Six shanty town dwellings on the outskirts of the South African city of Cape Town were on February 7 being pulled down by the authorities despite an acute shortage of housing in the area.
GV: Workers dismantle tin shanty huts in Gugulethu Township, outside Cape Town. (3 shots)
GV: Residents pile possessions on the ground (2 shots)
SV: Officials pull off tin sheets and rip up roofs and windows. (5 shots)
SCU: Woman speaks (SOT).
SPEECH TRANSCRIPT OF SEQUENCE 4:
If we are demanding our homes here we are going to stay underneath the plastics. QUESTION: Why precisely don't they want you to live here. Wifie. They said we have got no right to be here because we must go to the location, which, in the location, the people, the owner of the house. They don't accept us because we have got a big families. QUESTION: So is that why you build shanties. Wifie; That is why we have been suffering the relocation of our families, and we can't accept with our families. QUESTION. Are you legally entitled to be here. Wifie; yes I am.
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Background: Six shanty town dwellings on the outskirts of the South African city of Cape Town were on February 7 being pulled down by the authorities despite an acute shortage of housing in the area. 'Shanties' in the Gugulethu township have been declared illegal by Pretoria, although the local black population is legally entitled to live in th Cape Town area. Residents were given three days' notice to destroy their shacks. Most of them chose to gather their belongings and demolish their former homes rather than face prosecution. White administration officials supervised the demolition process, and confiscated building materials to prevent people from erecting new homes nearby. Many of the victims claimed they could not find accommodation elsewhere because landlords refuse to let their premises to large families.