Lee Rondganger, Daily News
KwaZulu-Natal’s Human Settlements MEC Ravi Pillay has raised the alarm that all land is at risk of invasion after the ruling in the Durban High Court last Thursday that stopped municipalities from evicting squatters without a court’s approval.
To prevent invasions the provincial government would have to throw more resources at protecting property from squatters.
The MEC voiced his concerns to the Daily News about the ruling made, which forbade the eThekwini Municipality from evicting shack dwellers in Cato Manor. It may also not destroy shacks without notice, which had been allowed by a previous ruling. Continue reading
Thursday, 30 July 2015
Abahlali baseMjondolo press statement
Road Blockade Happening in Siyanda Now
The ANC in eThekwini now support land occupations but only ANC members are allowed to build
When we began our struggle in 2005 the ANC was attempting to ‘eradicate’ shacks. We successfully opposed attempts to ‘eradicate’ numerous shack settlements in different parts of Durban and smaller towns in KwaZulu-Natal. We have also supported many land occupations which we see as the ‘peoples’ land redistribution programme’ or ‘land reform from below’ and as a form of ‘grassroots urban planning’. The ANC has long referred to land occupations, which they have called ‘land invasions’, as criminal acts and have used state violence and other forms of repression to try and prevent them. Continue reading
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
Paddy Harper, City Press
The struggle for urban land is set to heat up as land occupations – and court actions to defend them – escalate.
Ahead of next year’s local government elections, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will continue its land occupation programme, which has seen more than 100 small-scale occupations, while other rights groups are set for a series of court actions on which the future of thousands of squatters living on government-owned land hinges.
EFF national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said his party would continue its land occupations “slowly but surely” as branches mobilised people who had been on housing waiting lists for more than a decade, or who had been evicted and were looking for shelter. Continue reading