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Land occupiers tear down ‘unoccupied’ shacks in overcrowded informal settlement

Noma Sozwe spent most of Sunday rebuilding her daughters' two shacks after the structures were demolished by a group of people who wanted to occupy the space in Gunguluza, Uitenhage, in the Eastern Cape.

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Abahlali on evictions: ‘The state does not treat us like people’

Members of the shack dwellers movement, Abahlali BaseMjondolo have marched to Durban City Hall over forced evictions and corruption.

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Abahlali leads hundreds in march against corruption in Durban

“The thieves must be called to justice” says ABM deputy president

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Four big victories show what political activism can achieve

Commuter and housing activists have set important examples

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Shack demolitions spark Durban protests

Residents from many informal settlements blocked roads, demanding basic services

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5 more in court for allegedly selling illegal sites in Limpopo in ‘land scam’

Five more people have appeared in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court in Limpopo for allegedly illegally selling residential sites on privately owned.

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Card image 14 October 2020 Daily Maverick

DA must build houses in Cape Town instead of blaming the poor for being poor

The reality is that people need houses now. We cannot live on a housing list. Instead of using the available land to address the backlog of housing in Cape Town, the City decides to sell land to private owners for profit. Land in the city has been used for the benefit of the few elite.

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Situation tense in Plettenberg Bay

Community stops protests but vows to resume if housing construction does not start

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City of Cape Town to earmark R16m for private security to curb land invasions

The proposal was tabled at a recent Human Settlements portfolio committee meeting.

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Card image 12 October 2020 Daily Maverick

A landmark for ‘shack’ heroes as Abahlali baseMjondolo celebrates 15th anniversary

This weekend Abahlali baseMjondolo, the shack dwellers’ movement, celebrated its 15th anniversary in Durban. Today, with an audited membership of just over 80,000 members in five provinces, a large network of sympathetic lawyers, clerics, academics, and others, the movement is a powerful force.

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Been both furious and broken for the last 18 hours.

Ma Ntshangase was an absolute force in person, overflowing with warmth, good humour, and a burning desire to hold the Tendele coal mine for its innumerable injustices to her and her Somkhele community.

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Fikile Ntshangase opposed a mine extension. Last night she was murdered http://www.groundup.org.za/article/mining-activist-murdered-kzn/ @CentreEnvRights @EnvironmentMinister

Runaway fires burning since Sunday have destroyed embattled farming areas in Hertzogville, Hoopstad, Bulfontein and Dealesville in the Free State, and in the Frances Baard District near Warrenton in the Northern Cape.
https://citizen.co.za/multimedia/2373889/video-governments-silence-on-fs-nc-fires-failing-farmers-once-again-says-union/#.X5LAQTCP3J0.twitter via @TheCitizen_News

Land occupiers tear down ‘unoccupied’ shacks in overcrowded informal settlement “We have all invaded this land and no one has the right to destroy another invader’s shack,” https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2020-10-19-land-occupiers-tear-down-unoccupied-shacks-in-overcrowded-informal-settlement/ via @TimesLIVE

The government has been engaging with investors to clarify why land reform is needed, emphasized that there won’t be wholesale gazetting of land for seizure and designated the courts to be the final arbiters in any disputes, https://businesstech.co.za/news/government/442208/south-africa-moves-to-soothe-investor-fears-over-land-grabs/ via @businesstechSA

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