Media: Three provinces protest against slum bill

15 05 2009
Anti-Eviction Campaign, Abahlali baseMjondolo and Landless Peoples Movement banners outside the Constitutional Court

Anti-Eviction Campaign, Abahlali baseMjondolo and Landless People's Movement banners outside the Constitutional Court

May 15 2009 at 07:22AM

By Bonile Ngqiyaza

Source: The Star

A provincial law that apparently seeks to eliminate slums in KwaZulu-Natal has got even far-flung parts of the country in a huff.

The bill with a burdensome title – the KwaZulu-Natal Elimination and Prevention of Re-Emergence of Slums Act – has not even been implemented yet, but already between 300 and 500 activists from Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape have been in the Constitutional Court in Braamfontein, Joburg, to demonstrate their opposition. Read the rest of this entry »

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Media: Backyard dwellers take over land

15 05 2009

By Francis Hweshe and Molly Raisch

Source: Cape Argus

About a thousand disgruntled backyard dwellers in Macassar Village, in the Strand, are set to butt heads with the City of Cape Town after they decided to illegally clear and occupy a piece of land on the margins of the N2.

The city has threatened to seek a court interdict against them if they do not halt the operation.

The backyard dwellers, part of housing lobby group, Abahlali baseMjondolo, said their patience with the government on housing delivery had “run dry”.

They also said that they were “tired of paying rent”. Read the rest of this entry »





Media: ‘Down with slums law’

15 05 2009

14 May 2009
Source: Sowetan

Song rang out at the Constitutional Court today, in demand of an end to KwaZulu-Natal’s Slums Act.

The crowd was chanting “phansi nge slums act no Sbu Ndebele” meaning down with the Slums Act and (former) KwaZulu-Natal premier Sbu Ndebele.

“We want houses, there are people from Cape Town and KwaZulu-Natal and more people are still coming by bus,” said a protester who identified herself as Nolunde. Read the rest of this entry »