicted against demolishing, burning, removing or otherwise destroying and disposing of housing structures or threatening to do so in seven communities affiliated to Abahlali baseMjondolo, including Cato Manor. Those whose homes had been destroyed were given the right to rebuild them.

However the eThekwini municipality has continued with its violent and unlawful eviction in Cato Manor. Yesterday at about 10:30 am municipal security guards arrived at the Cato Manor settlement and forcefully grabbed Mlungisi Mokwena, an 18 year old activist. Mokwena was resting in his shack when the guards forcefully pulled him out of his shack and simple shot him on his leg without any provocation or argument. Near him was Sthembele Qwabe who was also severely assaulted by these security guards. They went on to destroy the homes of around 75 families.   Continue reading

Breaking News: The eThekwini Municipality has been interdicted from evicting Abahlali baseMjondolo

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement

Breaking News: The eThekwini Municipality has been interdicted from evicting Abahlali baseMjondolo

The Durban High Court has this morning granted Abahlali an interim interdict following ongoing vicious and illegal evictions by the eThekwini municipality.

The City is interdicted and restrained from demolishing, burning, removing or otherwise destroying and disposing of Abahlali housing structures or threatening to do so. Those whose homes have been destroyed have been given the right to rebuild them.  Continue reading