This week the court case to decide what will happen to Marikana informal settlement in Philippi East concluded. Judgment is reserved. 60,000 people are living on private land that they began occupying several years ago. The land owners want the state to buy them out or compensate them. The state is reluctant. Nearly everyone agrees eviction is not an option. On Tuesday Masixole Feni photographed life in the settlement.
“They live here not out of choice. They live here out of desperation,” said advocate Irene de Vos representing the Marikana residents in the Western Cape High Court. But even in desperation, there is hustle, bustle and great effort to make life tolerable and dignified.
The suffering of good people in this beautiful rich country is really unacceptable. Please can the government wake up! Provide! We are all afraid for the next generation's future. Enough is really truly enough. My heart bleeds.
I love this country but we are ALL not in good stead.
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