Press Release: Families Face Eviction on eve of FIFA World Cup

10 06 2010

Press Release: Families Face Eviction on eve of FIFA World Cup
Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign
9 June 2010

On the eve of the FIFA World Cup, five families from Newfields Village
in Hanover Park will challenge their eviction from the homes constructed
and managed by Cape Town Community Housing Company (CTCHC)
in Wynberg Magistrates Court at 9h00 on Thursday 10 June 2010. They
will be joined by similarly affected families from across the city.

Between 1994 to 2000, CTCHC, a public-private partnership, built 2 400

low-cost housing units across Cape Town, but hiked the rent from
R300 to R1500 per month after families moved in. The families
went on a rent boycott and brought these complaints to the City
of Cape Town, complaints which were confirmed through an audit by
the National Home Builders’ Registration Council and followed by
legal action against the original contractors.

Instead of willingly making repairs, CTCHC has let these units fall into
slumlike conditions, while also ending the original rent-to-buy program
and seeking to evict these and other families. Over the past nine years, these
families have spent what little saving they have, first on repairing
their homes, then on fighting to stay in their homes.

Like many others in the same situation across Cape Town, these five
families simply wants to be able to honour the original agreement
to access quality housing through their subsidy and pay-off the balance
over four years with affordable rents. To press these concerns, they
will be joined in court by families from other CTCHC villages in
Hanover Park, Manenberg, Philippi, Mitchells Plain and Gugulethu.


For more information please contact: Gary Hartzenberg at 0723925859 and Ashraf Cassiem at 0761861408.


For more, please visit the website of the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign at:
www.antieviction.org.za and follow us on www.twitter.com/antieviction

Visit Abahlali baseMjondolo at www.abahlali.org and www.khayelitshastruggles.com

The Poor People’s Alliance: Abahlali baseMjondolo, together with with Landless People’s Movement (Gauteng), the Rural Network (KwaZulu-Natal) and the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign, is part of the Poor People’s Alliance – a unfunded national network of democratic membership based poor people’s movements.

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