Homeless fight Cape Town city

4 06 2009
04 June 2009
Anna Majavu – The Sowetan

TAKING A STAND: Khayelitsha residents marched to the Cape Town mayor’s offices last week protesting against being forcibly removed from vacant land in Macassar near Khayelitsha . PHOTO: ANNA MAJAVU

It is raining and cold there … babies are sitting in the rain

MORE than 200 back-yard residents are caught up in a legal battle with the city of Cape Town for occupying land in Macassar, near Khayelitsha.

The group, organised by Abahlali baseMjondolo Western Cape, said they were tired of paying R500 to rent rooms in back yards so they have built shacks on the vacant land.

Abahlali baseMjondolo scored an early victory against the city when they won a Cape high court interdict preventing the city from demolishing their shacks.

But the city’s anti-land invasions unit destroyed the shacks anyway.

Vusi Matikinca, the group’s attorney, told Sowetan yesterday: “It is raining and cold there. There are babies sitting in the rain.

“The city acted unlawfully because they did not abide by the Prevention of Illegal Evictions Act. They said the land belonged to us and you have no right to come here. Read the rest of this entry »

The Macassar Village land occupation continues…

22 05 2009

Abahlali baseMjondolo of the Western Cape Press Release
Friday 22 May 2009

The Macassar Village land occupation continues…

Tonight we spend our fourth night on this land. It is cold and rainy tonight but we will stand where we sleep! We will rebuild once again! We will not leave this land. This is our land, not because we are greedy, but because everyone needs some land and housing to provide a permanent home for their families. Backyards are not permanent nor adequate. They are oppressive. Read the rest of this entry »

Media: Land awarded to Macassar Village residents

21 05 2009
Macassar invaders stay put
Regan Thaw | 20 May 2009
Source: Eye Witness News

Dozens of backyard dwellers who invaded a piece of land in Macassar Village have vowed not to move until their grievances are addressed. Read the rest of this entry »

Macassar people won their victory on land occupation

20 05 2009
Abahlali baseMjondolo of the Western Cape Press Release
20 May, 2009

People from Macassar Village finally won their victory on land occupation, today would have been the third day of sleeping outside if the victory was not won.

During the day today the Superintendent from Macassar Police station asked people to elect four people to go to negotiate with a local ward counselor for a piece of land which is nearby the land that people had occupied, after 3 hours of negotiation between people and the ward counselor it was agreed that people can build on that land which is 10 miters away from the land that people had occupied.

As we speak people are busy building their structures and Dan Plato is expected to arrive tomorrow early in the morning with few municipal officials to hand over the land officially to the people of Macassar Village and the anti land invasion is also expected to return the building material that they have demolished and confiscated from people illegally.

Power to the people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And as Abahlali baseMjondolo we want to know that this is the begging of many activities of building communities from below.   And we want to clarify that we don’t occupy the land, we only establish our selves and this is people centered process.
Three people that were arrested and charged with public violence are released with a warning to appear in court on the 11th of June 2009.
For more info call 073 2562 036

Media: Cops, backyard dwellers clash in Macassar

20 05 2009

20 May 2009, 09:04

Source: Cape Argus

A police officer and a young boy were among several people injured during Tuesday’s violent confrontation between police and Macassar Village backyard dwellers who invaded land adjacent to the N2.

During the incident, four men – including prominent academic Martin Legassick – were taken into custody.

When police bundled Legassick, who the people called their “comrade”, into the back of a police van, the backyard dwellers hurled stones at them, and police opened fire with rubber bullets. Read the rest of this entry »

Siyanda. Mpola. Macassar Village Demolitions, Arrests, Shootings – the state gets back to its war on the poor

19 05 2009

Update 19 May 2009 at 16h00:

Martin Legassick has been released unharmed. However the two other comrades are still being held by the police. There is now a march on the Macassar Village police station to demand the release of those two comrades.

Contact Mzonke Poni 073 256 2036.


Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement
Tuesday, 19 May 2009

The Elections Are Over – The War on the Poor Continues

  • Four Shot in Siyanda with Rubber Bullets,
  • Illegal Demolitions in Mpola,
  • Martin Legassick Arrested in Macassar Village, Mzonke Poni on the Run, Others Arrested and Shot at with Rubber Bullets Read the rest of this entry »

ABM-WC Urgent Press Release: Macassar residents occupying empty land as we speak

18 05 2009
Abahlali baseMjondolo Emergency Press Release
Monday 18th May, 2009

As we speak, members of Abhlali baseMjondolo of the Western Cape from Macassar Village are occupying the land that they’ve been clearing for the past week.

Abahlali are taking the land because, as backyard dwellers, they’ve been clear victims of high rents which are resulting in their collective eviction. Residents say that they have no choice. In order to protect the livelihood of themselves and their families, they have to take this unused and empty government land for their community.

For an update on the current situation, contact Mzonke Poni at 073 2562 036.

For updates and photos tomorrow, visit Khayelitsha Struggles.

For more information on the cleanup campaign, click on the following press releases: 12th May and 13th May and 14th May.

For pictures of the cleanup campaign, click here.

For coverage in the Cape Argus, click here.

Media: Backyard dwellers take over land

15 05 2009

By Francis Hweshe and Molly Raisch

Source: Cape Argus

About a thousand disgruntled backyard dwellers in Macassar Village, in the Strand, are set to butt heads with the City of Cape Town after they decided to illegally clear and occupy a piece of land on the margins of the N2.

The city has threatened to seek a court interdict against them if they do not halt the operation.

The backyard dwellers, part of housing lobby group, Abahlali baseMjondolo, said their patience with the government on housing delivery had “run dry”.

They also said that they were “tired of paying rent”. Read the rest of this entry »

Media: Protest against new slums law

14 05 2009
Published: 5/14/2009 21:15:22
Source: The Citizen

JOHANNESBURG – About 1 000 members from various non-governmental organisations travelled from across the country to the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg to protest against the KwaZulu-Natal Slums Act.

General secretary of the Rural Network in KZN, Mbhekiseni Mavuso, said his organisation was pledging its support to Abahlali baseMjondolo (ABM), which has applied to have the Act declared unlawful under the Constitution. Read the rest of this entry »

AbM-WC Press release – tomorrow raining or not we continue with our protest

14 05 2009

Abahlali base Mjondolo of the Western Cape

The second day of the cleaning campaign on our land in Macassar was even more successful than the first. The police ceased more or less from their intimidatory tactics and there were even more community members present to clean the land

At six in the evening the community met on the land to plan for the intended picnic and sports event on Saturday. To everyone’s surprise, a municipal bakkie came and parked itself near us in the middle of the meeting. Then a young man and woman got out of the bakkie, with the woman claiming she was from the City of Cape Town’s “Anti-Land Invasion Unit.” Read the rest of this entry »


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