Support for shack dwellers

AN international civil rights housing movement has called on President Jacob Zuma to protect the thousands of shack dwellers who live in squalid informal settlements around the country.

The Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE), which is based in Geneva and has offices throughout the world, is backing Abahlali baseMjondolo (the shack dweller's movement).

Abahlali baseMjondolo has more than 20000 members and has active members in 34 Durban settlements and 54 nationally.

In September last year the Kennedy Road Informal Settlement, the original home of the Abahlali baseMjondolo, was rocked by the murder of two of its activists, Mthokozisi Ndlovu and Ndumiso Mnguni.

COHRE's executive director Salih Booker said they were " concerned about the alleged organised intimidation and threats against members of Abahlali baseMjondolo, including outright violent attacks".