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Monday, May 18, 2009

"Shack dwellers fight demolition in S. Africa court," OneWorld, May 15, 2009.

[Vancouver isn't the only city to have issues with international sporting events. -jlt]

WASHINGTON, May 15 ( - A Durban-based collective of shack dwellers is challenging a law that would displace thousands from their homes in an attempt to beautify the city ahead of next year's soccer World Cup.

"As South Africa prepares for the 2010 soccer World Cup, the government has made plans to develop 'World Class Cities' by eliminating the 'slums' which are home to millions," explains the economic justice group War on Want. On Thursday, Abahlali baseMjondolo (ABM), a Durban-based shack-dweller movement, challenged the so-called Slums Act in South Africa's Constitutional Court, continuing its campaign for improved living condiditons and against involuntary removal.

  It has been estimated that about 10 percent of South Africans still live in shanty-style developments, which were first set up on the outskirts of major towns and cities during white minority rule

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