Joe Slovo, Cape Town

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Joe Slovo
Joe Slovo is located in Western Cape
Joe Slovo
Joe Slovo
Joe Slovo is located in South Africa
Joe Slovo
Joe Slovo
Coordinates: 33°57′07″S 18°32′03″E / 33.95194°S 18.53417°E / -33.95194; 18.53417Coordinates: 33°57′07″S 18°32′03″E / 33.95194°S 18.53417°E / -33.95194; 18.53417
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceWestern Cape
MunicipalityCity of Cape Town
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
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Joe Slovo mass protest at the Cape High Court in December 2007

Joe Slovo is an informal settlement in Langa, Cape Town. Like many other informal settlements, it was named after former housing minister and anti-Apartheid activist, Joe Slovo. With over 20,000 residents, Joe Slovo is one of the largest informal settlements in South Africa.[1]

While residents have been fighting for 15 years for their right to live in Langa, the settlement recently came into prominence when it began to oppose the national pilot housing project of minister Lindiwe Sisulu called The N2 Gateway.[2]

Residents have opposed the government's request that they be forcibly removed to Delft, a new township on the outskirts of the city. After a High Court ruling by controversial judge John Hlophe in favor of the Government, many experts in constitutional law have claimed the ruling to be unjust and against the South African Constitution.[3]

Since then, residents have appealed the decision and taken it to the South African Constitutional Court. In August 2008, about 200 Joe Slovo residents travelled by train, spent the night at the Methodist Church in Braamfontein, and arrived at the Constitutional Court to protest proposed evictions.[4] They were accompanied in solidarity by the Anti-Eviction Campaign as well as residents from Symphony Way, an informal settlement that is also in conflict with the government over the N2 Gateway Housing Project.[5][6]

The Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions and the Community Law Centre from the University of Cape Town, who joined the case as friends of the court, argue that the mass relocation will significantly impact residents' quality of life.[7]

During the case, constitutional court judges expressed concern over Judge John Hlophe's High Court ruling. Still, judgment has been reserved.[8]

Reports on the N2 Gateway[edit]

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  1. ^ "Gateway housing project in a shambles". The Times. 23 Nov 2008. Archived from the original on 15 February 2009. Retrieved 23 November 2008.
  2. ^ "'It's our duty not to be silent'". Mail&Guardian. 24 Aug 2008.
  3. ^ "No compassion for people who do not drive a Porsche?". Constitutionally Speaking.
  4. ^ "'It's our duty not to be silent'". Mail&Guardian. 24 Aug 2008.
  5. ^ "South Africans protest mass eviction order in court". Boston Banner. Archived from the original on 2009-01-09.
  6. ^ "Facing Mass Eviction, residents of Cape Town's Joe Slovo settlement gather at SA Constitutional Court 21 August". Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign. Archived from the original on 2009-09-10. Retrieved 2008-11-23.
  7. ^ "'There is no way I'll go to starve and die in Delft'". Sowetan. 21 Aug 2008. Archived from the original on 5 September 2008. Retrieved 23 November 2008.
  8. ^ "Hlophe squatters ruling concerns ConCourt judge". Legal Brief. 22 Aug 2008.

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