LAWYERS PUSH FOR EVICTED RESIDENTS' RIGHTS TO BE RESPECTED
In 2009, we filmed with a community who had recently been evicted from the Siyanda informal settlement in order to allow for the construction of a road. One of the conditions of the eviction order was that the occupiers would be provided with permanent housing within a year. The deadline for doing so expired almost two years ago and nothing has been done to comply with the order.
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)
While filming DEAR MANDELA, we spent time with the Dlamini King Brothers and created this music video for their song called ‘Abahlali’.
The Dlamini King Brothers is an isicathamiya choir with 12 members all of whom live in the Kennedy Road settlement. The choir was formed in 1999 and over the last few years has become an important part of the cultural life of Abahlali baseMjondolo.