“No-one takes us seriously. Only the rich get to have their say and have their needs taken care of by the authorities.
“All the city has to do is give me an address. If they want to talk to me, they will find me in my home, right here. We will require services as well. Trying to avoid Covid-19 in Barcelona is like hiding from one pandemic behind another one.”
Some of the land invasions have been accompanied by violent attacks on municipal infrastructure and vehicles.
Malusi Booi, the mayoral committee member for human settlements, said landlords are not allowed to evict people during the pandemic.
“Actions to prevent the invasion of land or illegal occupation of housing projects are being met in some areas such as in Khayelitsha and Mfuleni with extreme violence and destruction of property and the breaking of community facilities,” he said.
“This is impacting on city projects, service delivery or community facilities in Mfuleni and Khayelitsha and in other areas including Wallacedene, Delft, Dunoon, Firgrove, Milnerton and Nyanga.”