Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
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29 Mar 2020
5:15 pm

Over 40 families evicted from their Durban shacks during lockdown

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Dozens of Durban families were evicted from their homes on Friday, despite a national moratorium on evictions due to the national Covid-19 lockdown.

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A shack-dwellers movement, Abahlali Basemjondolo, in Durban will approach the courts tomorrow if government does not explain why dozens of families were evicted from their homes, and made to watch them being destroyed last week and over the weekend. The Ethekwini Municipality in Durban, which was already battling with a large homeless persons population before the covid-19 national lockdown, was asked to intervene after contractors destroyed shacks and evicted families from Ekuphumeleleni informal settlement in Durban. But spokespersono Mqapheli Bonono complained that their cries had been to no avail as shacks continued to be destroyed on Saturday. Spokesperson for the...