No Land! No House! No Vote! Voices from Symphony Way

Symphony Way pavement dwellers


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Matilda, Sarita, Jerome and Michelle talk to 3cr community radio

'A beauty, extraordinary in every way.'
Naomi Klein, author of 'The Shock Doctrine' and 'No Logo'.

Many outside South Africa imagine that after Mandela was freed and the ANC won free elections all was well. But the last two decades have led to increased poverty and inequality. Although a few black South Africans have become wealthy, for many the struggle against apartheid never ended because the ethos of apartheid continues to live.

Early in 2007 hundreds of families living in shacks in Cape Town were moved into houses they had been waiting for since the end of apartheid. But soon they were told that the move had been illegal and they were kicked out of their new homes. They built shacks next to the road opposite the housing project and hundreds organised themselves into the Symphony Way Anti-Eviction Campaign, vowing to stay on the road until the government gave them permanent housing.

This anthology is both testimony and poetry. There are stories of justice miscarried, of violence domestic and public, of bigotry and xenophobia. But amid the horror there is beauty: relationships between aunties, husbands, wives and children; daughters named Hope and Symphony. This book is a means to dignity, a way for the poor to reflect and be reflected. It is testimony that there's thinking in the shacks, that there are humans who dialogue, theorise and fight to bring about change.

Two Symphony Way evictees were featured in a Guardian article of 1 April 2010:

Badronessa Morris: 'The police treat us like animals. They swear at us, pepper spray us, search us in public, even children. At 10 o'clock you must be inside: the police come and tell you to go into your place and turn down the music. In my old home we used to sit outside all night with the fire.'

Jane Roberts: 'It's a dumping place. They took people from the streets because they don't want them in the city for the World Cup. Now we are living in a concentration camp.'

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Title No Land! No House! No Vote! Voices from Symphony Way
Author Symphony Way pavement dwellers
Publisher Pambazuka Press
Imprint Fahamu Books
BISAC Subject Heading POL003000 POLITICAL SCIENCE / Civics & Citizenship
SOC042000 SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries
BIC Subject Heading JPVH1 Civil rights & citizenship
JPVH3 Land rights
Audience 01 General / trade
Audience Anthropologists, activists, campaigners, NGO-workers, academics, journalists, commentators
Credit Fahamu Ltd
Title First Published 15 March 2011
Subject Scheme Identifier Code      93 Thema subject category: JPVH      93 Thema subject category: JPVC
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 160 p.
ISBN-10 1-906387-84-2
ISBN-13 978-1-906387-84-6
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9781906387846
Related Formats Electronic version available as GTIN-13 - (EAN 13) 9780857490308
Publication Date 15 March 2011
Main content page count 160
Illustrations 84 Illustrations
illustrations, color
Weight 638 gr
List Price £16.95
Format PDF
Nb of pages 160 p.
Product Detail PDF
ISBN-10 0-85749-030-3
ISBN-13 978-0-85749-030-8
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9780857490308
Related Formats Epublication based on (print product) GTIN-13 - (EAN 13) 9781906387846
Publication Date 15 March 2011
Main content page count 160
Format Multi-item Pack
Nb of pages
Reference no. BUNPDF9781906387846
Weight 638 gr
List Price £26.90

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