The Ongoing Battle Against Economic Apartheid in South Africa

As South Africa approaches its seventh democratic election since the end of apartheid, the fight for affordable housing continues to be a major issue, with activists occupying spaces like the Woodstock Hospital to protest government housing policies. Despite promises made by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to provide housing, the reality on the ground tells a different story. While progress has been made with over three million houses built, the spatial inequalities entrenched by apartheid still persist, pushing the poor and vulnerable to the periphery of cities like Cape Town. The lack of affordable housing in urban centers further exacerbates this issue, with residents resorting to occupying unused spaces for shelter. The situation in Cape Town is particularly dire, with activists advocating for the transformation of public land into low-income housing units to address the severe segregation crisis. While some initiatives are underway, such as the Conradie Park project, the backlog of people waiting for housing assistance remains alarmingly high. In the lead-up to the election, disillusionment with the ANC is palpable, with new parties like the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Rise Mzansi offering alternative solutions to address economic disparities. The future remains uncertain, with concerns of social unrest looming if the housing crisis is not adequately addressed. For more news on South Africa and other African countries, visit and follow BBC Africa on social media for updates.