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Tags: CALS, meaningful engagement, S'bu Zikode
Categories : Archives, opinion / academic articles, Poor People's Alliance
by Sbu Zikode
The Centre for Applied Legal Studies at Wits, are hosting a colloquium on the topic of ‘Meaningful Engagement’ today. The speakers were asked to prepare and circulate their papers in advance. This is S’bu Zikode’s contribution to the discussion.
I thank Lauren Royston and Kate Tissington for the opportunity to comment on the topic of meaningful engagement.
Our movement is always very happy to visit CALS. CALS is an important ally in the struggles of the poor and all our movements hold your organization in high respect. You have worked with us and not for us. You have not been scared to confront power whether it is the provincial government or a gangster landlord. We remember how Stuart Wilson sat taking instruction from Uncle James in Motala Heights while Ricky Govender’s thugs threw rocks at Uncle James’ house. We know how hard and how well Stuart and your team worked on the Slums Act case. Read the rest of this entry »
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Tags: BNG, CALS, Concourt, Delft TRAs, Development Action Group, Hlophe, Kate Tissington, N2 Gateway, thubelisha
Categories : Archives, Joe Slovo, opinion / academic articles
Click here to read this article in a word document and here to read previous entries on the Joe Slovo settlement.
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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Tags: blikkiesdorp, CALS, TRA, transit camps, Tsunami
Categories : Archives, News & Press Release, opinion / academic articles
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
FORCED REMOVAL OF SIYANDA RESIDENTS TO TRANSIT CAMPS
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 »