ABM-WC Urgent Press Release: Macassar residents occupying empty land as we speak

18 05 2009
Abahlali baseMjondolo Emergency Press Release
Monday 18th May, 2009

As we speak, members of Abhlali baseMjondolo of the Western Cape from Macassar Village are occupying the land that they’ve been clearing for the past week.

Abahlali are taking the land because, as backyard dwellers, they’ve been clear victims of high rents which are resulting in their collective eviction. Residents say that they have no choice. In order to protect the livelihood of themselves and their families, they have to take this unused and empty government land for their community.

For an update on the current situation, contact Mzonke Poni at 073 2562 036.

For updates and photos tomorrow, visit Khayelitsha Struggles.

For more information on the cleanup campaign, click on the following press releases: 12th May and 13th May and 14th May.

For pictures of the cleanup campaign, click here.

For coverage in the Cape Argus, click here.


Media: More barricades on way – protesters

18 05 2009
18 May 2009, 15:23
By Luleka Damane and Natasha Prince
Source: Cape Times

Residents of Site 5 in Du Noon have vowed to continue burning tyres on Koeberg Road and the N7 freeway if the provincial government ignores their demands for land and services.

This morning the area was quiet, according to community representatives after residents had burned piles of wood on Koeberg Road last night. Read the rest of this entry »

Media: Eleven held over building shacks

18 05 2009
Source: Dispatch

ELEVEN people were arrested for trespassing when they tried to build shacks on municipal land in Motherwell, Johannesburg.

Police said the five woman and six men were building “illegal houses” on Saturday afternoon when they are arrested. They were currently in police cells.

Landless People’s Movement national organiser Mangaliso Kubheka said incidents like these showed “people are still landless after the new dispensation. They would not go and occupy municipal land if they had land”. — Sapa