Media: Housing activist to appear on public violence charge

4 06 2009
June 03, 2009 Edition 2
MICHELLE JONES – Cape Times

A HOUSING activist detained on Monday on suspicion of inciting public violence has been released on a warning and is due to appear in the Somerset West Magistrate’s Court today. Read the rest of this entry »





Media: Metro Police tear down shacks despite interdict

2 06 2009
June 01, 2009 Edition 1
NOMANGESI MBIZA
Source: Cape Argus

Metro Police officials have torn down shacks of backyard dwellers living on city-owned land in Macassar Village in Strand despite a court interdict ordering them not to do so.

Residents allege that Metro Police officials destroyed their shacks on Saturday morning for the third time, despite being told about the court interdict issued in the Cape High Court on Friday evening.

“We told them about the court interdict and even gave it to them but they refused to even have a look at it,” said resident Thembile Komani.

The court interdict, which is in possession of the Cape Argus, states that the City of Cape Town is not entitled to de-molish, or authorise or instruct any person to demolish the structures of the occupiers of the land on New Road in Macassar Village. Read the rest of this entry »





Bankruptcy of responses to Macassar land occupation underlines Western Cape housing crisis

22 05 2009
By Martin Legassick
21/5/2009

For more pictures including the ongoing camping by residents, click here.

land occupations in Macassar

land occupations in Macassar

On Tuesday 19th backyarders in Macassar, desperate for homes, built shacks on municipal land on a field adjoining the N2 – and were illegally evicted by Cape Town’s DA Helen-Zille-inspired Anti-Land Invasion unit, together with SAPS and Metro Police. Their building materials were confiscated and taken off in a truck. In the process four people (including a 2-year old child) were unnecessarily wounded by police rubber bullets, four people (including myself) were unnecessarily taken into custody and three of these wrongfully charged with public violence. Read the rest of this entry »








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