Families facing eviction by a company that bought their bank-repossessed homes want the government to intervene and protect them.
On day 378 of the national lockdown, Elitsha looks back at the past twelve months and the pictures we took.
The City of Johannesburg is adamant that it will ensure that “anarchy” does not “prevail” as it continues to demolish houses despite the ongoing national state of disaster that prohibits evictions.
Despite the ongoing national state of disaster that prohibits evictions, the Department of Public Works says it demolished new and under construction structures that interfere with an airport runway.
A video showing Bulelani Qolani being dragged naked by the police went viral, attracting widespread condemnation. He says that he was treated in the most inhumane way possible.
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.
Organisations representing poor and working class people who have borne the brunt of the marauding Red Ants in the past, are celebrating the suspension of the company. .
Housing organisations marched against evictions that are a feature of the state’s response to the growing wave of land occupations around the City.
Members of the South African Communist Party from the Skenjana Roji district were picketing in front of the East London magistrate’s court to bring attention to the evictions caused by banks foreclosing on home loans.
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.