Mitchell's Plain land occupation

On 14 May 2011 the Mitchells Plain Backyarders' Association[1] occupied two pieces of land in Kapteinsklip and Swartklip in Mitchells Plain. About 5,000 people participated in the occupation.[2]

OutcomesEdit

There was a violent clash between occupiers and the police.[3][4] Fourteen people were arrested.[5] Following the occupation there were a number of protest in defense of the occupation.[6][7] An eviction order was served on the occupiers and they were denied leave to appeal. One of the occupiers Faiza Meyer was quoted as saying "I have been living on [this] land for four months, so what if we have this beautiful Constitution, it means nothing."[8] The anti-land invasion unit destroyed the occupation. It was reported that the Anti-Land Invasion Unit acted with considerable violence that resulted in breaking Christen De Jager's leg.[9]

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mitchell's Plain Backyarder's Association". Archived from the original on 2013-09-22. Retrieved 2013-05-04.
  2. ^ Mitchells Plain land invasion case postponed till July Archived 2013-09-21 at the Wayback Machine, The New Age, 2011
  3. ^ Mitchell’s Plain land grab clashes escalate, Caryn Dolley and Aziz Hartley, IOL, 2011
  4. ^ Bricks, bullets fly in land grab, Natasha Prince, Cape Argus, 2011
  5. ^ Mitchells Plain land invasion case postponed till July Archived 2013-09-21 at the Wayback Machine, The New Age, 2011
  6. ^ Give us decent housing!, Rusana Philander, The New Age, 2011
  7. ^ Media: Show of strength outside court Archived 2013-09-21 at the Wayback Machine, Shanti Aboobaker, Leila Samodien and Lauren Isaacs, Cape Times, 2011
  8. ^ Tafelsig land invaders leave to appeal application dismissed, Crystal Orderson, SABC, 2011
  9. ^ Backyarders Injured in Anti-Land Invasion Demolition, by Fadela Slamdien, West Cape News, 7 June 2011.