South Africa: Forced Removal of Residents to Transit Camps

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South Africa: Forced Removal of Residents to Transit Camps
By: Center for Applied Legal Studies
23 January 2009
 

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CALS condemns the current government policy of using transit camps as alternative accommodation for forcibly removed shackdwellers

The Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) is disturbed at a growing trend in South African cities in terms of which the state forcibly removes shackdwellers from large shacks on well-located land to `temporal housing` in transit camps (also known as `temporary relocation areas` or TRAs) on the urban periphery. Relocation to transit camps is most often done to make way for infrastructure and development projects which will not benefit those being removed.

The Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) is disturbed at a growing trend in South African cities in terms of which the state forcibly removes shackdwellers from large shacks on well-located land to `temporal housing` in transit camps (also known as `temporary relocation areas` or TRAs) on the urban periphery. Relocation to transit camps is most often done to make way for infrastructure and development projects which will not benefit those being removed.

On 27 January 2009 in the Durban High Court, 50 families supported by the Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement will be contesting their forced removal by the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport from Siyanda in KwaMashu, to transit camps in order to make way for the construction of the new MR577 freeway. Initially, these families were promised formal houses in the new Khulula Housing Project if they voluntarily relocated; however, due to corruption in the housing allocation process, there are no longer houses available to them and they are being forced into transit camps. Many shacks in Siyanda have five rooms, with plots where people grow food, keep chickens and run various types of small businesses. Moving to a one-roomed structure in a crowded transit camp would be disastrous for these households, and would merely serve to exacerbate their poverty.

On 27 January 2009 in the Durban High Court, 50 families supported by the Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement will be contesting their forced removal by the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Transport from Siyanda in KwaMashu, to transit camps in order to make way for the construction of the new MR577 freeway. Initially, these families were promised formal houses in the new Khulula Housing Project if they voluntarily relocated; however, due to corruption in the housing allocation process, there are no longer houses available to them and they are being forced into transit camps. Many shacks in Siyanda have five rooms, with plots where people grow food, keep chickens and run various types of smal

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