Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign

Following the City of Cape Town’s demolition of over 100 structures at Kraalfontein that had been erected by backyarders on an unused piece of land, the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign has issued a statement calling on the City to support rather than condemn the poor.

Anti-Eviction communities who are facing eviction and whose homes have been flooded by the recent rains (more on this soon), are joining backyarders from Tafelsig who are at the Cape High Court today.

The privatisation of land – a public resource for all that has now become a false commodity – was the original sin, the original cause of this financial crisis. With the privatisation of land comes the dispossession of people from their land, which was held in common by communities. With the privatisation of land comes the privatisation of everything else, because once land can be bought and sold, almost anything else can eventually be bought and sold.

On Saturday, August 9, a holiday marking the contribution of women to South Africa's liberation struggle, three members of the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign joined close to 500 mourners at the funeral of Irene Grootboom held at the Wallacedene informal settlement.

Eight years ago, Irene Grootboom brought her communities case before the SA Constitutional Court, calling attention to the apalling conditions faced by the adults and children living in her community.

Her case re...read more