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United Front in Uitenhage in a fight to stop the evictions of 408 families

27 January 2015, Posted in Press Releases

In an action resembling apartheid forced removals under the notorious Group Areas Act, a swarm of police in casspirs and nyalas woke up this morning 408 families in an informal settlement of Tigerville popularly known as Laplant outside Uitenhage.

Accompanied by a sheriff, the police are threatening to demolish the houses in the settlement and evict the families that live in it. The threat to evict the households goes back to May 2014, but the Laplant Action Committee and the United Front in the Eastern Cape have been fighting the eviction.

Since this morning, there is a stand-off between the police and the community who have vowed not to be moved. The United Front leadership in the Eastern Cape is currently applying for an urgent application to stop the eviction with the High Court in Grahamstown.

For further information contact:

Mziyanda Twani (United Front Eastern Cape organiser) – 0718644668/                                                                                            0835763123