20 year wait for an RDP house

7th Dec 2017 Elitsha reporters 0

Residents of eNdumeni in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, who have been waiting for nearly 20 years to receive RDP houses are hopeful that justice will be done and Endumeni Municipality will be compelled to provide them with houses.

Unfinished RDP houses leave a woman homeless

16th Nov 2017 Mbulelo Sisulu 0

Residents of Ducats near East London in the Eastern Cape spent many years living in the shacks. In 2003, they were very happy when they were told that a construction company had been hired to build RDP houses for them. 625 Houses were supposed to be built in this township. But the houses for 64 families did not materialise. 42 houses were left unfinished and 22 houses have never been built at all.

Occupiers adamant that they will not be moved

2nd Oct 2017 Ramatamo Sehoai 0

The attempted removal of a land occupation in the Vaal area of Gauteng has claimed 3 lives already and occupiers are adamant that they will not be moved. The government through the police and private security have responded violently to land occupations throughout the country.

Land and housing activists: “We will take the land because it belongs to us”

30th Aug 2017 Mzi Velapi 0

There has been an increasing number of land and housing activists that have been murdered lately. Mthunzi “Ras Moziah” Zuma was shot and killed during a road blockade next to the land they were occupying near Khayelitsha Mall. Less than a month later another land and housing activist in Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay 41 kilometres west of Khayelitsha was shot by the police during a housing protest and later died in hospital.

Land and housing activists have pledged to continue taking and occupying vacant land despite brutal repression by the state and the killing of those who fight for land. The commitment was made at seminar in Khayelitsha Monday night where different groups of organisations representing activists from Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town met to share their experiences of state and police brutality.

Evictions in central Joburg leave families stranded

18th Aug 2017 Ramatamo Sehoai 0

The gentrification that is taking place in central Johannesburg has left families evicted from Fattis Mansions last month, stranded in tents set up in a stadium south of the city. In what is effectively a refugee camp, the living conditions are bad. The Mayor of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba from the Democratic Alliance, is an advocate for gentrification of the inner city, not the rights of the people living there.