The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) says the violent, callous and unlawful demolition of people’s homes continue to frustrate the country’s objective to curb the spread of Covid-19. SERI has called on the Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu to issue a directive to stop[…]
There was shock and outrage on Wednesday after City of Cape Town law enforcement officers aggressively pulled a naked man from his shack to evict him. The man was apparently bathing in his shack in Enthembeni informal settlement, close to Empolweni in Khayelitsha when the officers arrived. In video footage[…]
A group of 27 social justice organisations has issued an urgent call for a moratorium on evictions during the Covid-19 state of disaster, raising concerns that evictions would lead to “displacement and homelessness” as the virus spreads across the country. Last Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national state of[…]
By Shakirah Thebus A summit to discuss the plight of backyard dwellers in Cape Town became emotionally charged on Thursday, as residents and activists accused government of failing to address the housing backlog. Civic movement G@tvol Capetonian and representatives from communities who took part in the national shutdown protest three[…]
The City of Cape Town is conducting feasibility studies for development at the Woodstock Hospital site and has officially dedicated teams to addressing the illegal occupancy currently taking place there. The move to occupy the hospital, which began in 2017, was organised by a social movement called Reclaim the City.[…]
Three families, including four children, are being evicted from their home in Woodstock and don’t know where they will go. The Cape Town Magistrate’s Court ruled on September 10 that the occupants of 23 Gympie Street must leave by January 31, 2019. After one of the previous owners died, the property was[…]
Chaos erupted in Kraaifontein, Cape Town, on Tuesday afternoon when a group of people said to be angry about evictions damaged several shops and vehicles. A clinic had to be closed and some City officials locked themselves in their offices. Western Cape police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk confirmed four[…]
North Dakota’s governor has ordered the expulsion of thousands of Native American and solidarity activists camped on government property near an oil pipeline project they are trying to stop, citing hazards posed by harsh winter weather as a blizzard bore down on the area. The “emergency evacuation” order from Governor[…]
Community members gathered at the District Six Museum Homecoming Centre on Wednesday morning, in memory of the forced evictions that drove more than 60 000 residents out of the area. The 11th February 2015 marks 49 years to the day that District Six was officially declared a whites only area,[…]
Hundreds of refugees who have been living in a church in the South African city of Johannesburg and told to vacate by December 31, are still in precarious situation without alternative accommodation, according to a church leader. Bishop Paul Verryn, whose leadership at the Central Methodist Church ended on Wednesday,[…]
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