finalOn 2 September 2018, SERI researcher Tiffany Ebrahim participated in a panel discussion, entitled “Current Housing Struggles and Land Occupation in Gauteng”, at the Jozi Book Fair at the Workers Museum on Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, Johannesburg. The panel, which was organised by the International Labour Research and Information Group (ILRIG), sought to unpack the housing and land challenges facing the urban poor in Gauteng and how the state has responded to these challenges.

Ebrahim's presentation was primarily focused on the existing constitutional, legislative and policy framework governing land, housing and evictions in South Africa. She also emphasised the mechanisms though which the security of tenure of informal settlement residents could be strengthened and how the state's ability to expropriate land could be used as an additional mechanism to realise the housing and land rights of the urban poor.

Ebrahim was joined on the panel by a representative from Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) and the Gauteng Civics Association (GCA) - a community-based organisation that was established in May 2017 in response to a number of housing and development struggles facing communities in the south of Johannesburg, including Eldorado Park, Ennerdale and Freedom Park. 

  • Read SERI's Parliamentary submission on the use of expropriation as a mean of achiving land redistribution here