Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign

No Land! No House! No Vote! Voices from Symphony Way

Voices from Symphony Way

Early in 2007 hundreds of families living in shacks in Cape Town were moved into houses they had been waiting for since the end of apartheid. But soon they were told that the move had been illegal and they were kicked out of their new homes. They built shacks next to the road opposite the housing project and hundreds organised themselves into the Symphony Way Anti-Eviction Campaign, vowing to stay on the road until the government gave them permanent housing. This book comes out of that occupation.

Blikkiesdorp photo gallery

Symphony Way - the central site of resistence to forced removal to Blikkiesdorp

Blikkiesdorp (i.e. 'tin can town) is one of a number of 'Temporary Relocation Areas', concentration camps, set up to house the urban poor in Cape Town. There are similar abominations in Johannesburg and Durban. This photo gallery has some pictures of Blikkiesdorp as well as the Symphony Way Occupation - which held out against eviction to Blikkiesdorp for many months before being defeated.

The Land belongs to the People: The Government of Cape Town Violates the Rights of the Poor

Carmen Ludwig on the struggle from Cape Town - appropriation from below and repression from above.

The Poor People's World Cup

The Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign, the oldest of the post-apartheid social movements and, in terms of its tactics, perhaps the most confrontational, his running a Poor People's World Cup.

Open Letter to US Activists Battling Evictions from the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign in South Africa

The Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign, the oldest and perhaps the most militant of the radical movements that developed after apartheid, has written an open letter to communities battling evictions in the US in the wake of the financial crisis.