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Cato Crest residents battle continuous demolitions

By Nomfundo Xolo, GroundUp

More than 30 families sit destitute. People are crying. About 20 Anti-Land Invasion Unit officers as well as metro police have been burning and demolishing their shacks in Ekhanana, Cato Crest.

Friday’s eviction is the third in January. The shack dwellers movement, Abahlali Basemjondolo, believes the evictions are illegal following a court agreement with the eThekwini Municipality last year. GroundUp was not able to get comment from the municipality by the time of publication.  Continue reading

We will not be intimidated, says Abahlali leader


5 September 2018 – By Christopher Clark and Nomfundo Xolo

Activists defy persistent threats in KZN

Photo of Abahlali meetingAbahlali members sing at an August general meeting in Durban. All photos: Samantha Reinders

On a hazy Sunday morning in August, George Bonono, KwaZulu-Natal chairperson of Abahlali baseMjondolo shack dwellers’ movement, walks briskly through downtown Durban to attend the group’s monthly general meeting in a local community hall.  Continue reading

GroundUp: Activist groups unite to fight evictions


Scathing criticism of Durban Municipality for not responding adequately to Foreman Road fire

Photo of a crowd
Residents of Cato Manor met members of civil society formations. Photo: Nomfundo Xolo


“Those people have nothing left. They have no money and no documents. The least the municipality could have done was to bring mobile services to the people so that they can reclaim their lives again, but they were instead treated inhumanely.” Zukiswa Qezo, an organiser with the Social Justice Coalition (SJC), was speaking in Foreman Road, the scene of a shack fire on 12 November that killed a toddler and left hundreds of people homeless.

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