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Social Justice Groups call on Government to reinstate eviction ban

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Lobby group Ndifuna Ukwazi said that even though level 3 regulations provided a prohibition on evictions, it was limited.

The Red Ants (foreground) confront residents of the Lakeview informal settlement near Ennerdale on 21 April 2020 after they were evicted by by the City of Joburg. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Forty social justice organisations have written to government to reinstate the blanket ban on evictions.

When lockdown level 5 regulations were implemented, the Justice Minister stated that all evictions and execution of attachment orders would be suspended.

However, the prohibition on evictions has been reduced under lockdown level 3.

The organisations believe that housing is a vital component of the public healthcare response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Lobby group Ndifuna Ukwazi said that access to housing was critically important when people needed to self-quarantine or self-isolate.

The group’s Mandisa Shandu said that even though level 3 regulations provided a prohibition on evictions, it was limited.

“The courts are now empowered to grant eviction orders and to grant the execution of those evictions if it’s deemed just and equitable to do so.”

In the letter, the groups said that easing the eviction ban was unreasonable as infections were set to increase, specifically in hotspot areas.

They’re also calling for a full moratorium on evictions and demolitions of homes for the duration of the national state of disaster.

Reprinted from EWN on 4 June 2020. Original links retained. Additional links by SD Law.

We are eviction lawyers in Cape Town and Johannesburg.  We act for both landlords and tenants and uphold the rights of each to a fair and satisfactory tenancy. In these uncertain times, we appeal to everyone to act with empathy and compassion. If you are worried about your tenancy or your tenants, contact Simon at Cape Town Eviction Attorneys on 086 099 5146 or email   sdippenaar@sdlaw.co.za.

Further reading:

Court clears city on informal settlement evictions amid lockdown

Is it legal to evict anyone during lockdown? No, say legal experts

Ramaphosa called on to stop forced removal of ‘occupiers’ during lockdown

Glen Marikana residents ready for their first day of relocation

By | Eviction news, Eviction notice, Eviction orders, Evictions

Current structures that will be left behind after the relocation will be destroyed by the City.

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Residents of Glen Marikana Informal Settlement will be relocated to a new site in Putfontein as from today [Monday, 24 Feb].

This follows an eviction order granted by the Johannesburg High Court in November 2018, instructing the City of Ekurhuleni to seek an alternative residential site for the close to 3 000 residents who had illegally occupied private land on Dann Road in Glen Marais since 2017.

Member of Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Human Settlements, Clr Lesiba Mpya, announced the relocation date during a meeting with the affected households recently.

“Our role as a responsible government is to comply with the court order and move our people to a safe and secure place. We are currently engaged in a verification process to ensure that every occupant’s name is the one that appears in the court order,” Mpya  said.

The MMC also said work began in earnest in reblocking the new site so that when the new occupants arrive, they have access roads and stand pipes, including ablution facilities.

“We will provide transportation for the residents to make sure they settle well at their new site which they would call home,” he said.

Current structures that will be left behind after the relocation will be destroyed by the City.

Samuel Motshali, one of those affected dwellers, said: “I am originally from Limpopo and I have been here for the past three years after losing my job and couldn’t afford to pay rent.”

Community leader Kwena Monama said people would start packing their belonging on Saturday in readiness for the relocation on Monday.

“We are constantly communicating with the MMC’s office and we are ready to be moved to our new site,” he said.

Reprinted from Kempton Express – 2020-02-24. Emphasis/links by SD Law.

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Wentworth residents protest in defence of woman’s forced removal

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Durban – A group of residents living in the south Durban township of Wentworth burnt tyres and debris on the road in a form of protest following an apparent eviction of a woman and her family at a block of flats on Friday.

At this stage, it is alleged that the woman and her family moved into the apartment of a previous resident who recently passed away.

When security and local authorities arrived to evict the woman, residents jumped to her defence.

They then set tyres alight, blocking off part of Austerville Drive and Goede Hoop Street.

“About 100 community members embarked in a protest action after an elderly woman was evicted  by the Sheriff of the Court after she occupied the flat illegally,” Provincial police spokesperson, Captain Nqobile Gwala, said

“They blockaded the Austerville Drive with burning tyres and rubble. The road has been cleared and police are monitoring,” Gwala said.

Residents have expressed their anger over the woman’s apparent forced removal. They are demanding that she be allowed to move into the flat as she has been living in the area for many years.

Reprinted from the Mercury News – 2020-02-21. Emphasis/links by SD Law.

If you need help with an eviction matter…

We are eviction lawyers in Cape Town and Johannesburg, and we believe the landlord-tenant relationship should be built on trust. We act for both landlords and tenants and uphold the rights of each to a fair and satisfactory tenancy. Make sure any eviction you undertake is fair and lawful. Contact Simon at Cape Town Eviction Attorneys on 086 099 5146 or email sdippenaar@sdlaw.co.za.

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