1 October 2014
Abahlali baseMjondolo press statement
Another political eviction in Sisonke Village, near Lamontville
On Sunday 28 September 2014 the ANC Ward 74 councillor Nolubabalo Mthembu called an ANC meeting to discuss ways of replacing the Land Invasion Unit with an ANC demolition team. This meeting took place at the Lamontville Community hall in the afternoon at around 1pm. The Task Team Committee was launched to carry out the illegal eviction of the nearby Sisonke settlement. Sisonke Village, formerly known as Madlala Village, made headlines early this year when they approached the Constitutional Court after they had been subjected to more than 24 illegal evictions. Continue reading
Sindy Mkhize on the September 2009 attack on Abahlali baseMjondolo in the Kennedy Road settlement.
My family still carry the attack on Abahlali baseMjondolo in the Kennedy Road shacks on September 26 2009 in our broken hearts. I never thought it would take this long to put our lives together. It is difficult to live in such an unstable situation. It feels like being in prison, a prison where the walls are made of fear and worry.
We lost everything we owned during the attack. We have had to move from one place to another for security reasons. We have had to move from one place to another for rent reasons. We are still living a miserable life, paying inflated rent. There are still death threats against my husband. We still don’t feel secure. It burns our hearts that our children have had to grow up like this. It is not just us. None of the people who were displaced from Kennedy are stable.
The destruction of Kennedy Road: A precursor to Marikana
Kenneth Good on how the temerity of the organised poor was met with a ferocious counter-attack from the state
It was widely believed that the end of apartheid would mean the end of shack or squatter settlements, developmentally, consultatively, not by destruction and coercion. The need was pressing as the country’s new constitution of 1996 recognised. Section 26 declared that ‘everyone has the right to have access to adequate housing’, that ‘the state must take reasonable legislative and other measures…to achieve the progressive realisation of this right’, and that ‘no one may be evicted from their home, or have their home demolished, without an order of court made after considering all relevant circumstance. No legislation may permit arbitrary evictions’. Continue reading
Land is at the Heart of our Struggle
Yes I have to be bold and proud to be a South African. But I’m not proud because our lovely country belongs to the wrong hands. Our struggle began with the question of land and land remains at the centre of our struggle today.
In the old days the people in this country were so united. Even those who were not interested in politics they ended up in politics. This unity came from the fact that they were crying for the land of their forefathers that had been confiscated by those who thought the land was supposed to be under their authority. The people’s land had been stolen, fenced and sold.
Issed by: Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI)
27 September 2012
KENNEDY ROAD SHACKDWELLERS SUE POLICE
Former residents of the Kennedy Road informal settlement in Durban are pursuing damages claims against the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, three years after the police failed to protect them from an armed gang that invaded the settlement in September 2009. This is an important case because it holds the police responsible to prevent violence perpetuated by others when it is in a position to do so.
On 25 September 2012, summons and particulars of claim were served and filed in the Durban High Court. Abahlali baseMjondolo (Abahlali), a national movement of shackdwellers, is also a plaintiff in the proceedings, along with the 52 individuals. This action comes after the residents gave notice of their intention to pursue a damages claim in terms of section 3 of the Institution of Legal Proceedings against Certain Organs of State Act 40 of 2002 on 24 March 2010.