AbM: Another Illegal Demolition in Siyanda – call for the immediate arrest of Municipal Official

27 05 2009
Abahlali baseMjondolo Emergency Press Release
27 May 2009

Yesterday Mr. Bonginkosi Hlengwe, an official in the eThekwini Municipal Housing Department, went to the home of Mpume Nompumelelo in Siyanda Section B, Durban with Municipal Workers and the police. The municipal workers demolished her toilet. Today they returned and demolished her home. So far only one shack has been destroyed but they may destory more soon. Read the rest of this entry »


Landless People’s Movement to March on June 16th to Repoliticise the Meaning of the 1976 Uprisings

27 05 2009

Landless People’s Movement Press Statement
27 May 2009

The Landless People’s Movement in Gauteng will march from the Maurice Issacs High School to the Hector Peterson Museum in Soweto on the 16th June 2009 to repoliticise the meaning of the 1976 Soweto Uprisings.

We, as the Landless People’s Movement, met with different social movements in Gauteng on 18 May 2009. Decisions were taken that the march should be done as a coalition, under the banner of the Poor People’s Alliance. We took this decision as we are trying not to own this march as the LPM. We are trying to revive the history of 1976. As part of this we will be holding workshops with the youth communities in Soweto.
For more information contact:

Bongani Xezwi – youth Coordinator LPM Protea South Branch – 071 043 2221
Maureen Msisi – LPM Gauteng Chairperson – 082 337 4514
Or by email: bongani.xezwi@gmail.com

For more information on this march, see our previous press release (below):

Macassar: if the state can’t provide, people must be allowed to build themselves

27 05 2009
Cape Times – May 26, 2009 Edition 1
Martin Legassick
Opinion: Too few houses, too many people to house

On Tuesday last week, backyarders in Macassar, desperate for homes, built shacks on municipal land on a field adjoining the N2 – and were illegally evicted by Cape Town’s Anti-Land Invasion unit, together with the SAPS and Metro Police.

Their building materials were confiscated and taken off in a truck. In the process, four people, including a two-year old child, were wounded by police rubber bullets, four people – including myself – were taken into custody and three of these charged with public violence. Read the rest of this entry »

Poor residents illegally evicted in Woodstock because of City bylaw

27 05 2009
Woodstock Anti-Eviction Campaign Press Release
Tuesday, 26 May, 2009

Today, just across the road from evicted Gympie Street residents, another illegal eviction took place at 12A Victoria Rd in Woodstock.

This illegal eviction happened without a court order, without the Sheriff of the Court and despite the fact that all residents have continued to pay rent on a consistent basis. Read the rest of this entry »

Mitchell’s Plain traders walk out of meeting with the City

27 05 2009
AEC Press Release on behalf of CHATA
Tuesday, 26 May, 2009

Today in Mitchells Plain at the Southern Terminal at 12h30, a meeting was held with the Concerned Hawkers and Traders Association (CHATA) of Mitchells Plain, and Cape Town officials, as well as a firefighter official working for the city of Cape Town.

The Traders Association sat for the meeting, but called it off at the beginning because they are in opposition to the city with respect to the allocation process of trading bays in Town Centre, Mitchells Plain. The Trader’s Association thanked the City for inviting them to the meeting, but claimed that they have been marginalized, manipulated, and ignored in the process of reallocation. The City has been aware of the opinions of the Traders and their opposition to the process, but yet went ahead with allocation yesterday. Read the rest of this entry »