Surprise Eviction Leaves Hundreds Homeless in Johannesburg

What is affected
Housing private
Land Social/public
Type of violation Forced eviction
Date 01 September 2006
Region AFA [ Africa anglophone ]
Country South Africa
Location Diteneg informal settlement, Johannesburg

Affected persons

Total 1800
Men 0
Women 0
Children 0
Proposed solution
Forced eviction
Housing losses
- Number of homes
- Total value €

Duty holder(s) /responsible party(ies)

Brief narrative Source: COHRE
In September 2006, police evicted approximately 1 800 people from the Diteneng informal settlement, next to Lanseria Airport, Johannesburg. Most residents had lived in the settlement for 14 years. The eviction took residents by surprise, as they had not been served with eviction notices. Police used bulldozers to demolish
the families’ homes, as well as many personal belongings. Although the Johannesburg Housing Department is supposed to provide the evictees with alternative accommodation, at the time of writing, the affected people have not been resettled. Residents believe the shacks are being demolished to make way for a golf estate.

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