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.
Read the rest of this entry »

CALS statement against the use of Transit Camps (TRAs)

23 01 2009

AEC Note: The letter from Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), see below, concerns the proposed forced removal of Siyanda residents to Temporary Relocation Areas (TRAs).  Forced evictions to TRAs, aka Transit Camps, is a huge issue for communities all over South Africa.  Some of the communities opposing eviction to TRAs or who are protesting conditions within TRAs include:

The AEC sees TRA’s as an apartheid era policy of controlling space.  Only this time residents are forcibly removed because they are poor and not necessarily because they are black.  The country’s largest political parties (DA, ANC, ID, UDF) all support the creation and forced relocation of residents into TRAs.

Johannesburg, 23 January 2009


CALS condemns the current government policy of using transit camps as alternative accommodation for forcibly removed shackdwellers

The Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) is disturbed at a growing trend in South African cities in terms of which the state forcibly removes shackdwellers from large shacks on well-located land to ‘temporal housing’ in transit camps (also known as ‘temporary relocation areas’ or TRAs) on the urban periphery. Relocation to transit camps is most often done to make way for infrastructure and development projects which will not benefit those being removed. Read the rest of this entry »


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 719 other followers