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Last week, the Witness newspaper published an op-ed co-authored by SERI research and advocacy officer, Edward Molopi and Abahlali BaseMjondolo president, S’bu Zikode. The op-ed considers the impact of evictions on informal settlement residents and why the upgrading of informal settlements should be prioritised over evictions. 

“A departure from a regime of evictions to one of widespread adoption of and implementation of the UISP is important in realising a more just and equitable society,” they argue. 

An earlier version of this op-ed was published in the Mercury in October 2019. 

Read the full op-ed here