[cape_town] - Rising rent drives backyarders to erect shacks at unused railway depot

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Cape Town – More desperate Samora Machel backyard dwellers in Philippi were expected to erect shacks in the middle of an unused railway depot this week after 20 structures were built.

Among those who have been there since earlier this month was 57-year-old Philip Zulu. Zulu said as backyarders they could no longer keep up with the ever-increasing rent.

“When I heard people were moving here, I joined them out of desperation because I’m unemployed. Others moved because the rent is expensive and increases every year.

“We are aware of the safety risks but we don't know where to turn to because the City hasn't made plans for Samora backyarders. So far we there haven't been eviction threats and hopefully there won’t be,” he said....

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