Residents going to ConCourt

2009-09-14 21:06

Johannesburg - Residents of the Harry Gwala informal settlement on the East Rand will take the Ekurhuleni Municipality to the Constitutional Court on Tuesday over a dispute about basic services.

The residents seek leave to appeal the judgement by the High Court in Johannesburg.

They approached the high court for an order for the municipality to install communal water taps, temporary sanitation facilities, refuse removal facilitation and high-mast lighting in key areas, pending a decision by the Member of the Executive Council for Local Government and Housing, Gauteng (the MEC), on whether the settlement would be upgraded to a formal township.

In August 2006 the municipality submitted a proposal for its upgrading to the MEC, but a decision has not yet been taken.

The applicants argued that the municipality was obliged in terms of its statutory obligations, Chapter 12 and 13 of the National Housing Programme (the Housing Code) and the Constitution, to provide the settlement with the basic services demanded.

The high court found that Chapter 12 of the Housing Code did not apply because the emergency housing requirements as defined in the chapter were not present.

It furthermore held that Chapter 13 of the Housing Code was only of application once a decision had been taken to upgrade an informal settlement.
 

- SAPA
Read more on:    service delivery
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Inside News24

 
/Sport

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a tendency to be too fixed on a set way of doing things today. You may get challenged and the best approach is to keep an...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.