49 of the approximately 170 families forcibly removed from Empolweni informal settlement have re-built their homes, thanks to a court ordering their return.
Backyarders from Makhaza who occupied land near Empolweni were evicted and their houses demolished by law enforcement.
With the lockdown into its eighth day in South Africa, Elitsha reporters spoke to different groups of marginalised workers about what the lockdown means to them and how the coronavirus has changed their working conditions.
A group of residents and activists picketed outside Khayelitsha Training Centre on Tuesday demanding that the City of Cape Town re-connects their water so that they maintain best hygiene practice as it is one of the means to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Organisations representing backyarders in Cape Town say that government’s housing database has to be laid bare to ensure the most deserving people receive subsidised houses.
The Water Services Act 108 of 1997 provides for the right to a basic water supply and sanitation service but the lived experiences of women in informal settlements of Khayelitsha tell how just using the toilet can be dangerous.
Not finding anyone to receive their memorandum at the Civic Centre and at Parliament, the protestors vowed to return in the next few days.
It has been six days since the occupiers of Arcadia Place were evicted and living on the streets outside the building in Observatory.