Evictions of poor to remote areas has become worse since 1994 - Zackie Achmat

Western Cape High Court Judge Leslie Weinkove heard the application regarding the emergency accommodation of the 27 people due to be evicted from the Bromwell Street houses in Cape Town's inner city suburb of Woodstock.

These residents want the evictions halted, challenging the City of Cape Town's decision to be moved to remote Wolwerivier and asking for emergency housing closer to their original homes.

The case will continue on Wednesday.

In the light of this issue, Eusebius Mckaiser spoke to social land activist Zackie Achmat about the issues of eviction as wealthy land developers take over these historically working-class areas.

Over the past decade property prices have risen dramatically in and around the Cape Town inner city forcing working class and low-income families to live far away from the city.

Social activist, Zackie Achmat, says spatial segregation has worsened under democratic South Africa.

Achmat says if people are not integrated and moved closer to the city 'our freedom and constitutional dispensation' are under threat.

He says the law and policies allow for a reverse of spatial apartheid at all government levels, but there has been very little work done to address spatial justice.

The poorest people are being pushed further out.

Zackie Achmat, social activist

If you take 0 as no segregation and 1 as complete segregation, Cape Town is the 6th most segregated city in the country. So, let’s not pretend it’s not a phenomenon in other places.

Zackie Achmat, social activist

Listen to Zackie Achmat explaining segregation in the City of Cape Town and the conflict between the land developers, City and lower income residents:


This article first appeared on 702 : Evictions of poor to remote areas has become worse since 1994 - Zackie Achmat


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