The ongoing wave of land occupation struggles
Land occupations across the country are an indication of the ongoing attacks on the living standards of the working class. The recent wave of occupations started in April/May 2017 in Gauteng, in townships south of Johannesburg such as Eldorado Park and Freedom Park, and quickly inspired occupations in surrounding areas.
The inspiration spread to other regions, leading to land occupations in Cape Town at Mandela Park, Town Two and Makhaza. We also witnessed land occupations in Port Elizabeth, King William’s Town, Durban, Free State and elsewhere.
At the beginning of 2018, South Africa continued to witness land occupation struggles with occupations in Waterfall in Midrand, Marlboro, Ennerdale, Finetown, Blue Hills, Weilers Farm, Alexandra and Zandspruit.
The occupations continue to spread to a number of municipalities in the Gauteng region, such as in Olivenhoutbosch and other areas in the City of Tshwane. At the same time, in the Western Cape, Zwelihle residents in Hermanus occupied vacant land with dozens arrested. Occupations spread to Gugulethu, Philippi, Mfuleni, Delft, Makhaza and Kraaifontein in Cape Town.