The Johannesburg Metro Police took the decision to ban the Gauteng Civics Mass Rally aimed at getting answers from Minister of human settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu, Gauteng MEC for Housing, Paul Mashatile and City of Joburg mayor, Herman Mashaba which was originally planned for July 23rd at Eldorado Park Stadium as follow up to the meeting they had with representatives of 28 communities across South Gauteng.
The decision to ban it was made after members of Gauteng Civics were assaulted and intimidated in a meeting that happened in the early days of the same week the rally was supposed to be held. A Whatsapp message had also been circulating among the Eldorado Park community, threatening to petrol bomb the rally.
The Gauteng Civics now consists of about 40 communities across Gauteng, including Grassroot's biggest community group, Abahlali base Freedom Park and was formed to consolidate the demand for housing and land into a united effort among the communities, following a series of protests that took place in May this year. A press conference was held on Saturday, 22 July to address matter and it was announced there that a new date will be revealed soon.