[MEDIA INVITE] #NoToEvictions Picket


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Date: Thursday, 02 August 2018
To: All Media
Attention: News Editors/Land Reporters

For Immediate Use

More than 20,000 people are threatened by farm evictions in the Western Cape. Farm dwellers will picket outside the final public hearings to be held in Cape Town to call on President Ramaphosa to keep a promise he made in Paarl in 2014: that there will be a moratorium, an immediate ban on legal and illegal farm evictions.

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A moratorium to stop farm evictions

Banner ImageAt a dialogue in Simondium Community Hall with people affected by evictions, Minister Mcebisi Skwatsha vowed that he will hand a draft moratorium to stop farm evictions to both President Cyril Ramaphosa and Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. A moratorium is drafted by Tshintsha Amakhaya partners and constituencies as part of their campaign entitled #NoToEvictions spurred by the announcement that over 20 000 people are threatened by farm evictions in the Western Cape with Drakenstein Municipality having a caseload of 1,127 pending eviction matters. The campaign calls on President Ramaphosa to honuor his promise made in Paarl in 2014 following massive workers strike that there will be a moratorium as an immediate ban on all farm evictions.  
With a moratorium failing to effect, we have drafted a moratorium awaiting their signatures:
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Report: Land Expropriation Dialogue

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This report speaks to a dialogue held from the 10th to 11th of May at Stay City Hotel hosted by Tshintsha Amakhya partners and local constituencies to discuss the National Assembly resolution to investigate whether a constitutional amendment should be considered to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation and, prepare participants for the coming constitutional review processes.

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Public submissions on Land Expropriation.

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Public hearings on Traditional and KhoiSan Leadership Bill (TKLB) in Nothern Cape, 2016. (Photo by Sobantu Mzwakali)

In light of the National Assembly’s resolution on 27 February 2018, the Joint Constitutional Review Committee has been mandated to gather the views of South African on the review Section 25 of the Constitution and other clauses necessary to make it possible for the state to expropriate land in the public interest without compensation. Continue reading “A CALL FOR PUBLIC SUBMISSIONS!”