Cows slaughtered for celebration

2017-08-29 06:00
Photos: SUPPLIEDAbahlali abseMjondolo sing at the launch of their branch in Mariannhill recently.

Photos: SUPPLIEDAbahlali abseMjondolo sing at the launch of their branch in Mariannhill recently.

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DERRICK ZINCUME

ABAHLALI baseMjondolo Movement slaughtered two cows and several sheep to celebrate a victory against the eThekwini Municipality.

Abahlali Movement obtained an urgent court interdict against the city to stop evicting the shack owner who had illegally occupied the state land.

Abahlali baseMjondolo secretary Thapelo Mohapi told the Fever that they acquired a court interdict against the city last month to stop the eviction of their members. The court also ordered that those who had their shack demolished be allowed to rebuild their homes.

“On Monday, August 7, we and city officials, went to the area to allocate displaced shack dwellers,” he said.

He explained the celebration was held at the branch launch in the eMasenseni area in Mariannhill on Sunday, August 13.

“The community has already started reconstructing their homes that were destroyed by the municipality during the eviction in July. Even though the struggle in
eMasenseni was hard and led to the death of a young man and two people being injured, the community is grateful they have finally won the right to the land.

“In appreciation of the struggle and the victory that this community has gone through, the community has decided to rename the branch - it is now called eKukhanyeni, which means the light. The community has been facing evictions since 2015, but they now see the light since they are settled in their community,” he said.

Mohapi said 13 homes were destroyed during the eviction. He also told members that the victory is for homeless people.

“We know the city has appealed against the court decision and we urge our members not to allow anyone to come into the area to add more shacks as that would be treated as land invasion,” he said.

The president of Abahlali baseMjondolo Sbu Zikode was given a sheep as token of appreciation for helping these residents to fight for their constitutional right to have shelter.

Mohapi said since the court granted the interdict, city officials have been approachable. “We have created a good relationship with the city since the court order was issued,” he said.

 

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