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'I don't wan't a mansion. I'm asking for a roof over my head, which is my right'

21 March 2018 3:57 PM
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Eviction
Cape Town
Land
Reclaim the City
Wolwerivier
Social Housing

An evicted Woodstock resident reflects on the march for dignified social housing, involving civil groups such as Reclaim the City.

Large crowds gathered to march for land, social housing and school safety in Cape Town this Human Rights Day.

Ndifuna Ukwazi, Equal Education, the Social Justice Coalition and Reclaim the City, were among the civil society groups participating.

Woodstock evictee Fagmieda Ling joined the demonstration on Wednesday, advocating that land be used for people, not for profit.

Ling says city officials want to desert evicted residents by sending them to Wolwerivier, where an emergency housing settlement is located - about 25km from the city centre.

She says that 24 years into democracy, they are still being forced to fight for their rights.

Ling claims that Reclaim the City have identified a substantial portion of land in the inner city which could be developed into dignified social housing.

'I'm not asking for a mansion. I'm asking for a roof over my head, which is my dignified right'

Fagmieda Ling, Supporter of Reclaim the City

People have been on the waiting lists for more than 30 years, still awaiting housing.

Fagmieda Ling, Supporter of Reclaim the City

I am an evictee myself, with a pending case with city council.

Fagmieda Ling, Supporter of Reclaim the City

They want to throw us in Wolwerivier. Do you have any idea where that is? I was born in Woodstock. There is land available in the City.

Fagmieda Ling, Supporter of Reclaim the City

I'm 51 years old with nowhere else to go. My workplace is here, my children's schooling and everything is here.

Fagmieda Ling, Supporter of Reclaim the City

We are fighting for our human rights. For the right of the people. The government does not look after its people.

Fagmieda Ling, Supporter of Reclaim the City

The group handed over a memorandum of demands to representatives from the City of Cape Town and provincial government, including councillor Brett Herron.

Hundreds of marchers brandished placards and posters reading "land for living" and "children need safe homes."

Take a listen to her account of the demonstrations:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'I don't wan't a mansion. I'm asking for a roof over my head, which is my right'


21 March 2018 3:57 PM
Tags:
Eviction
Cape Town
Land
Reclaim the City
Wolwerivier
Social Housing

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