Services plan for backyard dwellers

7 09 2011

September 7 2011 at 12:59pm – BRONWYNNE JOOSTE and CLAYTON BARNES – Cape Argus

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THE CITY of Cape Town’s plan to provide basic services to backyard residents has been met with mixed reaction.

Mayor Patricia de Lille launched the Backyard Essential Services Improvement Programme yesterday.

The pilot stage will start in Factreton next month and entails installing toilets and running water in structures in backyards.

Electricity would also be provided, and backyard residents would get their own wheelie bins. Other areas in the pilot phase are Hanover Park and Langa. Read the rest of this entry »

Media: D-day for CT land invaders

30 08 2011

Catherine Rice | EWN

Final arguments are expected to be heard in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday as city bosses continue to try and evict hundreds of people from council land in Tafelsig, Mitchells Plain.

People gathered in front of the courthouse to protest the lack of land and housing for Cape Town’s poor.

The steps of the high court were cordoned off and a line of police officers were stationed at the entrance to protect the building.

A two-year-old child stood at the front of the crowd carrying a placard with the words: “No to Blikkiesdorp”.

About 23 families remain on two fields in Tafelsig but the city wants to move them to the notorious temporary relocation area in Delft.
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Mitchell’s Plain Backyarders Association return to Cape High Court today

30 08 2011
 Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign Press Release
30 August 2011

The poor communities and social movements in Cape Town are in solidarity with the poor landless people of Mitchell’s Plain who are being victimised by the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape Province.

The Democratic Alliance-led government has blood on its hands. The people of Hangberg and Imizamo Yetho were attacked by the government not a long time ago. Recently, the Mitchell’s Plain Backyarders have also born the brunt of DA-led state violence against the poor.

The rich and wealthy people who are mostly whites enjoy themselves in the most unequal city in the world at the expense of the poor. This is why we rebel.

The issue of the Mitchell’s Plain landless, like the rest of Cape Town’s housing crisis, cannot be solved through state violence. It must be solved politically. Read the rest of this entry »

Media: Give us decent housing!

28 07 2011

Rusana Philander – The New Age

About 500 people protested over access to housing outside the High Court and offices of the city on Wednesday.

The protests came as 16 people from Tafelsig, Mitchells Plain, were due to appear in the High Court after the city obtained an

DEMANDING: Protestors gather outside the Cape Town High Court on Wednesday to demand decent homes. Picture: Rusana Philander

interdict against them.

The case is related to the invasion of the Swartklip sports field and Kapteinsklip in Mitchells Plain by more than 4000 people two months ago.

During the invasion many people were injured and the land invaders’ possessions impounded. The city has since obtained an interdict to remove people from the land.

The protesters who gathered outside the court yesterday were from the Mitchells Plain Backyarders Association.

They carried placards and chanted: “Access to housing is a constitutional right and we want houses for our children.” Read the rest of this entry »

Media: Show of strength outside court

28 07 2011

July 28 2011 at 12:28pm – Cape Times – Shanti Aboobaker, Leila Samodien and Lauren Isaacs

About 300 people gathered on the steps of the Western Cape High Court where Tafelsig backyard dwellers were up against the city council. Photo: Mxolisi Madela

THEY came en masse, bearing placards and chanting as they gathered on the steps of the Western Cape High Court yesterday.

This as about 300 members of the Mitchells Plain Backyarders Association – supported by the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign, Communities for Social Change, the Mandela Park Backyarders and Abahlali baseMjondolo associations – waited outside the court to hear the outcome of the case in which they face being removed from land they were occupying illegally.

This week the occupants submitted their answering papers in the matter that sees them pitted against the City of Cape Town.

In affidavits by some of the occupants, residents there outlined their living conditions which they say were “not conditions in which any human being should live”. Read the rest of this entry »

Media: Tafelsig backyarders case postponed

28 07 2011

AEC Note: (1) There were closer to 1,000 people at the march, rather than just 400 estimated in this article. (2) Also, the march, while it did not have a permit, was a legal march according to the Gatherings Act.

Thursday July 28th 2011 – West Cape News

The city’s application to evict thousands of people from city-owned land in Tafelsig, Mitchells Plain was today postponed by the

Ibrahim Moosa from the Mitchell's Plain Backyarders Association leads about 400 people on a march to the Civic Centre today. The march coincided with the Western Cape High Court's postponement of an application by 16 backyarders opposing evicition from city-owned land. Photo: Sandiso Phaliso/WCN

Western Cape High Court to August 30.

Judge Nonkosi Saba postponed the matter as the respondents (backyarders) had only filed their papers on Monday. As a result the city could not file their reply in time for today’s court date.

Sheldon Magardie from Lawyers for Human Rights, said the LHR was representing 16 of the 4000 backyarders who were evicted from city-owned land in Tafelsig on May 14. The 16 respondents are those who have remained on the land.

About 400 people from Mitchells Plain Residents and Backyarders Association, Proudly Manenberg, and sympathetic NGOs, gathered in front of the High Court in support of the backyarders’ application and to protest the lack of land and housing for Cape Town’s poor.

Demonstrator Mary Petersen from Elsies River said about 50 people from Leonsdale Community in Elsies River had come to support the backyarders. Read the rest of this entry »

We march today in defiance of the City of Cape Town!

27 07 2011
27 July 2011
Press Release by the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign

With or without the permit from the city, today, we will be marching first to the High Court and then to the offices of the City of Cape Town. In terms of the Gatherings Act, when we want to march, the law says we must notify the city and SAPS within 7 days. The law further suggests that if the city refuses to grant a permit they need to provide us with written reasons after meeting in person with the organisers of the march. The City has not fulfilled its legal obligations and therefore the march is 100% legal.

We are going to stick to the law and go ahead with our legal march as planned. It is up to the city if they want to make sure the relevant authorities are present during our march. Our march will be organised, peaceful and dignified. We expect the same from the authorities.

Time of gathering: 9am
Time at the Cape High Court: 10am
When court is over, we will go to the City’s offices

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Anti-Eviction communities join the Mitchell’s Plain Backyarders at the High Court

1 06 2011

1 June 2011

Anti-Eviction communities who are facing eviction and whose homes have been flooded by the recent rains (more on this soon), are joining backyarders from Tafelsig who are at the Cape High Court today.

Hundreds of backyarders who have set up a new settlement in an open field in Tafelsig which they have aptly called New Horizons will be at the High Court today. They will be defending themselves against eviction by the City of Cape Town which has decided that the poor shall have no right to security of tenure in the entire Metropole – even though there is plenty of unused and misused land all over the City. Read the rest of this entry »


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