Afrophobia spreads

23 05 2008

Violence Spreads to Settlements in Durban & Cape Town

In Durban people have been chased out of their homes in Chatsworth and Cato Manor. There have been no incidents in any Abahlali settlements and the movement is working 24 hours a day across the City to oppose this. In Cape Town, there have been reports of incidents in Site C (Khayelitsha), Woodstock, Gugulethu, Dunoon (Milnerton). Click here to read about for the causes of these events. For news articles, see below:

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URGENT PRESS RELEASE – Xenophobic attack about to happen in NY 6 Gugulethu

23 05 2008
Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign
Urgent Press Statement
23 May 2008 at 2:39pm

The Anti-Eviction Campaign is rushing to NY 6, Gugulethu. They were called by the community to say that a xenophobic attack is about to take place.

The AEC is carrying posters stating: “Stop attacking our brothers and sisters from Africa. They helped us fight apartheid”.

We are appealing to media to rush to the scene now

For comment call Mncedisi Twalo on

Thubelisha is now insolvent and is likely to be liquidated because of mismanagement and disrespect for poor communities

23 05 2008

Note from AEC: Poor residents all over Cape Town have long been complaining about Thubelisha Homes’ lack of consultation with poor communities and their authoritarian housing policies that resort to forced removal. Management of the N2 gateway flats have been a failure; Joe Slovo residents are exercising their right to resist forced removals next door; and now homeless residents of Delft houses have been evicted while Thubelisha gives these same BNG houses to its business friends and contractors.

Housing agent Thubelisha is R67m in the red

Andisiwe Makinana
May 21 2008 at 05:33PM

Thubelisha Homes, the government’s housing agent which was mandated to implement low-cost housing and now faces closure, is technically insolvent.

This was revealed when the company presented its performance review for the financial year (2007-08 ) to Parliament’s portfolio committee on housing on Tuesday.

The company had targeted a profit of R49,5-million and instead made a loss of R67,5-million, a variance of R117-million.

While Thubelisha had projected revenue of almost R975-million, its actual revenue stood at R338,4-million, a difference of R636-million.

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