Category Archives: Marikana Land Occupation (Cape Town)

GroundUp: IPID fails shack dweller after police shooting

Case of attempted murder opened three years after Patrick Sobutyu was shot

Photo of a man in hospiyal with bandaged legs
Patrick Sobutyu in Delft day hospital trauma unit the day after he was shot in August 2014 . Photo: Daneel Knoetze
By  , GroundUp


Patrick Sobutyu was shot through both legs during a protest against evictions in the Marikana informal settlement in Philippi East in August 2014. GroundUp reported the incident: Police use live ammunition on shack dwellers.   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


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