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Joburg shack-dwellers turn to court

2012-08-23 10:16

Johannesburg - Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) were expected to turn to the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Thursday to fight for a community evicted from Marlboro near Alexandra, according to a report.

The LHR in its application wanted the City of Johannesburg either to return the evicted families to the land, or provide them with alternative accommodation, the Sowetan newspaper reported.

Earlier this week, metro police demolished shacks on the land, sparking a protest by members of the community who barricaded streets with rocks and burnt tyres.

Comments
  • rick.kabose - 2012-08-23 10:27

    Why don't they rather go squat on Zumas nkandla,or his yard in forest town

      christof.coetzee - 2012-08-23 13:10

      I strongly suggest that all employed, educated and progressive people relocate to the Western Cape. http://www.capetown.gov.za

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-08-23 10:45

    Find a vacant land in sandton/sunninghill and build them RDP houses, problem solved.

      rick.kabose - 2012-08-23 11:34

      Show me vacant land in Sandton or Sunninghill that doesn't belong to private individuals or the state boet ? Problem not solved , unless it's RDP's on state land,it's just squatting again

  • foe.no - 2012-08-23 11:35

    Its so sad that they have to live in temporary houses when the people that stole their land live on huge plots.... The governemnt should be blamed for not acting faster on the Land Reform process..

  • greypatriot - 2012-08-23 13:32

    The housing problem exposes itself in every municipality of South Africa. It is a national crisis - municipalities underspend on housing delivery and services and people get shot because they protest. LED does not work! People think it is about creating new businesses. It is about wiping out the overwhelming social neglect. Fix it with HOSSA - The to be established housing enterprise of SA.

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