Joburg housing case back in ConCourt
Johannesburg - The City of Johannesburg on Friday has to tell the Constitutional Court what it is doing to comply with its order to relocate a group of people from a private property in Saratoga Avenue.
The request to go back to the court came after the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (Cals) told the court it could not obtain any useful information on the city's plans to abide by the precedent-setting ruling of last year.
On December 01 2011, the court ordered that the residents - over 80 people - vacate their homes on industrial land owned by a company called Blue Moonlight in Saratoga Avenue in the city by April 15 this year.
The court ruled that the city's housing policy was unconstitutional because it had not budgeted for, or made allowance for, emergency accommodation.
But, in line with the constitutional obligation that people not be left homeless, the city was ordered to indicate by April 1 where it would accommodate them. By April 15 the people had to have moved out, or would face eviction.
However, their lawyers said they had been unable to get any details from the city on the location or type of accommodation to be provided, so they want a two month extension to those deadlines.
They are hoping the court will approve their application that the first deadline of April 1 be changed to June 1, and April 15 be changed to June 15, 2012.
They also want clarity on the list of who qualifies for the temporary housing, as there had been shifts in the lives of the individuals and families living there.
Cals also wants confirmation that the family members of those on the list would be included in the accommodation. It also want families to be able to live together, in a single room even, rather than being split up in dormitories for men and women.