No evictions from Joe Slovo shack settlement, Langa, Cape Town!
We, the residents of Joe Slovo shack settlement in Langa, Cape Town, are going to the Constitutional Court to contest the order obtained by Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu in the Cape High Court in March to evict us and send us to the outskirts of Cape Town in Delft! She wants to house better-off people along the N2 highway to make it pretty for tourists to the 2010 World Cup!
In Delft we would pay more for transport and have less chance of jobs. We won’t go to Delft! Asiyi eDelft! We want houses built for us in Joe Slovo!
We are going to the Constitutional Court because it is supposed to protect the rights of the poor.
We are supported and joined by residents of Joe Slovo phase 1, known officially as N2 Gateway phase 1, whose flats were built on land taken from the Joe Slovo settlement. They are on rent boycott because their rents are too high and their flats are badly constructed. We support their demands.
We are supported and joined by backyarders from Delft who want houses in Delft, and therefore occupied the N2 Gateway houses built there. They were evicted, and now live on the pavement next to the houses. We support their demand for housing in Delft.
We are supported by the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign, which includes communities in Mitchell’s Plain, Gugulethu, Athlone, Hanover Park, Ocean View, Khayelitsha, Atlantis and elsewhere in the province. People from these areas are also coming with us to Jo’burg.
We are supported by Abahlali baseMjondolo, representing more than 30 shack settlements in Kwa-Zulu Natal, as well as Abahlali baseMjondolo (Western Cape) which represents numerous shack settlements in Khayelitsha.
Millions of people around South Africa have problems with housing and service delivery. We support all these struggles!
Support us! Join us at the Constitutional Court where we will be demonstrating from 9am on Thursday 21 August!
Issued by: JOE SLOVO TASK TEAM
For more information contact Mzwanele Zulu 0763852369