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 »

The Poor People’s Alliance and other movements in support of the residents of Hangberg, Hout Bay

2 10 2010
Solidarity Statement by the South African Poor People’s Alliance
2 October 2010 – For immediate release

We are calling for an immediate investigation into the atrocious violence and repression by police forces against the residents of Hangberg in Hout Bay, Cape Town.

Sunday, Hangberg residents will march on Hout Bay Police Station and deliver a memorandum to Safety & Security MEC Albert Fritz, Premier Helen Zille, Mayor Dan Plato and the Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer. They will be joined by residents of Imizamo Yethu who are also facing eviction from Hout Bay.

Date: Sunday 3rd October 2010
Time: 10h00 (prayer service and rally) and 12h00 (protest march)
Begin: Hangberg Park
End: Hout Bay SAPS Police Station

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AEC Press Statement: Evictions Continue in Hout Bay

11 04 2008


For comment, contact Mzonke Poni at 0732562036

Evictions Continue in Hout Bay; residents resist.

The eviction of eight families, 25 adults and 15 children living in shacks and brick houses along the beach in Hangberg, Hout Bay was scheduled for last week. The eviction was lodged by South African Sea Products, a subsidiary fishing company owned by several corporations including Tiger Brand Foods, Ltd. Hangberg residents, working with a community organization called Solution Seekers, successfully secured a temporary interdict. They will challenge the eviction order in the Wynberg courts on April 17.

Most of the eight families are supported by state grants, some for child-headed households and others for disability. Residents note that the latter resulted from work-related injuries, sustained on the fishing company’s ships.

Forty families in Hangberg were evicted last year by South African Sea Products from “hostel buildings,” a compound built by the fishing company, which has since been demolished. In October 2007, these eight additional families received hand-delivered letters from the company demanding that they vacate the land immediately. The letters further stated that if they refused to do so, the matter would be taken to court “the cost of which will be claimed from you.”

In February 2008, after the eight families refused to move, the company obtained court-ordered eviction notices. These reportedly were faulty in numerous ways: the notices misidentified some of the occupants and were issued in just two official languages, English and Xhosa, though residents are predominantly Afrikaans and Zulu speakers.

Additionally, some of the structures marked for eviction are only partly situated on land owned by South African Sea Products. In a previous press statement issued by the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign in January 2008, with regard to the hostel buildings, “The community is angered and intends to resist the forced removal because they say that some of the land belongs to the City [of Cape Town] and not to South African Sea Products, so the company does not have the right to evict them.”

Thus far, the eight families faced with eviction have not been informed about where they would be moved, if South African Sea Products is successful in court. Though the company offered no explanation for why the eviction was ordered, residents said that it seeks to relocate its corporate headquarters to the land currently occupied by the families.

The area is described by residents as a “company town,” where many are employed – either full-time or as casual workers – by South African Sea Products, while living on land or in structures that the company owns. The forty families who were evicted last year from the hostel buildings were moved to “low cost” houses purchased by the fishing company in Mitchell’s Plain, about forty kilometres away from Hout Bay on the Cape Flats.

According to residents, the fishing company agreed to provide housing subsidies to the forty families, estimated at R63,000, with the additional cost of the houses, an estimated R120,000, offered to them in the form of a loan. South African Sea Products now is deducting a reported R100 per month from the wages of employees living in the houses for repayment of the loan. Some of these evicted families have since returned to Hout Bay, after finding that transport to work was unaffordable from Mitchell’s Plain.

The current residents faced with eviction seek to overturn the eviction order in court and prevent any further forced removal from the land in the future. They know their constitutional rights and intend of fighting oppression by the fishing company..

Hangberg resident\'s shack faced with eviction

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Hangberg resident facing eviction2

Hout Bay shack dwellers plan resistance to forced removal

18 01 2008

Writer: Celeste Ganga
Source: Bush Radio

About 75 shack dwellers and one family living in a house in a section of Hangberg in Hout Bay, Cape Town are facing eviction from their land by South African Sea Products.

“The community is angered and intends to resist the forced removal because they say that some of the land belongs to the City and not to South African Sea Products, so the company does not have the right to evict them” says Chairperson of the Hangberg Solution Seekers Association (a community organisation), Michelle Yon.

She adds that most of the residents work in Hout Bay as fishermen and some work as casuals at the company itself. Yon goes on to say that they will not allow South African Sea Products to forcibly remove them without alternative accommodation being provided.

“The community tried already to buy the hostel themselves to set up a low cost housing project and were under the impression that the company would still sell it to them,” explains Yon.

The community will appear in the Cape High Court on Tuesday (29 January 2008) to oppose the eviction order. They will be assisted by the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign.

Attempts to get hold of South African Sea Products were unsuccessful.


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