The shacks, which can be seen from Wale Street, were erected by fourth and fifth-generation Bo-Kaap residents who grew up in the area and now occupy congested homes, with parents, children and grandchildren living under one roof.
Some families live in the lounge area of their parents’ home while others share a room they grew up in, and now share with four or five other members of their family.
The residents, who call themselves the Bo-Kaap Disadvantaged Community, say they have been on the housing list for 20 or more years. They got together eight months ago to discuss a way to air their plight. Shahied Robain said that after long deliberation they came up with the idea of erecting shacks in protest.
“The first shack we put up three weeks ago, and people started to join me. When there were about 20 shacks, law enforcement came and broke them down twice. I’ve been sleeping there for the last two weeks in way of protest.
“For eight months we sat on this idea; we didn’t know what to do by way of peaceful protest. I’m staying in my mother’s lounge.
“I have two kids, a wife and a grandchild. All of us are in my mother’s lounge. I grew up in Bo-Kaap, I’m born and bred here,” said Robain.