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Home, work from home, school, charitable activist organisations-Food Not Bombs, Vegan Society, Anarchists

Title of entry:
Home, work from home, school, charitable activist organisations-Food Not Bombs, Vegan Society, Anarchists
Type of eviction:
Property conflicts (land) , Urban development policies , Liberalisation of the housing market , Ethnic or religious conflicts , Class, racial or gender-based discrimination
South Africa
Name of community or family threatened with eviction:
Activistcommunity, anarchist teaching community, Food Not Bombs, Johannesburg Free Market
Estimated number of people affected (in figures):
Type of tenure:
Tenants , Squatters
Economic characteristics:
Employed , Informal sector work , Casual worker , Unemployed/unsalaried , Various
Social characteristics:
None of the above
Age group:
Minors , Adults
Case history:
Commune run on anrchist communal ethics for about 8 years, lots of activities, organisations etc...no formal contract to anyone, land-lord just collected rent.,..mnaintenanve etc done by commune dwellers, unti this year, the one commune member, anarchist teacher, left, in charge of myself and my partner, mike...two individuals who then were allowed to move in,refused our way of life, one didnt even pay rent, stole and threw out our work and other personal stuff,conspired with landlord to come and look inside our commune, not to his liking, ...the two people, myself and mike, their the longest rent-payers, who maintained and added and improved the hpouse, garden, community, and worked from home, me teaching, gardening, him playing music and operated various charity orgs like Food not Bombs and Free markets and Street kid collections etc, animal rights work, environmental work etc...suddenly given notice 9not written) with no explanation or regard, and our belongings, including animals (cats) asked to vacate the commune in a month, then in 24 hours, after I suffered an epilectic attack (some stuff got broken)- I am also on tretament for a brain tumnour (chronic meds get delivered to what used to be my safe-house and rest and work from home)No regard, no explanation...and the three forein housemates, we allowed and gave a roof to stay...not asked to move. My partner and I, our cats, work, organisation and activist and charity work all have to come to a standstill...while we now search for a place we can afford and work from, and take our friends and animals and work and activities too...this is a sad dasy for inhabitant, squatters and human rights, for me a long time environmental, animal, children, womon rights activist, teacher, writer, child-minder, animal rescuer, and also one suffering from a brain tumour...any help, legal or other appreciated...or just for the word to spread how our rights been exploited and us victimised.
Scale of responsibility:
Local , National , International
Violations of international legislation:
Universal Declaration of Human Rights , International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (art. 11) , International Convention Against Torture (Art. 16) , International Convention on the Rights of the Child (art. 27) , Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women , International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families , International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (art. 5)
Reasons given for eviction (official and unofficial) :
Non...but according to others...we were the cause of trouble!
Main events in the eviction (date, year, time):
Initial notice - 11/05/2013 - 16h00
24hr notice given - 15/05/2013 - 09h30
Final removal of personal items and furniture - 19/05/2013
Authorities planning or carrying out the eviction:
Landlord - Jacques Theron
Organisations involved, their strengths and weaknesses, and their position on the problem :
Food not Bombs; Animal rights africa, JHB Freemarket, Crimethinc Far South, Vegan Society, Anarchist teachers SA; My place womens collective, Nelson Mandela's Childrens fund (forest town school for autistic and cerebral palsied children), ALF - Opposed to eviction
Agencies, NGOs or other organisations providing support to the community affected:
Green Beings, various Jewish, Hindu, Muslim and Catholic Charity organisations, JHB Activist community, Vegan Society, Eastwave Community Radio, SA council for drug testing (The Reddy family and other community fundraisers), various educational institutions.
Measures taken or proposed by community members and/or organisations supporting them to resist eviction and/or find alternative solutions:
Lawyer's consultation, SA Human Rights commission, direct negotiations with landlord and other tenants.
Options or possible solutions proposed by local or national authorities for the communities affected:
Future strategies or measures proposed to deal with this case or other evictions :
Whistle blowing, community action, media reporting, awareness campaigns.
Important future dates (specify what and when: day, month, year) :
Source of information (name, address and nature of involvement) :
Direct from affected parties
Organsiations(s) providing information :
Food not bombs, Vegan Soc, ARA, Squatters rights int. etc
Relationship of community organisations involved with IAI:
Participates in Zero Evictions Campaign
Date of complaint:
Lara Reddy

Any assistance from fellow members of the activist community, NGOs, IAI would be appreciated.
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