eThekwini Municipality adamant it was lawful to evict Abahlali baseMjondolo
eThekwini Municipality says the evictions that were carried out at Ekuphumeleleni informal settlement in Mariannhill were lawful.
Spokesperson for the municipality Msawakhe Mayisela says if Abahlali baseMjondolo have evidence that they were harassed during the evictions, they should go to the police.
Abahlali baseMjondolo have accused the municipality of harassing them and demolishing their shacks despite a special government gazette pronounced that evictions will be suspended for the remainder of the 21-day coronavirus lockdown.
Speaking to Eusebius McKaiser, municipality spokesperson Mayisela says the movement has ulterior motives.
Abahlali baseMjondolo seem to be taking advantage of the plight that the country is currently experiencing to advance their own agenda with the intention of ruining the image of the city.Msawakhe Mayisela, Spokesperson - eThekwini municipality
In the event that Abahlali have conclusive evidence that people were harassed, they must go open a case.Msawakhe Mayisela, Spokesperson - eThekwini municipality
The information I have is that the structures that were brought down are structures that were being constructed and not occupied.Msawakhe Mayisela, Spokesperson - eThekwini municipality
However, Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement president Sibusiso Zikode says they have been going to the police about what they suffer during evictions but found no assistance.
We have been opening cases for too long and because the municipality has been a law unto themselves, none of these cases were ever investigated.Sibusiso Zikode, President - Abahlali baseMjondolo (Shack Dwellers) Movement
Why have all their evictions been violent and without an eviction order?Sibusiso Zikode, President - Abahlali baseMjondolo (Shack Dwellers) Movement
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