Court Win, Viral Video Shines Light on Evictions in South Africa

The spread of a viral video showing a naked man being dragged from his shack by law enforcement members in Khayelitsha, Cape Town has resulted in the suspension of the officers involved in the incident. Tseliso Thipanyane, head of the independent South African Human Rights Commission, said: "We plan to act fast to take this matter to court and stop further evictions from taking place under lockdown." At least 800 evictions have taken place during the nation's three-month lockdown, according to Edward Molopi, a researcher with the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa. Housing rights campaigners say many poor renters have been unable to work under stay-at-home orders, with little financial protection in place, in a country where affordable housing is in short supply.

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A naked man was dragged from his shack by law enforcement officers when at least 4 homes in eThembeni were demolished despite a moratorium on evictions during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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