The recent spate of evictions in the Western Cape must make the right to housing ring hollow for those left homeless, writes Sandra Liebenberg.
The SAPS and City of Cape Town law enforcers have accused each other of carrying out the demolition of shacks in Philippi East. GroundUp reports.
Shack dwellers in Philippi East's "Marikana" settlement were evicted on Monday by the City of Cape Town's Anti-Land Invasion Unit. GroundUp reports.
Company "unlawfully and intentionally disposed of building and demolition waste, whilst not being in possession of a waste-management license".
Construction companies have damaged an ecosystem and wrought havoc in a farming community in Cape Town and winter rains have exacerbated the problem.
A stretch of farmland that could prove vital to Cape Town's food security is threatened by development, illegal dumping and informal settlements.
The Philippi horticultural area in the Western Cape is a vital source of fresh vegetables for the city, but now this land is under threat.