14 10 2009
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement
14 October 2009 – For Immediate Release

** Click here for a copy of the Constitutional Court Judgment **

** Click here for the media summary **

We have WON the Slums Act Concourt case and we have WON it with costs.

Statement by the Most Reverend Njongonkulu Ndungane, the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town: “This indicates that we need now is an engaged citizenry. What we’ve tended to do is to stand back and allow things to happen to us, even in our own name. What Abahlali baseMjondolo have shown us is ‘not in our name and not on our watch’“.

For comment contact from the Constitutional Court contact:

Mnikelo Ndabankulu 079 745 0653
Zodwa Nsibande 082 830 2707
Mazwi Nzimande 074 222 8601
Bongo Dlamini 074 875 6234
Shamita Naidoo 074 315 7962
Stuart Wilson (The AbM lawyer) 072 265 8633

The Judgment

There is a summary of the judgment below and the full judgment can be accessed here. Read the rest of this entry »


Media: A welcome opportunity?

3 09 2009
By Karen Breytenbach
3 September 2009, 19:43 – Cape Argus

In an unusual move by the Constitutional Court, a full bench of 10 judges has indefinitely suspended its own order for Joe Slovo residents and backyard dwellers to make way for the N2 Gateway development in a phased in, deadline-driven mass relocation. Read the rest of this entry »

Txaboletan bizi direnak – Video of PPA at the Concourt

10 08 2009

Video of Abahlali baseMjondolo and the Poor People’s Alliance protest against the KZN Slums Act at the Constitutional Court.

Click here for the video: http://vimeo.com/5971780

Txaboletan bizi direnak from elkartasunbideak on Vimeo.


Report: The deficiency of reality in the Joe Slovo judgment

15 06 2009

Click here to read this article in a word document and here to read previous entries on the Joe Slovo settlement.

Kate Tissington
15 June 2009

The highest Court in South Africa has decided the fate of the 20 000 Joe Slovo informal settlement residents to be evicted to Delft to make way for the N2 Gateway housing project, in what is a disappointing and frustrating judgment that orders their eviction, albeit on the proviso that engagement occurs and that certain mitigating measures are undertaken.
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Concourt rules in favour of N2 Gateway informal dwellers

10 06 2009
Source: SABC News June 10 2009 , 11:30:00

The Constitutional Court has ordered the developers of the N2 Gateway project outside Cape Town to allocate 70% of the development at the Joe Slovo informal settlement to current residents. It’s also ordered that they be provided with temporary accommodation that must be electrified and serviced.

The residents had appealed to the Constitutional Court to overturn an eviction order granted by the Cape High Court. Thubelisha Homes, the national government’s housing agency, had wanted to move them 15 kilometres to Delft, to make room for formal housing. Joe Slovo is one of Cape Town’s biggest informal settlements, containing about 4 500 crowded shacks and nearly 20 000 residents. Read the rest of this entry »

Media: Court rules that Joe Slovo residents be evicted

10 06 2009
Source: M&G

The Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled that about 20 000 residents in the Joe Slovo informal settlement on the Cape Flats must be evicted. Read the rest of this entry »