Hlophe approves the removal of thousands of poor from Joe Slovo

10 03 2008

Today, March 10, 2008 at 11pm

Judge Hlophe of the Cape High Court (who has been embroiled in a previous corruption scandle related to property developers) issued an order for the forced removal of the residents of Joe Slovo settlement in Langa, as requested by Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Western Cape Housing MEC Richard Dyantyi, and John Duarte and Prince Xanthi Sigcawu of Thubelisha Homes.

By this order Hlophe and the others have declared war on the people of Joe Slovo and must take responsibility for the consequences. By this order Hlophe endorses the bureaucratic madness of forcibly removing Joe Slovo residents to Delft when they do not want to go there, and when there are thousands of backyarders in Delft who need the housing being built there by Thubelisha. By this order Hlophe, Sisulu, Dyantyi, Duarte and Sigcawu show themselves as insensitive to the needs of ordinary people as any of the ministers and judges of the apartheid era.

The residents of Joe Slovo wish to make it clear that this is just the beginning of the struggle.

They are aware of the collusion that allowed Thubelisha Homes to be aware of Hlophe’s decision before he announced it in court. The residents of Joe Slovo intend to appeal this decision to the Bloemfontein Court of Appeal and to the Constitutional Court if necessary. In parallel with this there is a resistance Plan B which will be revealed as appropriate.

  • Please look back here for more on the Joe Slovo forced removals. The court judgment as well as pictures and videos from residents will be uploaded shortly.

Clarification: The Western Cape Anti Eviction Campaign wishes to place on record that the statement titled as above and issued earlier today was issued by the WCAEC and not by Mzwanele Zulu, the Joe Slovo task team or any other Joe Slovo settlement structure. In particular the WC AEC apologises to Mzwanele Zulu for any implication that he had anything to do with this statement, since he did not.

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Media: Joe Slovo sal appelleer oor skuif

10 03 2008
UNA CUPIDOEN CARRYN-ANN NEL
10/03/2008 10:09:34 PM – (SA)
Source: Die Burger

KAAPSTAD. – “Hlophe en andere het oorlog verklaar teen die inwoners van

Duisende inwoners van Joe Slovo het gister voor die Kaapse hooggeregshof betoog. Die mense is vasbeslote om nie na Delft verskuif te word nie, ondanks die beslissing van regter-president John Hlophe, wat ’n uitsettingsbevel toegestaan het. Foto: GARTH STEAD

Duisende inwoners van Joe Slovo het gister voor die Kaapse hooggeregshof betoog. Die mense is vasbeslote om nie na Delft verskuif te word nie, ondanks die beslissing van regter-president John Hlophe, wat ’n uitsettingsbevel toegestaan het. Foto: GARTH STEAD

Joe Slovo en moet verantwoordelikheid neem vir die gevolge daarvan.”

Dít was gister die woorde van mnr. Mzwanele Zulu van die Joe Slovo-taakspan ná regter-president John Hlophe se uitspraak, waarin hy beveel het dat sowat 20 000 mense uit die Joe Slovo-nedersetting verwyder word. Read the rest of this entry »