Cato Manor residents demand housing

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DURBAN 19 May 2017 - Shack-dwellers movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo, has accused the ANC of governing through fear. It's president, Sbu Zikode, was testifying before the Moerane Commission in Durban.

JOHANNESBURG – Frustrated shack-dwellers from Cato Manor, in Durban, marched to their ward councillor’s office to demand housing.

After several recent clashes with the city’s Land Invasion Unit, the group is demanding to be left alone.

Civic organisation Abahlali baseMjondolo has an interim interdict against the city, which prohibits it from evicting the applicants.

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Several shacks have been demolished by the eThekwini Municipality’s Land Invasion Unit recently, resulting in violent clashes.

Civic movement Abahlali baseMjondolo says this goes against the conditions of an interim interdict, barring further evictions.

The ward councilor, Warren Burn says, “I don’t have any magic powers to build houses for people, to allocate land to people, to allocate houses to people, to issue grants to people. I don’t have any of those powers.”

The councilor says his hands are tied and his response is not well-received.

Shack-dwellers have already started the process of rebuilding their homes.

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