Covid-19: Illegal evictions

South Africa has a long history of various modes of forced removal. A growing list of private owners and municipalities is showing little regard for the ban on evictions laid down as part of the Covid-19 response package. What are the motivations for this? What are the implications for people left houseless or carelessly relocated to inappropraite alternative living spaces? Centrally, what are people’s individual and collective rights and what are the context-sensitive routes to having those rights enforced?


S’bu Zikode is the founding president of the shack dwellers Movement of South Africa, Abahlali baseMjondolo.

Kelly Kropman is a private attorney running the firm Kropman Attorneys in Johannesburg.


Edward Molopi works as a Research and Advocacy Officer at the Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI), a litigating research NGO based in Johannesburg.