Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Squatters stone police after forced removal

The bad news from South Africa keeps getting worse. This article from the Pretoria News details another round of violence between squatters and police.

Would someone please explain to the ANC government: moving squatters 15 kilometers out of town is objectionable because they would spend all their money commuting and would have no money left to feed themselves and their families. The solution is not eviction, but working with squatters to improve their neighborhoods.

1 comment:

Philippe de Rougemont said...

Re: your commentary on squatter evictions in South Africa:
The current majorty within the ANC sees squatters as the problem, whereas the real problem is the daily condition of squatters.
And evictions always make these daily conditions worse. The problem, Dude (or Mbeki), it's not the poor, it's poverty .