Illegal Evictions in Isipingo, All Criminal Charges Dismissed Against the Ridgeview Twelve
1. Evictions in the Uganda Settlement
Yesterday the notorious eThekwini Municipal Land Invasion Unit evicted seven families in the Uganda settlement near Isipingo in the South of Durban. As always the Municipality had no court order and therefore this was an illegal attack on the residents.
Residents of the iSiphingo transit camps are currently engaged in a road blockade. Transit camps are never acceptable. We are human beings not animals. Recently this camp has been flooded again after the rains. Residents have diseases like TB and asthma due to the living conditions.
In September the MEC promised, in public, that they would be moved to Cornubia. Yet they are still in the transit camp and have heard nothing more about the MEC's promise.
This is a protest at broken promises and it is a protest at living conditions that no human being can accept.
Durban – Residents of the Isipingo transit camp say they are fed up with empty promises by municipal officials that they would be relocated to housing projects elsewhere in the city.
As the heavy rains continued to flood their homes this week, residents protested on the main road, burning tyres.
The camp is built in a flood plain and with little in the way of a drainage system, flooding is frequent occurrence.
Stagnant water lies in pools around the camp, a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Here and there rocks, planks and bricks have been placed to create stepping stones around the camp.
Unemployed mother-of-three, Meshi Kesram, 36, said her home had been flooded numerous times in the five years she had been at the transit camp. On the worst occasion the flood water was over one metre high.