Durban shack dwellers demand end to violent evictions
Thousands of shack dwellers embarked on a protest march from Durban's Curries Fountain to the city hall on Monday morning calling for an end to violent and brutal evictions.
The march by Abahlali baseMjondolo members comes in the wake of a man dying following clashes between eThekwini municipality security services and shack dwellers in eMansenseni two weeks ago.
Several people were also injured during the incident‚ near Marianhill west of Durban‚ which the shack dwellers movement described as a "war zone".
The death also followed another incident at the end of May in which a two-week-old baby‚ Jayden Khoza‚ died in a shack in Durban's Foreman Road informal settlement during a police raid. There were conflicting reports over the cause of death.
The protesters are expected to march to the Durban City Hall to hand over a memorandum to both eThekwini mayor Zandile Gume and the MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs‚ Nomusa Dube.