WATCH: Evictions in rural South Africa
While filming DEAR MANDELA in 2009, we visited a recently evicted community in New Hanover, Durban. We weren't able to include the footage in the finished film, but we wanted to share it with you because these kinds of evictions are happening across the country.
More than 930,000 people were evicted from South African farms between 1994 and 2004. The government does not keep statistics on numbers of evictions, but people interviewed described a steady pace of evictions, particularly when laborers are no longer able to work. (Source: Human Rights Watch)