Illegal occupiers of private properties are still being evicted without the promise of alternative accommodation despite a landmark Constitutional Court decision that holds municipalities responsible for ensuring they are not left on the streets.
Thousands of slum dwellers including those under threat from forced eviction are taking part in a week of action across Africa supported by Amnesty International and partners.
Paul Trewhela on the US consulate cable on Abahlali baseMjondolo
In a statement headed "Is The ANC As Democratic As It Claims?", a confidential report by the US consulate in Durban dated 8 January 2010 - released publicly by Wikileaks on 24 August this year - stated: "The AbM movement is a test of democratic governance for the ANC..."
WikiLeaks cable reveals that US diplomats in South Africa have been closely following the story told in DEAR MANDELAAugust 25, 2011 - 9:29am | by Admin
US compared ANC to Apartheid regime: WikiLeaks
The party that led South Africa out of apartheid had by 2010 slipped into anti-democratic practices reminiscent of the regime it fought to overthrow, says a US diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks.
In the assessment of the Pretoria embassy cable, dated January 8, 2010, the African National Congress was following in the footsteps of the white-minority regime in its handling of Abahlali baseMjondolo (AbM), a politically thorny protest movement by impoverished shack dwellers.
Durban International Film Festival
BEST SOUTH AFRICAN DOCUMENTARY: DEAR MANDELA
'A movie about courage, this documentary is beautifully shot, socially relevant and still manages to offer humour as it reveals a growing grassroots political literacy in South Africa's informal settlements.' -- Festival Jury statement
Three NFVF Funded films win at DIFF
3 August, 2011
At the beginning of the festival the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) announced its support for an array of feature films, shorts and documentaries that were to be exhibited at the festival.
Even as Nelson Mandela fades from view, he retains a vital place in South Africa’s public consciousness.
In a major legal victory for poor people's rights to housing and shelter, the Constitutional Court this week struck down the KwaZulu-Natal Slums Act. The court upheld shackdweller movement Abahlali base Mjondolo's (ABM) application that the Act was unconstitutional.
The Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday that a law that would have allowed mass evictions in KwaZulu-Natal was unconstitutional.