OPERATION CLEAN UP IN JOHANNESBURG INNER CITY: PERSPECTIVES ON THE RIGHT TO THE CITY AND THE POLITICS OF ENCOUNTER

Inocent MOYO

Abstract


This paper deploys Henri Lefebvre`s concepts of the right to the city and encounters to analyse the contestation between street traders and the City of Johannesburg. This clash arose as a result of the decision by the City of Johannesburg in September 2013 to destroy and remove street trading stalls belonging to both African immigrant and South African street traders. The interviewees with both African immigrant and South African traders who were affected by the actions of the City of Johannesburg seem to suggest that the politics of encounter more than the right to the city can be used as an explanatory framework of the dynamic of the contestation. Although the right to the city, which street traders either do not fully understand or understand in a limited context, gives some insight into the conflict, interviews seem to suggest that it was too lofty a struggle, in which they do not have an active interest. This evidence seems to move beyond a casual and simplistic understanding of Henri Lefebvre` s right to the city and thus expand the application of the concept to a setting like the Johannesburg inner city

 


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Johannesburg inner city, street traders, right to the city, politics of encounter

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15551/scigeo.v61i1.355

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