Socio-Economic Rights Institute

At four in the morning of Wednesday 19 July 2017, 275 low-income residents were forcefully evicted from Fattis Mansions, a residential building in inner-city Johannesburg. Over the course of a couple of hours, hundreds of security guards hauled the residents’ possessions out into the middle of the street. 

This user-friendly guide explains the rights of farm dwellers and the law in relation to evictions from farmland, and gives advice on how farm dwellers can navigate the legal processes involved in eviction proceedings and practically resist evictions.

Relocations have the potential to severely disrupt peoples’ lives and negatively impact their livelihoods, community relations and sense of security. To make sure this doesn’t happen, the relocation process should be carefully planned, well-run and participatory.

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