The eThekwini municipality says it is determined to continue demolishing what it terms “illegal” settlements in and around Durban. But what about the people for whom these settlements are home? By Rumana Akoob for SOUTH AFRICA VOTES 2014.
Sixty-three-year-old Trevor Momepele has been on the streets since 1994. He says he hasn’t voted in his life and doesn’t see the need to. “Life has just started going down prior 1994, then I found myself sleeping on benches. I honestly thought there would be hope when the ANC came into power but I’m here, 20 years on, and I’m still on the street,” Momepele says.
24 April 2014
Abahlali baseMjondolo – Urgent press statement
Shooting by the eThekwenini Land Invasion Unit at eNsimbini Ward 30
Abahlali baseMjondolo members are being violently attacked at eNsimbini by eThekwini Land Invasion Unit. Two comrades – Baba Cele at his 40 years of age and Baba David Ngubane at age 36 have just been shot and rushed to hospital. About 30 shacks have been demolished. We all know that the Land Invasion Unit are a new municipal hit squad that targest the poor, innocent and the homeless.
We all know that the eThekwini Municipality are law unto themselves. Today's eviction, just like any eviction in Durban is illegal, they have no court order and no legal right to evict residents without an eviction order. This illegal and violent attack on the people of eNsimbini happens at the same time Abahlali are still waiting for the Constitutional judgement on the matter of eviction in Durban by KZN MEC for Human Settlements.